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FL - Florida Seeks Public Input on How to Manage New Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Florida created the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve last year to conserve more than 700 square miles of coastal habitat north of Tampa and give the public a healthy outdoor space for both recreation and tourism businesses. Now the Sunshine State is giving the public a chance to weigh in on the best ways to manage the area.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Storm sensor puts OKI at forefront of hurricane science

Oak Island Town Council’s agreement with N.C. Sea Grant for placement of a temporary storm sensor puts the beach community at the forefront of hurricane science, not a small consideration for a barrier island with 9.5-miles of ocean shoreline.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Bid process winding down for next year’s Outer Banks beach nourishment projects

The contractor who handled a beach nourishment project along Buxton four years ago has been selected for upcoming work off several of the northern beach towns after submitting the lowest bid.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Key Biscayne beach efforts for federal funding look better

The Village of Key Biscayne’s ongoing request for federal assistance in combating beach erosion, rising seas and other effects of climate change has taken another step forward, said Roland Simimy, the village’s first chief resilience and sustainability officer.

Southeast
Science

FL - Mesophotic Reefs Significant for Florida Keys' Coral Recovery

Coral cover on shallow reef systems (0 to 30 meters) in the Florida Keys has declined over the past several decades, punctuated by severe losses during coral disease outbreaks and bleaching events.

Southeast
Fisheries

NC - On N.C. coast, lose the seagrass and lose the fisheries

A small net dipped into a patch of grass submerged in shin-deep water near the edge of a salt marsh on the central North Carolina coast.

Southeast
Local

SC - Horry County Council to consider revision to flood ordinance

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County leaders will consider revising the county’s flood ordinance to further protect life and property.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - North Carolina Program Aims to Help Coastal Towns Plan, Protect Against Floods

Pine Knoll Shores, a small barrier island town on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, is known for its sandy beaches, a popular aquarium—and for flooding when major storms blow in along the coast.

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Justice

FL - FSU joins NSF-funded research hub to enhance resilience in underrepresented coastal communities

Along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, communities from Texas to Florida are particularly at risk for coastal hazards, including hurricanes, tsunamis, coastal storm surges, flooding, sea-level rise and erosion.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Red tide and algae blooms: Florida waters in crisis

Fixing Florida's water crisis: The question many people are asking ask how much dead fish, manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles will it take to get comprehensive reform and action?

Southeast
Energy

NC - Waverider buoys collect data on the powerful clean energy available in our oceans

A self-described surf junkie, Muglia catches waves on his surfboard off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Further into those waters—15 nautical miles to be exact—sits another surfer. Aptly named Waverider, this surfer is a 440-pound, half banana-yellow, half beet-purple buoy that Muglia uses to study the energy that flows in our oceans.

Southeast
Advocacy

SC - Editorial: Charleston gets some answers on a peninsula barrier but still needs many more

Some big questions have been clarified since April 2020, when the Army Corps of Engineers first unveiled plans for an 8-mile-long wall around peninsular Charleston to help protect the historic city from a hurricane’s storm surge. But many important ones have not, and we must continue to seek answers.

Southeast
Waterways

SC - No fines mentioned in Golden Ray report, training failures blamed

Now that the NTSB has decided who's to blame for the Golden Ray disaster, will penalties follow?

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Oak Island Council accepts detailed beach report | News | stateportpilot.com

Oak Island Town Council accepted – but took no action on – a 25-page report on shoreline management from the ad hoc Beach Renourishment Committee.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Protecting Collier County's coastlines: How commissioners plan to keep working with Army Corps

Collier County commissioners agreed to continue working with USACE after failed attempt to sever ties with coastal resiliency study.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Palm Beach County breaks summer tourism records in 2021

JUPITER, Fla. (CBS12) — Summer, a time that usually sees a lull in visitors in South Florida, is setting records this year.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Florida FWC to decide if goliath grouper will open to limited harvest

A select few saltwater anglers fishing in Florida waters soon may be able to take home a goliath grouper for dinner. However, with a costly permit required, will anglers be willing to pay the price?

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Feeding shark swims after boy in surf contest; ‘My heart stopped,’ mom says

A youth surfing contest at Satellite Beach in Florida was paused when sharks were spotted feeding on a baitball close to the competition with one shark seeming to take an interest in one of the surfers, as seen in video taken by a spectator.

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Property

FL - Miami's best real estate is under threat from rising sea levels, so the wealthy are moving to higher ground

When an apartment building collapsed just 25 minutes from his home, Ivory Artis was grappling with the potential loss of his own apartment in Miami.

Southeast
Property

FL - 'Hurricane tax' could boost Floridians' property insurance by $300 each a year

Ballooning reinsurance costs, “loss creep” from 2017-18 hurricanes, coastal flooding and excessive litigation costs are among converging “perfect storm” factors that are hiking Florida property insurance renewal rates by 30% to 40%.

Southeast
Federal

NC - County requests feds withdraw rufa red knot 'critical habitat' proposal

EMERALD ISLE — The deadline for commenting on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to designate hundreds of thousands of acres, including 150 miles of North Carolina beaches, as “critical habitat” for the rufa red knot passed Monday.

Southeast
Science

FL - Four Years Ago Manatees Were Declared No Longer Endangered. Now They Are Dying At A Record Pace

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The manatee was too weak to swim. She lay still in a medical pool at a SeaWorld rehabilitation center, only lifting her whiskered snout every so often to breathe. Her snout rested upon a pipe to make the effort easier. Her body was slender, hardly that of the chunky manatee—a relative of elephants—that she should have been. Her underbelly was concave. The manatee was near death from starvation.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Myrtle Beach breaks summer occupancy records, data shows

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Tourism in Myrtle Beach skyrocketed to record-breaking numbers this past summer.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle eyes federal fund source for stormwater management improvement project

EMERALD ISLE —Town commissioners Tuesday night will consider a staff proposal to apply for federal Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities funds for a major stormwater management improvement project.

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