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Florida: Cutler Bay imposes moratorium on development to study impact of sea level rise - first of its kind in Miami-Dade County

The town of Cutler Bay has imposed a six-month moratorium on development to study the impact of sea level rise.

Since mid-July, all properties east of Old Cutler Road have been under the moratorium, impacting about half the city. The town has been researching environmental regulations aimed at addressing sea level rise and ensuring sustainable development in the future, according to the unanimously approved ordinance initiating the moratorium.

“We want to look at, if and when we have new developments, what can we do to protect more of the natural environment?” said town manager Rafael Casals.

The moratorium appears to be the first of its kind in Miami-Dade County, and Cutler Bay has led the region in other areas as well with its Green Master Plan. As of Oct. 1, Cutler Bay became the first municipality in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to receive a 30 percent discount on its flood insurance premiums for residents. It is only the third in the state to do so.

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