Hey, parking meters are hard, but here’s Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine declaring “victory” in the “first battle” against rising seas. His sword in this fight is a $400+ million infrastructure project that has prevented flooding in one of the lowest spots in Miami:
— Mayor Philip Levine (@MayorLevine) October 9, 2014
Why yes, it is remarkable that when you replace your city’s old and decaying drains with a new system, flooding can be managed.
And we missed this when looking at the photograph the first time.
— Elijah Zarlin (@elijahion) October 9, 2014
Ha! Solar panels will fix everything. (Check back with us when the first tropical storm blows through, however. Coconuts and solar panels don’t mix.)
However, not everyone is as convinced as the mayor at his “victory”:
— John Janik (@jjanik) October 9, 2014
This area of Miami Beach was featured prominently in the New York Times earlier this year, with Al Gore chiming in:
“Sea level rise is our reality in Miami Beach.” Powerful words from Mayor Philip Levine: http://t.co/hUKyoQRtMJ
— Al Gore (@algore) May 8, 2014
With this good advice from a reader:
— U-YEN (@UYENeffect) May 8, 2014
EXACTLY! In Miami, the core of the problem is actually politicians who allow the building of structures in areas that they say will flood. For example, this new science museum in Miami Beach is being built in a global-warming flood zone literally feet away from Biscayne Bay:
Maybe the science museum designers are anti-science?