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Lawmaker Wants to Model Flood Insurance Reform After Citizens Takeout Program

The depopulation program that keeps state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. from growing too large should be a model for reforming flood insurance nationwide. That’s the idea a Florida lawmaker is promoting as Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize a National Flood Insurance Program burdened by $24.6 billion of debt and ever-rising premiums State […]

FLASH, FEMA Launch DisasterSmart – Leadership for a Resilient Future

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In honor of Building Safety Month, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced DisasterSmart – Leadership for a Resilient Future, an initiative designed for leaders seeking to enhance community resilience before and after natural disasters. The initiative provides commentary, […]

Creating a ‘Resilience Movement’

Natural catastrophes are increasing in severity and frequency, resulting in greater losses. Disaster losses along the eastern United States coast are projected to escalate in the coming years, in part because of spikes in building and property development. To continue reading the full article, please go here:

Where Miami Might Undo Development to Deal with Sea-Level Rise

Mike Seemuth, The Real Deal, 6/10/2017 Shorecrest might become the first neighborhood in Miami where efforts to deal with sea-level rise would include demolishing structures in areas prone to flooding and returning the land to nature. Scientists and government officials who participate in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact have considered alternatives to installing […]

Mainland Miami Ponders Returning Neighborhoods to Nature in Order to Survive Rising Seas

David Smiley, Miami Herald, 6/9/2017 On mainland Miami, miles away from the pumps that keep Biscayne Bay from slowly swallowing South Beach, the neighborhood around Ray Chasser’s riverfront house sometimes seems like it’s drowning one high tide at a time. When the moon is full and the bay bloated, a salty soup comes seeping forth […]

Local Governments, More or Less, Tackling Effects of Climate Change

Hannah Morse, Bradenton Herald, 6/9/2017 MANATEE – In the future, Holmes Beach City Hall may be reachable only by boat. Predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show seaside cities gradually taking on water like a weather-worn ship. Granted, these aren’t immediate changes — the median prediction of sea level rise will reach up […]

This is a Huge Mistake: Florida Politicians React to Trump’s Exit from Climate Deal

Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald, 6/1/2017 In South Florida, one of the regions in the country most threatened by rising seas, President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw Thursday from the Paris climate-change accord was not popular among politicians — even some from the president’s Republican Party. Some Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, […]