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Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing Florida State Guard proposal 12/2/21. Image: DeSantis on Twitter
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FL Dems skeptical of DeSantis’s state guard proposal

Florida Democratic lawmakers are reacting to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s proposal to form a state civilian military force that answers to him. The Florida State Guard would be called up during emergencies to offer support, quote, “in ways not encumbered by the federal government,” according to DeSantis’s office.
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Anticipating significant impacts associated with sea level rise by 2040, Satellite Beach is moving its public works building to higher ground. Photo by Amy Green

On Climate Change, DeSantis Focuses On Infrastructure While Ignoring Heat-Causing Emissions

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida—Brick by brick, the stucco shell of a new, flood-resilient public works building is taking shape blocks from the beach, the most visible sign yet of this small community’s enormous task of staving off the rising sea.  “This is actually the highest point in the city,” said Courtney Barker, city manager, adding that right next door to the new public works building will be a new fire station.  Satellite Beach is a close-knit community established by rocket scientists south of Kennedy Space Center, on a low-slung barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and 156-mile Indian River Lagoon.  By 2040, community leaders expect significant impacts associated with climate change. Already flooding is a problem, and beach-front homes perch precariously …
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