He said that homeowners had “managed the message” for decades that those who lose houses to erosion should rebuild. He suggested that residents should be part of a loyal opposition to the practice of building on dunes.
Group members did not embrace his viewpoint, but many listeners appeared interested in learning how planning and preparation can make the community more prepared for severe climate events in the future.
Newbury Selectman David Mountain, one of the few municipal officials present, said that useful questions were asked and important issues raised.
“We have heard similar discussion at Town Hall, including the idea of zoning changes,” said Mountain.
He noted that more discussion will take place tonight at the Firemen’s Memorial Hall beginning at 7 when state and local officials will meet with homeowners to discuss Plum Island. The meeting is open to the public.
Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency are scheduled to speak.
The tentative agenda also includes the following: report on homes in jeopardy, potential zoning and regulatory relief and financial assistance.