Florida lawmakers are in a semi-panic mode over the rising sea levels that could impact Florida homeowners across The Sunshine State. Earlier last week, Florida lawmakers pushed a proposal that would create a task force through the Office of Resiliency to focus on rising oceans.
Florida boasts a whopping 1,350 miles or 2,173 kilometers of coastline which presents a plethora of environmental challenges that need to be addressed.
The threat must be a very real one as Florida has struggled under the leadership of Republicans who have echoed President Trump’s sentiments that climate change is a “hoax.”
Surprisingly, Florida’s current Gov. Ron DeSantis who is also a Republican and a big supporter of Trump seems to be taking climate change seriously. However, even Trump has recently changed his stance on climate change—even walking back his “hoax” label. Which makes sense since his Florida home is in one of the most vulnerable areas to rising sea levels and future flooding.
Here are two startling facts about Florida’s real threat of rising sea levels:
Florida’s property values could be impacted by over $300 billion
Miami-Dade could face catastrophic flooding by 2050. In fact, extreme flooding was at 5% in 2019. That number will skyrocket to 98% by 2050.
In addition to the damage and havoc it could wreak for Florida homeowners, it’s the tourism industry that could take the biggest hit. Since the planet’s heat is stored in the oceans and those temperatures continue to rise, Florida could also be facing some of the most dangerous and damaging hurricanes in history.
The proposal is a step in the right direction for Florida and Florida homeowners.