|By Jenny Staletovich, The Miami Herald|
"People are going to look back at this day as a turning point," said Clerk of Court Harvey Ruvin, who chaired two different task forces working on plans for over six years.
The resolutions now put the work of preparing for climate change under the supervision of county Mayor
No price has been estimated for how much it will all cost. But Ruvin has compared the needed work to a
The measures help bring the county in line with surrounding governments already working to address threats.
To win bipartisan support, Sosa said she intentionally left out any references to talk that human action caused climate change.
"I told [the task force] from day one, 'Leave politics aside,'" Sosa said. "At the same time, I said give me realistic recommendations."
The move rankled environmentalists who argued that not addressing carbon emissions that warm the planet and drive climate change undermines efforts to prepare for rising seas.
"Given how much we have to lose, shouldn't we lead the planet in combating the cause?" asked
Yet Sosa succeeded at forging unusual allies: the
At risk are about
In endorsing the resolutions, Commissioner
"I don't think we should have a save-everything-at-all-costs" mentality, he said referring to the Virginia Key treatment plant. "We shouldn't have assets where they don't make sense."
Gimenez, who said the administration "wholeheartedly" supported the measures, also pointed out that some work has already been done, including incorporating predicted risks into contracts for water and sewer projects.
In a separate but related resolution proposed by Commissioner
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