Opinion: With these dunes destroyed, the climate disaster gets personal

jersey shore, new jersey, coast

TOM MORAN / STAR-LEDGER – Since I was a boy, back in the Civil War era, I’ve been going to Nauset Beach at Cape Cod every summer with my big Irish-Catholic clan.

The water is freezing, and we stay in as long as we can bear it, sometimes three generations at once. Sea gulls dive into schools of fish a few hundred yards out. Seals play in the waves just offshore, popping up their enormous heads to look around every few minutes. When we’re lucky, we see a whale leap out of the water near the horizon, splashing as it lands.

It’s paradise, basically, the kind of place you leave a piece of your soul for safekeeping at the end of the summer and remember it’s there only when you return …

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