SARASOTA — Could the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall someday be at risk of being inundated by rising tides? What about a major tourist attraction such as the St. Armands Circle business district, vital thoroughfares such as U.S. 41 or waterfront homes on tidal-influenced creeks such as Whitaker Bayou?

Although some residents are skeptical about sea level rise while others think the ramification of climate change is definitely an impending threat, city of Sarasota officials say they prefer to be cautious and prepared.

To what extent climate change could impact this city with miles and miles of coastline in the decades ahead is far from a certainty.

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