What took so long? Let the Herald answer that question, please.
Readers deserve to know, because for decades scientists and conservationists have taken it on the chin from right-wing ideologues who successfully used the radical right message machine to throttle debate and thwart the advancement of public policies protecting future citizens, voters, and taxpayers.
They could have used a little back up from the Fourth Estate.
In its OPED, "Yes to the sewer system overhaul", the Herald writes: "Critics and environmentalists have long questioned the wisdom of putting a waste-water treatment plant on the picturesque island (just as they wonder why it was a government dump site at one time). Now, say clean-water activists and other supporters of Virginia Key’s habitat restoration, is the time to get rid of that treatment plant once and for all. Their reasoning is that, in 50 years, the land the plant sits on will likely be under water thanks to the effects of climate change. This is science talking." There it is: this is science talking.
The Herald acknowledges "county commissioners hate raising water and sewer fees." What The Herald does not say, is that the reason is not out of concern for taxpayers. If they were concerned for taxpayers, local government would not have allowed many billions of infrastructure deficits to pile up as they have. No. The reason county commissioners hate raising water and sewer fees is that it increases the cost of development and housing for its most important constituents in the building and development industries.
Those are the industries, by the way, who substantially contribute to the Herald's bottom line. We call it: The Growth Machine.
Now that the Herald acknowledges sea level rise and its costs, the city's only daily newspaper must help the community connect the dots to other decisions that need to factor in global warming: like Florida Power and Light's doomed plan to invest $20 billion in ratepayer money into two new nuclear reactors that will most certainly need to be decommissioned within the service lifetime of the project.
Local and state decisions favoring the new nuclear reactors are piling straight into the back of the Nuclear Regulator Commission's August moratorium on licensing new nuclear reactors and upgrades until the waste storage issues are solved.
If the Herald is serious about sea level rise, it needs to speak out now on the ill-advised plans for Turkey Point. That would lead the Herald to begin the long-avoided conversation about permitting more construction and development in wetlands and farmland and condos on the coast. And what about roadways and transportation infrastructure: as if the recent flooding of Alton Road or A1A in Fort Lauderdale on an ordinary high tide isn't enough of a red flag ...
But first, there is more pressing business: Art Basel Miami Beach. First things, first!