Florida Keys Officials Plan For Rising Sea Levels

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials from South Florida and the Florida Keys are seeking public comment on a draft plan to deal with rising sea levels.

The proposal by Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties calls for 108 actions such as redesigning low-lying roads, restricting development in vulnerable areas and relocating drinking-water wells farther inland.

The draft does not include any cost estimates.

Scientists from the four counties say sea levels in the region could rise by 1 foot in the next 30 to 60 years.

Palm Beach County Commission Chairwoman Shelley Vana tells the Sun Sentinel that the Regional Climate Action Plan is an attempt to adapt early to higher sea levels.

The draft plan is available online at www.southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org. The public has until Feb. 10 to comment.