St. Armands Key is a low lying island in Sarasota Bay. Most residential sites are only five to seven feet above the mean high tide. New construction must now be built with most living space being elevated from grade resulting in taller houses. A rising sea level will affect the ability of people to live here and will increase the chance of water damage from the storm surge caused by hurricanes.
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As a quick way to summarize what this might mean for us, our tidal range is about 18” here, on average. Which means, in the year 2050, the average sea level will be about where today’s high tide is, and the average high tide in the year 2050 will be about 9 inches stacked on top of that.