South Florida tries to hold back the sea

June 1, 2017

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Responses to sea level rise—both by the public and by local government—vary across Florida. Current and potential homeowners in Tallahassee seem to be conducting business as usual, but residents and government officials in Miami Beach are taking serious steps to ensure property owners can be confident in their investments in the face of sea level rise. Floridians across the state are taking out policies with the National Flood Insurance Program—which is up for reauthorization thanks to draft legislation proposed in April—more than in any other state.  In a state where property taxes make up over one-third of the state’s revenue, the local government runs the risk of losing valuable income if current and potential homeowners are pushed out by sea level rise.