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Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Posted: 6:50 AM, Jan 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-22 06:50:11-05
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers have created a task force that will investigate how best to protect the state's 1,350 miles of coastline amid rising sea levels.

The action represents a marked change from just a few years ago, when the issue of climate change was virtually ignored.

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It's a signature issue for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is calling for greater focus on the matter.

A natural resources panel in the state House on Tuesday voted unanimously to advance legislation that would establish the task force, as well as create a statewide Office of Resiliency.