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Trump to Roll Back Obama’s Flood Standards for Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had signed a sweeping executive order to eliminate and streamline some permitting regulations and to speed construction of roads, bridges and pipelines, declaring that the moves would fix a “badly broken” infrastructure system in America and bring manufacturing jobs back to the country. In an explosive […]

Trump Administration Disbands Climate-Change Advisory Panel

In yet another move that indicates the White House does not take the threat of climate change seriously, the Trump administration has disbanded a federal advisory panel that worked to translate the government’s climate data into actionable insight for policymakers and the private sector, according to a report in the Washington Post. The 15-member Advisory […]

City of Sarasota Starts Preparing for Risks Associated With Sea Level Rise

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 […]

In Booming South Florida, Another Hurricane Andrew Could Be a $300 billion Catastrophe

MIAMI — Twenty-five years ago last month, Hurricane Andrew unleashed its Category 5 wrath on South Florida, sending a catastrophic reminder about the dangers of living in the heart of “hurricane alley.” But drive along any coastline in Florida today and you’ll find construction cranes as plentiful as palm trees as developers rush to build […]

4 Lessons From Hurricane Andrew

It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew struck the coast of Florida on August 24, 1992. The state was no match for the 17-foot storm surge and high winds the category 5 storm produced. Andrew became the costliest disaster in U.S. history when it struck Florida and Louisiana, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), […]