“Sunny day flooding” is flooding where water comes right up from
the ground, hence the name, and yes, it can certainly rain during
sunny day flooding, and yes, that makes it worse. Sunny day
flooding happens in many parts of Miami, but it is especially bad
in Sunset Harbour, the low-lying area on Miami Beach’s west side.
The sea level in Miami has risen ten inches since 1900; in the
2000 years prior, it did not really change. The consensus among
informed observers is that the sea will rise in Miami Beach
somewhere between 13 and 34 inches by 2050. By 2100, it is
extremely likely to be closer to six feet, which means, unless you
own a yacht and a helicopter, sayonara. Sunset Harbour is expected
to fare slightly worse, and to do so more quickly.
Thus, I felt the Sunset Harbour area was a good place to start
pretending to buy a home here. Amazingly, in the face of these
incontrovertible facts about the climate the business of luxury
real estate is chugging along just fine, and I wanted to see the
cognitive dissonance up close.
Just a terrific (but terrifying) piece of writing.