Guests: Matthew Doherty, Thomas Herrington, Collin O’Mara
Seven months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the region, several beach towns in New Jersey are still picking up the pieces. Many communities are in the process of restoring boardwalks and other amenities in the hopes of attracting tourists back to the region and putting their communities back together. We take a look at the state of New Jersey’s beaches in anticipation of the Memorial Day crowds that will flock to the shore. First, we’ll check back in with Mayor Matthew Doherty of Belmar, NJ to get an update on the town’s progress since Sandy. Professor Thomas Herrington of the Stevens Institute of Technology will give us an overview of how the beaches and coastlines of New Jersey have fared, as well as discuss options for future storm protection and the potential pitfalls in the road to recovery. We’ll close the hour out with Collin O’Mara, Secretary of the Environment and Energy for Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who will discuss how Delaware’s beaches are shaping up for the summer.