Summit to discuss climate concerns

Climate summit will address recent damage to A1A

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The recent erosion of the A1A in Fort Lauderdale will be among the topics discussed at the 4th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit.

The two-day summit begins Thursday in Jupiter and is hosted by Palm Beach County in partnership with Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

The summit will discuss how climate change will impact South Florida and how leaders can plan and budget for the worst. South Florida experienced some of what climate change had to offer with high tide and Hurricane Sandy.

Parts of the A1A have collapsed because of the powerful surfs. It has even knocked down trees, lights and damaged sidewalks.

But those occurrences are not solely responsible for the erosion. Eric Myers, of the Broward County Natural Resources Administration, said it's a culmination.

"The increase frequency of these events is manifestations of that but no single event," Myer said. "You're going to see higher sea levels contribute to all sorts of problems and mischief we're going to have to deal with."

Myers said in the last 80 to 90 years, the water around South Florida has increased about 10 inches.

"Things like sea level rises that have been documented to be occurring here in South Florida certainly will lead to more beach erosion," Myers said. "As the base elevation of the sea increases that will allow waves to run farther up the beach and cause more erosion. So sea level increase that is something that will increase beach erosion."

The recent high tide damaged A1A and now, the city of Fort Lauderdale will hold a public forum on Monday so residents can talk about the best way to repair the road.

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