There is no conceivable way to get around the fact that we eventually will have to retreat. There are several ways to retreat, including buying out homes in low-lying, flood-prone areas and returning those areas to a more natural state; demolishing or moving buildings; and not rebuilding storm-damaged buildings. Simply fleeing from the beach by moving buildings one by one away from immediate danger won’t be enough. Planning should include keeping a community as intact as possible. Individual responses won’t maintain the recreational value of the beach and the all-important tourist industry.