Nestled in a quiet corner of North Beach, the Tatum Waterway is home to a cluster of buildings that showcase the bold, optimistic postwar architecture known as “Miami Modern” or “MiMo” — overhanging eaves, external staircases and poles shooting out of the ground like light beams.

But the waterfront neighborhood is also one of the lowest lying in Miami Beach. During king tide, the sea laps onto properties. When storms hit, the streets fill with water.

As the city moves ahead with plans to designate the Tatum Waterway a historic district, some property owners worry that could make it harder for them to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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