Shored Up – The Documentary

Last night I watched Shored Up a documentary by Ben Kalina, “When Human Nature and the Force of Nature Collide”.

This is taken from their HOME page:
Our beaches and coastline are a national treasure, a shared resource, a beacon of sanity in a world of constant change…and they’re disappearing in front of us.

Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists and residents are racing to answer these questions.  Beach engineering has been our only approach so far, but is there something else out there to be explored?  Our development of the coastlines put us in a tough predicament, and it’s time to start looking for solutions.

This description makes this documentary seem to be fairly unbiased, but it isn’t, as with most documentaries. I didn’t intend on watching it, but it when I flipped on the idiot box, it was on and it sucked me in hard. It is about the amount of money, time, political craziness and abuse humans have put on the coastal lands just to try to save it. The amount of FEDERAL money (and how little local money) that is going into “saving the coastlines” that is only helping a very small percentage of the population. How broke (17 billion) FEMA is after Katrina and the subsequent floods that it had to borrow 10 million to pay the Hurricane Sandy victims. Why are these people allowed to rebuild in an area that has been constantly hit with storms and taxpayers on the hook to pay for it?!?

The version I watched had the directors cut after the film and one of the clips that hit the cutting room floor was about Tucker Island, “The NJ Atlantis” that was adjacent to Long Beach Island. Tucker Island was the first resort for the rich and famous of Philadelphia in the early 1900’s. The island touted a boarding house, two hotels, a light house, a life saving station, a schoolhouse and eight residences. This little community was called “Sea Haven”. By 1933, all of the buildings had fallen into the ocean and within another 20 years there was no trace of it.

Map of New Jersey printed in 1856 by Charles DeSilver of Philadelphia.

Map of New Jersey printed in 1856 by Charles DeSilver of Philadelphia.
Credit NOAA

2005 Map of Ocean County New Jersey.

2005 Map of Ocean County New Jersey.
Credit NOAA

I would highly recommend catching this flick. It will really make you think about the priorities of our government and some people who seem pretty greedy to me.

In a nutshell, I’m not a fan of anyone that harms our Mother. Not MY mother, OUR Mother, Mother Nature, better known as our planet Earth. Many readers may think I’m cruel and evil for not caring about people who have decided to build in dangerous areas or not care for this planet. That’s ok, I’m fine with that.

© Ilex Farrell ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

6 thoughts on “Shored Up – The Documentary

    • Honey-do list for you;
      – prune apple trees
      – read my blog
      That should do it… Ha!
      I usually read everyone’s posts from my phone, but when I need to give a ‘better answer’like for your apple tree pruning, I need to hop on the real ‘puter to answer. Will do that shortly. You’ve got all winter to prune it. 🙂
      You asked!


  1. So that movie clip was about a year old. Glad I saw it. How many Millions of $$ did they pour out on the sand. Yes it’s nice to live by the ocean. But der. So you have to pay taxes so idiots can have their houses rebuilt.


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