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South Florida delegations urged to recognize reality of sea level rise

Seawater tops a sea wall and floods the area along Mola Avenue in Fort Lauderdale during an extreme high tide in October 2010. Photo from Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.

Legislators from South Florida counties are being urged to help their communities combat sea level rise by supporting funding for alternative water supplies, beach and Everglades restoration and renewable energy.

Fifteen of the 50 members of the legislative delegations for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties attended a workshop Tuesday night dealing with climate change. The 12 Democrats and three Republicans were told that sea levels have risen by 9 inches in the past century and could rise another 9 to 24 inches in the next 50 years, causing flooding, beach erosion and damage to homes, roads and other property.

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