Coronado’s city leadership acknowledges it could be facing dire circumstances. It also acknowledges that thus far, it has taken no steps to plan for such outcomes.
Some coastal cities are rushing to prepare for rising sea levels, but Coronado – surrounded almost entirely by the ocean and a bay – is not one of them.
Sea-level rise could affect what’s on Coronado already, as well as future development in the city and Navy property. Everything from a new city beach bathroom to a new $700 million Navy facility could be impacted. As oceans rise, beaches may erode, tides will creep in and storms will cause worse floods.
While the Navy has made some preparations of its own for climate change on Coronado, the city itself has not.
Though the major effects are still decades away, Imperial Beach, just south of Coronado, is talking now in clear terms about the costs and consequences of rising oceans.
David Revell, a climate scientist working to prepare Imperial Beach for sea-level rise, said that Coronado has been absent from regional discussions.