Southeast Florida, known for its warm weather and beautiful beaches, is experiencing increased flooding, salt-water intrusion, and coastal erosion from the rising sea. While some Florida politicians continue to debate climate change, local leaders in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties formed The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to address what they see as real issues in their communities.

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs says that although the counties are politically diverse, they’ve learned to work together to implement practical solutions.

Jacobs: “We’ve done amazing things. We’ve adopted a hundred and ten specific recommendations on issues that certainly are controversial on the partisan stage of Washington but on the practical stage of Southeast Florida, it’s not.”

These include updating building codes, restoring or creating mangrove forests, dunes and reefs as natural barriers against storm surge, and installing pumps to keep salt-water from flooding streets.

In Southeast Florida, local leaders are working across political lines to respond to climate change.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

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Diana Madson

Diana Madson contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys exploring U.S.-based stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her...