Keyport Borough Administrator Pete Valesi pointed out to me that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t recommend 18 feet for the height of the waterfront’s new bulkhead: They recommended anywhere from 8 to 20 feet.
While that certainly changes the scope of the situation, it doesn’t change my opinion that there is clearly a disconnect between the Army Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who would probably come into Keyport and recommend the borough put up the next Great Wall in order to “properly” protect it from a flood.
These floods FEMA speaks of have a one percent change of occurring every 100 years. That’s going to be one heck of a flood.
I don’t understand how two government agencies can have such conflicting recommendations. One seems genuinely concerned and looking to partake in meaningful shore protection projects, while the other is looking to get its hands in the Bayshore pocketbook.