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FL - Plan to prevent flood damage could cost New Smyrna Beach homeowners

Living in paradise comes at a cost. Usually, homeowners pay up with high-priced flood insurance, but this time living on the coastal waters of New Smyrna Beach could cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars to prevent even more flooding damage.

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CA - Del Mar declines to seek Coastal Commission certification for sea level rise plan

The Del Mar City Council decided to withdraw its sea level rise adaptation plan from a June 10 hearing in front of the California Coastal Commission, which leaves the plan uncertified after years of discussions between the two sides.

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NC - Dare commissioners set tax plan for Avon beach project

As part of its 2021-22 fiscal budget, the Dare County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the creation two municipal service districts (MSDs) in Avon that will be taxed to help foot the bill of a $12.68 million beach nourishment project that will pump roughly one million cubic yards of sand along 2.5 miles of beach in that community next year.

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NC - Consensus builds for major flood mitigation legislation

A broad array of provisions aimed at flood prevention and resilience continues to move forward in this year’s session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

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Int'l - Coastal communities asked to embrace seaweed for its role in migratory seabird survivial

With tomorrow being World Ocean’s Day (8th June, University of South Australia ecologists are urging coastal communities to embrace all that the winter season brings, including the sometimes-unwelcome deposits of brown seaweed that can accumulate on the southern shores.

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NC - VIDEO: Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon update on 2022 beach nourishment, municipal service districts

Town of Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon discusses the town’s 2022 beach nourishment project and the creation of additional municipal service districts.

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FL - Vero Beach wants to get a share of Indian River County bed-tax money

The city deserves a cut of county bed taxes since its city beaches and facilities attract many of Indian River County's tourists, Councilman Dick Winger said Tuesday.

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Int'l - UK ranked last in Europe for bathing water quality in 2020

Swimmers in the UK hoping to enjoy waters certified clean and healthy this summer have been let down again. Only 110 coastal and inland sites were judged excellent in the latest bathing water quality data from Europe’s environmental watchdog.

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FL - Pinellas commission blocks developer’s plan for 273 homes on Tides Golf Club

County officials cited the land’s vulnerability to storm surge and flooding. The Tampa-based developer pledges to sue.

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MS - Here's why Mississippi River diversion was proposed, how it might work

Mid-Barataria project could create 27 square miles of wetlands by 2050, at cost of $2 billion

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AK - Bristol Bay Tribes to EPA: Veto Pebble Mine Now and Forever

As Pebble Limited Partnership reacts to permit denial, shareholder lawsuits, and grand jury subpoenas, Tribes and millions of supporters urge EPA to ensure lasting protection of world’s greatest wild salmon fishery.

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Carib - 'Compensation on the table' in talks with cruise ships on anchorage reef destruction

The Government has begun “serious and stringent” talks with cruise ships that berthed off the west coast, seriously damaging coral reefs that are vital to the island’s coastal protection, fisheries, marine life and tourism, according to Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey.

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SC - McMaster signs bill to boost free parking at SC beaches

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill that would ensure free parking and state control along public roads in beach towns. The bill would allow some paid parking, but requires beach towns to provide some free parking to visitors as well.

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IL - Chicago Shoreline GRR included in the FY22 budget

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 includes about $6.8 billion in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including about $100 million in funding for the USACE Chicago District.

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MD - Joanne Throwe: Creating a resilience authority for Annapolis and Anne Arundel is a bold way to deal with climate change impact

Combatting the effects of climate change in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible way requires innovative thinking and careful consideration of the challenge at hand.

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FL - Pensacola residents could see a stormwater fee increase for the next two years

Pensacola residents could see an increase in their annual stormwater fee charged by the city.

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NJ - Sand Litigation Stalled

At a May 26 meeting, Avalon officials provided Borough Council with an update on the litigation over the use of Herford Inlet sand for federal beach nourishment projects.

International
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Int'l - Sri Lanka battles waves of plastic waste from burning ship

Tonnes of plastic pellets from a burning container ship swamped Sri Lanka’s west coast Friday, prompting a ban on fishing as international efforts to salvage the vessel dragged into a ninth day.

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FL - Florida environmental secretary resigns

STATEWIDE – Noah Valenstein is resigning as secretary of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, effective June 4.

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Int'l - Sea water inundates residential areas in coastal Bengal as cyclone 'Yaas' unleashes fury

Several roads adjoining the sea beaches in Bengal's Digha lay inundated, with some people seen wading through chest-deep water, as the tourist town and its adjoining places bore the brunt of Cyclone 'Yaas', which made its landfall in neighboring Odisha on Wednesday morning.

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VA - Virginia: Winners of RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

In 2020, the United States endured 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, costing $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses, and public infrastructure. Between 2018 and 2019, Virginia experienced impacts from nine events with a total cost of approximately $1.6 billion.

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SC - Isle of Palms City Council unanimously opposes bill reducing its control over parking

The Isle of Palms City Council is vowing to fight a bill it argues would take away some of its control over regulating parking “by all lawful means.”

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VI - Superior Court Rules in Favor of Summer’s End Marina

A Superior Court judge’s ruling removed one legal hurdle for the developers of a mega-yacht marina in Coral Bay on St. John.

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NC - North Topsail Beach service districts plan draws ire

Several property owners here at a public hearing Saturday morning spoke out against a proposal that would divvy a portion of the town into districts for special assessments to help pay for a multi-million-dollar, 50-year joint beach project on Topsail Island.

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