August 13, 2007
It’s simple – build on the rock and not upon the sand. Erosion wasn’t just invented yesterday, despite scare-pieces like this one. If you build on a sand spit, a beachfront or on a cliff edge and are surprised when erosion occurs then I’m afraid you have not thought things through very well. Now you could blame the people who sold you the land. Or you could blame the local government body that allowed you to build on the land you bought. Or you could just blame yourself for making a bad decision.
Given the rising tide of global warming this is just going to happen more and more. If you are in a low-lying area close to cliffs or beaches, take a hint: move now. We may as a community decide to resume land or shore-up some subsidence for a while but eventually it will just get too expensive and you’ll be hung out to dry. So cut your losses and quit before it’s too late!