High-Speed Trains, Storm Surges – Tuesday’s Roundup

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High-Speed Trains
How would you like a high-speed train line from Atlantic City to New York? Last week Atlantic City’s council took a step toward making that dream into an actual plan, by unanimously approving a resolution to support a direct high-speed rail link through Tom’s River to the Big Apple. The idea – led by 6th ward Councilman Jesse Kurtz – is to get the project on the desks of New Jersey congressmen who could help it make a list of state infrastructure projects as President Trump considers a federal infrastructure plan. Read more, via Route 40.

Shot taken in Mays Landing by Francesca Migliorati (@bilitis25 on Instagram.)

Storm  Surges
Yup, it’s not in South Jersey, but how Jacksonville handles unexpected record flooding caused by a “trifecta of factors” – heavy rainfall, storm surge and lunar tides – could provide some useful lessons for our area. Here’s a piece from Jacksonville.com on the scale of the emergency there. Parts of Georgia are also still under threat as rain continues – this LA Times piece looks at storm surge maps with expected rainfall. And here’s where the National Hurricane Center keeps its interactive maps so that you can see how a storm surge would affect your area. Also – read this Route Fifty look at whether higher flood insurance premiums could affect local government revenue.

In the rest of the day’s news, Dr James Kauffman’s arraignment has been set, read the Inquirer’s Kevin Riordan on Miss America’s pivot to ‘substance’, the Delaware River Basin Commission is moving to ban fracking (but it maybe leaves the door open to future fracking in the state), read about Jim Whelan’s philosophy of life, gnats are swarming in the Delaware Bay area, Bay Head homeowners have lost their court battle against Christie’s push for wider beaches and dunes, and Politico has a behind-paywall piece on Horizon downgrading Shore Medical Center to OMNIA Tier 2 status. All that and more below:

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