Category Archives: Climate Change

Watch Now! Lobbies Will Be Basements: Sea-Level Rise Lessons from Seattle


On February 2, 2017, at the Greenberg Traurig offices in Downtown Miami, David Williams, author of “Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography”, gave an informative presentation on Seattle’s macro challenge to its existence a century ago, and the trials they faced in raising the city to stop it from sinking into the water. His presentation was followed by a response panel in which he and local experts David Martin, President & Co-Founder, Terra Group, James Murley, Chief Resiliency Officer, Miami-Dade County, Andrew Frey, Pricipal, Tecela, and moderator Dr. Charles Bohl, … Read More

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Addressing Rising Sea Levels in South Florida and the California Coast

The City of Hollywood, Florida, required the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort project to use materials that will break away in storms for any outdoor facilities that are within 45 feet (13.7 m) of the beach and to use native trees like the coco palm that can withstand severe winds. (Rendering Courtesy of Lojeta Group)

State and municipal governments are taking steps to ensure the safety of their coastal communities by implementing more stringent design and building standards for new construction and redevelopment projects. They also are beginning to replace old infrastructure with flexible systems that can adapt to future conditions. Evidence of climate change is already noticeable in low-lying areas of south Florida, notes John Englander, an oceanographer and author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis (Science Bookshelf, 2012). Higher monthly tides coincide with the moon’s … Read More

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