These boots were made for talkin’

State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez

With Florida at ground zero for the sea level rise that comes from a warming planet, A South Florida lawmaker is showing up at the state Capitol during the legislative session sporting a pair of rain boots.

State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, a Democrat from Miami-Dade, wore the boots during the 2018 legislative session, too.

“This is part of the job now. This is business attire for me in different parts of the district,” Rodríguez said in a statement.  “The effects of climate change have gotten to the point where they are changing the way that we go about our daily lives. Flooding in our streets has become an unfortunate reality for South Floridians. I hope that by wearing my boots again will bring awareness and encourage my colleagues to #ActOnClimateFL”

Rodríguez has filed SB78 and SB1056, along with fellow Miami-Dade Rep. Javier Fernandez and Tampa Bay Democrat Rep. Ben Diamond,  which would require anyone building a construction projects with state financing to first review the impacts of sea level rise.

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.


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