Author: Israel Roberson

Dunes Flattened, Trails Obliterated: Some Florida State Parks Undone by Hurricane Michael

James Call, Tallahassee Democrat, Oct. 18, 2018 “Much of the impacts observed so far have been ecological, many downed trees and branches,” said Shellabarger. Members of the Facebook group, Friends of the State Parks, report widespread damage at parks in Franklin, Gulf, Bay and Jackson counties. Billy Bailey, a member of the Caverns’ page, said it […]

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 — […]