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Old 02-22-2015, 07:30 PM
 
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Hi everyone to make a long story short. My mother is divorcing her husband and we are deciding to relocate from long Island. South Florida looks awesome and always had it in mind in the future specifically the Boca Raton area.

We would hopefully look into going down there this summer but my UNCLE keeps on telling her boca raton and all of south florida will be underwater and its an extremely bad finical decision to do. Is that true at all??? He keeps saying their is so no hope for florida
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:38 PM
 
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You can say the same thing for NYC but know one ever talks about that. But no unless your uncle is God then I don't think you can predict what is going to happen in the future.
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:35 AM
 
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I'd be more worried with rising sea levels living in NY

Earthquakes can break off California, decimate Oregon. Yellowstone could erupt and we are all SOL.

Sounds like he just wants to keep her close.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:04 AM
 
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fire123, I remember reading somewhere that the climate change has _not_ yet affected S Florida and that the first effects have been stronger in the NE USA.

As the level of the ocean continues to rise, it could indeed be a serious problem for Boca, however, which is just about at sea level.

If you do look at Boca, I recommend houses just east of Military Trail, the ridge where the US Army fought the Seminole and Miccosukee (sp?) in the 19th century. West of Military Trail might seem the better choice, but in most places, Military Trail marks the boundary between the City of Boca Raton and unincorporated Palm Beach County, where the services are spotty, or so I found when I rented out there.

Military Trail is "high ground" for Florida. Fourth Avenue in East Boca is also on a smaller ridge.

I admit that I am concerned enough about it (and, of course, about the occasional bad hurricane) that I did not buy a nice condo on the ocean but purchased a house about 3 miles west, and about 1 mile west of that "High Street" ridge, which makes a barrier against storm surges.

So far, superstorms such as "Sandy" have been hitting further north on the east coast. They've had a more dramatic increase both in heat and cold (most of my family is up there). For us, I would say there are hotter summers than I remember down here now; and in 2010 or 2011 we had (for S FL) a very cold winter.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:55 AM
 
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Scientists have been saying this for years.
Last I heard was that in (20) years, Orlando will be "South Florida".
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I've read that rising sea levels will negatively impact water quality in south FL long before residents need to start worrying about finding themselves under water. There's also concern that storm surges will be higher. There are videos on YT showing & discussing flooding in Miami Beach, even in the absence of storms (there's a reason why they are installing expensive pumps).

My main concern would be the effect on real estate values over time; though it seems FL RE is on an upswing again, even with increases in flood insurance costs.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Maybe your uncle means "underwater" in the fiscal sense; as in, worth less than what you owe on it.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:58 PM
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Scientists have been saying this for years.
Last I heard was that in (20) years, Orlando will be "South Florida".
Ha, now that's funny. I guess we're all in trouble either way!
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:06 AM
 
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Is he a coastal geologist, a real estate expert or one of those guys who precedes every comment with "they say...?"
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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I"m sure they will build sea walls or do what they have to so should a problem happen. I don't anticipate any problems in 10 years or more.
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