Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick Signs Letters to Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Jeb Bush to Acknowledge the Reality and Urgency of Climate Change

Feb 02, 2016, 20:28 ET from City of Wilton Manors

WILTON MANORS, Fla., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick has joined 13 other mayors, from Southeast Florida, in signing letters to both Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Jeb Bush, urging for action to address the negative effects of climate change and rising sea levels in the region.

On the heels of the 2016 presidential election, the letters urge both officials to establish 'a national plan to slow global warming and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.'  The mayors also request meetings with Senator Rubio and Governor Bush, respectively, prior to February 29, 2016. 

"The City of Wilton Manors is known as the Island City," said Mayor Resnick. "We have 13 miles of waterways that weave in and out of our communities that provide 29 acres of waterfront property with five parks and more than 650 residential homes – the issue of climate change and rising sea levels is something that deeply concerns Our City."

According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), sea levels off the coast of Southeast Florida rose by approximately eight inches in the twentieth century.  Projections indicate, that by 2050, the mean sea level around Florida could rise by more than a foot, which would wipe out approximately $4 billion in taxable real estate in the four county region of Southeast Florida.

"Eliminating the negative economic impacts of climate change from our future requires a collaborative effort and comprehensive solution," said Resnick.  "These letters are a concerted attempt to jump start the necessary conversations to get the ball rolling."

In addition to Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick, the following mayors have signed the letters: Peggy Bell Mayor, Town of Cutler Bay - Jim Cason Mayor, City of Coral Gables - Joy Cooper Mayor, City of Hallandale Beach - Daniel Dietch Mayor, Town of Surfside - Eugene Flinn Mayor, Village of Palmetto Bay - Connie Leon-Kreps Mayor, North Bay Village - Cindy Lerner Mayor, Village of Pinecrest - Jeri Muoio Mayor, City of West Palm Beach - Martin Packer Mayor, Ball Harbour Village - Tomas Regalado Mayor, City of Miami - John P. "Jack" Seiler Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale - Glenn Singer Mayor, Town of Golden Beach - Philip Stoddard Mayor, City of South Miami.

The letters will be hand delivered to Senator Rubio and Governor Bush on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, prior to the February 9, 2016 primary.

This project is a joint effort of the CLEO Institute and ClimateTruth.org. For additional information contact Anna Zuccaro, annarosezuccaro@gmail.com (914) 523-9145.

Wilton Manors was laid out in 1925 by Edward John "Ned" Willingham, a land developer from Georgia, as an upscale residential community.  It was recognized as a Village in 1947 and incorporated as a City in 1953. Today, the City of Wilton Manors offers all the benefits of a big city from shopping, to hip restaurants and bars, a burgeoning arts community and tons of community events, yet still maintains a cozy, community-feeling offering miles of natural waterways perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and other outdoor activities. Recently named the "Second Gayest City" in the United States, the City of Wilton Manors celebrates a diverse population of approximately 12,000 residents.  To learn more about the live, work and play opportunities in Wilton Manors call (954) 390-2100 or visit www.wiltonmanors.com.

CONTACT: Laurie Menekou, (954) 732-0754 (or) lmenekou@conceptual-communications.com

SOURCE City of Wilton Manors