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Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact - Putting politics aside to save our shores

The NBC2 Investigators found out exclusively that Southwest Florida leaders are putting aside political differences to work together on environmental issues.

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NYT: ‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

Colonial-era homes line the streets of The Point in Newport, R.I. Climate change is forcing experts to reimagine the future of historic preservation here.

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New Jersey: This former Shore town disappeared from the map, and no one really misses it

There isn’t much left of the former Borough of Island Beach half a century after its official dissolution in 1965 as an Ocean County municipality incorporated just 32 years earlier.

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Virginia Shore looks to rails-to-trails as railroad seeks to abandon tracks

The company that manages the railroad on Virginia's Eastern Shore notified government officials earlier this month that it will petition to abandon the line from Hallwood south to Cape Charles.

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Volusia Countys newest beach access point may be the ugliest

The temporary beach access path on the north end of the Protogroup hotel and condominium project is more like a path through a construction site. And it’s not baby carriage friendly.

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Lobster co-op, lobster town get working waterfront grants

STONINGTON, MAINE — There’s good news from Augusta for two Downeast towns.

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After coastal towns complain about Resource Institute, lawmakers could rescind its $5 million windfall

The Atlantic Reefmaker is a wave-breaking technology used in inlets, but not oceanfronts. After receiving $5 million from the legislature last year, the Resource Institute proposed using the technology — sold by one of its primary contractors — for hurricane resilience. North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach officials have objected to both the Reefmaker and the Resource Institute, the latter of which they say has little expertise in coastal projects.

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Beach permits help prevent ‘free-for-all’

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLORIDA — Officials say event permits keep beaches from “getting out of hand.”

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Belmar, New Jersey on Revenue Roll in Beach Badge Sales for New Season

BELMAR, NJ — With three weekends in the books, Belmar beach badge sales are rolling in — at substantially higher levels than last year.

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Property owners challenge Currituck’s use of tourism tax money

A lawsuit filed by property owners on the Currituck Outer Banks contends that the county has misspent $60 million in occupancy tax proceeds since 2004 on projects and services that did little or nothing to promote or expand tourism.

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St. Martin Parish Council to discuss GOMESA funds bond issue

ST. MARTINVILLE — The St. Martin Parish Council will meet Tuesday night to discuss a proposed $10.25 million bond issue based on Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act funds.

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Imperial Beach sets rules for sidewalk vendors

What happens with the food truck revolution comes to a beach town near you? New rules and regulations.

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Florida septic tanks in crisis

Millions of Floridians flush toilets, take showers and wash clothes every day with little thought about all the waste flowing down the drains and into their septic tanks.

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Longboat leaders begin looking through spending proposals for long-term renourishment projects.

Beaches. Fixing them, maintaining them and paying for it all years into the future will likely be topics of conversation, study and — possibly — an election in early 2020 as the town advances toward a new shoreline management plan.

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Which Charlotte County, Florida marine projects got funded?

Local county taxes -- especially hotel accommodation taxes -- play an important role in funding coastal projects all around the aAmerican shoreline. Charlotte County, Florida -- hime o Manasota Key and Don Pedro-Knight Island -- prove an example for effective local coastal spending.

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Surfside Beach (South Carolina) could use leftover beach renourishment money on new pier

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - The town is looking to pay for a roughly $10 million replacement to one of its most iconic landmarks: the fishing pier.

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‘Protectors Of The Coast’: What Mangroves' Northward March Means For Northeast Florida

Walking along a wooden path winding through Nease Beachfront Park in St. Augustine, Danny Lippi pointed to coastal trees sprouting from the shrubbery around him. The exotic species were brought here by warming temperatures — bringing business opportunities for the local arborist.

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How safe are Georgia's beaches?

Georgia has issued more than 200 coastal swimming advisories since 2007. Some beaches are so perpetually polluted, they carry permanent warnings.

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Pawleys Town Council continues search for funding strategies; beach renourishment moving forward

South Carolina - Officials in the Town of Pawleys Island say the latest beach renourishment project is on track and that crews should begin placing sand on the beach this fall.

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Taking rocks from Westport beaches will cost you $250

WESTPORT, Mass. (WJAR) — Officials in Westport are drawing a line in the sand when it comes to people taking rocks off the town’s beaches. If you’re caught, it could cost you hundreds of dollars.

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Pinellas County FL appoints Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator

CLEARWATER — Hank Hodde will become Pinellas County’s new Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator in July

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Santa Rosa seeks public input for multi-year plan for RESTORE Act funds

MILTON — At the April 11 commission regular meeting, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners proposed amendments to the initial multi-year implementation plan that was accepted by the U.S. Treasury in May 2017.

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Paid parking to launch in Carteret County, N.C.

BOGUE BANKS, BEAUFORT — The summer tourism season is almost here, and several towns in Carteret County are preparing their paid parking programs.

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Washington Gov. Inslee signs range of bills aimed at helping orcas

SEATTLE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills Wednesday designed to help the Pacific Northwest’s endangered orcas, measures that he said gave him hope the species might be saved.

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Louisiana: More floating mats, less erosion

CCA-Louisiana, volunteers continue Floating Islands Restoration Project

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North Carolina: Hurricanes Led to Millions of Gallons of Released Untreated Sewage Water in 2018

In 2018, sewer lines across Greensboro released more than 3.5 million gallons of untreated sewage onto roads and into waterways.

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St. Johns County takes steps toward paid off-beach parking plan

FLORIDA - In the April 2 St. Johns County Commission meeting, the Board of County Commissioners decided to move forward with a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for a paid parking program for off-beach parking lots. Based on the community feedback and public comment, however, county staff has a difficult task ahead with balancing the area’s expectations and limited resources.

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$50 Million Utility Bond to Bury Coastal Power-lines Up for Preliminary Vote in Key Biscayne

KEY BISCAYNE FLORIDA - In another step toward burying power lines, Key Biscayne Village Manager Andrea Agha is asking the Village Council to approve a formal resolution of “intent” to borrow up to $50 million for the project through a bond issue.

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Coastal Alabama joins together in opposition of plastic bag legislation

Coastal Alabama leaders are joining up in opposition over two pieces of legislation that would remove cities from enforcing plastics.

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Paid off-beach parking plan for St. Johns County moves forward

Florida: The St. Johns County Commission made a move toward implementing a paid parking program for off-beach lots, but the final decision is yet to come.

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Parking fee remains an option as South Carolina town shifts focus to beach fund

A proposal to help fund beach renourishment by charging a parking fee at Pawleys Island (South Carolina) beach accesses narrowly survived a vote to kill the idea. The town’s ad hoc finance committee this week deadlocked on a motion to drop the proposed fee from its recommendation to Town Council.

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Naples to spend county sales tax money on hurricane preparedness, safety improvements

The Naples City Council agreed Wednesday to spend the nearly $26 million it expects to receive from the Collier County sales tax increase on preparing for the next big hurricane and improving safety.

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Communities Seek Answers, Money for Climate Adaptation

Nationwide, communities are becoming cognizant of the need to plan for the impacts of climate change, but too often, they aren’t sure how to implement climate adaptation plans, particularly in smaller, rural areas with fewer resources, according to officials at a climate leadership conference.

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Revised Tax Assessment Figures Presented for Captive Island Nourishment Project

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District's board continued to discuss the proposed apportionment methodology for the island's 2020-2021 beach renourishment project at its regular meeting.

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Mystic Island Residents Must Decide on Special Tax for Dredging

New Jersey - Little Egg Harbor Township ( Ocean County, New Jersey) held a special meeting March 15 with Mystic Island residents who live on the waterfront east of Radio Road. The township has seen the success of dredging Osborn Island lagoons through use of a special assessment levied on those waterfront dwellers and is now extending the question to the 526 property owners on 12 lagoons that lead to Rose Creek.

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City breaks ground on first Miami Forever Bond project - $400 M Fairview Project

In lieu of the traditional shovel groundbreaking, Miami City Commission chair Ken Russell, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami city manager Emilio T. Gonzalez (pictured l-r) perform the ceremonial water toss to mark the start of the first Miami Forever Bond project tackling flooding and sea-level rise. (Photo by City of Miami Office of Communications)

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County Commission OKs renourishment of St. Johns beaches

Local funds will match state, federal grants for S. Ponte Vedra, Vilano Beach

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'It's over': Miami Beach tries to outrace climate change's rising seas

In some ways, Miami Beach is lucky. With high real estate prices and millions in tax revenue from a robust tourist trade, the city has been able to cobble together funds to wage its war with the sea in a way that poorer ones must envy. Under Gelber, it recently appropriated another $140 million, bringing the total program budget to $650 million.

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Changes could be coming to county ‘bed tax’ spending

The St. Johns County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and County Commission will look at possible changes to the amount and structure of the county’s tourist development tax.

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City leaders consider paid parking in Atlantic Beach

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - Paid parking has become a hot topic in many coastal communities from St Augustine Beach up to Neptune Beach.

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South Walton renovating beach access points

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Visit South Walton has already started renovating five beach access points and adding three new ones.

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Keeping I-73 on the map, Myrtle Beach leaders finalize tax and fee collection

Interstate 73 isn’t off the map, Myrtle Beach City Council said as it sped into the final reading of a tax and fee re-allocation ordinance package.

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Paid parking at Anna Maria beaches might become the county’s newest source of revenue

MANATEE -- As government officials began the annual budget process, the wish list for improvements across Manatee County ballooned quickly, prompting an inquiry into an untapped source of revenue — paid beach parking.

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Coastal Towns & County Battle over Tourism Tax: Decision by cities to change taxes would cost Horry County millions

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -(WMBF) - Three coastal cities have taken the initial steps to stop Horry County from collecting a 1.5 percent hospitality fee from inside city limits. The hospitality fee is collected on prepared meals, admission and accommodations.

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Local Taxes Could Fund Storm Repairs, Inlets

RALEIGH – For coastal North Carolina, where many communities are still reeling from the effects of last year’s storms, the top local requests for help from the General Assembly so far fall in two interrelated categories: sand and money.

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'We made a mistake’: Oak Island Town Council apologizes after rushing, then reversing, paid parking program

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - About 130 people packed Oak Island Town Hall on Tuesday night for a special meeting with most in attendance to discuss the debate over whether the town should implement paid parking by the beach.

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The City of Miami Just Banned Glyphosate (Roundup)

There are growing concerns about both the safety and proliferation of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller.