Lori Mould's everyday life!

Disasters bring hard decisions… October 23, 2013

We took a short break during lunch today to drive through some of the hardest hit areas on Staten Island such as: Midland Beach, Ocean Breeze, New Dorp Beach, and Oakwood Beach.  There is evidence all around us which makes my heart ache for the people in this borough.  The now gentle waves of the Atlantic can be seen from a depopulated neighborhood in Oakwood beach as I stop my vehicle to take pictures of a tire swing gently twisting in the breeze.  Only a few feet from the swing is a concrete slab were there was once a home and a child that played in this yard that is now strewn with random debris that have been left here by Sandy.  The seagrasses tower over the pads, pools, and stairs that lead to nowhere!  And the smell that follows a hurricane lingers thick in the air.  It is heart wrenching to be deep in a neighborhood and not hear any sounds…

The Oakwood Beach neighborhood is a low-laying area that is surrounded by swampland and New York Governor Cuomo has designated the homeowners here to be the first neighborhood in line for a state-sponsored home buyout.  

“Let’s also recognize that there are some places that Mother Nature owns,” Cuomo told the audience at the College of Staten Island. “She may only come to visit every two years or three years or four years. But when she comes to visit, she reclaims the site…I want to be there for people and communities who want to say, ‘I’m going to give this parcel back to Mother Nature.'”

More on this plan later…



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