Florida is on the frontline of sea-level rise. Despite dire predictions, construction plans and condos are accelerating. The value of property and the density of population have planners around the world concerned. What are politicians, educators, artists and planners doing to prepare for the future when the state has people living less than 4 feet above sea level? Biologists like Laura Reynolds are worried that Turkey Point, Miami’s ocean front nuclear plant is leaking and causing harm to the surrounding parks, Biscayne Bay and the state’s jewel, the Everglades. To pressure the Florida Power and Light Company to take action, she and a team are threatening to launch a legal suit claiming the leaking represents a violation of the Federal Clean Water Act. The plant, 24 miles south of Miami, and built over forty years ago, has scientists and politicians concerned that the it will not survive sea level rise and storm surges. Artists like Houston Cypress, co-founder of ‘Love the Everglades Movement’, is using art to raise awareness about Everglades restoration and water throughout the region. Houston is part of the Miccosukee tribe, and was raised in “the heart of the river of grass,” the Everglades. Alissa Schafer, the Solar Communications and Policy Manager at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, thinks it is about time that the 20 million permanent residents who live in Florida starting using the sunshine state’s best resource – the sun. Jason Bregman and Michael Singer of Singer Studio have developed the Living Docks in Palm Beach County, and a range of living shorelines, offering a brilliant exmaple of how to rethink Florida’s coastlines.

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