Month: October 2018

Far From the Shattered Coast, Hurricane Michael Packed an Unexpected Punch

Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, Oct. 13, 2018 MARIANNA, Fla. — After carving a path of despair along the coast of Florida’s Panhandle, Hurricane Michael drubbed the state’s inland rural communities with such unexpected brutal force that it left residents and officials stunned — and facing a daunting recovery. That a ferocious storm could blast north […]

Aging Florida Sewage Systems Pose Threat to Health-and Tourism, Real Estate

Op-Ed by Brandon D. Shuler, USF, Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 10, 2018 Many Florida utilities rely on aging sewage systems that have not been upgraded in some cases since the 1950s. Florida’s fragile ecosystems and economies should not be threatened by the inevitable spills and breakdowns that occur in these systems. Florida should to take a comprehensive […]

Miami-Dade Gets a Price Break in Sea Level Rise Studies

Jesse Scheckner, Miami Today, Oct. 9, 2018 Two $3 million studies to assess Miami-Dade’s risk of storm flooding, sea level rise and the feasibility of reauthorizing a half-century beach erosion and hurricane protection project will commence at no cost to the county. Commissioners last week unanimously approved agreements to OK the studies conducted by Army engineers […]

Miami Wealth Manager’s Real Estate Forecast: Prices Go Down as Sea-Rise Risks Go Up

Alex Harris, Miami Herald, Oct. 8, 2018 Marc Singer, who runs a $1.5 billion wealth management company based in Coral Gables, has of late been giving his clients some investment advice that may sound surprising: Get out of South Florida real estate. His reasoning for easing out of the region’s famously hot market? Climate change — […]

During Peak King Tide Season, FAU Researchers Talk About Sea-Level Rise Resiliency

Caitie Switalski, WLRN, Oct. 8, 2018 Florida Atlantic University student Bridget Huston is collecting stories from people in her community about flooding. With a team at the university’s Florida Center For Environmental Studies, she’s looking at flood maps, or projections for how high water is estimated to rise during floods. Then she’s comparing them to people’s accounts of […]

As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair

Kevin Sack & John Schwartz, New York Times, Oct. 8, 2019 DAVANT, La. — In the exact spot where Hurricane Katrina demolished the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center, a new $105 million jail now hovers 19 feet above the marsh, perched atop towering concrete pillars. Described by a state official as the “Taj Mahal” of Louisiana corrections, it […]

Hurricane Michael reminds Us Why We Should Love Barrier islands

Anne Linhoss, Navy times, Oct. 11, 2018 When storms like Hurricane Michael make landfall, the first things they hit often are barrier islands — thin ribbons of sand that line the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It’s hard to imagine how these narrow strips can withstand such forces, but in fact, many of them have buffered our shores for centuries. […]

Hurricane Michael Hit the Parts of Florida Least Prepared to Flee Its Wrath

ARIAN MARSHALL TRANSPORTATION 10.11.18 07:30 PM On Wednesday morning, Hurricane Michael barreled through the Florida panhandle. The most powerful storm to hit the region since record-keeping began in the mid-19th century ran roughshod over the state’s northwest coasts, damaging two local hospitals enough that they have started evacuating their patients from the area—even after the storm has […]