Rather than having a hodgepodge of rules allowing structures so weak that some will either blow or wash away in the next big storm, New Jersey needs to take control of rebuilding along the Shore.
Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D., Middlesex) is writing a bill that the Legislature and Gov. Christie should seize upon to make the Shore stronger and more attractive than it was before Superstorm Sandy smacked it around. Barnes wants to create an overarching state authority that would control construction code standards, planning, zoning, and eminent domain.
Some Shore properties may have to be demolished because they are on top or in front of dune systems. Of course, those owners should be fairly compensated. Too many buildings were destroyed by the October storm because they were built too low, too close to the water, or too shoddily to withstand water and wind.