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Miami Beach plans future of literally ‘rising above’ climate change

Miami Beach Public Works director Eric Carpenter stands next to a project along Purdy Avenue, where workers are installing a piece of the city's expansive pump system.
Miami Beach Public Works director Eric Carpenter stands next to a project along Purdy Avenue, where workers are installing a piece of the city's expansive pump system. WLRN-Miami Herald News

One way Miami Beach might prepare for the threat of rising sea levels sounds radical: elevate the whole city.

“The only tried and true solution to combating rising sea levels is to raise with it,” says Eric Carpenter, public works director for the City of Miami Beach.

As the city celebrates its centennial, the top-level engineer and Miami Beach resident told WLRN about how sea-level rise will affect the city’s next 100 years. The daunting challenge also will be the subject of a conference on Friday called the the “Community Resiliency Summit - Miami Beach Rising Above.”

The summit, introduced by NBC’s Al Roker and featuring presentations from business leaders, urban planners, academics and others, will focus on ongoing projects and strategies that make — as Mayor Philip Levine put it — Miami Beach a “living laboratory” for adapting to climate change. The invitation-only conference will be held at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences.

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