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When it comes to climate change, one thing is certain: our oceans are rising. And South Florida is expected to be among the first regions on Earth to experience the impact. In fact, some initial preparations are already underway. WLRN-Miami Herald News presents a series of stories about the effects of sea-level rise. The project is called “Elevation Zero: Rising Seas In South Florida." Click through the pages below to see our entire archive of Elevation Zero stories.

Florida Roundup: Key West Climate Summit Searches For Local Sea-Level Rise Solutions

Emily Michot / Miami Herald
Miami Herald

South Florida leaders attended the annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit in Key West this week to come up with real solutions for combatting the effects of climate change, like sea-level rise.

“For the short-term there is a dramatic need to come to agreement with regards to some of the infrastructure standards,” said Jennifer Jurado, the director of Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division.

While state lawmakers have been relatively quiet on the issue, officials from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade and Monroe counties are brainstorming ways to deal with rising seas and chronic flooding along Florida’s east coast.

“There’s still such a massive gridlock,” said Miami Herald environmental reporter Jenny Staletovich. “It’s such a massive problem. It expands multiple jurisdictions. The big hurdle now remains to be coordinating that.”

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