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TX - The Wasteland Underwater

On the central Texas coast, Lavaca Bay is already poisoned by mercury. Climate change will only make matters worse there—and at 944 other hazardous-waste sites across the country.

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Property

TX - Beta Causes Flooding, Beach Erosion on SPI

After some heavy rainfall and churning tides from Hurricane Beta, South Padre Island became inundated with flood water and severe beach erosion.

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Property

LA - After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again.

CREOLE, La. — Mary Canik returned after Hurricane Laura to find her hometown destroyed again.

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Property

TX - Close Call With Storm Renews Debate Over Houston Barrier

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental disaster.

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Energy

LA - Louisiana Lawmaker Paid to Push Proposed Pipeline Through Black, Indigenous Communities

Dorothy Ingram is among dozens of Raceland, Louisiana residents who say they’ve received few details about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through historic Black churches and graveyards in their community, which sits about 40 miles west of New Orleans.

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Property

TX - Part of Galveston's 61st Street Pier, a Popular Fishing Spot, Washed up on a Nearby Beach

GALVESTON — A wooden platform from a damaged fishing pier washed up on a Galveston beach on Monday, an early warning sign from Tropical Storm Beta, which is slowly approaching the southeast Texas coast.

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Property

LA - Entergy Provides Update on Hurricane Laura

Unprecedented restoration and rebuild work continues

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Property

LA - The Vulnerable: Laura Proves It's Time to Rethink How We Handle Hurricanes

Hunkered down in a Metairie hotel, 50-year-old Ron Thomas scrolled through his phone, staring at photos of the storm-ravaged home he shares with his fiancee and his 73-year-old mother in northern Lake Charles. 

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Property

AL - Governor Surveys Damage From Hurricane Sally

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey held press conferences in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island after touring the storm damaged Alabama Gulf Coast, which was battered by Hurricane Sally last week.

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - Tropical Storm Beta To Bring More Flooding To A Storm-Weary Gulf Coast

A storm-weary Gulf Coast bears down for another day of storms and potential flooding on Monday as Tropical Storm Beta prepares to make landfall along the Texas coastline.

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - Hurricane Sally's Onshore Industry Loss Could Reach $3bn: AIR Worldwide

Catastrophe risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has estimated that the insured cost of onshore property damages resulting from Hurricane Sally will be between $1 billion and $3 billion.

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Property

USA - NFIP’s Flood Losses Expected to Be ‘Significant’ from Hurricane Sally: AM Best

Hurricane Sally is not expected to cause a major insurance loss – compared to events such as the ongoing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington, or Hurricane Laura, according to AM Best.

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Waterways

Gulf of Mexico - 'Nurdle Patrol' Survey Finds Plastic Pellets on Almost Every Louisiana and Texas Beach

At Grand Isle State Park, on a sandy beach popular with sunbathers and anglers, Jace Tunnell pointed to the tide line and its usual scattering of litter: milk jugs, water bottles, candy wrappers, plastic bags.

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Engineering

TX - SPI to Submit Project Applications for Coastal Management

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From data collection and public access enhancement to coastal hazard and resiliency planning, this program annually seeks coastal project applications.

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Property

USA - Hurricane Sally’s Major Flooding Exposes Flaws in FEMA Maps

Tens of thousands of homeowners face financial losses because they were not considered to be in a flood zone and were not required to have insurance

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Sally Approaches the Gulf Coast

Flooding, power outages and bridge closures spread throughout coastal Alabama and Northwest Florida Tuesday night as Hurricane Sally battered the region.

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Engineering

LA - Mississippi Ship Channel Deepening Project Under Way at Last

The long-awaited project to deepen the Mississippi between the Gulf and New Orleans is finally under way.

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Property

LA - Who’s to Blame for New Orleans’ Long History of Flooding? ABC’s Ginger Zee Says Look Back to 1718

Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee researches Mississippi River Delta conservation efforts to mitigate hurricane impacts

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - Sally Expected to Alter Gulf Coast Beaches From Louisiana to Alabama

A new U.S. Geological Survey coastal change forecast predicts a decrease in impacts due to Hurricane Sally.

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Engineering

TX - Federal Funding for $1 Billion Panther Island Project Yet to Materialize

The decade-old Panther Island project remains unfinished and without necessary federal funding to complete it.

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Fisheries

LA - CPRA Seeking Recommendations From Oyster Farmers

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will be holding four meetings in the coming months to get the opinions of oyster farmers who lease state lands on the Oyster Lease Acquisition and Compensation Program.

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Waterways

TX - Galveston Bay Receives 'C' Grade in Annual Pollution Report

An annual report evaluating the condition of Galveston Bay was released on Wednesday, providing new information on pollution, water quality and other environmental issues.

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Property

LA - At $1.6B, Hurricane Laura Did More Agriculture Damage in Louisiana Than Katrina and Rita Combined

Hurricane Laura caused $1.6 billion in damage to Louisiana agriculture, according to preliminary estimates from the LSU AgCenter.

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - Plodding and Powerful, Hurricane Sally Moves in on Gulf Coast

GULFPORT, Miss. — Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with the heaviest downpours dumping nearly 2 feet of rain.

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Waterways

Gulf of Mexico - Offshore Oil Wells, Ports Shut as Hurricane Sally Advances on U.S. Gulf

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Energy companies, ports and refiners on Monday raced to shut down as Hurricane Sally lumbered towards the central U.S. Gulf Coast, the second significant hurricane to shutter oil and gas activity over the last month.

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Property

LA - New Orleans Orders Evacuations; Governor Declares State of Emergency as Louisiana Prepares for Hurricane Sally

With much of southwest Louisiana still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Laura, new evacuations have been ordered as Tropical Storm Sally aims for the central Gulf Coast.

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Science

TX - Lamar University Researchers Assess Coastline Damage From Hurricane Laura With Infrared Drone

Since this year's hurricane season is expected to be especially active, the researchers are examining Hurricane Laura's damage to prevent future erosion.

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Tourism

TX - Changing Tides: As COVID-19 Positivity Rates Decrease, County Beaches Reopen

Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks reopened this past Tuesday, as Texas sees its COVID-19 positivity rate dipping below 10 percent for the first time since late June.

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Property

LA - We're Just Figuring Out the Toll of Hurricane Laura

As Audubon Louisiana assesses damage to its coastal sites, including Rainey Sanctuary, people in Louisiana need help to recover from the storm.

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Waterways

TX - Repair to Well Off Texas Coast Taking Longer Than Expected

Officials say repairs to a natural gas well off the Texas coast that started leaking last week will take longer than expected

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Engineering

LA - Chenier Plain Marsh Enhancement Projects Receives $1M for Conservation

Chenier Plain Marsh Enhancement projects have been awarded $1 million by the U.S. government to enhance 3,950 acres of Louisiana coastal marsh.

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Advocacy

MS - Endangered Gopher Tortoises Released Into the Wild at Camp Shelby

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi Military Department released seven adult-sized gopher tortoises from the Head Start Program into the longleaf pine habitat at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg on Wednesday.

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Engineering

LA - FPL Sends Transmission Equipment to Louisiana to Help Rebuild Energy Grid

Nearly 180 semi-trailer trucks to deliver resources needed to repair the energy grid following Hurricane Laura.

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Waterways

LA - Louisiana Ports Hit by Hurricane Laura Battered as Ship Traffic Restricted; Industry Prepares Return

Since Hurricane Laura swept through southwest Louisiana nearly two weeks ago, there's been very little ship traffic in the region because of restrictions on ship depth, damage to two main public ports and because power and water outages have crippled the region and hampered the restart of industrial facilities.

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Property

LA - Could Healthy Wetlands Have Blunted Hurricane Laura's Destruction?

“They’re very important to us as a buffer to storms. That’s one of the, I think, most important things that those wetlands do,” said wetlands ecologist Bob Thomas.

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Engineering

MS - Is More Concrete the Answer to Erosion on Ocean Springs Front Beach?

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Is more concrete the answer to Ocean Springs’ eroding beach?

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Property

USA - Hurricane Laura's Devastating Winds, Water Give Researchers Months of Data to Study

A massive storm surge and rough waves already were pushing inland from the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Laura’s earliest gusty winds and dark clouds threatened as a group of storm chasers hit Holly Beach.

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Science

Gulf of Mexico - Researchers Track Nutrient Transport in the Gulf of Mexico

Researchers from Florida State University are shedding light on nutrient levels in the Gulf of Mexico with new findings published this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research -- Oceans.

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Fisheries

LA - After Laura, 'Nothing Left' for Some Southwest Louisiana Fishing Families

Fishing communities on the Texas and Louisiana coasts are reeling from the effects of Hurricane Laura and are still assessing the damage.

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Energy

TX - US Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Remains Lower

U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil output remained down 70%, or 1.29 million barrels per day, according to data released on Sunday by the Department of Interior, as companies continued to return crews to offshore facilities that were evacuated ahead of Hurricane Laura.

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Property

LA - Louisiana at greater risk of hurricanes in record-setting storm season

The hyper-active season is forecast to continue in the weeks ahead as a pattern of cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures called La Niña continues to develop along the equator in the Pacific Ocean.

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Property

LA - This Neighborhood Flooded 17 Times Over the Last 30 Years—Now It’s Moving

As climate change makes some places unlivable, how can we help the people who live there?

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Federal

TX - A Coral Reef Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico Could Triple in Size

The federally protected marine sanctuary has kept three major reefs safe from encroaching offshore oil drilling and commercial fishing.

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Fisheries

USA - NOAA Fisheries Revises Seafood Reporting Requirements in Wake of Hurricane Laura

NOAA Fisheries has announced revised reporting requirements for federal seafood dealers in portions of both Texas and Louisiana through 5 October in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

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Property

USA - 31 Oil and Chemical Spills Linked to Hurricane Laura, EPA Reports

The federal government received 31 reports of oil and chemical spills that are connected to Hurricane Laura, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Engineering

TX - Opinion: Can’t Wait for Ike Dike? We Must Act Now to Protect Galveston Bay. Here’s How.

In the days since Hurricane Laura made landfall on the Louisiana coast, multiple public officials have called for the construction of some type of coastal barrier to stop storm surge from entering Galveston Bay, expressing frustration that nothing has been done to protect our region since Hurricane Ike.

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Engineering

MS - USACE Releases Mississippi River Mainline Levees Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its Draft Supplement II (Draft SEIS II) to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project, Mississippi River Mainline Levees (MRL), today, Aug. 28.

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Waterways

TX - Port of Corpus Christi, City of Port Aransas Reach Settlement on Harbor Island

Corpus Christi, TX, USA – The Port of Corpus Christi and City of Port Aransas have reached an agreement on the future development of Harbor Island. This agreement amicably resolves all pending litigation between the Parties.

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Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico - Deep-Water Fish Farming in the Gulf of Mexico: Who Benefits?

When it comes to balancing food security with protecting ecosystems, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. An ambitious project off Florida’s coast could bring down the price.

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Property

LA - Laura Strongest Louisiana Hurricane in Modern Era

The National Hurricane Center estimated that Laura’s maximum sustained winds were 150 miles per hour as it moved ashore in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, around 1 a.m. Thursday.

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Property

USA - Hurricane Laura Industry Losses Seen as 'Manageable' by Analysts

Insurance and reinsurance industry losses from Hurricane Laura's onslaught of the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast region today (Aug. 27) are expected to be manageable for the industry, despite the intensity of the storm, analysts have said.

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Federal

MS - Legislature Reaches Temporary Compromise on GOMESA Funds, but Further Disputes Could Come Next Session

The Department of Marine Resources finally has a budget almost two months after the start of the fiscal year, but the issues that led to the impasse will likely appear in next year’s session.

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Engineering

TX - Army Corps. of Engineers Moving Forward With Ike Dike Concept in New Study

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The devastation of Hurricane Laura has reignited the conversation of coastal protection along our part of the Gulf.

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Property

LA - Hurricane Laura Damages Estimated at $8 Billion to $12 Billion in Louisiana, Analysts Say

Insurance companies are getting a scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Laura, with an analytics already estimating insured damage in the state at $8 billion to $12 billion a day after the storm slammed into southwest Louisiana and left a trail of destruction northward through the state.

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - ‘Cascading Disasters’: What a Hurricane Means When You Live Next to a Refinery

Before Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm, meteorologists warned that it would hit industrial coastal cities like Port Arthur, Texas, especially hard.

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Engineering

TX - A Proposed Storm Surge Barrier Could Protect Texas from Storms like Laura

There are concerns, though, about the time it will take to build the network of sea walls, surge gates and other infrastructure

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Science

Dr. Rob Young: What to Watch as Hurricane Laura Approaches the TX/LA Gulf Coast

Please see the latest analysis for the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. We will be following the storm closely and will be releasing follow-up products post-storm.

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Property

MS - Biloxi’s 15-Year Recovery From Hurricane Katrina Offers Lessons for Other Coastal Cities

The one-two punch of tropical storms Marco and Laura along the U.S. Gulf coast eerily echoes Hurricane Katrina’s arrival 15 years ago, on August 29, 2005.

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Property

TX - How Hurricane Laura Could've Caused 'One of the Worst Environmental Disasters Ever' in Houston

Tuesday, Phil Bedient kept checking noaa.gov for the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Laura, which was gathering strength in the 90-degree Gulf of Mexico.

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Tourism

MI - State Officials Testing Saginaw Bay and Its Beaches to Study Water Quality Issues

BAY CITY, MI — State officials have resumed testing the water of Saginaw Bay and the beaches lining it.

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Property

Gulf of Mexico - Hundreds of Thousands Flee as Hurricane Laura Barrels Toward the U.S. Gulf Coast

Hurricane Laura is forecast to rapidly power up into a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane, even stronger than previously expected, as it churns toward Texas and Louisiana, swirling wind and water over much of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Property

LA - The Last Major Hurricane Landfall in Louisiana, Rita, Was 15 Years Ago. It's Been Forgotten By Some.

This week, Laura could bring Louisiana its first landfall from a Category 3 or stronger hurricane in 15 years, since Hurricane Rita throttled parts of the state.

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Property

TX - As Twin Hurricanes Converge on the Gulf Coast, $31 Billion 'Ike Dike' Still in Planning Stages

As Tropical Storm Laura powers up the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” to the Texas Gulf Coast including Galveston, an ambitious and costly proposal for protecting the area from a massive storm continues to slowly grind its way through the federal approval process.

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Energy

Gulf of Mexico - Oil Companies Evacuate Gulf of Mexico Workers Ahead of Hurricane Marco

Offshore companies have started to evacuate workers from production platforms and drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura.

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Waterways

TX - Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Continue to Respond to Dredging Vessel

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Coast Guard crews and partner agencies continue pollution and salvage response Sunday for the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Aquaculture

FL - Commissioner Fried Welcomes NOAA Announcement of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas Off Florida's Gulf Coast

Tallahassee, Fla.— Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the selection of sites in federal waters off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico as one of the first locations designated as Aquaculture Opportunity Areas.

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Engineering

LA - Construction Set to Begin on $400 Million Flood-Protection Lock in Terrebonne

Construction will begin later this year on a $400 million lock in the Houma Navigation Canal that serves as the linchpin to Terrebonne Parish's hurricane-protection system.

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Waterways

TX - 4 Missing After Pipeline Explosion at Port In Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A dredging vessel at a Texas port hit a natural gas pipeline Friday, sparking an explosion that sent six people to the hospital and left four others missing, authorities said.

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Energy

TX - Opinion: Sun, sand and tankers? Port Aransas battles big oil ambitions

PORT ARANSAS — For generations of Texans, our very first memory of summer at the beach begins with driving aboard a tiny ferry at a place called Harbor Island, last stop on the Texas mainland. Turning off the engine and setting the brake, we have rolled down our windows, filling our noses with moist salt air and our ears with the screeches of seagulls. Kids jump out to stare over the side at the frolicking of the little sand trout. The boat docks in Port Aransas only a few minutes later, which means one thing: sunny vacation on the world’s longest barrier island.

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Tourism

FL - Destin Seeks Input On Beach Access From Locals, Visitors

If you’ve visited Destin’s beaches recently, the city wants to hear about it.

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Engineering

TX - Why One Expert Predicts a Major Hurricane Hitting Houston Would Be “America’s Chernobyl”

Terence O’Rourke has spent a decade warning officials a storm making landfall directly in Galveston Bay could be much worse than even Harvey.

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