Flood waters cover the road along 8th Street South in Naples on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY – FLORIDA NETWORK)

When our community faces a challenge, we must understand it and face it head-on as a unified team. 

The widespread flooding associated with Tropical Storm Eta and the high tides of the past few weeks have made the threat of more frequent flooding and sea-level rise even more apparent. Eta was the 28th named storm of this hurricane season and the season is not over yet. Beyond the inconvenience of water in the streets, homes, and businesses, livelihoods are at risk, as well. Recent days reminded us that the risk stretches far beyond our coast, across our entire region due to our flat terrain and it is impacting every single resident