Developing Oceanfront Hotels on Built-Up Coasts: Resolving Public Access, Natural Hazards, and Community Character Conflicts

by David N. Kinsey, Kinsey & Hand, Princeton, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


In the mid 1980s, a resurgence of hotel development took place along the oceanfront of the northern shore of New Jersey, a 35 mile reach of barrier spits and headlands intensely developed with affluent year-round suburban towns, summer resorts, and two small cities with deteriorated beachfront amusement areas. This paper examines how these conflicts were addressed in five examples of hotel development in the 1980s on this built-up coast and speculates on the prospects for developing oceanfront hotels in the future. A brief review of the first century of hotel development along the northern Jersey shore and a primer on hotel development set the stage for these analyses.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Commercial buildings | Seas and oceans | Public opinion and participation | Natural disasters | Urban and regional development | Dispute resolution | Shores | New Jersey | United States

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