Video of Margate Beach on My Street is Deeply Upsetting
The dune project has ruined the beautiful beach at the end of my street in Margate.
I fully realized this just Tuesday evening when I finally got up the courage to see how bad it was. The situation is worse than I had imagined. It is very upsetting.
I had been putting off a trip to the beach since we got back from out of town on Sunday night. We heard about the large amount of rain and the pooling behind the dunes, but I just couldn't bring myself to go down and see it.
The Margate Beach has become one of my favorite places on earth over the past 15 years, and I think I realized how emotional seeing the condition of the beach now would make me.
During the court battle over the dunes between Margate and New Jersey, I actually sided with the state. The dunes seemed like a good way to protect the town and my home. I understand the argument Margate made about having more of a problem with bay-side flooding, but it still seems very possible to me that we could still be hit by an ocean-side storm.
I also thought the cost to take on Chris Christie and his boys in court over the dune issue would be wasted money and it was. Margate spent over $300,000 in legal fees and all it got us was the the short straw when it came to having the dunes constructed in the mid-summer vacation season.
Last night, I finally decided to take a ride down and see how bad my beach really was.
What I saw is simply heartbreaking. The existing dunes had been bulldozed, a foot of potentially contaminated rainwater was still puddled behind the new dunes, causing the city to close the beach and making it impossible to walk on it anyway. Watch the short video below and see for yourself.
Of course, the dune project is still on-going and some solution may hopefully be found to fix some of the damage to what is now jokingly called Lake Margate or Lake Christie.
It is going to take me awhile to get this bad taste out of my mouth over what the supposed experts have done to my beach.