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Dewey Beach Trying To Prepare For Sea Level Rise

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DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Reports for the next hundred years have sea level rise going up about 12 inches in Delaware.

Delaware's coastal program predicts substantial flooding for Dewey Beach properties due to sea level rise so the town is trying to plan for the future.

The Dewey Beach Planning Commission is presenting a report on what can be done to help keep everyone and everything safe for the possible water increase.

Tricia Goode and Burke Meyers have vacationed in Dewey Beach for years and say they've seen changes in the area.

"It's absolutely necessary to take the environment into consideration," Goode said. "We know the earth is getting warm and the sea levels are rising so if you're going to build then you need to build higher and maybe a little bit away from the beach.

There aren't any specific zoning changes on the table but the planning commission wants to reduce run-off from new construction and help properties in designated flood plains.

"Every time there's a storm it gets noticeably closer to the dunes and does damage to the dunes so absolutely it is affected," Meyers said.

If there are zoning changes in the future, the town wants to make sure the character of Dewey Beach is kept intact. Burke Meyers says change isn't doesn't have to mean different.

"I don't think having a building built on pillars versus the ground will change that, it will still look like a quaint beach town,"  he said.

You can read the commission's full report here.

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