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Proposal Would Require State To Create Official Projections On Impacts Of Sea-Level Rise, Flooding

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Florida lawmakers are considering a statewide sea-level rise task force. Members would help create “consensus projections” for sea-level rise and flooding impacts.

From local planning councils to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, different agencies are making their own sea-level rise projections.

And they’re not all the same. That means when governments make planning decisions, they’re not all basing their choices on the same information.

Under a bill by Lighthouse Point Republican Representative Chip Lamarca, the state would create its own official projection to be used for government-funded projects.

“The goal of this task force is to help recommend building practices, planning practices in dealing with sea-level rise,” Lamarca said.

Lamarca’s bill would also create the statewide office of resiliency to be run by the state’s Chief Resiliency Officer.

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