Sea level rise IS the biggest issue facing Florida, even bigger than the lack of mass transit within the state. Florida is facing a ticking time bomb in dealing with this issue which our statewide political leadership taking its cue from Governor Rick Scott has been unwilling to even view as a matter of reality.
This week Reuters had a feature story on the race to save Miami and how time perhaps has already run out to maintain the area as is. The Miami Beach of the glamour era from the 1940’s onward to today, one of the most recognizable and famous locales in the entire United States may be doomed irrespective of what is done now. Mayor Phillip Levine has pledged aggressive action which Reuters suggests is only a temporary solution and the barrier island remains at tremendous risk. On the Miami side of the bay, Reuters reports thoughts are already underway to perhaps abandon some areas that are vulnerable and relocate residents to higher ground.
The entire state’s economy has strong ties to the Miami area and the failure to act on sea rise level isn’t simply a local problem. It’s a statewide one, because Miami remains to this date the largest economic driver for the state as a whole.