Thank New York Governor for Proposing to Re-Shape Coastal Land Use

Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Applaud Governor Cuomo’s efforts to turn flood-prone neighborhoods into natural protection against storms and other natural disasters.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently proposed a plan to spend as much as $400 million to buy homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy in his state. Instead of rebuilding, Gov. Cuomo has proposed that the homes be demolished, leaving the flood-prone land as undeveloped coastline to act as a buffer against storms like Sandy. This forward-thinking move is something that should be praised as a positive step towards making our cities more resilient against increasingly dangerous and prevalent natural disasters.

Under this plan, residents who live in flood plains and whose houses were significantly damaged by Hurricane Sandy would be offered pre-storm values to sell their houses to the government. For homeowners in areas that are extremely flood-prone, more incentives to move would be offered. Many properties would be turned into natural buffers against storms, such as dunes and wetlands. Other areas would be turned into public parks.

In acknowledging that some areas of land are too vulnerable to be lived on, Governor Cuomo is taking a very needed step towards protecting Americans from the increasing threat of natural disasters. By incentivizing Americans to relocate from these areas, and by transforming them into natural buffers against inclement weather, Governor Cuomo is attempting to raise the quality of life for New Yorkers with a plan that should be duplicated around the nation.

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PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing today to applaud your proposal to turn flood-prone residential areas into buffers against natural disasters. With global temperatures on the rise, we must be vigilant in our efforts to protect people from the worst these disasters have to offer, and your flood zone proposal is an important start in the right direction.

It is vital that we as a nation recognize that some plots of land are too vulnerable to be habitable. Not only have you done that by attempting to move people from the hazardous areas of the New York coastline, but by proposing to turn these areas into natural protection against storms like Sandy you are making an important investment in our infrastructure. This is a forward-thinking plan that should not only be approved, but should be duplicated nation-wide.

Sincerely

[Your Name Here]

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