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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A United States State Department project to develop housing for American diplomats in the earthquake-torn Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, has received the U.S. government procurement agency’s award for property innovation.

More than 40 senior citizens living in Miami Gardens recently got a prep course in hurricane preparedness. The workshop, sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, was held at the Robert Sharp Towers for seniors.

“Many of our elderly have special needs,” said Commissioner Jordan. “When the threat of a hurricane approaches, some of our seniors have other issues that they have to consider such as electricity and the refrigeration of medicine.”

Much of the discussion surrounding sea level rise has focused on the practical – is it happening, what’s causing it, how much rise can we expect, what needs to be done about it? This has kept the scientists and policymakers busy, and given the pundits and pols plenty to talk about.

Well, it appears, the lawyers will soon have their turn. As is often the case when the law is involved, the consequences could be widespread in their own unique way.

First, there’s the question of property rights – what happens if rising tides submerge the public shore and encroach on private property? This has always been an issue in the fight against erosion, and it should accelerate if the level of the seas picks up its pace of rise.

Adults and children can learn all about the Sea Turtle species and their life cycle through the Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventuresâ„¢ Sea Turtle Awareness Program. After a 45 minute educational PowerPoint presentation, participants will be guided to the beach where the Crandon Park Naturalist Staff will release Loggerhead hatchlings. The group will be able to watch the hatchlings begin their journey out to sea. Due to all sea turtles being protected by the Endangered Species Act, no one besides the permitted staff are allowed to handle the hatchlings.

The cost is $10 per person (all ages). The program is offered on select dates in the end of July, August and beginning of September from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.