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Opinion

May 22, 2013

Keeping an eye on our shifting sands

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Dynamic is the best word to describe our local coastline. Plum Island’s peopled northern end is a compact and carefully measured grid of house lots and property boundaries, but the sea has never cared much for our attempt to impose order on it. The millions of dollars and enormous amounts of manpower that have been spent to protect this area have done a relatively good job providing stability to an unstable environment. All we have to do is look down the coast a few miles to see how much more chaotic it could be.

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