Already, the affects of higher sea levels can be seen, researchers said. A 2007 photo of a new condominium on Singer Island, whose eastern edge teetered over a 15-foot drop onto an eroded beach, is used in the report asan example of what's to come. "We need to realize that sea level rise is happening and we have to adapt to it," said Jim Murley, director of FAU's Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, which released a policy report in conjunction with the FSU study.
…Some of the recommendations in FAU's report include:
- Adding regulations that ensure new coastal construction is resilient to higher sea levels, as well as hurricanes.
- Asking the state to acquire undeveloped coastline and keep it in its natural state.
- Hurricane evacuation routes should be reassessed so that options exist if current routes are under water.
- Construction of sea walls or other structures to stem the loss of beach sand may be needed to maintain critical developments, with financial compensation given to communities affected negatively by the walls.