"One big storm could wipe [Cape Coral] off the map," writes Michael Grunwald for Politico.
Also known as Waterfront Wonderland or City-in-the-Making, Cape Coral has reached new heights in its development. The city of 200,000 residents started out as a swampland on the country's least favourite frontier, South-West Florida. Today, great feat of inginnerring technology has birthed 400 miles of canals to support waterfront properties. Some call it paradise. But Cape Coral is an unsustainable paradise, sadly.
Americans of the 60s were promised a waterfront heaven, but they reacieved quagmire.
“The rate of sea-level rise here is about four millimeters per year, and it’s accelerating,” James Douglass, a marine scientist at Florida Gulf Coast University, shared with Florida Flood Trends.
In case of any minor inconvenience, Cape Coral needs to be evacuated. At the end of the day, American taxpayers and insurance companies are supposed to cover the unsustainable waterfront lifestyle.
To be fair, Cape Coral has it's charm. it's one of the most affordable places to live in Florida, if you can actually keep the roof over your house when the next hurricane shreads the peninsula.
Cape Coral, next to all it's beauty and pride is America's most flood-vulnerable city, according to climate experts.
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