Can Florida Keys keep the lock on rising sea levels?

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The islands of the Florida Keys have some of the most expensive real estate in the United States, yet they are battered regularly by intensifying storms and plagued by a rising sea.
Above: Ms Rhonda Haag says the community will adapt as much as it can to the rising seas. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH Far left: Debris deposited at a Florida Keys resident's home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE Left: "Nuisance f
Debris deposited at a Florida Keys resident's home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Above: Ms Rhonda Haag says the community will adapt as much as it can to the rising seas. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH Far left: Debris deposited at a Florida Keys resident's home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE Left: "Nuisance f
"Nuisance flooding" caused by high tide in Miami Beach, Florida. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Above: Ms Rhonda Haag says the community will adapt as much as it can to the rising seas. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH Far left: Debris deposited at a Florida Keys resident's home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE Left: "Nuisance f
Ms Rhonda Haag says the community will adapt as much as it can to the rising seas. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH
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KEY LARGO • With the cost of raising roads ranging up from US$7 million (S$9.6 million) to US$10 million for every 1.6km, the Florida Keys, the long thin tongue of land off southern Florida, is up for some tough decisions over big bills to keep the fabled playground of the rich above rising sea water.

There is no discussion here over whether climate change is real or not. Here in the Keys, where the sea is often just metres away, the results are already apparent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline Can Florida Keys keep the lock on rising sea levels?. Subscribe