Southeast
Southeast
Tourism

SC - Hilton Head considers urging islanders to shelter in place since sheriff can’t enforce

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Southeast
Tourism

SC - Uneven SC beach closures anger residents, guests | COVID-19

Tempers flared on both sides of the barricades and some coastal South Carolina towns regrouped after the abrupt beach restrictions were put in place late last week because of the new coronavirus.

Southeast
Engineering

GA - Court of appeals rules in county's favor in beach nourishment zoning dispute

The Georgia Court of Appeals came down on the side of Glynn County in a lawsuit alleging the county had violated its own zoning ordinance.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Lost in the Everglades

Living in Geologic Time: An unintentional adventure in the River of Grass shows how Florida has changed dramatically over 15,000 years of human habitation.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Folly Beach residents protest visitors returning after coronavirus restrictions lifted

FOLLY BEACH — Residents protested the reopening of the island to visitors Saturday morning amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Southeast
Local

SC - Town of Edisto Beach -- on the sea islands -- adds more public access restrictions, blocks new short-term rentals

EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCIV) — In an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Town of Edisto Beach expanded restrictions on access by the general public.

Southeast
Waterways

GA - Judge won't halt salvage of capsized ship on Georgia coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge ruled she will not halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast while a salvage company that lost the job to a competitor sues the U.S. Coast Guard.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Traffickers Shipping Thousands of Florida Turtles to Asia

Traffickers in Florida are shipping thousands of land and freshwater turtles from Florida to Asia.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - SC tourism leaders want visitors quarantined to slow COVID-19: ‘We don’t want them here’

The coronavirus outbreak has lawmakers in South Carolina’s coastal tourism areas calling for the unimaginable — telling visitors to stay home.

Southeast
Property

FL - Climate gentrification threatens Miami's last affordable housing

A new documentary and accompanying story from CBSN entitled, "Rising Tide: Priced Out in Miami," detailing how the threat of climate change and sea level rise is causing more wealthy, seaside residents to move inland threatening Miamis affordable housing stock.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - The party moved to sandbars after Hilton Head restricted beach access for coronavirus

As access to Hilton Head Island’s beaches was restricted Saturday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there were reports of people jumping in boats and congregating on sandbars throughout Beaufort County.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Coalition looks at strategies for Ponce Inlet flooding

Citing staggering projections for sea level rise, an increase of stronger hurricanes and heavier rainfall events in the future, representatives from the American Flood Coalition and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council discussed disaster preparedness with Ponce Inlet Town Council members, residents and dignitaries during a special meeting March 10.

Caribbean
Federal

NOAA seeks proposals to help develop world's best weather forecast model

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued on Monday, March 23, and calls for an award of up to $45 million for 5 years. Offerors have until May 11, 2020 to submit proposals. For more information, please see the EPIC Synops

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Deputies: 3 arrested on Florida beach after violating Governor's coronavirus order

BAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Three people were arrested in Florida on Wednesday after violating Governor Ron DeSantis' order of not gathering in large crowds on the beach.

Coastwide
Science

Early Look: 2020 Hurricane Season Might Be Above Average

Preliminary 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are suggesting an above average hurricane season .

Southeast
Engineering

GA - Sea level rise challenges storm water system

At the highest natural tides, some local storm water infrastructure is already swamped, and the situation will worsen as sea levels continue to rise, consultants told the Chatham County Commission Friday. March 6.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA - New Progress on Mapping U.S. Ocean, Coastal, Great Lakes Waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.

Southeast
Waterways

SC - Charleston ports agency starts process to sell key waterfront site

The State Ports Authority has hired hotel developer Lowe to work with Charleston government and community leaders on a plan to redevelop part of the authority’s Union Pier — a prime site along Charleston Harbor near downtown’s Waterfront Park.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Miami's South Beach is shut down: Spring Break revelers are ordered to go home amid coronavirus pandemic

Florida's famed South Beach is to close to prevent the spread of coronavirus as spring break revelers continue to party at the popular college getaway spot.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Coronavirus in Florida: Town of Palm Beach to close public beaches, county beaches to remain open for now

With no Disney and no school, and people avoiding malls, the beaches are packed, but some South Florida cities are closing those too.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida’s Not the Happiest Place on Earth Right Now

The Sunshine State faces a dearth of tourism dollars due to closures of Disney parks and other destinations, but hoteliers hope for a return of the staycation.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Fort Lauderdale's Polluted Waterways Need Help: Here Come The Oysters

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

Southeast
Local

Fl - The health of our water discussed at recent meeting

“Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics – but never give up.” -Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Southeast
Engineering

PAWLEYS ISLAND - With all that sand, a few gaps stand out

Pawleys Island’s beach renourishment project could end as early as next week, weather permitting. The 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand won’t cover all the rock groins on the island’s beachfront, which has raised concerns among property owners and town officials.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Lawmakers OK Nature Coast Preserve

State lawmakers this week passed a bill creating the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, protecting the coastlines of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

Southeast
Tourism

FL -‘Spring break is over:’ Miami Beach declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

After saying Miami Beach would remain open for business despite coronavirus fears, the city administration declared a state of emergency Thursday and publicly called off spring break.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Florida House moves landmark environmental legislation to DeSantis’ desk

(The Center Square) – The Florida House on Wednesday unanimously approved the Clean Waterways Act and a bill requiring sea-level studies for public projects, adopting landmark environmental legislation Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign into law.

Southeast
Local

FL - A Resilient Effort: Jacksonville City Council seeks Chief Resiliency Officer

After seven years, the City of Jacksonville is finally getting a Chief Resiliency Officer (CRO) to coordinate efforts to mitigate climate change and rising sea levels. City Councilmember Matt Carlucci made the announcement at a Feb. 27 meeting of the Special Committee on Resiliency.

Southeast
Property

FL’s first climate-change bill goes to the governor; no more tax dollars for projects threatened by sea-level rise

The Legislature adopted Florida’s first tangible climate-change legislation Wednesday, marking an historic shift following a decade of denial that climate change is real.

Southeast
Property

FL - Senate advances bill to create sea level rise projections

SB 7016 would create a sea level task force and an office under the Governor.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Building sunken breakwaters off SC coast to halt beach erosion has unclear future

A submerged breakwater system proposed to lessen beach erosion in South Carolina won’t pop up offshore anytime soon.

Southeast
Local

FL - Miami Beach Announces Measures To Ensure Safe Spring Break

Ready to hit Miami Beach for Spring Break? The city just announced measures to ensure locals, visitors, and tourists can enjoy the beaches while maintaining safety and residential quality of life.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Industry turns out to decry bid to shift tourist taxes to other uses

A state move to divert taxes meant to aid tourism drew widespread ire from industry leaders here Tuesday, but an official rebuke from Miami-Dade lawmakers failed to advance.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

FL - Reward to find whoever shot, stabbed dolphins in Florida jumps to $54,000

As authorities struggle to find whoever shot a dolphin and stabbed another along the Florida coast this year, a federal agency has nearly tripled a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the cruel killings.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Renourishing Lido Key might be more costly for Sarasota

If the actual bids come in higher, the city would have to foot the rest of the bill.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Florida bills mandating sea level impact studies for public projects await floor votes

A Florida House committee Monday unanimously endorsed a bill requiring municipalities and state agencies building structures on beaches or in tropical storm flood zones to first conduct a sea level impact study.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - 22 Spanish silver coins from 1715 shipwreck unearthed on Florida beach

“Not everyone knows why it’s called the Treasure Coast,′ said Jonah Martinez, a treasure hunter from Port St. Lucie. ‘This is why’

Southeast
Federal

FL - Shifting Perspectives: Climate change no longer dirty words for Florida’s GOP, but how green will Trump go?

Florida Republicans have tentatively embraced climate change even though it puts them at odds with President Donald Trump. As the election nears, political watchers say one side is going to acquiesce in order to win.

Southeast
Local

FL - County still has questions on Aquatic Preserve bill

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the proposed Legislative bill creating a Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, and what it means for the future of local decision-making and state funding. Hernando county has several state-funded aquatics projects already pending, and the future of those were also discussed.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Will new flood maps affect your home? Public meetings in Collier may hold the answer

Collier County's coastal residents and property owners can get an up-close look at new draft preliminary flood maps at three upcoming public open houses

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - 10 years ago, local fishermen marched on D.C. for change

″(It was) one of the first times the private and for-hire sectors came together. (It) proved that there is strength in cooperation. It was a tough three-day trip on a bus, but I would definitely do it again.”

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Surviving hurricanes, sea rise in Keys may mean $3 billion in home buyouts, elevations

A bird’s eye look at the Florida Keys is all it takes to understand that little stands between the chain of islands and the sea.

Southeast
Science

USA - Climate change is making some hurricanes more severe

Last year, Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas with wind speeds of more than 180 mph. It was the strongest landfalling Atlantic hurricane on record and it came during the fourth year in a row with above-normal hurricane activity.

Southeast
Energy

GA - Coastal senators push for offshore drilling resolution

Nonbinding resolutions, by definition, have no direct effect, but a state House resolution passed in 2019 against energy exploration off the Georgia coast led U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, to reconsider his position and send a letter to the Interior Department asking it to remove the state from its offshore oil and gas leasing plans.

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