Seawalls: fix first, file later

As it did after Tropical Storm Irene, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is temporarily streamlining the repair and rebuilding of certain seawalls, bulkheads and revetments damaged or destroyed by Storm Sandy.

For previously permitted structures that were built before 1995 or are protecting a home or infrastructure that was built before 1995, owners will be allowed to rebuild them to the same height and on the same footprint immediately and submit the necessary paperwork afterwards. But that paperwork must be in by May 30, 2013.

Owners will still need to comply with any local approvals and are advised to contact their city or town first.

This does not apply to any new seawalls or structures, those that were never permitted, or those that are being enlarged. Additional information is available on the DEEP website.