Shorter dunes would be short-sighted

It is thrilling to see the progress being made in the beach and dune construction at Bethany Beach. For the first time in many years, people will be able to enjoy beach activities and have reasonable assurance that our town will not be washed away by a storm.

Some people are upset that they cannot see the surf hitting the beach from a spot on the boardwalk, and they are lobbying the authorities to lower the dunes so they can see more. These attempts are seriously misguided.

While it is true that we cannot see the surf hitting the beach from the boardwalk, even a short person can see the ocean from there, and a brief walk over the dunes gives a full panorama view. Some people got used to sitting on the boardwalk and watching the surf because the beach was covered with water and they could not even sit out there.

The beach reconstruction project was well planned, and is being well executed. The engineering studies that determined the height of the dunes were done by professionals working to protect our community. The existence of the dunes keeps the usable beach in place and helps keep it from being washed away.

The last thing we need to do is to diminish this protection, especially before settling, compaction from rain and wind erosion affect the height of the dunes.

We are so fortunate to have this project providing its many benefits — let’s not mess it up by a short-sighted action to reduce the dunes.

Lawrence R. Sherman
Bethany Beach, and Lancaster, Pa.

Big dunes a good thing in Bethany Beach

I knew this would happen. In fact, I warned the town two years ago that there would be people complaining because they would not be able to see over the dunes.

Apparently, these people have no concern that we might be hit by a hurricane. They also have no sense of anything environmental, which I also said two years ago when I attempted to give information to the town on how places in California handled a growing dune.

This dune will grow even larger, we hope, and plans must be in place, as they have in California, for “drawbridges” to be placed over the dune level for those visiting the beach and those accessing the beach from their beachfront homes. These drawbridges are engineered so that they can be raised higher as the dune level grows higher.

Everyone in town was so darn desperate for this beach replenishment. No one seemed to care about the dune part of the equation.

Having been a rescuer in New Orleans during hurricanes, and in other locales on the East Coast, I can tell you that even if you don’t care about the environment, you had better care more about you and your family’s safety, than you whine about not being able to directly see the ocean.

Carol E. McCormick
Bethany Beach