A Florida GateHouse Newspapers project

Sea level rise and its implications for Florida are of keen interest to everyone in the Sunshine State. In the coming months, reporters for Florida GateHouse Newspapers — the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Gainesville Sun and the Northwest Florida Daily News — will talk to residents and property owners, researchers and officials to examine changes already taking place as a result of sea level rise. We will look at the physical and economic impacts forecast in the decades ahead, and explain what cities around Florida are doing to prepare. We will also explore how coastal migration will impact inland cities, and how rising seas will affect insurance and property values. And we’ll explain steps the military is taking to defend its bases from the ocean’s advance.