What saved Seaside? After Sandy, New Jersey community studies South Walton

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 08:00 AM.

The town’s design is described as “New Urbanism.” The zoning code requires a white picket fence and a front porch for each house. The town was designed to encourage visitors to park their cars on arrival and walk or ride a bike for transportation, said Smith.

None of the homes have a grass-covered yard. Like Cape May Point, homes are landscaped with natural vegetation and indigenous plants.

She said while the original design was for Seaside to be a residential community, it evolved into a tourist destination.
Like Cape May, Seaside is a half-day’s drive from major cities. In Seaside’s case, the major cities are Atlanta, Ga., Birmingham, Ala. and Nashville, Tenn.

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