Mainland Miami looks at moving neighborhood as the sea rises

By: Associated Press
June 11, 2017

MIAMI (AP) -- Officials in mainland Miami are investigating whether a neighborhood already at high risk of flooding from high tides and storms should be relocated as part of the region's preparations for rising seas.

The Miami Herald reports that government officials are looking at redesigning the Shorecrest neighborhood by returning some areas now covered by homes to nature rather than reinforcing them.

The riverfront neighborhood sits miles away from Biscayne Bay, but regularly floods already when the moon is full and the tide gets unusually high.

The idea of demolishing properties and allowing the seas to reclaim areas is controversial, but Miami's chief resiliency officer Jane Gilbert says the city is going to need to learn to live with water as well as gird infrastructure against it.