Sea levels continue to rise, with potentially devastating effects due to beach erosion, storm surge, flooding, saltwater intrusion, infrastructure damage, and many other factors that affect tourism, businesses and real estate along the coast in Charlotte County and throughout the state. The University of Florida has been conducting intensive research into the nature and extent of the damage sea level rise can cause and what communities need to do to plan more resilient communities. Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension are working with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, county government and local businesses to provide technical assistance to help Charlotte County adapt to rising sea levels.
Sunset at marina in Punta Gorda. UF/IFAS File Photo