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Solar-Powered Traffic Lights Could Be Part of Miami Storm Resilience

Rachel Dovey, Next City, Nov. 21, 2017 Miami-Dade County has become a champion of creative solar policy over the last few years. Now one South Florida official wants to see the region’s traffic lights go off-grid. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava was horrified by the “mayhem” she witnessed at the metro area’s intersections after Hurricane Irma, when […]

South Shores: A Historic Neighborhood Near It’s End?

Staff, Metro Jacksonville, November 26, 2017 Harrison Reed is an important political figure in Jacksonville’s (Florida’s?) history that we don’t hear much about today. Born in Littleton, Massachusetts in 1813, Reed was appointed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to be the Tax Commissioner in Florida to deal with sales and disposition of confiscated Confederate property. […]

Van Alen Institute Launches Miami ‘Sea-Level Rise Challenge.”

Josh Baumgard, Curbed Miami, Nov. 28, 2017 The Van Alen Institute recently launched an $850,000 design initiative seeking innovative solutions to protect Miami and surrounding South Florida from the consequences of sea level rise. Keeping Current: A Sea-Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami has support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight […]

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 […]