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FL - Barrier island bald eagles bested Hurricane Ian

The nesting bald eagles on Sanibel and Captiva islands went somewhere, and did something, which allowed them all to survive Hurricane Ian’s 150-mph winds and near-direct landfall.

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Waterways

FL - USACE: Weekly Water Levels in Key South Florida Water Bodies

Here are the latest water levels in key south Florida water bodies from data collected between October 24 through October 30. Total volumes are reported in acre feet (AC FT).

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Waterways

FL - After Ian, Florida’s waterways could remain polluted for months

In the weeks since Ian pulled away from the Sunshine State, city workers and concerned citizens filed hundreds of pollution reports to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection

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Property

FL - ‘On borrowed time.’ Why coastal Florida keeps rebuilding after storms like Hurricane Ian

Southwest Florida has already answered the immediate question after Hurricane Ian slammed into the coast, killing dozens of people and destroying thousands of homes with record-high storm surge: Will we rebuild?

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Property

FL - As Special Session Nears, Florida Chamber Urges More Property Insurance Reforms

Florida is in the midst of a swirling storm with a property insurance market that has been described as in free fall.

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Engineering

FL - Stilt homes, raised roads, maybe a huge wall. Can Miami-Dade stay safe from storm surge?

It’s been almost a century since a powerful hurricane drove storm surge up the Miami River, a worst-case scenario for what is now one of the most densely populated and at-risk coastal cities in the nation.

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Advocacy

FL - Hurricane Ian’s Deadly Impact on Florida Seniors Exposes Need for New Preparation Strategies

All kinds of natural disasters — hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, dangerous heat waves — pose substantial risks to older adults. Yet, not enough seniors prepare for these events in advance, and efforts to encourage them to do so have been largely unsuccessful.

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Tourism

FL - Martin and St. Lucie Counties Launch Season 2 of the “Don’t Come Here” Podcast Launched

The tourism offices of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties announce the launch of season two of the Don’t Come Here: Stories of the Treasure Coast podcast.

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Federal

USA - Federal Support for Hurricane Ian Totals $1.74 Billion; FEMA Provides $684 Million in Individual Assistance to Jumpstart Survivor Recovery

WASHINGTON -- More than $1.74 billion in federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance payments has been provided to the state of Florida and to households to help survivors jumpstart their recovery after Hurricane Ian.

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Science

FL - Florida heat births more female turtles than males. It may lead to population decline

SARASOTA, Fla. — Each morning during sea turtle nesting season, which occurs between May 1 and Oct. 31, scientists and citizen volunteers comb 35 miles of shoreline in Sarasota County, Fla.

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Science

FL - FGCU researchers study red tide blooming after Hurricane Ian

Researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University are studying the red tide blooming after Hurricane Ian, as Southwest Floridians hope it doesn’t last as long as the bloom post-Irma.

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Engineering

FL - Damages to Volusia County beaches from Hurricane Ian reach $15.5M

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — It's been a month since Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida.

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Science

FL - How sea level rise contributes to billions in extra damage during hurricanes

Sea levels have risen by about a foot along the coast of southwest Florida. That made Hurricane Ian’s storm surge even more dangerous.

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Property

GA - Flood insurance prices rising As storms, flooding become more frequent due to climate change

For the average homeowner, few activities sound more tedious than spending an afternoon reviewing insurance policies.

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Property

FL - Case Study: Impact of Flood Risk on Property Values

By current CoreLogic estimates, the recent landfall of Hurricane Ian caused anywhere between $41 to $70 billion in damage, marking the sixth consecutive year a slow-moving tropical system destroyed part of the country.

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Property

USA - Viewpoint: Ranking Hurricane Ian Among the Ten Worst Natural Disasters in US History

We are in the early stages of sifting through the debris of Hurricane Ian and calculating the financial and human toll it took after coming ashore in Southwest Florida with 150 mph winds and 20 inches of rain.

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Fisheries

FL - Mystery of the disappearing mahi-mahi divides fishermen The colorful dolphinfish, or mahi

The colorful dolphinfish, or mahi-mahi, is one of the most coveted species for recreational fishermen as well as the commercial vessels. Charter boat captains in Florida and Puerto Rico say they are seeing far fewer and much smaller fish in recent years. But who is to blame isn’t clear, and some point to climate change.

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Science

FL - Red tide algae is back in Southwest Florida waters. Here’s what experts predict

The organism that causes red tide is back in waters off the coast of Southwest Florida.

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Property

FL - The Impact of Flood Risk on Property Values – A Case Study in Miami

Hurricane Ian landed in Florida on Thursday evening, September 29, 2022. According to CoreLogic, estimated losses from wind and flooding damages to residential and commercial properties in Florida, South Carolina and other impacted states are between $41 billion and $70 billion

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Waterways

FL - More manatees seeking out springs in winter, increasing the need to protect these habitats

As summer winds down in Central and North Central Florida, we are anxiously awaiting the annual manatee season that officially runs from Nov. 1 through March 30.

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Property

FL - After Ian, Rebuilding in Disaster-Prone Areas Is Up for Debate

Some question if the way to recover is to redevelop damaged swathes of fragile coastal areas

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Science

FL - Research cruise investigating potential post-hurricane red tide

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that Marine Lab Director Dr. Eric Milbrandt is aboard a collaborative research cruise organized by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) that set sail on Oct. 18 from St. Petersburg to evaluate water quality conditions in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

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