FL - The Climate Picture in South Florida by 2100 Is ‘Not Pretty’ | Opinion
As part of its series “The Business of Climate Change,” which highlights the climate views of business men and women throughout the state, The Invading Sea spoke with Albert Slap, president of Coastal Risk Consulting, a company that offers a combination of tech and reporting services meant to help clients better understand and plan for climate-related issues.
Here are some highlights from the interview.
You’re in the Palm Beach County area. What are some of the things that you’ve seen there with climate change?
At least in the next 30 to 40 years, you can’t make doom-and-gloom predictions for large areas. You really have to drill down into a more granular look at properties, roadways, communities, local governments and counties.
Do you have any examples of where Florida is doing things right when it comes to climate change and how they meet those particular challenges?
The Department of Environmental Protection has a coastal vulnerability grant program for local governments and they give out about $2 million a year. These grants provide funding for local governments to do studies of what’s coming at them now and in the future so that they can better prepare for it. I think that’s one really outstanding program for the state of Florida. And I think that that type of funding and those types of programs will only increase.
How did you come up with the idea for Coastal Risk Consulting?
I retired after 40 years of practicing environmental trial law, but I wasn’t done. I realized there was a technology play here to create in the cloud a system, a technology, that would do fast, accurate and affordable risk assessments. And we started in the coastal area, but now we do inland, all over the United States.