Gov. Kean: Rethinking the Jersey Shore’s future in an age of climate change

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THOMAS H. KEAN and PETER KASABACH / STAR-LEDGER – The 2017 hurricane season has already brought the U.S. three devastating storms, and the season doesn’t end for another two months.

As Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands struggle to recover from Maria, Florida from Irma, and Texas from Harvey, New Jersey approaches the fifth anniversary of its own terrible hurricane.

Despite the lessons we should have learned from the $70 billion of damage wrought by Sandy, and the numerous storms that preceded it, our 130 linear miles of coastline and 239 coastal towns remain as vulnerable to another hurricane as they were in 2012 …

Thomas H. Kean was governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990. Peter Kasabach is the executive director of New Jersey Future.

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