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NC - Congress hears about local beach nourishment woes, Cooper adds his support

Talks about the lacking funds for local area beach nourishment projects, or Coastal Storm Damage Reduction, played out in Congress last month. Days after, Gov. Roy Cooper stationed himself among a group of state and national politicians working toward a solution.

Southeast
Local

NC - Plaintiffs seek summary judgment in suit over Currituck County's use of Occupancy Tax funds

A new chapter in two-year-old litigation over Currituck County’s use of more than $30 million in Occupancy Tax revenue opened recently when the plaintiffs in that suit announced they had filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in the case on June 24.

Southeast
Waterways

SC - Charleston to become deepest port on the east coast

The Charleston Harbor is on track to have the deepest port on the east coast and harbor some of the world’s largest ships.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Commentary: Does the Corps adequately protect the coast?

As more and more people move to the coast, there is a constant struggle between development and protecting our coastal environment.

Southeast
Property

FL - Miami Building Collapse Raises Concerns About Coastal Resiliency

What should other coastal communities take from Miami’s catastrophe as they plan for the growing threat of climate change?

Southeast
Property

FL - FIU geophysicist sheds light on Miami Beach land subsidence study

FIU geophysics professor Shimon Wdowinski discusses a 2020 study where he found land subsidence in Miami Beach and in Norfolk, Va. Below he addresses key questions about subsidence and his research in the wake of the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Fla.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Army orders 830,000 yards of sand to restore Miami Beach

“Until we change the movement of the planets, this is going to always be a project,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber of the renourishment of the city’s beaches to begin this fall.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Avon seeks OK to dredge 1M yards of sand for nourishment

Dare County has asked to dredge 1 million cubic yards of beach quality sediment from two offshore borrow sites to nourish about 2.5 miles of oceanfront shoreline in the village of Avon.

Southeast
Property

NC - North Carolina’s notorious climate change law — the rich are ok, the poor aren’t

In 2011, Republicans introduced a bill that threatened to undermine the state’s ability to adapt to rising sea levels. Wealthy towns have found workarounds. Low-income communities wait for disaster

Southeast
Federal

NC - Gov. Cooper writes letter urging feds to include New Hanover beaches among renourishment projects this year

Governor Roy Cooper is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reinstate federal funding for beach renourishment projects in New Hanover County this year.

Southeast
Federal

SC - Sen. Graham’s earmark: $12M for Interstate 73 to South Carolina beaches

Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing for federal funding to help construct a new interstate in South Carolina, connecting I-95 to Myrtle Beach. He told The Associated Press he’s formally requesting $12 million to revive a project that has been delayed for decades.

Southeast
Property

SC - Occupancy rates soar in Pawleys Island as average nightly rental rates hit $575 in DeBourdieu

Booking vacation rentals four and a half months in advance, revised agreements on recently sold rental properties and dealing with $575-plus-per-night rental rates in DeBourdieu are just a glimpse of what the Hammock Coast is dealing with during a blockbuster 2021.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Editorial: Broaden approach to Charleston's peninsula wall project to get it right

As Charleston works with the Army Corps of Engineers on a plan to protect the city’s historic peninsula from future storm surges, there remains significant unease about the project, even beyond the city’s 35% share of the projected $1.5 billion price tag

Southeast
Science

FL - For Florida’s corals, no escape from climate change

Some corals will be able to migrate poleward to escape rising temperatures. But scientists say Florida’s reefs have nowhere to go.

Southeast
Science

NC - Coastal Review: Threats to seagrass could cost state's economy millions

Submerged aquatic vegetation, or SAV, also referred to as seagrass, provides critical ecosystem services in coastal waters.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - $34M dune project ahead for parts of St. Johns County's coastline, slated for September

Along with other efforts to shore up St. Johns County beaches, the county government is embarking on a dune enhancement project for more than a quarter of the coastline, mostly in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Southeast
Science

FL - No northern escape route for Florida's coral reefs: Florida Tech research shows climate change will suppress reef growth from north and south

Warming seas are driving many species of marine life to shift their geographic ranges out of the tropics to higher latitudes where the water is cooler. Florida's reefs will not be able to make that northward move, however, as they will be caught between intolerably hot tropical waters and increasingly frequent water-cooling cold snaps, according to new findings.

Southeast
Energy

NC- Federal bureau, US Army Corps of Engineers look to support more offshore wind energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two federal agencies are partnering to pursue more offshore wind energy along the Atlantic Coast, though much of North Carolina’s coastline doesn’t seem to be involved.

Southeast
Property

FL - How coastal communities are teaming up to fight climate change

“Every part of our existence here, fundamentally, depends upon our tourism-based economy,” FGCU professor Mike Savarese said while at the beach. “This is probably Collier County’s greatest asset, and one of the assets that’s threatened by climate change.”

Southeast
Science

FL- A study of more than 3,000 sharks has identified the most common South Florida species

The bull shark, a fearsome predator that could kill you with a single bite, turns out to be the fourth-most abundant shark species in South Florida, according to a new study of the region's sharks.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Hardening Marinas Is Just the Start

Sea-level policy and development challenges in Florida offer a glimpse into the future of climate-change issues for the entire industry

Southeast
Aquaculture

NC - Oyster trail designed to protect threatened industry

New trail along North Carolina coastline includes oyster farms, seafood markets, restaurants and educational sites.

Southeast
Science

FL - After Stony Coral Disease Hammered Florida's Reef, Can Corals Survive In The Disease's Wake?

As stony coral disease carved a catastrophic path along Florida’s reef tract and parts of the Caribbean — decimating the boulder corals that help build reefs — scientists raced to collect healthy corals, before the disease struck, and untangle genetics to breed more resilient offspring.

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