Miami-Dade commissioners last week took an environmentally and politically wise course in establishing a Sea Level Rise Task Force of six experts to determine potential impact of sea level change on the county and what we should do to prepare.
It was environmentally wise because we are already feeling impact of sea level rises in the form of seasonal flooding on the streets of Miami Beach and other communities. Whatever we might expect in the future, that unwelcome impact is already here.
It was politically wise because the measure's sponsor, Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, included in revised legislation as a task force member Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin, an experienced political hand, a former commissioner who also has spearheaded environmental studies nationally and can deftly negotiate government's minefields to turn recommendations into action.Here is where Rebeca Sosa is going to have to show her muscle: What to do with the report when it is finalized. Lewis says:
Now comes the hard part: gathering, assessing and acting decisively and thoughtfully on that input.Too many Task Force reports end up on a shelf.