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November 06 2007 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

“Our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows”
- Mark Twain

There is a great piece in the NYT regarding the ongoing beach fill sagas that seem to be unraveling all over the globe.

I see this story over and over and over...

Beach zone is dynamic, sand constantly shifting... person builds fixed structure (house) on beach... beach shifts, waters rise. Fixed structure is no longer fixed. Person piles sand up as barrier to ocean. Ocean takes new sand away. (repeat last verse a few times)... ocean wins, structure falls.

One of the craziest stories I've heard had to do with a beach fill project from this past summer. The sand they dredged and plopped onto the beach was filled with... munitions (shells, bombs, etc). Check this story out. This story was also covered in my recent podcast with Surfrider Board chair Bill Rosenblatt, listen to that here.

It's been said, for over 2000 years, that the foolish man built his house upon the sand. Why have we still not yet grasped this?
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