In this, the eighteenth title in Duke University Press’s Living With the Shore series, the authors present a "user’s guide" to the coastal zone of Puerto Rico. Presenting a geological appraisal of the history, dynamics, and hazards of the island’s coastline, Living With the Puerto Rico Shore is the first in the series to examine a tropical region and the first to examine an area outside the continental United States.
The book provides detailed descriptions of the entire shoreline, noting the specific coastal hazards of each coastal reach. These hazards include coastal erosion, storm surge flooding, and potential damage from earthquakes. Where high-density development or significant roads and utilities are particularly at risk, these are also noted. The effects that sand mining, seawalls, jetties, and other attempts at coastal engineering have had on the island are examined. Finally, the authors discuss historical and legal aspects of coastal planning in Puerto Rico, presenting guidelines for selecting building sites.
Of interest to all concerned with protecting our shores and beaches and useful to the coastal planner and manager, Living With the Puerto Rico Shore contains an extensive bibliography and a list of agencies involved in coastal issues.
List of Figures, Tables, and Coastal Risk Maps xi
1. Puerto Rico in Perspective 1
2. Coastal Dynamics 17
3. Strategic Responses to Shoreline Retreat: Do's and Don'ts of Stabilization 32
4. Other Hazards 48
5. Selecting a Site in Puerto Rico: Recognizing the Hazards of Coastal Living 55
6. A Hazard's-Eye View of the Puerto Rico Coast: Evaluating Your Shoreline 60
7. Coastal Management in Puerto Rico 139
A. Hurricane Checklist 147
B. A Guide to Federal and Commonwealth Agencies Involved in Coastal Development 151
C. Useful References 162
Duke University Press has published a series, Living with the Shore, to educate the determined shore dweller. Maps show what is happening on each stretch of beach, in enough detail to cover specific homesites. The books offer guidelines for buying and building at the shore. They list federal, state, and local agencies that are involved in coastal development, as well as give up-to-date information on laws that regulate land use."—Kelly Walker, Forbes