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Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can't Be Saved


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KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved.

And in some places, it doesn’t even make sense to try.

 

On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Haag, the county’s sustainability director, released the first results of the county’s years

long effort to calculate how high its 300 miles of roads must be elevated to stay dry, and at what cost. Those costs were far higher than her team expected — and those numbers, she said, show that some places can’t be protected, at least at a price that taxpayers can be expected to pay.

 

“I never would have dreamed we would say ‘no,’” Haag said in an interview. “But now, with the real estimates coming in, it’s a different story. And it’s not all doable.”

 

The results released Wednesday focus on a single 3-mile stretch of road at the southern tip of Sugarloaf Key, a small island 15 miles up U.S. Highway 1 from Key West. To keep those 3 miles of road dry year-round in 2025 would require raising it by 1.3 feet, at a cost of $75 million, or $25 million per mile. Keeping the road dry in 2045 would mean elevating it 2.2 feet, at a cost of $128 million. To protect against expected flooding levels in 2060, the cost would jump to $181 million.

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3 minutes ago, benson13 said:

KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved.

And in some places, it doesn’t even make sense to try.

 

On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Haag, the county’s sustainability director, released the first results of the county’s years

long effort to calculate how high its 300 miles of roads must be elevated to stay dry, and at what cost. Those costs were far higher than her team expected — and those numbers, she said, show that some places can’t be protected, at least at a price that taxpayers can be expected to pay.

 

“I never would have dreamed we would say ‘no,’” Haag said in an interview. “But now, with the real estimates coming in, it’s a different story. And it’s not all doable.”

 

The results released Wednesday focus on a single 3-mile stretch of road at the southern tip of Sugarloaf Key, a small island 15 miles up U.S. Highway 1 from Key West. To keep those 3 miles of road dry year-round in 2025 would require raising it by 1.3 feet, at a cost of $75 million, or $25 million per mile. Keeping the road dry in 2045 would mean elevating it 2.2 feet, at a cost of $128 million. To protect against expected flooding levels in 2060, the cost would jump to $181 million.

Real estimates. are just estimations built on a false premise.

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3 minutes ago, Taipan said:

 

What did Noah(from the Bible) do when the waters rose?

He went to live on a boat.       😎…...🍹.

If the seas are rising due to climate change...why isn't it rising all over the world?

 

BTW...where the hell is Al Gore these days?

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Just now, personreal said:

If the seas are rising due to climate change...why isn't it rising all over the world?

 

BTW...where the hell is Al Gore these days?

 

Gore is in hiding.

He has been caught in a monstrous lie and

he can't get the egg off his face.               🍹.

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1 minute ago, Taipan said:

 

Gore is in hiding.

He has been caught in a monstrous lie and

he can't get the egg off his face.               🍹.

Gore has made a ton of money from the climate hoax.

 

It's been years since I've seen him on TV being interviewed...that's cause he can't answer certain questions now.  

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14 minutes ago, benson13 said:

Zhannity

"duh.....duh......"If the seas are rising why would Obama buy a house on an island..?"

 

 

10 foot sea level....Obama still has decades to move...and he'll have passed away by then

Decades...

AOC says were finished in 12 years

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1 hour ago, benson13 said:

KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved.

And in some places, it doesn’t even make sense to try.

 

On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Haag, the county’s sustainability director, released the first results of the county’s years

long effort to calculate how high its 300 miles of roads must be elevated to stay dry, and at what cost. Those costs were far higher than her team expected — and those numbers, she said, show that some places can’t be protected, at least at a price that taxpayers can be expected to pay.

 

“I never would have dreamed we would say ‘no,’” Haag said in an interview. “But now, with the real estimates coming in, it’s a different story. And it’s not all doable.”

 

The results released Wednesday focus on a single 3-mile stretch of road at the southern tip of Sugarloaf Key, a small island 15 miles up U.S. Highway 1 from Key West. To keep those 3 miles of road dry year-round in 2025 would require raising it by 1.3 feet, at a cost of $75 million, or $25 million per mile. Keeping the road dry in 2045 would mean elevating it 2.2 feet, at a cost of $128 million. To protect against expected flooding levels in 2060, the cost would jump to $181 million.

LET THEM DROWN!

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