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April 19, 1992 | By Rick Lyman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the top of the Great Mosque's minaret, a crumbling shaft of mud and splintered beams, this legendary desert town seems to be melting in the sun. "They call it the gateway to the Sahara," says Nouh Aginfa Yattara, pointing to the great yellow stretches just to the north. "Of course, it was a much richer city once. " For centuries, the name Timbuktu has symbolized the essence of remoteness, mystery and exotic wealth. It's still remote (only two flights a week from Mali's capital, or a two- day jeep trek through bandit country across the trackless desert)
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September 19, 2005 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the year-round residents of the Jersey Shore 43 years ago, a ferocious Ash Wednesday northeaster was their Katrina. Up and down the 127-mile New Jersey coast, sand dunes were the only defense between people and the sea. More ruinous than any hurricane ever to hit New Jersey, the March 1962 storm brought nearly nine-foot flood tides that kept the barrier islands underwater for three days. The storm caused more than a billion dollars in damage at the Shore and affected coastal areas from Long Island to the Carolina coast.
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January 26, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. - One of New Jersey's favorite swimming, fishing, and bird-watching spots is back in business. Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island pummeled by Sandy in October. Like many of the island's communities, including Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach, and Mantoloking, the park sustained major damage from the storm. But unlike those heavily populated communities, the park remains close to its original wild state, with rolling sand dunes and coastal forests on a half-mile-wide spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Because there are no homes or businesses and only a handful of park-related structures on the island, much of the damage to sand dunes and the beach itself will be left to nature to repair.
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December 10, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Work on a $40 million, four-mile-long steel seawall that will extend through this Ocean County town and into the beachfront areas of neighboring Brick Township trounced by Hurricane Sandy could begin early next year, officials said. Unlike seawalls in some beach towns that stand as tall stone or brick edifices, this massive structure will be driven 32 feet below sea level and will rise 16 feet above ground. It will be virtually unseen, buried beneath sand dunes that will complete the project.
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February 12, 2012 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
Henry Ossawa Tanner deserves a kinder fate than to have a major retrospective of his work sandwiched between Zoe-mania and Vincent van Gogh. But how could it be otherwise? Local photographer Zoe Strauss is emphatically "now" and populist, and van Gogh is a modern master and a perpetual crowd-pleaser. Tanner, by contrast, is a less demonstrative artist whose work reflects the conservative values of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Consequently, his art attracts less attention and requires a more measured response.
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May 25, 1990 | By Emilie C. Harting, Special to The Inquirer
Sand dunes covered with bayberries and rare thicket, miles and miles of uncrowded beaches, and no badges required. Nantucket? North Carolina? The Florida Keys? No. A Jersey shore spot unknown to many Philadelphians, and less than two hours from Center City. Cost: $4 a carload ($5 on weekends), a cooler of food and drinks, beach paraphernalia. Island Beach State Park (not to be confused with Long Beach Island), a 10- mile barrier island just south of Seaside Park, Ocean County, is the perfect place to set up camp for a day of sun and surf - beach potatoing in a lounge chair with summer reading, building sand castles, jumping in and out of the water, walking along the shoreline, collecting odd shells.
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June 16, 2013 | By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
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January 16, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. - This Shore town came through Sandy better than many of its neighbors. A major reason: It had protective sand dunes in place. On Monday, Gov. Christie used a dune-reconstruction project as a backdrop for harsh criticism of oceanfront property owners who have blocked dune projects elsewhere on grounds that the work would interfere with their oceanfront views. "That's extremely selfish and shortsighted," Christie said. "We're looking at ways we can place requirements, legally, to make sure these dune systems are built.
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July 31, 1988 | By Joy Schaleben Lewis, Special to The Inquirer
I was sunning contentedly here on France's Cote de Lumiere (coast of light) - a place of blue skies, shimmering sand and the rolling waves of the Atlantic. I stood up, reluctantly, when a friend introduced Monsieur and Madame Tousquet. We shook hands, chatted about the fine day, observed the usual formalities. The congenial Parisian couple turned to their son. "Antoine," said Madame. "Shake hands with Madame Lewis. " As the shy teenager murmured "Bonjour," I suppressed an overwhelming desire to giggle.
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September 15, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.
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September 15, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.
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June 7, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since we last visited John and Gretchen Coyle's idyllic bayfront home in Beach Haven, a lot has happened. In a word: Sandy. The killer storm of October 2012 swamped the first floor with sand, salt water, muck, and mold. It roughed up the bicycles, fridge, and freezer in the garage; destroyed the charming little beach, dunes, and deck; and whipsawed a naturalistic garden lovingly tended for more than three decades. "Sandy just plucked it all up. Everything was gone," says Gretchen, 74, an author and freelance writer who has lived in this villagelike pocket of Long Beach Island with John, 73, since 1980.
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December 10, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Work on a $40 million, four-mile-long steel seawall that will extend through this Ocean County town and into the beachfront areas of neighboring Brick Township trounced by Hurricane Sandy could begin early next year, officials said. Unlike seawalls in some beach towns that stand as tall stone or brick edifices, this massive structure will be driven 32 feet below sea level and will rise 16 feet above ground. It will be virtually unseen, buried beneath sand dunes that will complete the project.
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July 10, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sand dunes created to protect the Jersey Shore may be worth more than an unobstructed view of ocean. However, it is up to a jury to decide how much, if any, a Harvey Cedars couple should receive after a large piece of their property was taken by the state to construct 22-foot dunes that also blocked part of their view of Long Beach Island's surf. The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday tossed out a $375,000 jury award to Harvey and Phyllis Karan in the case filed five years ago, sending it back to Ocean County for a new trial.
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June 16, 2013 | By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
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April 12, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - This borough of exclusive beachfront homes will take those dunes now, thank you. It took the storm of the century to do it, but there has been a sea change in Longport, which had long said a big no, thank you, to dunes that might block pricey ocean views. "I think Sandy took the subjectiveness out of it," borough engineer Dick Carter said Wednesday. Now, those views are seen through a new prism: the memory of punishing waves crashing through floor-to-ceiling windows and lifting up swaths of asphalt roadway, ocean-to-bay flooding, and two feet of sand dumped all the way to Atlantic Avenue like some kind of Saharan blizzard.
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January 26, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. - One of New Jersey's favorite swimming, fishing, and bird-watching spots is back in business. Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island pummeled by Sandy in October. Like many of the island's communities, including Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach, and Mantoloking, the park sustained major damage from the storm. But unlike those heavily populated communities, the park remains close to its original wild state, with rolling sand dunes and coastal forests on a half-mile-wide spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Because there are no homes or businesses and only a handful of park-related structures on the island, much of the damage to sand dunes and the beach itself will be left to nature to repair.
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January 16, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. - This Shore town came through Sandy better than many of its neighbors. A major reason: It had protective sand dunes in place. On Monday, Gov. Christie used a dune-reconstruction project as a backdrop for harsh criticism of oceanfront property owners who have blocked dune projects elsewhere on grounds that the work would interfere with their oceanfront views. "That's extremely selfish and shortsighted," Christie said. "We're looking at ways we can place requirements, legally, to make sure these dune systems are built.
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January 12, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Dominick Solazzo, the last few weeks have been a nonstop Christmas morning. "Gifts" of discarded Christmas trees - sometimes in large quantities - have arrived almost daily at Midway Beach in Berkeley Township, between Seaside Park and Island Beach State Park, in Ocean County. Solazzo and other residents are grateful for the pungent balsams, pines, and firs, which will help rebuild Midway's sand dunes, decimated by the ferocious Hurricane Sandy in October. "The outpouring has been amazing," said Solazzo, 40, a union electrician and environmental advocate who has used social media to get the word out about the tree drive.
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