Slide presentation beaches and hurricanes: 1995 in the Eastern Caribbean Islands
Slide 50: Diagram of adequate coastal development setbacks
Another way to protect coastal property and beaches is to ensure that buildings are positioned a safe distance behind the active beach zone. Each island has its own guidelines for beachfront development, so it is necessary to consult local planning authorities. Existing building setbacks should be regarded as minimum values. This diagram shows that with an adequate setback (or buffer zone), although the beach will be eroded during a storm, it will recover naturally after the storm. So the buildings are safe and the beach is conserved.
However, where there is an insufficient buffer zone, both the buildings and the beach are endangered.