Southeast
Southeast
Waterways

Despite Efforts, Fuel And Oil Continue To Leak In St. Simons Sound From Capsized Ship

The Golden Ray cargo ship was carrying more than 4,000 new cars when it capsized off the coast of Georgia last month. The crew survived, but the 656-foot ship is still there, lying half-submerged at about 90 degrees, on its side.

Southeast
Engineering

$20 billion for seawalls? Study says walls would protect SC from rising sea levels

In a state where rising sea levels are threatening oceanfront property, building $20 billion worth of seawalls would protect South Carolina’s coast from the effects of climate change during the next 20 years, a new study says.

Southeast
Energy

Florida: FDEP to issue permit for oil drilling in coastal county

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection last week announced its intent to issue a permit to allow an exploratory oil drilling operation in northern Gulf County.

Southeast
Fisheries

South Carolina: Proposal to regulate coastal fishing draws strong differences of opinion

A proposed coastal fishing regulation designed to protect species is drawing sharp differences of opinion from some of those affected. Some think the measure is necessary to prevent continued loss of important fish species. Others think the measure won’t work as intended and could prove catastrophic for coastal fishing industries.

Southeast
Engineering

South Carolina: Pawleys beach renourishment projects gets underway

Putting sand on the beach. That’s finally beginning as Marinex Construction Co. of North Charleston “stages” its dredge, two miles of pipe and other equipment at Pawleys Island.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida's Young GOP Lawmakers More Open To Discuss Climate Change

Florida lawmakers Monday dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections.

Southeast
Engineering

Collier leaders OK $5.5 million beach renourishment project; truck hauling to start this fall

The project will cost $5.2 million and will be finished by the start of next year, according to the county.

Caribbean
Engineering

Florida: The High Cost of Erosion | Business

Beach replenishment may be necessary to protect coastal areas now, but it is not sustainable in the long run because sea level rise is accelerating

Southeast
Waterways

FL: Palm Beach Inlet to be dredged soon

The federal government plans to dredge the Palm Beach Inlet this fall and place the sand on the North End shore.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

💩 Report reveals high levels of fecal matter at Tropical Point

In a report issued on Oct. 4 by the Calusa Waterkeeper, high levels of fecal matter (enterococci bacteria) were found at Tropical Point in St. James City. The recorded levels were nearly nine times above the threshold permitted by Florida Department of Health for beach water.

Southeast
Local

Treasure hunters pull rare gold coins from fabled South Carolina shipwreck

MURRELLS INLET — The ship owned by the richest man in America is giving up its gold, again.

Southeast
Engineering

Restoration Efforts Generating "Robust" Dunes On Pensacola Beach

In our recent report on the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Frederic, much of the focus was the storm’s impact on the large dunes that existed on Pensacola Beach at the time.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Sargassum: A regional menace

Sargassum has impacted the entire southern Gulf region. Here is a rundown.

Southeast
Property

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.

Southeast
Property

These South Carolina houses are falling into the ocean as beaches erode. Who should remove them?

Almost a year on, a legal fight to set the road map for how South Carolina deals with imperiled beach houses has stalled. The challenges that have popped up in the case beg the question of whether the state can really be compelled to deal with vulnerable oceanfront properties as sea levels rise and storms intensify.

Southeast
Science

Florida: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium creates new position to lead red tide research

The position has been created after a bill in the Florida House created a new initiative for mitigating red tide.

Southeast
Local

Florida: Climate compact well received by council - municipalities may join forces

If all the municipalities and government agencies get together and speak with one voice their concerns about climate change, then maybe something will get done.

Coastwide
Science

Satellites Help Keep Communities Safe from Toxic Algal Blooms

Those eyes in the skies can serve as public health heroes by passing along important information that’s gathered from the vantage point of outer space.

Southeast
Science

Florida: Algae panel puts together 'roadmap' for lawmakers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A document discussed Monday by the state’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force should be viewed, members said, as a broad roadmap for lawmakers with the 2020 legislative session less than 100 days away.

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Southeast
Science

Will 3-year hurricane streak be snapped this October -- or extended to 4 years?

October is too early for Christmas sales, songs and decorations. And it should be too late in most places for summer weather, summer wear, and summer hurricanes, right?

Southeast
Local

Florida: $1.6 billion Everglades reservoir site work could begin early next year

Florida Crystals Corp. wants to terminate its controversial 6,000-acre lease within the Everglades Agricultural Area about 15 months early, clearing the way to begin site preparation for a $1.6 billion reservoir project early next year.

Southeast
Science

Coastal ancient burial site suggests early hunter-gatherers interacted

A nearly 4,000-year-old burial site found off the coast of Georgia hints at ties between hunter-gatherers on opposite sides of North America, according to research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Southeast
Local

Northern Palm Beach County chamber taps savvy leader as new chairman

New chamber chairman, an expert in storm restoration for commercial properties, wants to see growth but also careful planning as coastal cities grapple with an uncertain future in the wake of a fierce hurricane season.

Southeast
Waterways

Deepening begins for inner Savannah Harbor

After more than 20 years, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) has entered its final construction phase, officials announced Monday.

Southeast
Engineering

Flagler Beach dune project workshop, hearing set

Flagler County officials have scheduled a workshop and public hearing for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to discuss the creation of an “erosion control line” along the upcoming Army Corps of Engineers dune restoration project in Flagler Beach.

Southeast
Engineering

South Carolina: King Tide washout delays Pawleys Island beach renourishment

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WBTW) – Monday’s king tide washed up five to six inches of saltwater on Pawleys Island causing clogged drains, an erosion of water, collapsing asphalt, and a delay to the town’s beach renourishment.

Southeast
Engineering

Thursday’s Editorial: Sunny day flooding is only getting worse

Florida Times-Union calls for action by City of Jacksonville to address flooding

Southeast
Science

Scientists assess storage value in blue carbon ecosystems

When Hurricane Dorian roared up the East Coast during the first week of September, the places where people live and work in several states were under threat. The first line of protection against storm damage was made up of coastal vegetated ecosystems, including nearly 300,000 acres of salt marshes in Georgia.

Southeast
Federal

A Florida-based foundation restored over 100,000 corals. The NOAA is giving them $2.5 million to restore more

It's no secret that coral reefs across the globe are threatened. Just last month scientists warned that rising temperatures are warming the oceans, threatening coral reefs across the world.

Southeast
Local

Familiar Daytona beach driving foe involved in Volusia Legends parade dispute

A vocal opponent of beach driving who has challenged Volusia County in federal court in the past is involved in a push to bring an end to a popular parade in Ponce Inlet. The council will vote on the matter Tuesday.

Southeast
Science

Florida is in for more dead corals, sea rise and floods, says new UN climate report

Oceans have spared the world the worst of climate change, but those days may be over soon, according to a new United Nations report on climate change.

Southeast
Waterways

Marinex Secures Savannah Inner Harbor Dredging Project

Marinex Construction Inc. of Charleston, SC, has won a $26.1 million contract for the FY19 Savannah Inner Harbor Maintenance Dredging project.

Southeast
Engineering

Flagler Beach inks dune restoration pact with county

Flagler County’s ongoing dune restoration project is getting a boost from the Flagler Beach City Commission, a move officials hope will “kick start” an effort to keep money flowing to the multimillion-dollar effort.

Southeast
Advocacy

Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network explains decision to keep stranded whales on land

A day after multiple pilot whales died after being found stranded on Edisto Beach, a local nonprofit is explaining why the living animals were not pushed back into the water.

Southeast
Science

FSU study: Fish may be key to controlling growth of reef bacteria

In response to local and global climate stressors, a type of bright red bacteria has proliferated on reefs worldwide often snuffing the life out of precious corals and changing the reef ecosystem.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida combatting climate change and sea level rise

Sea level rise and coastal flooding can mean life or death when a major storm hits. With hurricane season underway, coastal flooding is top of mind for many communities.

Southeast
Waterways

Florida: Where boating is a pleasure: A new Publix could let you dock to shop

Attention boaters: There may soon be a Publix where you’ll be able to ease into a dock, scoop up some groceries and sail away without having to worry about South Florida’s traffic jams and parking lot fender benders.

Southeast
Science

What’s going on with Everglades restoration? You asked, the Miami Herald answered

The draining of Florida’s Everglades started in the late 1800s as an effort to convert the wetlands into land fit for agricultural, residential and commercial development.

Southeast
Fisheries

Commerce Secretary Announces Fishery Disaster Determinations

The Secretary of Commerce has determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred for multiple fisheries between 2017 and 2019 in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Southeast
Advocacy

Florida Will Be The First State To Swing On Climate

Worry over climate change is making its way up the political food chain, and the state where the issue is climbing fastest is Florida. Of the 25 U.S. cities most vulnerable to rising seas, 22 are located in the political swing state. Miami, where sunny-day flooding has become routine, ranks number two globally in terms of expected economic losses due to climate-related flooding. With each hurricane season, Florida seems to have ever more near misses like the recent Hurricane Dorian that are clearly fatal bullets dodged. As 2017’s Hurricane Irma and 2018’s Hurricane Michael attest, the state isn’t always so fortunate.

Southeast
Engineering

Flood Gates, Flood Walls and Home Buyouts: Coming Soon To Miami?

Two years ago when Jennifer Cheek and her husband bought their tidy stucco house near the Little River with a rambling backyard - grand even by Miami standards - they thought they’d left behind the threat of devastating sea rise they faced in their Miami Beach neighborhood.

Southeast
Property

Should Florida limit coastal development, toughen building codes? Influencers say yes.

As state and local officials grapple with the challenges caused by extreme weather and sea level rise on the coast, an existential question surfaces: How should they address climate change in a way that preserves Florida as it exists for generations to come?

Southeast
Property

South Carolina: 30 years after Hugo tore it down, SC coast builds back in the danger zone

Three decades have passed since the killer storm, Hurricane Hugo, cut a path of destruction through South Carolina and beyond.

Southeast
Waterways

Editorial: DeSantis making good on his promises for Florida's water resources

So far, Gov. Ron DeSantis is proving as good as his word when it comes to protecting our waterways.

Southeast
Engineering

Santee Cooper's longstanding land grab starves the Santee Delta

Every year, Santee Cooper’s dams at Lakes Marion and Moultrie steal beach-loads of silt from the Santee Delta, a 77-year theft that continues to starve miles of riverbanks, marshes and barrier islands far downstream.

Southeast
Property

North Carolina: Hurricane Florence, a year later: Where has the money gone?

RALEIGH — Tanika Outlaw was working as the food and beverage manager at the Doubletree Hotel in New Bern last September when Hurricane Florence began shoving feet of water into the city's downtown area.

Southeast
Property

South Casrolina: Hugo at 30: Remembering the first US modern hurricane

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — From evacuating hundreds of thousands of people from the coast to live TV coverage in the shrieking wind and rain, 1989's Hurricane Hugo might have been the first U.S. storm of the modern age.

Southeast
Science

Florida's Algae Task Force Holds Its First Meeting

A state task force to help determine strategies for researching and mitigating harmful algae blooms met Thursday in St. Petersburg. It’s the first time the group has met since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the initiative in November.

Southeast
Property

Georgia: ‘Defend, Adapt, Retreat’: Tybee’s plan to grow resilient against sea level rise

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) ⁠— Tybee Island has, like many coastal communities along the eastern United States, been experiencing gradual sea level rise for decades.

Southeast
Science

Florida researchers expecting red tide, but thats normal

NOAA has begun twice weekly reports for areas of the state, including Sarasota and Manatee counties, after higher than average levels were detected near Lee County.

Southeast
Science

Florida Study: Regional coral disease outbreak overwhelms impacts from a local dredge project

The novel result of this analysis is that climate-mediated coral disease mortality was more than an order of magnitude more deadly than even the largest marine construction project performed in the USA over the past decade.

Southeast
Local

South Carolina. Getting money for sand in Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island Town Council is closer to securing funding for $2.8 million for the balance of funds needed to do its beach renourishment project.

Southeast
Property

Florida: Martin County beaches fare well, but what did Hurricane Dorian cost county?

To the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, Martin County might have been ground zero for Hurricane Dorian, but because of a slight shift in its path, the county, and its beaches, were spared the brunt of the storm.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida: Brevard County commissioners allocate $4.46 million to repair South Beaches after Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian stayed 60 to 80 miles off Brevard County's shoreline. But its waves and wind still did extensive damage on Sept. 3 and 4 to Brevard's beaches and dune areas.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida: St. Lucie takes first step to create taxing district to pay for beach renourishment projects

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The County Commission on Tuesday announced it intends to create a special taxing district to pay for beach renourishment projects.

Southeast
Property

South Carolina. Why Conway is considering regulation of Airbnb-style renting and what it could entail

The City of Conway is currently going through a revitalization with city leaders trying to attract area newcomers by connecting the popular river front area with downtown merchants.

Southeast
Federal

Florida. NOAA Backs Coral Restoration Foundation with more than $2.5 Million to Restore Florida's Coral Reefs

MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / September 16, 2019 / NOAA has officially awarded Coral Restoration Foundation™ a grant of $2,575,016 as part of a new, cooperative, three-year agreement.

Southeast
Science

Florida. NOAA Funds FAMU’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Last week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee received almost $3.4 million in federal funds to continue studies on oceans and coastal communities.

Southeast
Science

Human-Fueled Superbugs Are Putting Florida's Dolphins in Danger

As hospitals grapple with the growing problem of superbugs, a threat that could cost 10 million lives a year by 2050, new research suggests that humans aren’t the only animals that these serious, difficult-to-treat infections could affect.

Southeast
Fisheries

Oysters farmed in Florida are a shucking success among tide-to-table crowd

I am eating an oyster on a boat in the Mosquito Lagoon. Dragonflies hover. Herons stalk the edge of the mangrove. Cages bob in chest-deep water, each holding a cache of bivalves in various stages of growth. Mullet breach amid the rows. The floating nursery, like its natural counterpart, is a haven for myriad species, an ecosystem unto itself.

Southeast
Engineering

Rubio Brings Back Proposal to Import Foreign Sand for Beach Renourishment

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is bringing back his proposal to allow local municipalities to purchase sand from foreign counties to help fight beach erosion.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida: Tide Check Valves: A Remedy For St. Augustine's Flooding Woes?

St. Augustine has begun installing what are known as tide check valves. These valves allow stormwater to drain out under low tide conditions, just like the city’s current drainage system, but during high tide these valves prevent ocean water from backing up into the stormwater pipe network.

Southeast
Engineering

Could Flood Gates And Buying Out Homes Save Miami? The Army Corps Is Considering It

Days after Dorian veered away from the Florida coast pushing a potential seven-foot storm surge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an early look this week at plans to protect areas around Biscayne Bay from hurricanes predicted to grow more severe.

Southeast
Engineering

South Carolina: Pawleys Town Council discusses Dorian, OKs mountains of sand

Kudos to all – that was the sense of public comments Monday afternoon, Sept. 9 during the regular monthly meeting of Pawleys Island Town Council.

Southeast
Engineering

South Carolina: Pawleys Island leaders vote to spend $2.8M on beach renourishment project

Spouth Carolina barrier island town looks too the future and deciders to fund beach nourishment

Southeast
Waterways

Georgia: Cargo Ship Overturns Near Port Of Brunswick, 4 Sailors Still Missing

The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are still searching for the remaining four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned near St. Simons Island Sunday.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida: Pasco budget digs in to study dredge costs

The county will forfeit federal reimbursement to do the $100,000 study more quickly.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida Special report: Dorian’s erosion destroys turtle nests, beaches

Hurricane Dorian played duck-duck-goose with beaches from south Florida to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, gnawing away sand and turtle eggs at some while leaving others virtually unscathed.

Southeast
Engineering

Georgia: Tybee Island suffers minimal damage from Hurricane Dorian

Tybee Island didn’t get much damage when Hurricane Dorian passed the Georgia coast late Wednesday night.

Southeast
Engineering

Dorian Takes a Swipe at Beach Replenishment Projects

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent over decades to restore eroding East Coast beaches

Southeast
Engineering

Florida: Major Hurricanes Helping Shape Regional Resiliency Climate Change Plans

Hurricanes such as Dorian are providing valuable data and modeling for planners and politicians working to battle climate change. The process is called resiliency.

Southeast
Engineering

Sisyphus on the beach: Dorian underlines coastal cities' endless rebuilding task

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Just months after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a $16 million project to restore sandy beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, Hurricane Dorian is about to pound them again, illustrating the uphill battle that American coastal cities face in protecting their most valuable asset.

Southeast
Local

Charleston’s barrier islands brace for ‘big test’ of Dorian’s afternoon high tide

For Charleston’s barrier islands, Thursday morning brought a cautious sense of relief as impacts from Hurricane Dorian overnight were not as severe as expected.

Southeast
Advocacy

1000 Mermaids Project Adds to Palm Beach County's Cache of Artificial Reefs with Deployment of 18 Sculptures

The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project is a public eco-art installation created in partnership with Reef Cells that serves as an underwater eco-friendly destination for eco-tourism and coral growth.

Southeast
Property

Region’s resilience officers recognize climate threats and confident challenges being addressed | Opinion

No issue is more important to the future of Southeast Florida than sea-level rise. However, a recent op-ed on the threat of rising sea levels to water supplies in South Florida included some factual errors and neglected important context.

Southeast
Advocacy

Above the Waterline: The great Okefenokee Swamp is threatened, again

The November sky was beginning to darken, as evening approached. We had finished setting up our tents on a wooden platform surrounded by tea-colored water: naturally pure freshwater, stained by tannins released by decomposing vegetation. As the darkness deepened, I could see what appeared to be tiny lights a few hundred yards away, just above the waterline; the lights were in pairs and glowing red. Although there were no barriers, our guide reassured me that the alligators would not crawl onto our camping platform. I don’t recall sleeping much that night.

Coastwide
Federal

Gulfstream G550 earns Hurricane Hunter order from NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a contract for a Gulfstream G550 to join its Hurricane Hunter fleet of aircraft. The aircraft will support NOAA’s weather forecasting and research programmes.

Southeast
Engineering

South Carolina: PAWLEYS ISLAND - Town takes beach building project to the limit

Pawleys Island is poised to place the maximum amount of sand allowed under state and federal permits for a beach renourishment project due to start in just over a month.

Southeast
Tourism

City of Myrtle Beach experiences 3rd consecutive down tourist season

After ten years of ever increasing tax subsidies to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the organization is choosing to keep a low profile during the 2019 Fall City Council elections.

Southeast
Property

USGS deploying more than 200 storm-tide sensors in Florida and Georgia

Scientists’ preparations are fast, far-reaching for Hurricane Dorian

Southeast
Property

Hurricane Dorian: Quest for sand to protect from flooding prompts dueling enterprises at Jacksonville’s Beaches

Residents have gotten into disputes over sand being sold or stolen in Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach in Duval County.

Southeast
Property

South Carolina: Judge blocks exclusive, gated community from putting tons of rocks on public beach

Residents of an exclusive gated community who want to put tons of boulders on a public beach lost a court battle this week that could delay plans to protect their homes from rising seas and coastal erosion.

Southeast
Local

Rising sea threatens South Florida’s drinking water and region’s economy | Opinion

You grab the last box, freshly packed with life’s memories. As you drive toward the highway, you pass the ruins of what used to be the city you made a home.

Southeast
Engineering

Savannah Corps awards contract for Tybee Island beach renourishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday it would sign an agreement with the City of Tybee Island to start work on what will be a more than $10 million beach renourishment project. The project will take 60 to 90 days and is scheduled to be complete in January 2020.

Southeast
Local

Local Look: Proposed house dismays neighbor, a Palm Beach official waging a legal fight against it

Palm Beach homes: Intended as a guesthouse, a house designed for a North End lot shouldn’t be classified as a standalone single-family project, says Julie Araskog.

Southeast
Local

FLORIDA: Facing legal hurdle, Palm Beach will repeal ban on plastic bags, polystyrene containers

Facing a major legal setback, the town votes to end its ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers months before the prohibition was to take effect.

Southeast
Property

South Carolina Editorial: The SC sea will take back Capt Sam’s Spit. Don’t try to stop it

When Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed a bill that would have allowed DeBordieu Colony to rebuild a sea wall protecting multimillion-dollar oceanfront homes in May, he rightly took a tough but reasoned stand in line with the state’s shoreline management policy, which essentially says you can’t hold back the ocean.

Southeast
Property

Georgia: Island settled by slaves erodes under waves and wealth

HOG HAMMOCK, Sapelo Island, Ga. — Everyone was talking about Franny's new double-wide trailer.

Southeast
Property

South Florida mayors: Raise taxes to fight sea-level rise

Mayors of three South Florida counties have sent an unusual request to the agency responsible for keeping communities from flooding: Please raise our taxes.

Southeast
Science

The Florida Aquarium Becomes First Organization in History to Induce Spawning of Atlantic Coral; A New Hope to Save Florida's Reefs

For the first time ever, endangered Atlantic pillar coral have spawned through lab-induced techniques. The scientific breakthrough occurred this week in a research laboratory at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach as part of Project Coral. Scientists believe the historic breakthrough could ultimately help save corals in the Florida Reef Tract from extinction.

Southeast
Federal

Florida - Eight no-fishing zones proposed in the Keys to protect threatened corals and marine life

Recognizing that the Florida Keys are increasingly at risk due to climate change and the volume of people going there, federal environmental regulators Tuesday unveiled major new proposals to protect marine life and corals that would limit fishing, restrict what cruise ships can dump at sea and regulate the boats on which many people live near shore.

Southeast
Engineering

South Carolina - Crews Executing Army Corps Contract to Renourish S.C. Beaches

In addition to causing serious damage to many communities in the Carolinas, Hurricanes Matthew (2016), Irma (2017) and Florence (2018) were responsible for considerable destruction to the beaches in several communities throughout South Carolina that rely on local, regional and national tourism. The Army Corps of Engineers, via its Federal Emergency Funding Account, invested close to $86 million for beach renourishment projects to repair the damage.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida - FEMA feeds beach renourishment, defrays costs in Nassau County and Jacksonville for hurricanes

Federal funds announced by FEMA will help repair damage by two recent hurricanes in Nassau County as well as along Jacksonville’s beaches.

Southeast
Advocacy

New surf contest coming to Sebastian Inlet to help preserve beaches

Protecting and preserving the world's oceans, waves and beaches has been the hallmark mission statement for the 82 international chapters of the Surfrider Foundation.

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