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Warning to Local Governments: Adopt Climate Adaptation Strategies or Face Credit Downgrades

Mark Hand, Think Progress, Nov. 28, 2017 Credit rating agencies have gained a reputation for downplaying the impacts of climate change on local governments. While cities have seen their credit ratings suffer after experiencing devastation from storm-related flooding and winds, jurisdictions have not faced a credit downgrade for failing to address climate risks before the damage is […]

House Hurricane Panel Tackles Storm

Dan Sweeney, SunSentinel, Dec. 4, 2017 With ideas ranging from helping nursing homes during power outages to abandoning development in high-risk coastal areas entirely, a Florida Housepanel is considering which of 141 proposals to present during the upcoming legislative session. “I didn’t think we’d get through this,” said Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness chairwoman […]

Gulfport Flooding Fix in the Works

Sarah Hollenbeck, ABC Action News, Dec. 8, 2017 GULFPORT, Fla. — When Gulfport residents hear rain is in the forecast, they worry! Just one hour of heavy rain can flood streets in the waterfront town, especially during the rainy summer months or hurricane season. The good news is a flooding fix is happening right now! Construction […]

Edwards, Brandes File Bills to Prevent Wastewater DIscharges

Staff, Sunshine State News, Dec. 11, 2017 n order to encourage public and private utilities to upgrade the infrastructure supporting their wastewater treatment and pumping systems, two legislators have filed companion bills to offer incentives and create programs to help utilities gain compliance with today’s industry standards. Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, has filed HB 837 and Republican […]

There’s a Hidden Cost to Climate Change. Many Floridians Could Foot the Bill.

Alex Harris, Miami Herald, Dec. 12, 2017 Waiting to address climate change could cost taxpayers in coastal cities — particularly in highly vulnerable Florida — in a way that not even the most progressive resiliency planners have considered. Leaving the growing risk of rising seas unaddressed is going to hurt municipal and government credit scores, […]