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How To Make Jacksonville More ‘Resilient’: 2 Committees’ Suggestions

By Brendan Rivers In early 2019, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced he was putting together an ad hoc committee on sea level rise. Clad in a rain jacket, he was speaking on the sand at a press conference about the completion of a beach renourishment project as he stood alongside with the mayors of Duval County’s beach towns. Praise followed quickly from environmentalists. “We’re pleased to see that the mayor is listening,” St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman said shortly afterward.

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‘Resilience Hubs’ Could Help Northeast Floridians — Including Animals — Weather Floods

By Brendan Rivers Recent “vulnerability assessments” by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation reaffirm Northeast Florida is highly threatened by sea level rise and flooding caused by rain. Unlike many densely populated areas along the East Coast, the assessment says, shoreline and inland riverbanks here are largely unprotected, which leaves opportunities for nature-based resilience improvements. McCoy Creek and McCoy Creek Boulevard just southwest of Downtown are frequently inundated during rain. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation made the McCoy Creek Floodplain

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With Weather Extremes Projected For Jacksonville, Elected Officials Cool To Aggressive Climate Action

By Brendan Rivers & Ayurella Horn-Muller for Climate Central In September of 2017, flooding caused by Hurricane Irma destroyed the house that Tom Davitt was renting on Jacksonville’s Westside and wrecked tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of his uninsured possessions. “I rolled out of bed because I thought it was my alarm, and it was a tornado warning. And I stepped into a foot and a half of water,” the 56-year-old yacht broker said in February. “I’m basically starting all

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The New Vanguard Protecting Historic Sites From Sea Level Rise: Volunteers

By Brendan Rivers Thousands of archaeologically significant sites in Florida could be underwater within a century as seas rise, but there isn’t enough manpower, time or money to thoroughly research and excavate them all. With the prospect of losing so many clues about the past, professional archaeologists are hanging their hopes on a volunteer force of history enthusiasts. One of them is Jaime Bach. A cultural anthropologist who recently moved to Gainesville, Florida from California, she spent much of her

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Fanfares 2019: An Interview With Chelsea Carnes of Wax Wings and Billy Buchanan

WUFT’s Morning Edition Host Glenn Richards talks with, Chelsea Carnes of Wax Wings and Billy Buchanan, two of the acts participating in this year’s Fanfare and Fireworks. This is an extended version of the conversation that aired on WUFT’s Morning Edition on Wednesday, July 3rd. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | …

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Fanfares 2019: An Interview With Bears and Lions

WUFT’s Morning Edition Host Glenn Richards sits down with, Bears and Lions, one of the acts participating at this year’s Fanfares and Fireworks. This is an extendeded version of the conversation that aired during WUFT’s Morning Edition on Wednesday, July 3rd…including an exclusive in-studio performance. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | …

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