@ the title link is the AC Press editorial today on Beach Replenishment. This is a topic as some of you are aware I know something about. As usual the editorial staff @ the Press just doesn't have all the facts about beach replenishment and instead of facts prefers to merely mouth politically correct platitudes about this "method" of trying to maintain beaches. They also , like to talk dismissively about those of us that oppose these projects as "environmentalist," as if that term is the equivalent of being a terrorist or some other radical group that nobody should listen to. Until, the day comes when the Press and others are willing to openly debate in public this issue all were ever going to hear is a one sided lecture from a group of people who know only what they're being fed by the groups and individuals that think they and we ( society) somehow benefit from these misbegotten and poorly thought through pork barrel projects. The reality in Atlantic City's and Absecon Islands case is that the Army Corp. Beach project ( AISPP) has caused enormous damage to our local economy because of it's poorly designed, so called template. By blocking valuable and absolutely necessary Ocean views and Ocean breezes from our once famous Boardwalk this single project now plays a central role in the continuing and spiraling decline of our once prosperous resort.
The Governor's Taskforce & The Straw Man
Even Gov. Christie's task force for the redev. of AC has recognized this and hopefully is advising the Gov. to make needed adjustments to this Project to mitigate these issues. The Press however, never seems to miss an opportunity to show it's openly admitted bias for these Projects. It's story today trying to contrast Holgate's wild life reserve and AC and other resorts as regards beach replenishment is what's called a straw man argument.
The AC PRESS IS WRONG
It's time for the Press to openly admit it's been wrong about the effects of the AISPP and it's time it needs to understand that it's continuing support of the AISPP ( as it presently exists) is just giving aid and comfort to those forces that want to continue to see AC reduced to a 3rd rate and rapidly fading gaming resort. The simple truth is the AISPP is an ongoing fiasco, a disaster that just keeps on driving away what's left of our tourist base. With the fading appeal of AC's aging and poorly managed Casinos, coupled with a city Gov't that is totally about itself and it's own political power and perks, this Project and the rest of AC's declining and decaying infrastructure has left AC poised to return to where it was in the mid. 70's , before Casino gaming arrived. The AC Press though has no excuse for not knowing better at this time in history. Instead, it continues to echo the wrong headed and ignorant arguments it has accepted as fact as regards so called Beach replenishment.