We walked one of the boardwalks to the beach where a few people were taking advantage of a pretty day. The sand was well packed as the tide had long since gone out.
We headed north toward the lighthouse and came upon a wall constructed of steel pilings. It was holding back the washing away of the sand to the south, at least for a time.
I looked out over this forlorn stretch of northward beach; trees uprooted and washing into the sea one by one.
Much effort is spent on engineering techniques, but these only delay further loss. Seawalls and groynes “provide short-term solutions and long-term problems.” (http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/resources/oceanography-book/coastalerosion.htm) We try to save the beaches and beach development because it suits our immediate need. Is this our appropriate role as good stewards of our evolving earth?