Decades after preservationists saved Miami Beach’s treasure-trove of Art Deco architecture from developers and politicians looking to tear it all down, they’re confronting a dire new menace: The relentless rise of the oceans that threatens to swamp the resort city’s low-lying historic buildings.
Now a preservation consultant who has helped salvage historic structures around the country after catastrophic storms and floods is telling them there’s only one thing to do.
Jack it up.
Roderick Scott, a preservationist and a contractor specializing in flood-hazard mitigation, says raising homes and buildings on stilts or new foundations is not just eminently feasible, but the only sure way to protect them from the ravages of sea-level rise and the higher hurricane storm surge that results from it — not to mention rising flood-insurance rates. Scott predicts double-digit increases in the cost of federal insurance over the next several years that could render it unaffordable for those who take no action.
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