Miami Herald Editorial Board, Palm Beach Post, January 10, 2020
Talk is cheap, and time is running out for Florida to get on with the difficult and expensive task of protecting its citizens from rising seas along its 1,197-mile coastline.
So, it’s welcome news that lawmakers are getting behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pledge to prepare Florida for the environmental, physical and economic impacts of sea-level rise.
DeSantis took the first step in August with the appointment of Julia Nesheiwat as Florida’s chief resilience officer. The Lake County native reports directly to the governor and appears well qualified to quarterback his environmental protection efforts. Her appointment was a huge and welcome paradigm shift after eight years of DeSantis’ predecessor, Rick Scott, whose efforts to deal with climate change consisted of pretending it doesn’t exist.
Now, the Legislature appears poised to give Nesheiwat a team that can deliver desperately needed resiliency results. SPB 7016 and HB 1073 put flesh on the bones and money in the bank for a Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force within a Governor’s Statewide Office of Resiliency. Read More