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Abstract

This note begins by explaining what environmental factors are causing the sea level rise to increase at just a rapid pace and how coastal communities are ultimately affected. Because Florida is a slice of paradise within the states, it causes the population to increase vastly. Thus, millions of homeowners could face tragic consequences, such as total inundation of residential homes, flooding within the community, and a drastic decrease in home value. In response to this natural disaster, in 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis passed Senate Bill 1954 into law, which requires the Department of Environmental Protection to complete a statewide flood risk and sea-level rise data assessment to submit to the Governor. Senate Bill 1954 also gives $100 million in grants to aid local governments in combating the rising sea levels. Moreover, the note assesses what Miami is currently doing with the funding since the city is extremely vulnerable and how Miami sets an example for other coastal communities to respond similarly. Lastly, the note concludes by exploring environmentally friendly alternatives to protect homeowners from the rising sea level, such as comparing how other parts of the world are responding and how feasible it is for Florida to respond alike.

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