Facing rising sea levels and greater insurance risk, Southern Florida braces for relocations, new flood design standards, and more

April 12, 2017

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The rate of sea level rise and the frequency of extreme weather events has increased drastically in South Florida. Over the lifetime of a mortgage, flooding in South Florida could threaten tens of billions of dollars of real estate and upend development in the country’s tenth largest metropolitan area. Architects, planners and developers are just beginning to overhaul the urban landscape, laying the groundwork for a transformation of building codes, municipal infrastructure and design norms that could protect the city from rising seas.