In 2006, a couple who owned a house across the street from Bayview Beach decided to move to Bethel. They were environmentalists. They had heard a local speaker warn about the impacts of storm surges and climate change for low-lying areas of Milford, and decided on an orderly retreat.
Milford’s Plan of Conservation and Development, drafted soon after Tropical Storm Irene, recommends making the same decision. But what exactly is an “orderly retreat?” What might this strategy imply for Milford 50 years from now? Given the character and scale of the problem, some sort of retreat is inevitable, but “orderly” is likely to be much more varied that it appears.