Dear Adaptation Mavens,
Sea-level rise in Florida and associated impacts are being documented today, we will soon have to acknowledge that Florida is drowning in a slow-motion disaster. In the meantime, Florida communities are taking serious steps towards Post-Disaster Planning (i.e. what to do about waterfront property when the next hurricane blows it away). Can the right to rebuild be taken away from coastal property owners? Do municipalities have to rebuild infrastructure to service those properties? These property rights questions are common to sea-level rise retreat strategies and post-hurricane response.
Please send ice cream before the waters rise.
Dear Legal Eagle,
First, the Mavens want to make it perfectly clear that we are not lawyers, have never attended law school and don’t even know many lawyers, so we are not going to give legal advice. However, as former academics we are always happy to share what we know (and even what we don’t know) and proffer a random opinion.