As a resident of Miami Beach, I am proud of Mayor Philip Levine and the City Commission for taking action to combat sea-level rise.
City Manager Jimmy Morales provided the professional staffing to do the careful planning to begin implementing the needed pump stations and drainage infrastructure. Both will deal effectively with the “sunny-day flooding” occurring on some of the city’s most crucial thoroughfares. A modest $7 a month increase in storm-water rates is a fiscally wise investment in our future. The work of a blue ribbon group, chaired by Scott Robins, was commendable, as well.
As the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force recently pointed out, flooding events on Miami Beach are harbingers of what the rest of the county will experience in the not-too-distant future.
Chair Rebeca Sosa, commendably, will soon be taking the lead on implementing the task force’s far-reaching recommendations, but it is great to see Miami Beach moving so proactively and responsibly.
Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade clerk of courts
and chair, Sea Level Rise Task Force, Miami