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With the glittering Port Phillip Bay at its doorstep, Brighton is among Melbourne’s poshest and most expensive suburbs.
Mexico Beach was ground zero for Hurricane Michael, destroying 70 percent of the resort community’s homes and businesses with its Category 5 winds and 18-foot storm surge. Because its flood maps hadn’t been updated in 10 years, 80 percent of those structures were uninsured because FEMA placed them in flood zone "X" – areas that have low-to-moderate risks for flooding, according to a report by My Flood Risk, an affiliate of Melbourne, Fla.-based National Flood Insurance LLC.
It is an ordinary Monday morning at Beau Vallon beach, Seychelles. A group of men and women prepare the beach for the soon-to-arrive tourists, cleaning up the plastics and algae washed ashore by the Indian Ocean that do not fit the image of the tropical paradise that the Seychelles projects to the world.
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid.
Under Florida case law, a seller of a home must disclose to the buyer all known facts that materially affect the value of the property and that are not readily observable or known to the buyer.
Long before rising seas permanently swamp homes, millions of Americans living in coastal communities will likely face more frequent and disruptive high-tide flooding — and the effects will ripple through the local economy.
The impacts of climate change, including rising seas and extreme weather events, are quickly emerging as formidable challenges for the real estate industry and our cities.
NANTUCKET — Efforts to fight erosion on the Sankaty Bluff are headed to court. The Sconset Beach Preservation Fund has appealed the Conservation Commission’s decision to deny expansion of an erosion-control project at the base of the bluff. The fund’s leaders have appealed to both the state Department of Environmental Protection and Nantucket Superior Court.
Anyone who doubts that climate change could deliver a nasty shock to Michigan's economy need only take a stroll along the Detroit riverfront these days.
A country that refuses to confront these changes, that shrugs off the planning and preparation needed, and certainly does not have the desire — or, at this moment, the capacity — to absorb those costs is making a choice to put millions of its residents in harm’s way.
New Delhi/ Kochi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected all four review peititions filed by the flat builders in Maradu in Kerala's Ernakulam district. This means around 350 flats, which violated the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, have to be razed immediately.
Some encroachments reach 80 feet into the sand ..
As surely as the seasons, the water will come, a silent surge that in 30 years could mean up to 55 days annually where South Florida streets become streams and storm grates bubble backwards, according to a new report released Wednesday.
Jul. 11--PANAMA CITY -- The air in the heart of Florida's Panhandle has felt heavy for days, weighed down by Southern humidity and the hazy heat of summer. Familiar thunderstorms, bringing brief downpours, have done little to loosen its grip.
When it comes to coastal development, a clash of interests is almost always expected.
MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina — New limits and regulations on short-term rentals, such as those listed with Airbnb and Vrbo, are on track to begin in August in South Carolina’s fourth-largest city.
HB 3309 overturns a 1995 ban that kept schools, hospitals, and police and fire stations from being built in tsunami zones.
These are the riskiest states for extreme weather in America, according to forecast data by NOAA.
She issued them a challenge to do more than just look after themselves in times of storms, but to take the lead in helping their entire community.
Coastal towns may be better off buying out beachfront property owners than spending years trying to protect those homes from floods, erosion and shifting sands, a study of North Topsail Beach, N.C., says.
Some things to keep in mind when considering investment in coastal rental properties.
New data analysis shows that propery values are already taking a hit due to sea level rise.
As the cost of coastal residency climbs, we wonder how the American Shoreline will be changed.
Recent actions surrounding short-term rental licenses—or lack of them—in Pacific Grove will keep the city as busy as seaside cottage rentals over the Fourth of July weekend.
The relocation of an Alaska village is happening fast this summer, after many years of planning and work.
Lazing about the beach is a common retirement dream, but expensive oceanfront housing costs are often a big wake-up call. Then again, America is filled with great beachfront destinations from sea to shining sea and all the places in between. Far from the coasts, you can find desirable metro areas that offer access to freshwater beaches on lakes and rivers, so you still get to feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes, but often at more affordable prices than you'll encounter in popular coastal retirement cities.
Munich Re had teamed up with a unit of the National Insurance Crime Bureau to offer insurance carriers an analytics tool that can quickly assess property damage after natural catastrophes and speed up claims payments.
Before Montauk became the major tourist destination it is today, it started as a small fishing village on the east end of Long Island. In 1938, a hurricane essentially turned the community into an island for several days. More than 100 homes were destroyed, the road was damaged and residents moved away. Now, some worry history will repeat itself and the modern-day Montauk will face even more challenges.
WATERFORD — Two years is the newly-approved “lookback” period for substantial improvement for buildings in the floodplain in the Town of Waterford, a move that will provide increased flexibility to property owners in maintaining or improving their buildings.
Nine months after the storm, more than 20,000 property claims remain outstanding in Florida.
Realtor.com says barrier island offers great combination of affordability and sun-and-sand options
Coastal Property Guide advises against the use of hard rock to protect shoreline. This story is part of a CBC News series entitled In Our Backyard, which looks at the effects climate change is having in Canada, from extreme weather events to how it's reshaping our economy.
When community leaders in the town of Piermont, just north of New York City, ask residents, “How long do you want to live here?” the question is more than a personal one.
Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to help U.S. towns and cities still recovering from last year’s natural disasters. Even before that, 2018 had already drawn more emergency funding than any year since 2005, the costliest year on record.
HOUSTON — For Houston resident Scenacia Jones, the experience of getting her new home through an innovative way of building post-disaster housing was like an experiment.
The Calvert County commissioners directed staff June 11 to make arrangements for the transfer of properties the county had acquired to eliminate long-term risk to people and property from shoreline and cliff erosion in Calvert.
LONGPORT, New Jersey — The summer drive down Atlantic Avenue toward the ocean is almost always pleasant. Beautiful mansions line the road and the sea breeze whips by.
Think you can't afford to live in a beach town? Think again. These are the most affordable beach towns where buyers can find plenty of bargains.
Prefabrication represents a significant accomplishment in making affordable housing available to anyone. With the arrival of today’s advanced technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D printing, and automation, architects and builders are continuing to explore how prefabrication can change the world. Prefabrication is the future of affordable housing all over the globe and especially in those regions affected by severe climate events.
In December 2016, a new Lake Ontario water management plan went into effect, crafted by the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian agency governing the Great Lakes. It replaced a plan that had been used since 1963.
PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property.
NAGS HEAD, NC (AP) - North Carolina's highest court has agreed with another appeals court that oceanfront property owners can get compensated when a municipality takes their land temporarily for upkeep of public beaches.
Here on the North Coast, we live in such a rich area for diverse scientific opportunities, from forestry to wetland restoration to maritime science. Our varied landscapes inform and inspire the ways we live, play, and earn a living. We believe that ensuring that this way of life continues for our coastal communities means investing in education, job opportunities, and in the care and management of our lands and waters.
PLANS for the next phase of a multi-million pound coastal defences project have been outlined in an environmental impact assessment.
Often criticized as playthings of Silicon Valley billionaires, floating cities have the potential to help coastal regions adapt to climate change, writes researcher Nathalie Mezza-Garcia.
A weekend walk on the beach put Charlestown resident Scott Keeley under arrest. Keeley was gathering seaweed that he uses to fertilize his garden when the police were called.
A joint venture of MDG Design + Construction and Wavecrest Management completed the rehabilitation of a 1,395-unit public housing community in Far Rockaway, Queens. The project is the country’s largest single-site conversion under HUD’s RAD program
New Delhi– In a relief for home-owners, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed for six weeks the demolition of 400 flats in five posh coastal apartment complexes in Maradu area of Kochi.
The owners of a floating platform in a tidal creek near the Folly River are arguing the state can’t tell them to remove the structure.
Despite the threat of hurricanes, South Carolina’s economy has shifted toward the coast and further into harm’s way. The same is true for eight other states, Moody’s Investors Service said, but South Carolina could be at the biggest risk.
It may seem like spring has barely begun in Maine, but it is already hurricane season. That brings heightened worries about heavy rainfall, high winds and floods. The danger, of course, is more acute along the state’s shoreline.
In August 2017, Gov. John Carney signed the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act into law, calling it a “big deal.” Now – nearly two years later – we are close to seeing if it will deliver on its promise of economic development and job creation.
Half of NSW's coastal community thinks rising sea levels will not impact them directly, new data released today by UNSW scientists has shown—and 25 percent of surveyed accommodation businesses situated close to the coast are unsure if sea level rise is even occurring.
Gardai have been notified about plans to deliver the petition on a USB stick to the US President
une marks the official start of hurricane season. If recent history is any guide, it will prove to be another destructive year thanks to the worsening impact of climate change.
As coastal communities succumb to sea-level rise, managing population migration and decline has become a new focus in the state.
CLEMSON — Ask Michael Dawson about entering the carbon market and whether he would go back and do it again, and his answer is simple: “In a skinny minute.”
Unusually warm water, storm paths leave forecasters worried. Six-month Atlantic season starts Saturday, ends in November
The 2,100-page report is before the UN commission for review to argue for control over a vast region of the Arctic sea floor
KOCHI: The state government would go ahead with the Supreme Court order of demolishing four flats constructed violating the CRZ rules in Maradu municipality limits.
Humans have a long history of living on water. Our water homes span the fishing villages in Southeast Asia, Peru and Bolivia to modern floating homes in Vancouver and Amsterdam. As our cities grapple with overcrowding and undesirable living situations, the ocean remains a potential frontier for sophisticated water-based communities.
FORT MYERS BEACH - With hurricane season here, our most at-risk communities are making sure they are ready. These include the Town of Fort Myers, which is no stranger to storms. That is why town officials are always taking steps to ensure emergency preparedness.
The Atlantic hurricane season, which begins Saturday, puts 7.3 million homes at risk with an estimated reconstruction cost of $1.8 trillion, CoreLogic said in its 2019 Storm Surge Report. CoreLogic, a data analytics provider based in Irvine, Calif., examined potential losses along a 3,700-mile coastline encompassing 19 states from Texas to Maine.
Before the threat of rising seas was widely understood, California created an agency to protect its famous beaches from overdevelopment. Now the state Coastal Commission is pouring resources into a war against the effects of climate change, and it could lead toward the removal of oceanfront homes.
People who live around the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse don’t want to see it slip away – literally or figuratively. As 2020 approaches, the agency is starting to plot out its next decade, and opened the process up for community input at a Wednesday night meeting.
Move is the latest in a series that the country has made aimed at dealing with stronger hurricanes, more intense droughts and rising sea levels.
Gilbert Gaul on the transformation of the American shoreline. Catch Gil's interview on ASPN's Ship to Shore Podcast hosted by Bob Frump. The podcast link is at the bottom of the article.
Breezy Point is beautiful in the summertime, a quaint neighborhood sitting on a slim peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic just south of New York City. In a storm, though, that dreamy setting can become a nightmare.
For decades, floating cities have been part of a utopian vision to build societies that operate independently of government. Organizations like the Seasteading Institute aim to create peaceful, self-sufficient communities at sea — but they've faced multiple obstacles. In April, a United Nations roundtable entertained an idea for a new kind of floating city that could address issues such as rising sea levels and overcrowding in urban areas.
COLUMBIA, SC. The chairman of the board at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has run into trouble with Gov. Henry McMaster and state coastal regulators over the construction of seawalls along the oceanfront near his beach house in Georgetown County.
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Horrific winds in the eyewall of Hurricane Michael tore a mobile home park to shreds as the storm made landfall in Florida last October. Gusts ripped off the roofs and walls of homes across the street.
Dan Martin reflects on the new frequency of urban flooding along the American shoreline and elsewhere and the challenges of adapting to these "extreme weather" events. Dan is the Managing Principal at Market Feasibility Advisors & Host of the Next Gen Waterfronts podcast on ASPN, covering coastal economics and development.
Rising insurance premiums could lead to an economic crash in the Sunshine State, according to one expert
They would take over ownership of public right-of-ways surrounding $220M project
At least 50 homeowners in Charleston’s historic district have inquired about elevating their homes, a practice the city once discouraged but now largely accepts after a spate of recent floods and the growing reality of climate change.
WASHINGTON - South Carolina will receive millions of dollars in federal aid to offset damages from Hurricanes Florence and Michael last year. It will be welcome news for the state’s residents hit hardest by the massive storm. According to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the situation was set to become dire “in the coming weeks, not months,” if Congress did not quickly overcome partisan disagreements and pass a disaster aid bill.
The court evaluated that it is high time the tendency of courts and other legal systems stopped forgiving those who violate the environment laws.
Over half of people in Britain would like to buy a home near the coast and many plan to move closer to the seaside or a water front in the future, a new survey has found.
Recent opinions by Columnist David Collins supporting the proposed siting of a seasonal restaurant on a city-owned pier in the Downtown Waterfront Park and the editorial board’s praising Governor Ned Lamont’s announcement of a public-private partnership for upgrading State Pier both ignore the statutory provisions of the Connecticut Coastal Management Act.
This report by the NGFS sets out climate change-related risks as a source of financial risk and outlines six recommendations, particularly for central banks and financial supervisors to take initial steps to ensure the stability of the financial system. The report aims to build knowledge in the main gaps of identifying, measuring and managing climate risks in the financial system.
Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, according to a Rutgers study of economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans in the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
An incredibly well-done bit of writing and multi-media storytelling on the Louisiana coast from Bloomberg.
Sooner or later the offshore Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami. When that day comes, you hope that coastal schools, fire stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don't get washed away just when you really need them.
Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations.
SALISBURY, Mass. - For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone's guess.
Eight residents of four Torres Strait Islands are making a world-first case against their own government at the United Nations (UN) for breaching their human rights. A win will not be legally enforceable, but it could draw further attention to the government's failure to act.
May 14, 2019 — Water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are almost two feet above average for this time of year, but they haven’t reached 2017 levels yet. On Sunday, Lake Ontario was still six and a half inches below where it was the same day two years ago, when major flooding hit the region.
Hurricane Michael killed seven people and caused more than $6 billion in damage in Florida in October, a toll compounded by warmer, higher seas and wetter air, the signs of climate change scientists have long warned about.
Newswise — In Norfolk, Virginia, officials are taking action to reduce their city’s vulnerability to flood risks. Flooding in Norfolk does not just happen during major storms. It can happen when the sun is shining, if the tide is high or the winds are right.
DeBordieu Colony, a wealthy, gated beach community, was the benefactor of targeted legislation in the Statehouse this week that would protect a stretch of beachfront houses. That’s if Gov. Henry McMaster signs it into law.