Our coast is developing at warp speed.
Let’s be clear: we are not against development. Growth and economic progress are good things—when they are sensible, sustainable, and realistic. And while many of our decision-makers claim to want to create communities built on such principles, our rapidly changing coast tells a different story.
Warehouses are boxing in longstanding residences. Giant developments are threatening wildlife corridors and cultural heritage sites. County and city commissions are under intense pressure from developers to allow for zoning that doesn’t fit community vision. As industries are incentivized to “Come to the coast!” our local infrastructure is struggling to keep up.
The question many of us are asking is: What can we do?