TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — If you've ever been to Tarpon Springs during rainy season, you know the stretch of road along the sponge docks often floods from the sea water coming over the edge.
That's one of the reasons why Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls introduced several bills combating sea level rise and flooding.
The legislation looks to start a fund of a $100 million next year. That money would help local governments cover the costs of addressing flooding. It would also expand grants to local communities dealing with sea level rise.
Some of the bills sponsors want to make Florida one of the leading states on the issue.
"Sea level rise doesn’t care where you are or what zip code you live in. It affects all Floridians. It's time to protect our communities, protect our homes, and our state as a whole," State Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera said.
The proposal would also establish a Florida hub of research and collect data on sea level rise.
Another proposal is to provide tax breaks for homeowners who work to elevate their homes.