Join the #UnderwaterHOA
Join the HOA
By asking participants to join the newly chartered group Underwater HOA, I hope to engage my neighbors as problem solvers who will learn and work together now to better prepare themselves and their heirs for the chaos to come.
Underwater HOA volunteers are hard at work in creating the organizational framework for the Underwater HOA. They will launch the initiative on November 8, 2018, during the opening of Xavier Cortada’s “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines & Underwater HOA” exhibition (premiering works he created during 2007 in Antarctica) at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road.
On December 2, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Underwater HOA volunteers will be at Pinecrest Gardens distributing markers to residents of Miami Dade County. Residents will show their ID and will be informed of their property’s elevation. Residents will be given a corresponding marker (depicting the land elevation of their property) and will be asked to place it in their front yard through December 9, 2018.
During December 2018, Miami-Dade residents will be encouraged to meet informally block by block and begin exploring issues they want to consider in addressing sea level rise. They will do this as they prepare and self-organize for the inaugural meeting of the Underwater HOA on January 9th.
Inaugural Meeting/Official Meeting Notice
The inaugural meeting for the Underwater HOA is scheduled for January 9, 2019,7:00 p.m., at Xavier Cortada’s studio in Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road. The organization will elect officers and ratify the by-laws. One vote per household. Only individuals bringing picture IDs and proof of elevation will be allowed to vote.
Other Underwater HOA meetings will be organized across the county as homeowners organically coalesce around the issue.
Born in Albany, N.Y., in 1964.In response to South Florida’s vulnerability to rising sea levels, the village of Pinecrest, Florida will encourage its 6,000 households to install an “Underwater HOA” yard sign (similar to the 18- by 24-inch “Home for Sale” yard signs used by realtors) on their front lawns during the first week of December. I numbered each yard sign from 0 to 17 feet (the municipality’s land elevation range) to show how many feet of melted glacial water must rise before a particular property is underwater. The backdrops of the signs are watercolor paintings I made in Antarctica while a fellow with the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist & Writers Program in 2006. These paintings were created using water from the very glaciers that threaten to melt and drown Miami.