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Viewers have been commenting in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Our editorial about state and federal plans to restore beach breaches on Fire Island got this e-mail from Richard Murdocco of Setauket:

“The policy of repairing beaches to shield waterfront communities from storm(s) isn’t sustainable. We should restore wetlands south of Montauk Highway and rebuild wisely. Nature will always prevail.”

And Gus Rappold of Massapequa weighed in on the Town of Hempstead’s idea to require gas stations to install backup generators:

“A mandate like this would put small dealers out of business. Heck, let’s just require everyone to have backup power. Hempstead is being very short sighted.”

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Nov 30, 2012
Who can forget waiting hours in the cold to fill up cars or gas cans? And remember all the stations that couldn’t pump gas because they lacked power? Now, Hempstead’s Town Board is considering requiring most gasoline stations in the town to install backup generators so they can operate during future storm emergencies…
Nov 20, 2012
For many South Shore communities, Fire Island’s barrier beaches are valued not only for their beauty, but for providing the first line of defense against devastating ocean storms. But those defenses were battered when Sandy’s raging waves breached Fire Island in three locations…