Rip-Rap work down around Newport on the Oregon coast has a bunch of folks stirred up, with Lefties claiming it'll screw up the beaches and that anybody dumb enough to build near the ocean should just take their lumps and let the sea swallow their home, hotel, or whatever. Some point to the ill-fated Bayocean development, built a century ago on a sand-spit separating Tillamook Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
Bayocean was the sort of planned community that'd send tingles up Portland mayor Sam Adams' leg: a walkable, 20-minute neighborhood with retail, its very own natatorium, and even a small railroad. Unfortunately, due to its location, Pacific storms washed the whole thing away. Lefties seem to believe that the same sort of thing should be allowed to happen all up and down the coast, and they're mightily opposed to the ongoing rip-rap project around Newport.
It's a good thing they weren't around to gripe when the jetties were constructed at places like the entrance to Tillamook Bay and Yaquina Bay, or there'd be no fishing, no freight, and certainly no NOAA operations base. It's an interesting thing: Lefties oppose change except in those cases wherein the change allows them to dictate how everybody else should live.
Here in Portland, for example, they prattle on about how wonderful the kitchen slop-buckets are, how great composting and recycling are, and how it's no big deal that garbage pickups were autocratically reduced from weekly to twice-monthly (with no reduction in costs). The city-employed Lefties admonish unhappy residents that they know that "change can be hard", while telling the angry recipients of Portland's food-waste "composting" odors way out there in North Plains that they'll just have to get used to it.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Lefties in general appear to have irrationally high levels of self-esteem.