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FL - NOAA Sending $8.5 Million for Coral Reefs in Florida

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program announced last week that it has awarded almost $21.4 million for coral reef management, including $8.5 million to help those off the coast of Florida.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Almost As Bad as Hurricane Matthew: Post-Storm Survey in Flagler Reveals Substantial Loss of Dunes

Last weekend’s nor’easter ripped through Flagler County’s dune structures and caused a lot more damage than originally thought, further weakening the dune line that has steadily been losing sand since it was rebuilt in 2018 for $20 million after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. On-the-ground surveys and drone videos are documenting the extent of the damage.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Waves breach sand along A1A near Matanzas Inlet, Marineland

The breach, caused by the severe weather over the weekend, is causing those beachfront homes along A1A to be nearly surrounded by water.

Southeast
Property

FL - Almost As Bad as Hurricane Matthew: Post-Storm Survey in Flagler Reveals Substantial Loss of Dunes

Last weekend’s nor’easter ripped through Flagler County’s dune structures and caused a lot more damage than originally thought, further weakening the dune line that has steadily been losing sand since it was rebuilt in 2018 for $20 million after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. On-the-ground surveys and drone videos are documenting the extent of the damage.

Southeast
Federal

GA - Spaceport Camden decision pushed back by federal officials

ST. MARYS — The federal agency responsible for licensing Spaceport Camden again wants more time to evaluate plans to launch rockets from Georgia’s coast.

Southeast
Federal

GA - The Tide: What new infrastructure bill could do for Coastal Georgia

Projects that protect the coast from flooding, plus bike paths, EV infrastructure and building weatherization top wish lists

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Gov. Ron Desantis Announces More Than $481 Million To Improve Water Quality Across Florida

The more than $481 million awarded today was made available through three grant programs administered by DEP – the Wastewater Grant Program, Springs restoration grants, and the Small Community Wastewater Grant Program.

Southeast
Local

NC - Town creates fund for UNCW's study of living shoreline | Coastal Review

“I don’t recall that at the time we used the term ‘living shoreline’ as much as we do today,” chuckled Taylor Ryan of St. James in Brunswick County. He’s project leader and founder of the community group, The Royal Order of the Honorary St. James Oysters.

Southeast
Advocacy

LA - Faith groups increasingly join 'impatient, feisty, unstoppable' fight against climate change

POINTE-AUX-CHENES, LA. — On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors' south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will disappear.

Southeast
Property

NC - ‘Sharks are in the collards!’ King tides, winds flood NC’s Outer Banks, photos show

Photos and videos shared on social media Nov. 7 show floods wreaking havoc on parts of the North Carolina coast.

Southeast
Property

FL - In Florida’s hot real estate market, a $30 million mansion fetches a record sales price twice this year

3715 S Ocean Blvd. sold for $30.25 million, setting a sales record in Highland Beach, Florida. It was the second time the property sold this year, and its value rose $8.7 million in just seven months. The gains in the average price of a single-family home in Highland Beach has outpaced every market in South Florida, New York and Los Angeles.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Critical federal shoreline protection finally appears within the grasp of the Village

Village Manager is expecting a favorable announcement this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which could result in up to $120 million for Key Biscayne shoreline protection, including the bulk of the construction.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Lake O plan delayed after Rep. Brian Mast tells Palm Beach “you are in the crosshairs”

A decision on how South Florida’s most fought-over freshwater resource will be managed has been delayed and some fear the pause could put the embattled Lake Worth Lagoon in jeopardy.

Southeast
Local

FL - Controversial hotel development on Siesta Key's south end gets Sarasota County approval

A controversial hotel development on the south end of Siesta Key received approval from Sarasota County commissioners on Tuesday, paving the way for the barrier island's second major hotel project.

Southeast
Federal

GA - Feds again delay decision on Camden rocket plans for further review

The federal agency responsible for licensing Spaceport Camden again wants more time to evaluate plans to launch rockets from Georgia’s coast.

Southeast
Local

FL - $8.2 million beach renourishment projects begins in Collier County

NAPLES, Fla.– An $8.2 million beach renourishment project began this week on Naples Beach.

Southeast
Science

FL - Florida setting records for manatee deaths

With two months left in the year, Florida has already recorded a record for the number of manatee deaths in the state.

Southeast
Federal

Lake Okeechobee: Water, water, everywhere ... and more than we need, I think

Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual will be used to manage discharges from the lake into South Florida waterways, including the St. Lucie River.

Southeast
Science

FL - Some Florida beaches see record year for sea turtle nests

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Biologists were taken by surprise by a record number of leatherback turtle nests found along some South Florida beaches this year.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - PortMiami dredging study by Army Corps to take a fourth year

PortMiami is still awaiting results of a $3 million study begun by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2018 to evaluate widening and deepening the harbor. Results are now expected in September 2022, one year after the final completion date previously set for September this year.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Florida Congressional Delegation to convene on water quality challenges

Vern Buchanan and Debbie Wasserrman Schultz want bipartisan cooperation on red tide, Everglades.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Does Future Miami Really Flood Like That? Fact-checking the climate noir "Reminiscence"

Movies that give any mention of global warming are rare. As a person who cares about both film and the end of the climate that we have come to know and depend on, I’m always searching for signs of even the tiniest overlap between the two.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Miami Beach has a ‘blotto-tourism’ problem. It’s time to regulate the party | Opinion

There’s a name for what is vexing the area and Miami Beach broadly — over-tourism. It has plagued cities like Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Paris and more. Left to its own devices, over-tourism metastasizes and destroys the fabric of places.

Southeast
Science

GA - Right whale birth rates a growing concern as calving season begins off Georgia

The number of North Atlantic right whales has dropped to a 20-year low, and the calving grounds off the coasts of Georgia and two adjoining states aren’t hosting enough births to outpace deaths, new reports confirm.

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