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FEMA Rolling Out New Flood Zone maps for Tampa Bay Counties

Malena Carollo, Tampa Bay Times, Sept. 26, 2018. Thousands of Tampa Bay-area property owners could soon find themselves with new flood zone designations on their homes and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a years-long study to update flood zone maps in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. The maps represent the government’s estimate […]

Keeping Housing Affordable-and Afloat

Maya Bell, Univ. of Miami News, Sept. 25, 2018 The Office of Civic and Community Engagement receives a $300,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase to tackle both of South Florida’s most vexing housing challenges together. Being No. 1 may be a point of pride when discussing football, but greater Miami finds itself in the unenviable position of […]

Advocates Cheer ‘Significant Wins’ For Resilience Efforts in Miami-Dade’s New Budget

Kate Stein, WLRN, Sept. 26, 2018 Miami-Dade commissioners last week approved a budget that many community groups say is a good step for making the county more resilient against climate change and other quality-of-life challenges. The Miami Climate Alliance is an umbrella organization of more than 50 non-profits and community groups. Members focus on a range of issues including hurricane preparedness, […]

Conserving Water through Rain Water Harvesting

Luke Harlow, Clay Today, Oct. 3, 2018 Water resources in Florida are increasing in demand from all sides; residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial. As our state is projected to increase in population by 6 million people by 2030, many are wondering how we are going to keep up with the increasing demand of water. There are […]

Red Tide, Take Warning

Opinion by Randy Wayne White, New York Times, Sept. 29, 2018   SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. — As the Spanish cartographer Juan López de Velasco sailed along southwest Florida in 1575, he was greeted by a sight that became odiously familiar this summer to those on the peninsula he mapped for the Spanish Empire so long ago. […]

Nearly $300 Million in BP Oil Spill Restoration Funds Still Pouring Into Florida

Janelle Taylor, Florida Politics, Oct 1, 2018 The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council approved nearly $300 million in projects to restore and protect Florida’s Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday. The Council is comprised of the five Governors from the states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/BP spill and several federal agencies. […]

North Carolina Learns More Lessons from Latest Storm

Pam Russel, Engineering News Record, Oct. 3, 2018 There’s no big wall planned to protect North Carolina’s coast from storm surge. There’s no massive tunnel system proposed to keep floodwaters away from populated areas. There are no grant-funded resilience competitions to help the state plan to manage water more effectively. There are, though, dozens of smaller […]