After Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, much of the spotlight focused on places that face the Atlantic or the Raritan Bay where homes and boardwalks were splintered into unrecognizable heaps of lumber. But the storm exposed the vulnerability of towns normally thought to be protected by the barrier islands, like Mystic Island in Little Egg Harbor and Beach Haven West in Stafford Township…"The defense that’s being done on the oceanside is linear. You can focus on just a line of defense. You can’t do that in the bay," said Michael Kennish, a research professor at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. "On the bayside, we have real headaches. We have real problems there."
/ / / In NJ’s back bay communities, flooding concerns continue after Sandy