Florida is home to over 20 military installations and three combatant commands. Two of these strategic commands are responsible for global military and defense operations that are crucial to U.S. national security. In the Tampa Bay region these bases collectively support over 70,000 military and civilian personnel and contribute around $95 billion to the state economy annually.
A Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel report found that sea levels may rise by 2.56 inches in the eastern gulf of Mexico by 2050. With rising sea levels, Tampa will contend with less underground water storage, saltwater intrusion, and damaged utilities and roadways. Air Station Clearwater and MacDill AFB are near the coast, thus will feel these impacts earlier than areas inland.Download