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Update of Marine Debris and Derelict Vessel Removal in Canal Waters

Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, Nov. 15, 2017 Since Category 4 Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, 2017, more than 2.3 million cubic yards of hurricane debris — both vegetative and construction/demolition — and more than 19,000 destroyed white goods (large appliances) have been removed along roads throughout the Florida Keys. The deadline to […]

Miami Forever Funds Can Transform City Ability to Combat Sea-Level Rise

Temperince Morgan, Miami Herald, Nov. 21, 2017 Voters in the city of Miami recently approved the Miami Forever Bond, sending a strong signal that Miamians of all political stripes recognize the reality of sea-level rise and urban flooding — and are serious about combating it. Miami residents also gave city leaders a tremendous opportunity to […]

North Florida Land Trust, Partners Focus on Creating Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor

Teresa Stepzinski, Florida Times-Union, Nov. 23, 2017 The alliance might seem unlikely at first glance. But preserving wildlife habitat and water resources spanning public and private land throughout North Florida is dovetailing with the military’s mission to protect the nation. The North Florida Land Trust, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit that champions land conservation is forging partnerships […]

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 […]