Is Your House Worth Saving?

In Complaints & Gripes on August 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

For years I lived in Myrtle Beach SC. I grew up there. All that time I saw hurricanes, high tides, and beach erosion come and go. And I saw houses fall into the ocean many times, all up and down the coast.

Every time, they rebuilt them. Insurance paid for them. The government chipped in. FEMA forked out billions. The fabulous beach houses of the rich and wealthy, many of which were rental properties or vacation homes kept falling into the surf and then rising from the sand again, like a teal colored phoenix with black shutters.

Then I read about Shishmaref, an Inupiat Eskimo community in Alaska. Their whole town is falling into the Bering Strait. They’re facing a town decision to either move the entire community or try to shore it up. They don’t have the money for either venture.

And it doesn’t look like any help is coming their way.


It doesn’t seem right.

I can guarantee more hurricanes will strike the Atlantic coast this year and the next. More homes will fall into the surf. Bigger homes will be built in their stead. More money will be spent on seawalls and beach renourishment.

I can also all but guarantee that a small tribal village in Alaska with a history and culture way more important than Atlantic beach chic will likely be abandoned and the people there who have nothing but family and a few possessions will be forced to leave.

It doesn’t seem right.

This message is approved by Dr. David Powers. Please consider him for office someday. You can always find him at Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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