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For A Tiny Village, A Big Problem. How Does A Chain Of Man-Made Islands Survive Sea Rise?

Jose A. Iglesias
El Nuevo Herald
A recently built section of sea wall along the waterfront at Harbor Island in North Bay Village on Oct. 10, 2019.

North Bay Village, an island community literally scraped from the bottom of Biscayne Bay, now has a problem with waters that surround it.

Sea levels are rising, threatening the small but prosperous man-made islands. In response, North Bay Village is devising a plan to keep its 9,100 residents dry until the end of the century.

“We’ve risen out of the bay one time in our history. There’s no reason we can’t rise above the water again,” said Mayor Brent Latham.

Read more at news partner the Miami Herald.