In a speech this morning, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a new set of plans to help the city prepare for whatever natural disaster comes next. And while he scoffed at the widely-suggested idea that New York City build some kind of sea wall to keep the storm surges out, he did say the city will expand evacuation zone A, change building codes in waterfront areas, and invest in protecting transportation and power infrastructure.

In particular, the mayor announced that Howard Beach, Gerritsen Beach, and East Williamsburg would be moved into Zone A, and that beachfront homes would be given loosened heigh restrictions so as to avoid flooding (which will probably lead to more homes looking like this). According to the New York Times, Bloomberg offered few specifics in the way of how the city will protect its transportation, but did mention that Con Ed had spent $250 million to fortify its storm defenses.

Bloomberg was adamant that the city wouldn’t retreat from the water. “Let me be clear,” he said. “We are not going to abandon the waterfront. We are not going to leave the Rockaways or Coney Island or Staten Island’s South Shore.”

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