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As Seas Rise, Florida Will Likely Lose More Coastal Property Value Than Any Other State

By Melissa Ross, Brendan Rivers & Bill Bortzfield Long before rising seas permanently swamp homes, millions of Americans living in coastal communities will likely face more frequent and disruptive high-tide flooding — and the effects will ripple through the local economy. As the flooding increases over time, coastal residents will be forced to make difficult and costly choices. And if home values decline, an eroding property tax base would jeopardize funding for local services and infrastructure, such as roads, schools, and

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Real Estate And Sea Level Rise: A Buyer’s Guide

By Brendan Rivers In the Tampa Bay area, Pinellas County is teaching real estate agents how to field questions about flooding — an increasingly common concern when homebuyers talk to Realtors. “They really are the boots on the ground for all of the floodplain managers everywhere,” said Lisa Foster, the county’s floodplain administrator. She developed the Real Estate Flood Disclosure training program, a first of its kind in Florida. Realtors are eager, she said, to take the classes on everything

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Storm Season Could Be Met With ‘Skittishness’

Saturday marks the start of the six-month long Atlantic hurricane season, and with the destruction of Hurricane Michael still visible, Florida residents may have a heightened sense of skittishness when it comes to perceived hurricane threats.

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Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park Continues To Serve Gainesville Locals Despite Construction

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park has seen a decrease in visitors since its most popular attraction, the sinkhole, has been under construction. However, Gainesville locals continue to enjoy the park through other outdoor activities and classes.

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Five Questions For Nikki Fried

Fried is an attorney from Fort Lauderdale who was a student-body president at the University of Florida and a lobbyist on medical-marijuana issues. The News Service caught up with Fried on Friday.

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