A lot, one way or the other. Florida is a flat peninsula surrounded by warm seas and is arguably the state most jeopardized by rising seas. It's not just rising seas that affect Florida, but also warming temperatures that are a major player in our seaweed-choked beaches and the horrific red tide on Florida's west coast last year.
In his latest budget, Governor Ron DeSantis more than tripled funding for the Florida Resilient Coastlines program. The amount now available? A laughable $5.5 million in a state with 1,350 miles of coastline, and with a similar flat landmass located just behind the coastline. It's falling to the taxpayers of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to pay, with municipalities spending millions and millions on projects such as raising roads, beach re-nourishment, flood pumps, new sewer pipes and elevating buildings. The numbers are huge: for example, a Miami-Dade consultant places the cost of saving the county parks alone at $175 million. Fixing leaky septic tanks at risk when groundwater rises could cost $3.3 billion for residential septic tanks and $260 million for commercial.
Real estate is shifting dramatically. Properties further from the coast are seeing rising values, while coastal homeowners face falling values and dramatically higher building and maintenance costs. Insurance costs are also rising, seemingly at the same pace that Florida's seas are.
Climate change will have a devastating effect on the finances of young people, as found by the environmental advocacy organization NextGen climate in their 2016 study. The study found that a 21 year old, graduating college in 2015, could expect to lose over $126,000 in income over their lifetime to climate-change induced costs and $187,000 in wealth had that income been invested. These are big numbers, and yet this study was done before the costly Hurricane Harvey.
The permeations associated with climate change are inexhaustible, with some changes easy to spot and others less so but still significant. Locally, sea level Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties all have roads that are easily and quickly flooded. The Federal Highway Administration attributes a significant portion of accidents to weather-related events, including rain. Especially now, in the middle of Florida's rainy season, the fact is that at some point you'll be driving in the rain.
Always use caution when driving in the rain and maintain a safe distance from other cars– at least one car length for every 10 MPH you are driving. If necessary, pull over in a safe area and wait for the worst of the rain to pass.
What should you do if you're in an accident?
If you're hurt, call emergency medical services. But don't assume that you're not hurt just because you don't need an ambulance. Many injuries don't manifest until well after the accident.
Call Matthew Waring at Waring Law if you're injured in an accident in Miami Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County. Matthew Waring, Esq. has been on both sides of an accident: from winning for a client the compensation they deserve to being in an accident and feeling the pain and suffering of accident victims.
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