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Wow! I found that there's a breakwaters project in construction in Tottenville, in Staten Island. It was designed by SCAPE, Kate Orff's office.

Aha! And they established a Living Breakwaters Curriculum to teach students about breakwaters!

But I finally found a Pros and Cons list for breakwaters. It lists the major 'con' for fixed breakwaters as cost. Which seems a little silly to me.

This wiki page on Coastal breakwaters dives deeper into the weeds of hydrophysics which I really appreciated. However, I think this is opening up more questions for me and it feels a little discouraging.

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