Florida’s economy has long thrived on one import above all: People.
Power remains out for a million Floridians as they return home following Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction a week ago. Utility crews working around the clock in the clock Keys, trying to restore power more than a week after Hurricane Irma barreled through the state. As of Saturday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said 1.1 million people in the state were still without power.
Florida faces an urgent need to adapt to the environmental changes, said Jesse Keenan, a lecturer at Harvard University who researches the effects of rising sea levels on cities.
“A lot is going to change in the next 30 years — this is just the beginning,” Keenan said.
People might need to live further inland, Keenan said, and employers might have to relocate to higher ground, with the resulting competition between offices and housing driving up land prices. It would become harder to adequately insure houses built along canals. Traffic delays could worsen across parts of Florida as more roads flood. Developers might shift away from sprawling suburban tracts toward denser urban pockets that are better equipped to manage floods.
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated the fact that none of President Trump’s properties in the path of Hurricane Irma were damaged by the storm shows that God doesn’t exist.
Maher said, “But here’s the most amazing thing of all, amid all the destruction in the path of that hurricane, neither Mar-a-Lago, nor Trump’s estate in St. Martin’s, nor any of his golf courses in the path got damaged at all. They all escaped almost completely unscathed, which just goes to show something I have always believed, there is no God.”
Liberal comedian Bill Maher, who hosts Real Time on HBO, is an atheist and has been outspoken about how little he respects those who practice religion of any faith.Numerous deaths resulted from the storm, which was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the eastern seaboard of the United States. Countless people lost their homes and livelihoods in Hurricane Irma, and millions went without power for days.Mr. Trump has declared Irma a storm of “epic proportion.”