Who Gets a Blue Acres Buyout From $50M for Ida Victims?
Updated: Aug 6, 2022
March 6, 2022 | njtvonline.org
New Jersey has $50 million to spend on Blue Acres buyouts for the hardest-hit victims of Tropical Storm Ida, but who will get picked? Advocates like New Jersey Future’s Peter Kasabach want the state Department of Environmental Protection to focus on climate equity when officials choose who gets a buy-out.
NJ SEED: Blue Acres buyout may be an appropriate option in some cases but not all. DEP Commissioner LaTourette wisely recommends “hardening” infrastructure to lessen the prospects of flooding in areas prone to it, thereby enabling people to remain in their homes.