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Monday, January 11, 2016

Sea Level Rise meeting at City Hall

There is a meeting tonight, January 11, being held by the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee

It starts at 6 pm City of Miami City Hall Commission Chambers, 3500 Pan American Drive.

On the agenda:

- Adoption of Minutes from December 17 Meeting
- City Administration Staff Report/Hot Topics
- City of Miami Local Mitigation Strategy & Funding
- Old/Ongoing Business
- Committee Mission & Mission Statement
- Formation of Subcommittees - Emergency Management - Building, Planning & Zoning - Natural Resources - Intergovernmental - Economic
- Potential Speakers for Future Meetings V. New Business o Annual Committee Report
- SLR Presentation: Dr. Harold Wanless, Professor & Chair of the Department of Geological - Sciences at University of Miami
- Public Comment

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even more than Silicon Valley, Miami embodies the central technological myth of our time – that nature can not only be tamed but made irrelevant. Miami was a mosquito-and-crocodile-filled swampland for thousands of years, virtually uninhabited until the late 1800s. Then developers arrived, canals were dug, swamps were drained, and a city emerged that was unlike any other place on the planet, an edge-of-the-world, air-conditioned dreamland of sunshine and beaches and drugs and money; Jan Nijman, the former director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Miami, called 20th-century Miami "a citadel of fantastical consumption." Floods would come and go and hurricanes might blow through, but the city would survive, if only because no one could imagine a force more powerful than human ingenuity. That defiance of nature – the sense that the rules don't apply here – gave the city its great energy. But it is also what will cause its demise.
You would never know it from looking at Miami today. Rivers of money are flowing in from Latin America, Europe and beyond, new upscale shopping malls are opening, and the skyline is crowded with construction cranes. But the unavoidable truth is that sea levels are rising and Miami is on its way to becoming an American Atlantis. It may be another century before the city is completely underwater (though some more-pessimistic¬ scientists predict it could be much sooner), but life in the vibrant metropolis of 5.5 million people will begin to dissolve much quicker, most likely within a few decades. The rising waters will destroy Miami slowly, by seeping into wiring, roads, building foundations and drinking-water supplies – and quickly, by increasing the destructive power of hurricanes. "Miami, as we know it today, is doomed," says Harold Wanless, the chairman of the department of geological sciences at the University of Miami. "It's not a question of if. It's a question of when."

Miami is the most connected city in America, a place where the entire economy is geared toward the next big banking deal, real-estate deal, drug deal. As Wayne Pathman, a land-use attorney in Miami, put it to me, "The biggest question for the future of Miami is how investors will react when they understand the risks of sea-level rise." The rivers of cash that are flowing into the city right now are pretty clear evidence that few investors are worried about that risk. Brickell, the hot new neighborhood where the $1 billion Brickell CityCentre, one of the biggest new developments in the city, is currently under construction, is a few blocks from the water – streets are already nearly impassable during big storms. "It's partly denial and ignorance, and partly a feeling that they can beat the odds," says Tony Cho, the president of Metro1 Properties Inc., a large real-estate firm in Miami.

Stuart compares Miami with Baiae, the ancient Roman resort town in the bay of Naples that was once a playground for Nero and Julius Ceasar. Today, because of volcanic activity, the ruins of Baiae are mostly under water. "This is what humans do," says Stuart. "We inhabit cities, and then when something happens, we move on. The same thing will happen with Miami. The only question is, how long can we stick it out?" But for Stuart, who lives in Miami Beach, the fact that the city is doomed doesn't diminish his love for the place. "That's the thing about Miami," he says. "You'll want to be here until the very end."

January 11, 2016 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good gosh anon 2:48, respectfully, what a speech, narrative, prediction; and what about the "Rise & Fall of Civilizations" by noted writers like Arnold Toynby. It appears it all got started about 4.5-B years ago, things cooled a bit and about several hundred million years or so ago brains were being developed; what I'd like to call awareness. Obviously, planet earth is positioned precisely so that life/movement is all about. Are you aware of the Georgia Guide Stones? Very high tides and very low tides appear to come about every 37,000 years or so. This coming high tide is going to force about 50% of humanity to move to higher limited ground. My guess is about 89% of folks have no idea what their great grandchildren will confront in the very near future. I would wager this "Sea Level Rise meeting at City Hall" might be comical. Jobie Steppe

January 11, 2016 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jobie, you have a very interesting sense of humor.

The gentleman speaking at the meeting tonite is the same person quoted in the article you are making light of.

Glad you think it may be comical.

January 11, 2016 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please note that I used the word "respectfully"; sincerely. His words clearly reflected an intelligent, educated, knowledgeable & up to date assessment. So were the words written by writers such as Arnold Toynby in "The Rise & Fall of Civilizations". Soon there will be a migration of humans unlike any movements before. No one give a hoot about the billions of virus's when a human gets a temperature of 105 degrees and go so far as to fill a tub with ice water, inject medicines to kill those billions of virus's that have invaded the human host. In no time at all, geologically speaking, humans are now a virus to our Mother ocean(s), speeding up the geological process causing a melt down of ice. Historically the tide can change as much as 200 to 400 feet about every 37,000 years. There isn't one man or all of humanity, or the Bechtel Group with all the cement on planet earth who can hold back this much water. Crap, presently, here, now, today, humanity, the United Nations, no one or group can manage the flow of people out of the middle East and the flow of people out of Africa and we're just beginning to calculate the oceans covering 40 to 50% of earths land mass! Humanity is at a threshold and will soon program the DNA of life. Out with aggressive personalities and in with the meek with everyone is a somewhat straight line sort of thing. I've been free my entire life and I want no part of that straight line. Anyone who is going to talk about some rising tide or anyone who listens is wasting their time. History indicates Hitler warned the Jews to leave Germany and the Jews are an intelligent race, well educated and well connected and look what happen to them and another 50,000,000 or so innocent humans! The Georgia Guide Stones, in my opinion are a light in the dark and indicate what all of us and/or our Great Grandchildren can expect to experience, i.e., a drastic reduction in the number of humans allowed to inhabit our planet. So, YES, any meeting about Sea Level Rise, especially at Miami City Hall is a completely useless, silly comical notion! Jobie Steppe

January 12, 2016 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami Sea Level Fall Comittee meets at the Sandbar on Monday nights at 7 - please jion us for a fun evening.

January 12, 2016 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's a plan: "Miami Sea Level Fall Comittee, spelled correctly is Committee meets at the Sandbar on Monday nights at 7 - please join us for a fun evening"! I'm reminded of Nero playing the fiddle as the city burned down, wasn't Nero nuts? Do you guys and gals drink alcoholic beverage before or after meetings to discuss how you plan on saving us from some high tide due in about 50/100 years?

January 13, 2016 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Florida is made up mostly made of limestone layers that honeycombed with underground rivers. Where the rivers break through to the surface, springs and sinkholes are found. Lakes and wetlands are abundant. The landmass that is now Florida remained shallowly submerged beneath the ocean. Coral, shellfish, and fish skeletons piled up. This created a layer of limestone hundreds (in some places thousands) of feet thick. In other words we live on a sponge that is permeated with fresh water from the Everglades. Sea lever rising will result in unstoppable salt water incursion with will effect our drinking water and agriculture. No amount of sandbags or seawalls will prevent the inevitable.

January 13, 2016 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes anon 12:19, AND additionally massive underground caves/aquifers begin about Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta, GA flowing South, which feed Lake Okeechobee and communities from West Palm & Metro Miami/Dade. This water is high quality. Miami/Coconut Grove installed French drains years ago to push back salt water intrusion which in some locals reach West to Miami International Airport. All this will be poisoned when the sea rises. Nothing can stop this intrusion. It's not anyone's fault, humanity and the tools given man & woman, sex feels good, have simply made humankind the dominate animal on this planet. Deer, dogs, cats possess no territorial imperative and generally sleep where they find themselves, but humans need a roof, water, sewer system, grocery stores, autos, aircraft, lawnmowers, boats, trains, rockets and more; presto carbon, calories and humans need all that heat to survive. Population control isn't a choice, it's a necessity! Meeting at the sandbar to have a few drinks and a good time isn't such a bad idea, better now than never! Jobie Steppe

January 13, 2016 6:59 PM  
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