Miami Beach Recognizes Global Warming and Plans for Rising Seas

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on September 19, 2012

The City of Miami Beach joins few other cities across the county in recognizing the effects of global warming on rising sea levels and is making a plan to combat the costly problem. Flood waters bring smells, disease, property damage, and traffic problems, not to mention the millions in cleanup costs, and the Miami Beach has chosen to use the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s projections for rising flood waters due to the global warming in conjunction with known tidal patterns to minimize flooding, which will hopefully help maintain water quality. The Army has projected a rise of three to six-inches in the sea level over the next 20 years.

Other coastal cities have studied the consequences for their cities, but have been unable to come to an agreement as to what to do and when to start doing it. Miami Beach isn’t waiting. It’s wondering if it’s doing enough. Already residents at a recent planning meeting felt the city was being too conservative in its projections.

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