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Property

FL - Florida to purchase 20,000 acres of Everglades wetlands to protect from oil drilling

Florida has reached a deal with a real estate company to acquire 20,000 acres of the Everglades that is slated for oil production in order to protect the wetlands, Florida’s governor announced Wednesday.

Southeast
Property

FL - Opinion: Living with climate change in North Central Florida

When coastal communities start losing their battles with sea level rise, king tides and storm surges, one of the first signs of retreat will be the relocation of their water supplies even further inland to escape saltwater intrusion. An emerging motivation for Florida cities and counties is fear of losing their municipal bond credit ratings and tax bases.

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Engineering

GA - Coastal Resources Division to host presentation on coastal resiliency

The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend a presentation on coastal resiliency at noon Jan. 28.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Miami Beach renourishment underway: $16 million federal project to address areas in north and mid beaches

Over the next six months, four erosion “hot spots” on Miami Beach will be replenished with sand from central Florida. The $16 million federally-funded project started this past week around 64th Street. According to Mayor Dan Gelber, this first phase will run from January through March.

Southeast
Local

FL - Advocates say it's time to see how well tax to clean Indian River Lagoon is doing

Space Coast voters agreed to tax themselves to clean up the Indian River Lagoon.

Southeast
Waterways

GA - After 18-Month Pause, Dredging Resumes at Port of Savannah

Dredging to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah has resumed after an 18-month pause, Col. Daniel Hibner of the Army Corps of Engineers recently announced as the second half of the $973 million expansion has started to get under way.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Exploring the Secrets of the Mangroves

The 2020 Marco Speaker Series presented by the Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) was held at Mackle Park on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. It was led by biologist Ryan Young on Florida’s Mangroves and their Importance in the Environment.

Southeast
Local

FL - Application says St. Augustine Beach dunes were excavated because of 'constant sand issues'

The project's consultant writes the homeowners wanted to create a more natural shape to the dune to stabilize the sand.

Southeast
Property

As seas rise, your coastal home in Florida could lose value. One report says 15% by 2030

Increasing sea rise is going to water down the value of some of the most coveted and expensive real estate in Florida, and insurance rates will go up too.

Southeast
Engineering

FL- Rising sea levels pose threat to KSC

Anthropogenic climate change and its associated rise in sea levels could prove a significant threat to some of the world’s iconic coastal space launch sites, including Florida’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Holmes Beach continues trudge down treehouse path

One treehouse built in Holmes Beach in 2011 without a permit has led to four pending lawsuits spanning seven years.

Southeast
Property

FL - Holmes Beach continues trudge down treehouse path

One treehouse built in Holmes Beach in 2011 without a permit has led to four pending lawsuits spanning seven years.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - As Seas Rise, a Florida Keys 'Ghost Forest' Makes A Last Stand

On a stretch of the Lower Keys, near an old borrow pit quarried during the construction of Big Pine, sea water and mud cover much of the rocky ground.

Southeast
Science

FL - New study reveals international movements of Atlantic tarpon, need for protection

The results of an 18-year study of Atlantic tarpon by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science revealed that these large silvery fish take extensive seasonal migrations--1,000s of kilometers in distance--beyond U.S. borders. The new findings can help protect the fish, which is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN--International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the main draw of a more than $6 billion catch-and-release sport fishing industry in the United States.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - County to consider steering tourist tax money toward Mote aquarium

As Mote seeks $20 million in public funds from Sarasota County for an aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park, the county could divert tax dollars from tourism promotion and arts programming.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Homeowners bulldozed part of dune in St. Augustine Beach due to “constant sand issue”

State permit shows DEP gave the homeowners permission to excavate 6 feet of dune in order to cope with "windblown material."

Southeast
Engineering

GA - $13.8M beach renourishment underway on Georgia coast

A project to repair erosion to Georgia’s largest public beach is underway east of Savannah.

Southeast
Property

FL - Short-Term Rentals at the Legislature

Florida Bill would deny local governments power to regulate shore-term rentals

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Destruction at Jupiter lighthouse shoreline could restrict access, close trail segment

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is warning that continued misbehavior on the shoreline east of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse could result in restricted access to the area and the closing of part of its trail. The BLM reported a wave of misdeeds over the holiday season.

Southeast
Science

GA - Baby right whale spotted with deep wounds off Georgia coast

This photo taken by an aerial survey team for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows an injured right whale calf swimming alongside its mother about 8 miles off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Conservationists say the newborn right whale was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered species.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Excavated dune in St. Augustine infuriates neighbors but is legal according to state regulators

This is not the first time the homeowners bulldozed part of the dune, but it is the first time they have the blessing of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - First phase of Pawleys Island beach renourishment nears completion

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) – A multi-million dollar beach renourishment project in Pawleys Island could be entering its second phase soon.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Surprise! Local counties face unexpected beach erosion costs

My wife's best friend is in town, and we were going to take her over to Bathtub Beach. It's such a little gem, the kind of place you take guests as a way of showing off where you live.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Bill filed to repeal HB 631, controversial beach access law

South Florida Legislator Evan Jenne calls controversial law created through passage of HB 631 “a wildly unpopular law.”

Southeast
Property

FL - More Than a Dozen Florida Insurers Facing Ratings Downgrades

The rating agency responsible for assigning financial stability ratings (FSR) to more than 40 Florida domestic insurers has warned that several carriers will receive downgrades due to deteriorating conditions in the state’s property insurance market, and more than a dozen more could be downgraded in the next few months

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Florida shipyard’s truckable pushboats niche

As tugs and pushboats become larger and more complex, one sector of the industry is growing by staying small. The truckable towboat is having its moment and Marine Inland Fabricators (MIF) is happy to meet the growing demand.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Reefs and fisheries in the Keys need help, but state and feds are at odds over what to do

The head of the state agency in charge of wildlife management said in a statement Wednesday that his agency, not the federal government, should be the one to decide if more areas of the Florida Keys would be off limits to commercial and recreational fishing.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Preparations Underway for Manasota Key Beach Renourishment

The preparation activities for the Manasota Key Beach Renourishment Project, to be conducted by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD), are currently underway.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - New Audubon site shows bird decline on Treasure Coast, nationally from climate change

In a world more than 5 degrees warmer, the wood thrush likely would never fly this far south to sing its flute-like songs in Florida. And fat chance of ever hearing the staccato pecks of a red-headed woodpecker.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Right Whales Migrate Down Florida East Coast

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Endangered right whales are migrating south along Florida’s east coast and were spotted near Daytona Beach, Florida on January 1, 2020.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - St. Johns County needs permission from homeowners by Tuesday to start beach renourishment project

Tuesday, Dec. 31 is an important deadline in the $144 million beach renourishment project for St. Johns County.

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Property

A South Florida town’s pioneering plan to fund retreat from sea rise

A fund for potential buyouts is part of the town’s new comprehensive plan to address all aspects of climate change.

Southeast
Tourism

A decade of environmental traumas hurt Florida industry

An oil spill, toxic algae blooms and two hurricanes left their marks

Southeast
Science

Record Heat And King Tides: A Look Ahead at Florida's Climate Future

The environment will likely be a top story in Florida in the upcoming year. 2019 has been one of the hottest on record. King tides were some of the highest recorded. And, while Hurricane Dorian skirted along the Atlantic coast, it was a reminder of how vulnerable Florida is as climate change fuels more intense and wetter storms.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Ponte Vedra Beach homeowners turn to geotubes to protect properties, but some raise concerns

Beach erosion in St. Johns County has been an issue for decades. Made worse by hurricanes, nor’easters and sea level rise, oceanfront homeowners have watched as the once-wide beaches continue to narrow and threaten their homes.

Southeast
Advocacy

Sea World Orlando to change killer whale show in 2020

SeaWorld Orlando says it will begin 2020 by changing its centerpiece killer-whale show.

Southeast
Property

Honeywell to pay Georgia $4M for pollution in coastal marsh

BRUNSWICK, GA. A company has agreed to pay the state of Georgia $4 million for environmental cleanup of a former chemical plant.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Volusia tourism weathers the storm in 2019

After logging a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, the tourism industry in Volusia County struggled to maintain momentum this year in the face of challenges that included a costly brush with a Labor Day hurricane and the looming prospect of a cloudier economic forecast.

Southeast
Science

FL - Working to revive Florida's barrier reefs

University of Miami researchers are leading a massive undertaking to plant 150,000 coral colonies on reefs decimated by disease, pollution and rising temperatures using corals grown at UM and partner organizations.

Southeast
Property

SC - $100M resort plan for undeveloped SC barrier island isn’t ‘ecotourism,’ county staff says

Beaufort County staff says that a resort development planned for an undeveloped island shouldn’t be allowed under its definition of “ecotourism.”

Southeast
Federal

FEMA Awards Nassau County More than $1.2 Million for Beach Re-nourishment

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $1,241,315 for the State of Florida to help Nassau County defray the cost of repairing beach and dune erosion on South Amelia Island following Hurricane Irma. Funding is provided under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Southeast
Property

Palm Beach County 2030: Facing climate change, a decade away and beyond

Clues of a warmer, wetter future are already evident. “People will have to make a decision to retreat or adapt,” said West Palm Beach Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelly. “I don’t see the city coming in and putting a seawall the length of West Palm Beach. Maybe where it’s public, but not on private property.”

Southeast
Local

Sea level rise, storms prompt Flagler to create ‘resiliency’ board

Facing ongoing threats from sea level rise and potential storm damage, Flagler County officials are hoping to make resiliency a key element of beach management efforts.

Southeast
Engineering

As Seas Rise, Florida Republicans Examine Ways To Adapt To Climate Change

Florida lawmakers are interested in addressing climate change. But they’re not setting any sort of renewable energy goals—which is something democrats have proposed in the past. Instead, the Republican-led majority is focusing on making the state more adaptable to rising sea levels.

Southeast
Advocacy

Charleston has worst plastic pellet pollution found to date on East Coast, researcher says

Charleston has the highest measured concentration of spilled plastic pellets anywhere outside of the Gulf of Mexico, where they’re produced, according to a Texas academic who spearheaded study into the pollution.

Southeast
Tourism

Red tide in Southwest Florida: What you need to know

Fast Facts: Karenia Brevis is the organism that forms red tide. Experts say red tide begins naturally; However, human activities have the potential to influence red tide. Red tide is poisonous to wildlife and can be deadly. ‘Brevetoxin,’ which is found in red tide, is what causes people to cough and have respiratory irritation. The ‘brevetoxin’ is not known to be linked to neurological diseases in humans.

Southeast
Engineering

Miami beach saved by dumping 300,000 tons of sand

How Florida‘s coast is being saved with huge dumps of sand: Before and after pics show $11.5million project to move 300,000 tons to save coastal resorts

Southeast
Engineering

Project to remove Everglades’ roadbed ‘dam’ by 2022 gets green light

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has awarded a contract to remove 5.5 miles of an elevated Tamiami Trail roadbed long cited as a “dam” that impedes Everglades’ sheet flow.

Southeast
Property

FL - Governments are beginning to realize they can’t protect everyone from the rising sea, but are buyouts the best solution?

It finally happened. Monroe County has admitted publicly what many have long known: local government will not be able to save all places and properties from losses due to rising seas.

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Property

FL - Insurance discount on the way for Palm Beach residents in flood prone areas

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), verified Palm Beach as a class 7 community meaning that residents who reside in flood areas can receive a 15% discount on their flood insurance premium.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Pinellas beach leaders hear concerns about erosion

Pepper Uchino, president of Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association, said the Pinellas Pass-A-Grille re-nourishment project alone will run around hundreds of millions of dollars with 60 percent matching funds from the federal government. The project has been set for 2021.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Flagler County to spend $250,000 to have beaches redesignated as 'wildlife preservation facility'

The designation could be drafted such that it would not hinder residents’ beach access rights, County Attorney Al Hadeed said.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - 'Dirty' sand on Indialantic beach will lighten in time, officials promise

What looks like dirt now will soon turn a lighter shade of gray. Brevard County officials assured residents that's the case with the new sand trucks are spreading this week in the southernmost mile of the so-called Mid Reach, between Flug Avenue and Poinsetta Street, in unincorporated Indialantic.

Southeast
Local

SC - Pawleys resident says ‘put up a gate and charge a fee’

Stacy Clardy, a long-time resident of Pawleys Island, suggested Monday that the Town look into putting up a gate and charging a fee to raise money for the Town. Money matters took up a large portion of the meeting. Council will meet again on Dec. 16 to consider approval of the 2020 budget.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - State of Pawleys Island: Change is inevitable

Change. “Change is a word you hear all the time, and not in a favorable way,” Pawleys Island Administrator Ryan Fabbri told the audience at a recent luncheon.

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Waterways

GA - Biblia Marine to add 500-ton floating dry dock -- With ASP Podcast with Biblia Owners

Biblia will use the dry dock to service its own tugboats and will offer similar repair and maintenance services to other vessel owners in the area from its Savannah River facilities.

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Property

FL - St. Pete planning commission rejects development plan for flood zones

A plan that would allow real estate developers to propose apartments, condos and townhomes in parts of St. Petersburg that could flood during storms is not consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, the local planning agency has determined.

Southeast
Tourism

FL Opinion: Funding Visit Florida is not a budget priority for our state

Visit Florida touts a “return on investment” by taxpayers, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Sea Urchins To The Rescue: Florida Researchers Launch Breeding Program To Help Revive Ailing Reefs

Florida has an underappreciated secret weapon to help heal its ailing reefs: prickly sea urchins.

Caribbean
Advocacy

Fish are disappearing from Biscayne National Park. Is state doing enough to stop decline?

Martin Arostegui scans the ocean floor as he snorkels above a patch reef just east of the Ragged Keys. Spear gun in hand — just in case; he had a close encounter with a bull shark here once — the retired doctor looks for fish. Any fish.

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Federal

Florida Keys Sanctuary Announces $100 Million Coral Restoration Program

KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/FKNB) – NOAA and its Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Monday announced an intent to raise almost $100 million to restore seven iconic coral reef sites off the Florida Keys.

Southeast
Property

FL - Senators back task force on sea level rise

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A request by Gov. Ron DeSantis to establish a statewide office focused on the impact of rising sea levels was approved Monday by a Senate committee.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Did clearing Hunting Island’s picturesque boneyard violate rules? SC officials say no

As state park officials prepare for a major project to restore beaches at Hunting Island State Park, environmental groups are exploring whether the state violated an agreement that the work would avoid turtle nesting season.

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Property

FL - Resiliency, sea-level rise bill clears Senate panel

On Monday, the Florida Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee approved legislation to create a Statewide Office of Resiliency in the Governor’s office and create a Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force. SPB 7016 was the panel’s committee bill.

Southeast
Property

This year's Atlantic hurricane season was worse than normal, but it wasn't nearly as destructive as much of the last 10 years

While scientists say global warming is to blame for wetter storms, no consensus exists for such a link to storm strength.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Should St. Lucie County spend millions to save millions on beach project?

In the minute or so it takes you to read today’s installment, some $7 worth of sand will wash away from St. Lucie County beaches.

Southeast
Property

GA - Conservation Groups Make Major Land Buy Along Georgia Coast

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Dredging of Kings Bay Entrance Channel and Fernandina Beach Re-Nourishment Project Begins This Month

USACE awarded a $15.5 million contract in September to the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC, to execute the project. Funding is provided entirely by the Navy, with no cost to the City Fernandina Beach.

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Engineering

FL - Two major beach fills on the horizon for Palm Beach

The town’s two public beaches and nearby shoreline are in line for major sand fills this winter and spring.

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Tourism

FL - Guests will pay more to stay in Broward County next year

Currently, 75 percent of the tourist tax is used for items like beach renourishment, marketing by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and convention center operations. The remainder goes to the county-owned BB&T Center, which is home to the Florida Panthers professional hockey team.

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Recreation

FL - Surfing group gives Florida a 'D' for coastal management

A nonprofit surfing and conservation group gave Florida a "D" in coastal management, because the state keeps allowing homes too close to the ocean, relies too much on seawalls and beach renourishment to guard them, and is ill-prepared for sea-level rise.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Charleston’s iconic Low Battery won’t remain low much longer as city eyes rising seas

Repairing and heightening Charleston’s Low Battery begins this week with crews drilling more than 100 feet below ground to test the strength of concrete and wire cables before demolition work begins next to the Coast Guard station.

Southeast
Advocacy

Climate emergency in Miami: large-scale protest march planned during Art Basel fair

With Miami Beach predicted to be 30% underwater by 2045, the convention centre where the fair currently takes place could soon become an island

Southeast
Science

Can lab-raised baby corals save Florida reefs from climate change? UM scientists lead effort

A few days after a full moon on a sultry summer evening, a light current and sea water temperature of about 85 degrees created the perfect conditions for coral sex in the Florida Keys.

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Advocacy

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water.

Southeast
Property

As Miami Faces Threats From Sea Level Rise, Some Worry About Climate Gentrification

Miami faces a major threat from sea level rise. But there are parts of the city that don't flood, and that's becoming a selling point for real estate developers. Nadege Green of member station WLRN reports.

Southeast
Science

She wants to connect people to coastal science

Carey Schafer’s graduate research finds her waist deep in Florida waters, covered in mud and battling mosquitoes.

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Fisheries

The right whale to save: Georgia's gentle giant deserves federal conservation funding

Every Winter, many North Atlantic right whales make their way home to the ocean off Georgia's coast to calve, seeking safe and warmer waters to have their babies before the long voyage home to the New England and Canadian waters in the Spring. North Florida and Georgia coastal communities play an important role in the stewardship of one of the largest whales roaming the seas.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - In St. Augustine Beach, officials say tourists don’t generate revenue needed to cover costs

For tourists looking for a small surfside town to stroll along the ocean, St. Augustine Beach is the perfect getaway

Southeast
Local

FL - Pinellas Beach renourishment project could be canceled or delayed without signatures

REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. — A major project to add sand along nine miles of Pinellas County’s coastline could be in jeopardy. Property owners are drawing a line in the sand and now county leaders are scrambling to gather hundreds of signatures.

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