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Florida House approves creating climate change resiliency office

The measure would also require the state to draft a resiliency plan for state highways. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

The Florida House almost unanimously passed a proposal Wednesday to bolster efforts against sea-level rise.

The bill (HB 7053), sponsored by Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera, R-Coral Gables, would establish a new resiliency office directly under Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Also it would require the development of a resilience action plan for the state highway system, require a prioritized list of resilience projects that would include costs and timelines and create a database that would identify such things as medical centers, utilities, emergency operation centers and airports that would be threatened by rising sea levels.