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News Journal: Some residents favor reviving push for special coastal tax

Cash-strapped state officials facing the long-term expense of climate change’s effects on vulnerable beach communities should consider a coastal security tax, some shore residents suggested Tuesday during a symposium on climate change.

Although no specifics were provided, the concept would tax some residents to cover the costs of maintaining beach communities.

During the forum at the University of Delaware, Prime Hook resident Richard Allan noted the inequities between how ocean beach and Delaware Bay communities were treated. While ocean beaches have been replenished with new sand, bay beaches have been further eroded by coastal storms, he said.