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Coastal Hazards Commission
September 11, 2006 Meeting Summary
Pebble Beach Field Trip
Kathryn Glenn and Rebecca Haney, CZM, led a field trip with John Tomasz, Rockport DPW, at Pebble Beach in Rockport to discuss issues with road maintenance there.
Coastal Vulnerability and Resilient Communities—Designing for Disasters - Margaret Davidson, NOAA Coastal Services Center
Margaret defined the term "resilience" as the capacity to bounce back from disasters. Resilient communities emphasize their local strengths and capabilities, such as planning, zoning, and permitting, to decrease risks. The framework for resilience includes five assets or capital within communities: physical, economic, human, social, and natural. Physical and economic impacts are covered largely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and private insurers. Communities are usually affected more by changes to human and social capital. Natural capital is essential for human survival.
Margaret encouraged the Commission to focus their efforts. She provided examples of ongoing projects that relate to the Commission's draft recommendations. There are opportunities for change, but addressing existing policies and practices is going to be a challenge. It is critical to leverage funds to keep momentum toward implementation.
Public Comment Summary
Julia Knisel, CZM, provided a summary of public comments on the draft recommendations, which were submitted during August and September. Copies of written comments were provided with the summary. General comments received during the public forums in May were summarized at the June meeting.
The Commission discussion focused on the issues listed below.
1931 Severe Coastal Storm and Aftermath in Winthrop and Revere - Joe Orfant, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Joe narrated a film from DCR's archives showing the effects of an extreme high tide on March 4, 1931 at Winthrop and Revere. The film captured waves crashing against and over the seawall at the Winthrop Shore Reservation. Cobble overwashed onto Winthrop Parkway.
Prioritization of Recommendations
The Commission debated whether to prioritize the recommendations based on the severity of the issues or the time frame for implementation.
Short implementation plans need to be developed for each of the recommendations.