SUN SENTINEL: As the sea rises, South Floridians will get thirsty before they get wet

Sun Sentinel: Written by Todd A. Crowl and Rita A. Teutonico.

Our house in Coral Gables sits at 14 feet of elevation — a veritable ridge by South Florida standards.

In the not-too-distant future, we will live on one of the small islands of South Florida. The Coral Gables Golf Course will be a prime fishing lake and the beach will be just down the road near what is now Highway 1.

Unfortunately, we are unlikely to still live in our lovely neighborhood because, much sooner than having beachfront property, we will have run out of fresh water. Our greatest hope for being able to stay and live on the islands of South Florida is the restoration of the Everglades.

All of the towns and cities in South Florida are built on an old reef. The rocks beneath our feet are actually old corals. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have something in common — they are very light and porous.

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