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Stephen Tilbrook, of GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale.Stephen Tilbrook, of GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale. (Courtesy photo)

It was the withdrawal heard around the world. On June 1, President Donald Trump sent a clear message to the world with his dramatic announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. President Trump declared that the agreement is a bad deal for the United States and that the economic disadvantages of the agreement outweigh the uncertain environmental benefits. But the withdrawal also sends a clear message to South Florida, a region at particular risk to the effects of climate change. The message for South Florida is: you are on your own. South Florida is at the forefront of planning for the effects of climate change. But the solutions will be complex, the costs will be significant, and don’t look to Washington for guidance or support.

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