Prof Steffen Schmidt, political scientists and coastal policy expert discusses. Much has changed since the days before Katrina and especially before Sandy. Coastal policy and coastal areas were not high on the food chain of "critical" policy areas in the United States. Now there is a flurry of activity and a robust if not always very fair regulation "up ramp." Flood insurance subsidies by the federal government have ended causing a profound nightmare for millions of coastal property owners. New federal efforts to establish coastal zone planning and forecasting especially on the East Coast are in full swing. Neighbors are fighting with each other about building new and very high dunes to protect the shore and coastal towns. Coastal Policy as a science and practice is now a hot commodity!