ReThink Energy Florida & First Street Foundation Announce Tidal Town Halls

ReThink Energy Florida & First Street Foundation Announce Tidal Town Halls

ReThink Energy Florida & First Street Foundation Announce Tidal Town Halls

Sea Level Rise Candidate Forums in 14 Cities Across Florida

Non-Partisan Forums Reflect Growing Public Concern for Flood Risk

For Immediate Release: July 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Today, ReThink Energy Florida and First Street Foundation, both 501(c)(3) organizations, announced a series of Tidal Town Halls: over two dozen candidate forums focused on sea level rise in Florida as part of the 2018 midterm election cycle.

Tidal Town Halls halls will be held in 14 cities across the state, with two forums in Miami (one in English, and one in Spanish). The town halls are designed to educate the public, while also encouraging dialogue and debate. The forums for primary election candidates will take place in late-July through early-August, and the general election forums will be held in mid-to-late October.

The non-partisan Tidal Town Halls are a result of growing concerns over flood hazards exacerbated by sea level rise. The forums will give Floridians the opportunity to ask local candidates about local government planning, and to raise concerns about flood risk during the 2018 midterm elections.

“Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, with South Florida already experiencing sunny-day flooding,” said Kim Ross, Executive Director for ReThink Energy Florida. “Citizens have grown more concerned. It’s time to hear how our politicians will address these concerns!”

Sea level rise may be viewed as a distant problem, but a recent report, “Underwater” by the Union of Concerned Scientists, calculated that over 60,000 homes in Florida are at risk of high-tide flooding by 2045 – within the lifetime of a typical 30-year mortgage. According to First Street Foundation’s educational site sealevelrise.org just 3 inches of sea level rise since 2000 has led to 300% more flooding in Florida with another 6 inches forecasted in the next 15 years.

“When you are able to look at something like FloodiQ.com and know with extreme accuracy your personal risk of flooding today and how that risk increases in the near future, the next logical question is what are we going to do about it?” said First Street Foundation Executive Director Matthew Eby. “Supporting ReThink Energy Florida in the production of the Tidal Town Halls was an easy decision. It’s the right format, at the right time, for the right reasons.”

Tidal Town Halls will be held in:

Panhandle Region:

  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Pensacola

Northeast Florida:

  • Jacksonville
  • Ponte Verda Beach

Tampa Bay Region:

  • Brandon/Tampa
  • Sarasota
  • St. Petersburg

Central Florida:

  • Orlando
  • Melbourne
  • Southwest Florida:
  • Cape Coral
  • Naples
  • South Florida:
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami (English and Spanish)
  • North Palm Beach

Organizers of the forum plan to invite local, state and federal candidates from all political parties to join the discussion.

For more information on please visit: http://tidaltownhalls.org/

ReThink Energy Florida focuses on empowering citizens of Florida to achieve energy independence in a healthier more sustainable environment.

First Street Foundation educates citizens and elected officials of the risks, causes, and solutions to sea level rise and flooding.

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Contact Information:
Kim Ross
ReThink Energy Florida
850-888-2565
kim@rethinkenergyflorida.org

Sara Chadwick,
First Street Foundation
607-760-4901
sara@firststreet.org

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