According to a report in today's New Jersey Star-Ledger, Blakely spent the morning at Monmouth University at a conference titled "Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore." Blakely's topic? "Lessons from Katrina."
The former executive director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration in New Orleans said New Jersey should resist the temptation to repair and “build smarter.”
At the second panel at the “Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore” conference at Monmouth University, Ed Blakely said “This is a decade long process. This is not going to be over next year or the year after.“
Blakely said New Jersey should look at ways to build smarter institutions and neighborhoods and coordinate efforts across the state to get funding and rebuild.
Wonder if he's telling residents of the Jersey Shore what he wrote in the New York Observer last month?
We have to commence a strategic retreat from many coastal areas, particularly in the Carolinas, Virginia and parts of New York and several other states. This may take 50 or more years, but it has to begin with offering people new resettlement options post-disaster rather than reinforcing current dangerous patterns. Even for those who elect to stay, the rebuilding should be more resilient, with deeper setbacks and barriers. Moreover, we must use state and federal rules to curb coastal building.
Not rebuild on the Jersey Shore? Geddouddahere.