The Real Deal Miami

PBC paves way for construction in coastal hazard areas

October 12, 2011 02:30PM

Despite the rising sea level, Palm Beach County commissioners shrunk the “coastal high-hazard area” by nearly 90 percent, the Sun Sentinel reported, making it easier for real estate developers to build more homes and bigger buildings in potentially dangerous areas.

Thanks to state mandates that attempt to standardize the designation of hazardous areas, Palm Beach County was compelled Tuesday to shrink its designated area to just 2,000 acres from a previous area of more than 18,000 acres from Jupiter to Boca Raton.

According to the Sun Sentinel, county lawmakers were surprised by the move considering recent climate changes and blamed it on the state’s new laws. Broward County may be next in shrinking its hazard area to comply with the state. [Sun-Sentinel]