Connors has been one of the most vocal residents calling for major action to protect the homes, and he said Friday’s events were the result of a failure of action from federal and state government.
“We’ve been predicting this since 2010, and all we get is red tape and no solutions,” he said. “We have been precluded from taking tried-and-true actions to protect our homes because of environmental restrictions.”
When asked about critics who argue that it’s no one’s fault but their own for building homes on the coast, Connors said the Commonwealth has been encouraging coastal development for centuries, but has now decided to turn its back on those in need.
“Back in 2007 and 2008, there was hundreds of feet of beach and hundreds of feet of dunes,” Connors said. As the waves smashed into the supports holding up his house, causing the building to shake each time. “But people see us here now and say, ‘Why would you build a home here?’’
“The entire coast of Massachusetts has been compromised and needs to be refortified,” he said. “We keep being told we need to wait for studies. We’re out of time.”