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Miami-Dade Focuses On Plan To Deal With Rising Sea Levels

Miami-Dade Focuses On Plan To Deal With Rising Sea Levels

A seven-member panel in Miami-Dade County known as the Sea Level Rise Task Force continues meeting and plans to offer the county commission a report detailing recommendations for dealing with the projected rise in sea levels off the Florida coast.

Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade County's clerk of courts, former county commissioner, and, now, chairman of the task force says the projections are for a rise in sea level of two to three feet by the year 2060. 

Ruvin says that's the date by which the group is setting its timeline for advancing the engineering and infrastructure in Miami-Dade County.

One of the biggest issues the county would face without upgrades would be the uninsurability of certain areas because of the projected sea levels.

In fact, that was the message from an insurance analyst with Swiss RE, one of the industry's reinsurers, who testified at the Senate's field hearing on sea level rise in Miami Beach last week.

That hearing, titled "Leading the Way: Adapting to South Florida's Changing Coastline," was led by Florida Senator Bill Nelson.

 

 

 

 

(Photo: Joe Raedle / 2014 Getty Images)

 

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