- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - South Florida community leaders are meeting in Miami Beach to discuss regional plans for adapting to climate change.

Federal climate policy initiatives will be discussed Wednesday at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit. On Thursday, officials will discuss investment risks and business strategies for adapting to climate change.

A compact reached by the Florida Keys and Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties in 2010 calls for revamped planning policies, more public transportation options, stopping seawater from flowing into freshwater supplies and managing the region’s unique ecosystems. The counties have projected a sea level rise of 9 to 24 inches in the next 50 years.

Miami Beach already experiences extreme high tides, and the city is installing new storm water pumps to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets.

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