Water-Related News

Sea level rise symposium provides insight to island residents

Many residents of Captiva and Sanibel gathered at South Seas Island Resort Friday, Jan. 13, to hear about the effects of sea level rise from geologists, biologists, engineers and other experts.

"Now In My Back Yard" was orchestrated by the Captiva Community Panel and Max Forgey, who is president of Zoning Technologies which is based in Cape Coral. The event was sponsored by Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors and the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Dr. Harold Wanless, chair of the geological department at the University of Miami, said that the sea level is rising is due to the ocean warming. According to Wanless, 93.4 percent of global warming heat is transferred to the ocean and because of this, the water is expanding.