South Miami Proposes Secession from Northern Florida to Address Sea Level Rise
The city commission of South Miami wants the southern half of Florida to secede from the north, to allow it to “take climate change preparation and adaptation into its own hands,” Climate Progress reported this week.
“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and let us float off into the Caribbean,” said South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard. “They’ve made that abundantly clear at every possible opportunity, and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”
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Valentine notes that the resolution “isn’t likely to make it very far,” since it would require approval from Florida’s state legislature and by the U.S. Congress. “But the three South Miami councilmembers who voted the resolution into being still think the subject of sea level rise is serious enough to make the secession statement.”