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Conn's interest in berms, dunes grows after Sandy

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FAIRFIELD, CT (AP) -

Devastating flooding from Superstorm Sandy has sparked growing interest in building berms and sand dunes for protection along the Connecticut coast. But the idea faces obstacles, including concerns about obstructed views in a swath of land with some of the nation's priciest real estate.

Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Stamford and West Haven are among the municipalities exploring dunes or earthen berms to prevent flooding. The state is interested as well.

New Jersey officials are convinced dunes offer effective protection. They have moved aggressively to seize land to build part of a protective sand dune system along all 127 miles of the state's oceanfront.

Experts say Connecticut's shoreline generally doesn't front the ocean and has smaller beaches, rocky outcrops and privately owned properties that pose challenges to major dune projects.

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