Thursday, November 07, 2013

Conspiracy of silence, or confederacy of dunces? On sea level rise conference, not a word in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel or Miami Herald … by gimleteye

The website reads, "Join elected officials, federal agency representatives, experts from local governments, scientists, nonprofit and business leaders, and others for this year's Southeast Florida Regional Leadership Summit, held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, 2013. For more information on the summit click here."

But there is not a word about the conference in today's Sun Sentinel or the Miami Herald (at least, the online editions).

Along this line, it hasn't escaped attention that high priced real estate in South Florida is in the midst of a mini-boom. The most recent edition of CondoVultures claims, "174th New Condo Tower Proposed For South Florida Coast Since Crash of 2007". "As the South Florida housing market increasingly rebounds from the real estate crash of 2007, a local developer is proposing a new eight-story condo project in the barrier island market of Bal Harbour / Surfside / Bay Harbor Islands in Northeast Miami-Dade County…"

At the same time, land aggregators, speculators, and home builders are restlessly pushing at the Urban Development Boundary to open new land for tract housing and sprawl.

If there ever was a question of newspapers' business model -- "managing public expectations" -- this would be it. Get ready for more.

Art Basel is on the horizon, with the grand opening of the Jorge Perez Monument To Genting Casinos. (Another story that won't be featured in the Herald.)


Anonymous said...

Condos are quick flip schemes for developers. No longer profitable to own and manage a true rental building or office buildings. Condos attract the foreigners who cannot read condo documents. They flood the county clerk with documents of failure. They are so bad that Miami Beach has to post condo documents on a .gov website. Like babysitting children. I'm sure the tourist mafia has told the Herald to shut up.

Anonymous said...

You know it's a problem on the beach when commissioners are running on the issue. Hopefully one of them, Michael Greico, wins his run-off election.

This map from Nat Geo should be required viewing for any public servant/politician:

Anonymous said...

Nevertheless, the conference is sold out -with more than 450 participants. WLRN, however, is supposed to be running a week-long series next week on Sea Level Rise. We'll see how they cover the issue.
Regarding the Herald - they don't have an environmental reporter anymore - Curtis Morgan is now an editor.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how the Herald will manage public expectations after everyone takes a look at this video illustration prepared for the High Water Line by climate Central:

- impacts of sea level rise from 1 to 10 feet. With 1-3 feet expected by 2060 (and with one foot virtually stranding many areas of Miami), what are we to think?

Anonymous said...

Doesn't look like the Developer/DDA or Media and Gambling enterprises care one wit about Climate Change Sea Level Rise in Miami. Take a look at a new map of proposed high rise luxury projects in the Downtown Core.

Download the map:

saintjack said...

Sorry guys, the notice of the meeting was not on the police scanner, so the mainstream media--what is left--didn't get the message.

Anonymous said...

We are looking to quickly get as much money as we can and get out before the water comes. Let's keep everything quiet until we get our money. The suckers will be left holding the bag we will be outta here!