About the Project

Peak Florida was produced by students in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Fall 2018 Environmental Journalism course.

For questions about Peak Florida, or to get in touch, contact the editor: Cynthia Barnett clbarnett@jou.ufl.edu

The Team

Ryan Jones


Visuals Editor

Joan Meiners

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Data Analyst

Jerald Pinson

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Brianna Barone


Tucker Berardi


Max Chesnes


Imani J. Jackson


Giovanna Kubota

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Molly Minta


Alena Poulin


Christine Swanson

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Shelby Schwartz


Gabrielle Seminara


Sarah Stanley



Cynthia Barnett


Project Editor / Faculty Advisor

Additional editing: Gary Green, Mira Lowe, Ethan Magoc and Matt Sheehan

Key data, reports and sources

Florida population data: The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

Data source for maps by Joan Meiners: Florida Department of Environmental Protection Geospatial Open Data.

Housing data source: Enterprise Florida Data Center.

Florida planning reports:

The Florida 2070 Report, by the UF GeoPlan Center on behalf of 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Trouble in Paradise: Six Key Issues to Tackle Florida’s Environmental Challenges, 1000 Friends of Florida.

Additional sources, Florida growth-management timeline:

A History and New Turns in Florida’s Growth Management Reform,” by Nancy Stroud, The John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 45, Issue 2, Winter 2012.

Candidate environmental platform, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. 

Florida and climate change:

The Fourth National Climate Assessment, November 2018.

Florida and climate migration:

Migration Induced by Sea Level Rise Could Reshape the U.S. Population Landscape, by Mathew E. Hauer, Nature Climate Change, 2017.

Millions projected to be at risk from sea-level rise in the continental United States, by Mathew E. Hauer, Jason M. Evans and Deepak R. Mishra, Nature Climate Change, 2015.

Florida real estate values and rising seas:

Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea, by Climate Central and Zillow, November 2018.

Fish Island:

2018 Fish Island’s Historical Past: A Citizen’s Perspective on What We Stand to Lose, By Susan M. Hill and Jon D. Hodgin.

2015 Architectural Survey of Anastasia Island Structures

2004 Archaeological Data Recovery in the Northern Portion of Fish Island Plantation

2001 Preliminary Cultural Resource Assessment of Fish Island: The 18th Century Plantation Home of Jesse Fish

Special thanks to these advisors at the University of Florida:

Carolyn Cox, coordinator, the Florida Climate Institute, for her constant connections; David Colburn, director, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, for growth-management history; Tom Hoctor, director, the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, for his lecture and land-use research; and Matt Sheehan, director of stories and emerging platforms at the College of Journalism and Communications, for assistance in designing and publishing Peak Florida.