Protect Miami-Dade. Invest in natural buffers to protect Florida's people!
Rain or shine, we need to protect Miami-Dade!
Miami-Dade is in danger. NOAA is predicting six to ten hurricanes this summer — and when that danger is combined with escalating COVID cases across the state, Floridians could be thrust into a challenge unlike any other in living memory.
As the climate crisis escalates, these storms have only been getting more intense — a dangerous trend that will continue until we take action to build our clean energy economy.
While we wait for climate action, Miami-Dade desperately needs safeguards against the storm surges putting your home and loved ones at risk. Take action to protect Miami-Dade, and call for investment in the natural buffers that have the power to protect Florida's people.
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I'm writing today to strongly request that the Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study be reworked to prioritize natural and nature-based features (NNBFs).
Protecting our coastline makes economic sense. Not only does Biscayne Bay fuel a booming tourism-based economy (supporting over 137,000 jobs and generating $600 million in tax revenue to Miami-Dade every year), but NNBFs have been proven to provide benefits at significantly lower costs. It is crucial that the Army Corps of Engineers develop a methodology to assess benefits of these features before dismissing them and accepting the environmental damage that will result from the current tentatively selected plan.
I also have severe equity concerns about this plan, as it creates "winners" and "losers" based on which side of a flood wall homes are located. It would create a mandatory evacuation zone on the "wrong" side of the wall, and I have grave concerns about how this would disrupt communities.
Please ensure that any final plan addresses these crucial issues.