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Miami OKs its first legislation to protect from sea level rise

Apr 03, 2019

The Miami City Commission made history March 28 by approving the city’s first piece of legislation related to protections from sea level rise.

The move to add resilience methods into the Miami 21 zoning code was met with support from environmental organizations, community leaders and from residents who say the City of Miami is Ground Zero for sea level rise and climate change concerns.

City officials’ first attempt at new rules with climate change and sustainability is an ordinance allowing new construction and redevelopment to raise habitable structures out of the flood plain with added “freeboard,” up to 5 feet above the …

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