CAPECODONLINE.COM: A year ago, the 8,313-square-foot home owned by Richard and Jennifer Schifter seemed safe, solidly ensconced on its 9-acre parcel, with almost 300 feet between the foundation and an eroding coastal bluff.
The sand, or lack of it, in front of those bluffs told the true story, however. Almost 300 feet of beach had been lost to erosion after a fast-moving current was born when a 2007 storm punched a hole in a barrier beach to the west and allowed Katama Bay to drain into the Atlantic.
In 2004, when the Schifters began building their new home, there was a wide sandy beach and a small pond between the bluff and the ocean. With an erosion rate of about a foot a day, both are long gone, and the home is now within 40 feet of the edge. The Schifters are in a race against time and tide to move their home.
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