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Shoreline Task Force Recommendations Face Difficulties

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

www.ctmirror.org

A year ago, with the destruction of Tropical Storm Irene still raw, Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, took a look at computer modeling that showed his district after a category 2 hurricane.

It was pretty much underwater.

So Albis suggested forming a task force to look at the spectrum of issues around managing the Connecticut coastline for what many believe are the new climate realities. Three raucous public hearings, a parade of experts and countless meetings later, the Shoreline Preservation Task Force has its answers in the form of 37 recommendations.

It also has a dose of reality.

“The biggest immediate concern is the fact that the state is kind of broke,” said Albis, who wound up leading the 20-person task force drawn mostly from the legislature, but also from various expert ranks. “Many of the recommendations had financial implications. I’ve been told that any bill with a fiscal note this year is basically DOA.”

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