NEW PRELIMINARY COASTAL FLOOD MAPS. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Floodplain Maps are used for two primary purposes. The maps estimate the risk of flooding geographically and that risk translates to regulatory requirements for building on the land in various flood zones and insurance rating. The County received new, preliminary flood maps in December 2019 that…

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Stephannie Kettle August 12, 2020—Sarasota, FL—For the first time in Florida or Caribbean waters, restored massive corals were observed spawning—part of sexual reproduction that could result in the next generation of coral offspring—thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s innovative efforts to restore Florida’s Coral Reef. Over the past few nights, Mote coral scientists observed…

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