EDITORIAL: Facing reality on rising sea levels – Opinion – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL
Particularly for Floridians, those days are behind us now. The focus has shifted, and the questions are now a matter of degree: Which properties are likely to be affected by sea-level rise? How much taxpayer money should governments pour into efforts to protect structures along Florida’s coast, and when and how should the government discourage further building in the areas projected to be most vulnerable?
Many of these questions have answers that state and national officials don’t want to hear. One recent example: A study released in June suggests that, within the next 20 years, Florida will face a $76 billion cost just to protect existing structures against encroaching waters.