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Engineering

FL - Lee County Beach and Shoreline Projects Benefit All of Us

The beaches and coastal environment are the primary draw for visitors to Lee County.

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Waterways

FL - Scientists Concerned About Chemicals Used to Keep Lake O Algae Out of St. Lucie River

An Israeli firm hired to prevent algae in Lake Okeechobee water from reaching the St. Lucie River hasn't had to use its algicide yet, but some environmental scientists are concerned about the chemicals and how the company got the job.

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Waterways

GA - Photos: Towering VB10000 Arrives at Golden Ray Wreck Site

The heavy lift vessel VB10000 has arrived in St. Simons Sound, Georgia for the highly anticipating cutting and lifting operation in the salvage of the Golden Ray.

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Property

FL - Hurricanes Pack a Bigger Punch for Florida's West Coast

Hurricanes, the United States' deadliest and most destructive weather disasters, are notoriously difficult to predict.

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Engineering

FL - Florida Has Plans to Address Coastal Flooding, but They Lack Natural Solutions

Florida is home to pristine beaches, diverse and exotic wildlife, and unparalleled natural landscapes.

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Engineering

FL - St. Johns River Deepening on Track to Cost $100 Million Less Than Original Estimate

The biggest dredge in the history of the St. Johns River won't dig as deeply into taxpayer pockets as originally expected because the tab is shaping up to be about $100 million less than the original estimate when dredging started in early 2018.

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Engineering

FL - Landmark Ruling Orders Army Corps to Consider Toxic Algae in Lake Releases

In a landmark ruling, a federal judge yesterday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the hazards of toxic algae when it releases water from Lake Okeechobee. WLRN’s Jenny Staletovich tells us more.

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Property

FL - Miami Braces for More King Tides, Asks Residents to Report Floods Via App

The highest tides of the year, known as king tides, are here again to flood roads, parks and the occasional home or business.

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Engineering

FL - Collier to Begin $2 Million Beach Renourishment Project Near Lowdermilk Park

A Collier County beach renourishment project on Naples shores is set to begin early next month.

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Waterways

GA - State Ports Bouncing Back From Pandemic

ATLANTA — Georgia’s deep-water ports are recovering quickly after taking some hits during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the Georgia Ports Authority said.

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Waterways

GA - Georgia Poised to Allow More Pollution in Ogeechee River

A proposed pollution permit for a textile factory on the Ogeechee River would reduce protections for the popular recreational river, according to the Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

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Science

FL - Florida Could See a Sea Turtle Baby Boom—Thanks to Pandemic

Tourism is down, but nesting success may be up. Here’s what scientists are saying and how travelers can help.

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Waterways

GA - GPA Holds First Virtual State of the Port

In its first-ever virtual State of the Port Address, co-hosts Griff Lynch and Will McKnight took the Georgia Ports Authority’s online audience for an on-terminal view of infrastructure advancements the Authority is making to accommodate record container growth.

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Engineering

FL - Fort Lauderdale to Dredge 3 Waterways Damaged by Sewage

FORT LAUDERDALE — Fort Lauderdale will have to spend millions to repair the damage from a series of sewage spills that sullied its waterways nearly a year ago.

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Advocacy

FL - Florida Wants to Control Wetlands Permitting. Critics Say the State Isn't Equipped to Do the Job

Florida’s bid to take over wetlands permitting across the state will undergo two virtual federal hearings beginning Wednesday.

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Property

FL - As Miami Keeps Building, Rising Seas Deepen Its Social Divide

There is an inescapable truth about life in South Florida: This low-lying region is set to be swallowed by the sea.

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Property

FL - OUR VIEW: Siesta Key Hotel Projects Should Be Viewed Through the Prism of Climate Change

Barrier islands, those wonderful beads in a natural necklace that beautifies our Gulf coastline while protecting the mainland, are designed to move with the times and the tides.

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Science

FL - USF Partners With NOAA to Map the World's Oceans

The University of South Florida's College of Marine Science has entered into a $9 million agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Property

FL - Florida Insurers Recognize Cost of Climate Change

Environmental writers often employ a banal parable to explain America’s disregard of an existential crisis: Drop a frog into a vat of boiling water and the amphibian leaps to safety. Place the frog in tepid water, gradually increase the heat to 212 degrees, and the creature stays put, oblivious, never grasping the peril.

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Tourism

FL - Walton County to Use 'Ancient' Evidence to Prove Its Case for Customary Use

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — In remaking its case for a declaration of customary use across all of its beaches, Walton County has parsed 21.4 miles of private property into five distinct zones and argues the public should be allowed access to the dry, white sands in each.

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Federal

FL - By The Numbers: $25.8 Million in Hurricane Sally Federal Recovery Money So Far for Escambia Residents

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sally, Escambia County residents have received approximately $25.8 million in total federal funds.

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Engineering

FL - Another Judge Rejects Challenge to Big Pass Dredge

The group Save our Siesta Sand 2 failed to convince a district court that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not thoroughly consider the environmental impacts of the project.

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Engineering

FL - Nate Monroe: Tens of Millions in Hidden St. Johns River Dredging Costs Surface

In a major reversal, Jacksonville Port Authority officials said this week a set of high-voltage JEA transmission lines crossing the St. Johns River need to be raised higher, an enormously expensive, complicated and risky project that a past analysis by federal officials found was unnecessary.

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Property

FL - Data: Climate Change Will Heavily Impact Florida Counties

As temperatures increase, rising seas will affect coastal communities and a large amount of the area's population. Volusia, St. Johns and Flagler counties will see 2% of current property end up below the high tide line.

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Engineering

FL - Commissioners Approve up to $22 Million in Bonds for Beach Plan

The town of Longboat Key will borrow the money in bonds for its beach management plan.

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Waterways

FL - $200,000 in 'Mini-Grants' Available for Northwest Florida Environmental Projects

A new estuary program is providing $200,000 in grants to help launch projects that improve the local environment.

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Property

FL - Slow Relief, Deep Divide in Hurricane Housing Recovery

Two years ago, the most powerful storm to strike the United States in the last twenty-eight years made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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Waterways

FL - Franklin Lock Preparing for Lake Okeechobee Releases

Crews are making room for more water ahead of the Lake Okeechobee releases scheduled to start this week.

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Property

FL - Florida Sees Signals of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis

Home sales in areas most vulnerable to sea-level rise began falling around 2013, researchers found. Now, prices are following a similar downward path.

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Advocacy

FL - Florida Agency Seeks Control of Federal Wetland Permits

A Florida agency is working to assume control of a federal program meant to protect the state’s wetlands, a move environmental groups say could further imperil dwindling natural ecosystems.

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Engineering

FL - Phipps Ocean Park Beach to Get New Sand in November, Replacing Irma and Matthew Loss

Following the Midtown Beach renourishment in May, Phipps Ocean Park is next in line to receive new sand to replace losses from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

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Property

FL - UF Economists Estimate $55-100M Hit to Florida Agriculture Due to Hurricane Sally

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of crops, livestock and aquaculture products lost as a result of Hurricane Sally will likely be valued between $55 million and $100 million, University of Florida economists predict.

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Aquaculture

FL - Feds Move Toward Permitting Offshore Florida Fish Farm

The Army Corps of Engineers will open a public comment period on a permit application for a fish farming pilot project off Florida’s southwest coast, following demands from critics and a newly issued pollution permit.

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Waterways

FL - State to Fort Lauderdale: Pay Record Fine for Sewage Spills or Invest in Environment

FORT LAUDERDALE — After a series of epic sewage spills that killed fish and fouled the air in neighborhoods from Rio Vista to Coral Ridge, Fort Lauderdale was hit with a $2.1 million whopper of a fine — the largest in state history.

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Engineering

FL - Island's Beaches 'Performing Very Well' After Renourishment, Official Says

Six months after being replenished with offshore sand and despite recent storms, Midtown Beach and the surrounding coastline is “performing very well,” according to a report by Coastal Project Manager Rob Weber.

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Fisheries

FL - Florida Law Banning Shark Fin Trade Has Loophole Allowing Commercial Fishers to Sell Them

When weather permits, Capt. Rich Osburn sails a few days each week from the Fort Pierce Inlet to ply the waters of the Gulf Stream for his targeted catch.

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Property

FL - Heated debate accompanies City Council vote on development in flood-prone areas

The St. Petersburg City Council is moving forward with a plan to allow some development in flood-prone areas of the city.

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Engineering

FL - Miami-Dade wants mangroves and islands as storm protection instead of 10-foot walls

The federal government plan to protect Miami-Dade from future storms hinges on a tall, gray wall between the city and Biscayne Bay, but residents have their own vision for how best to keep the water from drowning the Magic City. And it’s much greener.

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Tourism

FL - South Florida's Beaches Still Set to Open For Labor Day as Hotels Lower Their Prices

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Unlike past holidays during this pandemic, the upcoming Labor Day weekend will offer South Floridians more choices for outings.

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Advocacy

FL - Florida Keys Coral Reef Is in Critical Condition

Concerned people in the Keys are coming together to study factors involved in reef ecology to counter the advance of live coral death.

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Engineering

GA - New Marine Terminal Planned For Industrial Site

A subsidiary of Dulany Industries is planning to build a marine terminal on its SeaPoint Complex on the Savannah River.

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Science

FL - Oyster Reef Restoration Efforts Get Help from Potato Chip Byproduct

Longtime work to restore oyster reefs in the Indian River Lagoon has found a new, unusual ally: potato chips.

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Tourism

FL - Palm Beach County's Plan to Get Tourists Back

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The tourism industry plays an important role in Palm Beach County's economy, accounting for more than 70,000 jobs and billions of dollars. It's an industry that's been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Waterways

FL - Longboat Key Expects to Face Penalties Following Major Sewage Spill Near Sarasota Bay

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Following one month of water sample testing from a third-party consultant, Longboat Key officials were pleased to learn major sewage had little impact on the short-term health of Sarasota Bay.

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Engineering

FL - Army Corps Study: Sunset and Sunshine Beaches Face Worse Erosion in County

TREASURE ISLAND — When it comes to erosion rates from tidal action and rising sea levels, an Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Storm Risk Management Study predicts some coastal areas along Treasure Island could see the highest levels of dune and beach loss in the county.

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Engineering

FL - Cedar Key Shoreline Project Aims to Curb Storm Damage

Anytime of the day is a good time on Cedar Key, but dusk is especially good.

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Science

FL - Restored Corals Observed Spawning for First Time in Waters off Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Efforts to restore the Florida Reef Tract may be working.

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Waterways

FL - Pollution Has Cost Florida Millions, and the Bill Keeps Rising

Amid a historic fish kill in Biscayne Bay, the public's eyes are on some of the causes of the dire situation plaguing our waters: nutrient pollution and algal blooms.

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Waterways

FL - ‘Like Groundhog Day’: New Report Has Same Old Findings on How to Save Biscayne Bay

There’s a new plan to save ailing Biscayne Bay, and it looks a lot like the old plan — and the one before that.

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Waterways

GA - Savannah Becomes Top U.S. Port for Exports

Commodities like raw cotton, pulp and kaolin clay see major growth

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Science

FL - A ‘Huge Boost’ for Reef Restoration

Just once every year, when the tug of the moon and the warmth of the water is just right, coral reef colonies can simultaneously reproduce themselves with a stunning release of tiny new life.

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Science

FL - Big Manta Rays Found 'Right Under Our Nose' off Florida Beaches

The unusually high number of young animals suggests there is a nursery ground in the densely populated region, surprising scientists.

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Advocacy

FL - Who Owns Florida's Beaches?

Most Floridians—and our visitors—have no idea that their ability to stroll our beloved beaches is in jeopardy.

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Waterways

FL - $134,928 NOAA Grant Will Help Continue Dives Against Debris in the Florida Keys

After Hurricane Irma, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached out to local dive and snorkel operators in the Keys to help with debris removal within the Sanctuary.

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Advocacy

GA - How Georgia Protected Its Salt Marsh 50 Years Ago, and Why That's Important for the Future

Georgia doesn’t have a very big coastline; it’s only about 100 miles. But the coast it does have is lined by salt marsh, the muddy expanse of tall grass and meandering creeks between the mainland and the barrier islands.

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Engineering

FL - Flagler County Commissioners Approve Eminent Domain for Dune Restoration Project

FLAGLER BEACH — Flagler County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved filing for eminent domain against one property owner in an effort to save the $25 million dune restoration project.

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Local

FL - County will pursue eminent domain for two properties blocking beach renourishment project

Two properties with a single owner are holding up the multi-million dollar project designed to protect coastal areas from inundation during future storms.

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Advocacy

SC - City of Charleston Sues 24 Oil and Pipeline Firms 'Directly Responsible' for Chronic Floods

The city of Charleston, South Carolina filed a lawsuit against two dozen of the largest pipeline and oil conglomerates, saying the firms are responsible for making the floods that often hit the port city more frequent and more damaging.

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Waterways

FL - Miami-Dade ‘Blueways’ Plan Aims to Increase Water Access

Water, water everywhere, but no way to put in. That’s often the case in Miami-Dade County, blessed and cursed with hundreds of miles of mostly publicly inaccessible waterways, from the Biscayne Bay shoreline to lakes natural and artificial and rivers and canals that stretch to the edge of the Everglades.

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Advocacy

FL - Conservancy Buys Two Lots in North Port as Habitat for Scrub Jays and Gopher Tortoises

NORTH PORT – The Environmental Conservancy of North Port was successful in its bid to buy two lots from Sarasota County as habitat for Florida scrub jays and other wildlife.

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Waterways

FL - Task Force Says Biscayne Bay Has Reached its Tipping Point, Proposes Recommendations

In 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned of an environmental “regime change” occurring in Biscayne Bay’s ecosystem.

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Science

FL - FAU Lands $11 Million From U.S. Office of Naval Research for Oceanic Bioluminescence

FAU Harbor Branch Sensor Technology Will ‘Illuminate’ the Role of Bioluminescence in Marine Organisms

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Property

FL - Florida Is the 'Most Flood-Prone' State With No Flood Disclosure Laws, Experts Say

Though prone to flooding, Florida does not require a flood disclosure law in the process of selling a home.

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Engineering

FL - Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Flood Wall to Fortify Miami-Dade Coastline

MIAMI – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying how to fortify Miami-Dade County’s coastline from the reality of rising seas and, as part of a more than $4 billion plan, has proposed a flood wall running parallel to Miami’s waterfront.

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Engineering

FL - Everglades Restoration to 'Get the Water Right' Estimated at $7.4 Billion Through 2030

MIAMI — Everglades restoration projects will require about $7.4 billion over the next 10 years, compared with $6 billion spent through 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said while presenting a draft of its work schedule.

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Property

FL - Hurricane Teddy to Batter Brevard Beaches With 11-foot Waves, Rip Currents Through Tuesday

Large breaking waves measuring 5 to 11 feet will strike the Space Coast surf zone through Tuesday as Hurricane Teddy treks northward far offshore, the National Weather Service warns.

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Property

FL - GUEST EDITORIAL: Florida Is at Risk for Sea Level Rise, and State Lawmakers Must Act Now

Throughout our history, Floridians have reveled in our state’s natural resources. With our miles of beautiful beaches, gorgeous coastline, and ample sunshine, it is no wonder our state is a destination for people from across the globe.

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Property

FL - Study Investigates Hurricane Evacuations in the Era of COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 21)- The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks.

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Property

FL - Perdido Keys?! Hurricane Sally Cuts Eastern Tip of Barrier Island Into Three Sections

Hurricane Sally gouged three breaches into the eastern tip of Perdido Key, separating the isolated stretch of barrier island into three small islands.

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Property

FL - Navarre Beach Lost About 100 Million Cubic Yards of Sand During Hurricane Sally

Navarre Beach lost an estimated 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally, and officials are racing to tally the full extent of the damage to secure as much funding as possible to restore the beach.

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Engineering

FL - New FIU Program Aimed at Making a More Resilient Florida

Florida’s efforts to bounce back from disaster could get a boost with the launch of a new interdisciplinary program at Florida International University’s Institute of Environment.

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Property

FL - Bay County Beaches Recovering From Increased Levels of Bacteria After Hurricane Sally

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A local expert said the torrential rains from Hurricane Sally are largely to blame for the recent uptick in bacteria levels at Bay County beaches.

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Property

FL - Florida Braces for a Storm of Homeowners Insurance Rate Hikes

Climate and financial markets combined to keep policies artificially cheap for years.

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Engineering

FL - Jeff LaHurd: Early Developers a Driving Force in Fast Transformation of Sarasota

Development began in Sarasota early-on, necessitated by the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company’s failed Scot Colony.

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Property

FL - Escambia County Citizens Are Waiting for What They Rightly Deserve. We Need Help Now.

Thousands of Escambia County residents are hurting as a result of Hurricane Sally and there is help out there, but it’s just out of reach to them.

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Property

FL - Record Hurricane Season Is a Warning

Building coastal resilience isn’t just smart science, it’s smart policy.

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Property

FL - Guest Opinion: Storm Flooding, Sea Level Rise Must Be a Priority in Collier County

For many years local government and the private sector have shown relatively little concern about storm flooding and sea level rise (SLR) in Collier County.

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Property

FL - Palm Beach County Housing Market Enjoys Double Digit Sales Spike in August

The Miami Association of Realtors is reporting that Palm Beach County total home sales surged double digits in August 2020.

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Science

FL - Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive.

During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals.

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Waterways

FL - Releases From Lake Okeechobee: We Can’t Stop the Rain, But We Can Slow the Flow | Opinion

If you make a living on the water like I do or care about our Florida waters, you’ve watched this hurricane season closely.

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Property

FL - As Miami Keeps Building, Rising Seas Deepen Its Social Divide

Ignoring sea level rise and intensifying flooding, Miami has continued to build luxury real estate near the water at a rapid pace. But as developers eye higher ground, communities of color will likely bear the heaviest burden from the changes wrought by climate change.

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Aquaculture

FL - Opposition Mounts Against Proposed Fish Farm off the Coast of Sarasota

Because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not hold a public hearing on the construction of a controversial fin fish farm 45 miles off the coast of Sarasota, opponents took it upon themselves to be heard.

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Tourism

GA - Georgia County Could Ban Booze on Beach Around Football Game

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia county is considering banning alcohol from a popular beach on the weekend of the Florida-Georgia football game in nearby Jacksonville, Florida.

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Recreation

FL - Developers in Talks for $595 Million Florida Surf Park With Homes, Hotel and Shops

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Those who like to carve a wave will be stoked to find out Florida developers are in talks to build a multi-million surfing complex in the city of Fort Pierce.

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Waterways

FL - Army Corps of Engineers Postpones Lake Okeechobee Discharges to St. Lucie River Again

For the third week in a row, the Army Corps of Engineers says no Lake Okeechobee water will be discharged to the St. Lucie River — for now.

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