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Yvonne Abraham

A line in the sand on Plum Island

The sooner we face this, the less painful it will be: Those beach houses on Plum Island are doomed. They shouldn’t be there in the first place. And we should be planning for a future when they won’t be.

The images we’ve seen coming out of Newbury over the past couple of weeks have been heartbreaking: homes sliding into the water during the March 7 storm; others demolished; residents desperately trying to protect those that remain, with stone barriers the state will likely declare ­illegal come summer.

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