This has been a question on my mind, as well as some of yours as well. I always read in the paper stuff that says “By 2015, Long beach will have lost all its beach, and the whole city will be gone.” Long Beach, NY is Nassau’s biggest city (the other is Glen cove) and lies on a small, thin strip of island. It is practically the same as Long Beach, CA, minus the amazing weather in coastal Cali. Long Beach, and about a dozen or more other cities, are at risk of being carried away into the ocean. Since 2006, erosion has been a major problem on LI, and we’ve had trouble getting back sand. After the Nor’easter that year, so many beaches were gone. Last years Nor’easter carried away parts of houses in Montauk. Coastal Flooding Advisories, common during times when the moon is full and when long periods of rain are forecasted, surge into shore towns and strand people in houses and cars. Will this be an everyday occurrence for LI? By 2030 will we be unknown of?
I honestly think that if we continue at this rate, I will be within walking distance of a beach. The population of Long Island will shoot up and overcrowding in the main island will be an issue. Long island sticks out into the Atlantic, and can be a popular destination for hurricanes if one is to travel this far north, like Irene. Nor’easters are now expected annually to be damaging, after 2011′s Major March Storm, but this years was not very strong and came out of no where. It’s already predicted that the current Long Beach boardwalk will be gone by 2020, which means the neighborhood line will be moved up and people will be stranded. Who can’t forget “When the Ocean met the Bay in 1983.” In Long Beach, the atlantic Ocean flooded the whole city and came over all the way to The Great South Bay, which separates Long Beach from the mainland of LI.
So, if the continued path of these storms goes over LI, we are to expect major erosion. What’s the difference though? It’s not like anyone’s head of Long island….but that’s what I am here for…..