'Florida may soon require sea level rise studies before approving publicly-funded construction projects in coastal areas, under legislation adopted unanimously last week by the state House of Representatives.
The legislators sent the bill to Gov. Ron DeSantis for signature last Wednesday.
“Seventy-five percent of our constituents live in coastal counties, and it is not lost on any of us that there’s a very delicate relationship between our communities and the environment,” said the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Vance Aloupis, a Republican from Miami-Dade. “This is a first step, but I think this is a first step that will allow our state to lead the nation on environmental policy.”'