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FL - Protecting Miami from rising seas will take more than just a wall

You’ve probably heard about the plans to build a six-mile, $6 billion wall across Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami to protect the city from a massive hurricane storm surge.

You’ve probably heard about the plans to build a six-mile, $6 billion wall across Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami to protect the city from a massive hurricane storm surge.

Whatever your thoughts about that, two important points are clear: The wall won’t get built for years to come, if ever, and it won’t get built if the people of Miami don’t want it.

First, a little background: We got to this point following the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, when Congress authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to identify coastal areas particularly vulnerable to hurricanes.

Miami jumped to the top of the list in 2018 because it was already experiencing bouts of climate change-induced flooding, Miami-Dade County’s population of over 2 million people, its flat terrain and Miami’s location smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Alley.

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