‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise

‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise

Officials prepare to elevate streets despite financial shortfalls, amid recognition that not every home can be saved

Long famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by the rising seas and not every home can be saved.

Following a grueling seven-hour public meeting on Monday, held in the appropriately named city of Marathon, officials agreed to push ahead with a plan to elevate streets throughout the Keys to keep them from perpetual flooding, while admitting they do not have the money to do so.

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