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“We know we’re going to have sea rise. This is literally a one-way street now. The only thing we’re discussing now is how fast, it’s not whether anymore, and then eventually how much.”                
— Dr. Harold Wanless, chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami

“You’ll need to think about buying a home the way you think about buying a car. You purchase it, use it for a while, and as time goes on, it stops being an asset. The idea of legacy and the idea of investment — those won’t apply here anymore.”                
—  Nancy Gassman, Ph.D., Natural Resources Administrator, Energy and Sustainability Program, Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division

“It’s not just a matter of real estate. And it’s not just a matter of enjoying the land. It’s a matter of sustaining the whole economy in the area. We obviously have to plan on building with great land use. However, building is still possible.”                
— Bonnie Lazar, real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton and past president of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches

“That sea level rise will be 3 to 7 inches by 2030 is not an issue of dispute among experts.”                
— Keren Bolter, Research Assistant at the Center for Environmental Studies and Ph.D. Student at Florida Atlantic University

A Coastal Star Special Report:

Rising Water: New signs of rising sea levels cause concern

Adapting to change: First the probable, then the practical when it comes to building | Deeper waters: Fights over sea rise just beginning | Maps: Estimates of local water rise

The psychology of change: Dialogue beats denial when dealing with upheaval | Author John Englander envisioned the NYC storm disaster | Quotes: What they are saying

Sea Level Rise: A lexicon

Editor's Note: Lessons learned from Sandy | Part I: Hurricane shows just how fragile our shores are

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