Let's get this over with. I know there are environmental friends who might feel that any investment on the coast is foolhardy - and irresponsible. I do not agree.
While I generally agree that it's time to pull back, I also think that beaches are special places and the more people cycle through them, the better the shared sense of value for natural places. We don't know when the "big one" is coming, whether its horizontal (surge) or vertical (sea level rise). So we may as well make best use of those community places where there are lots of rentals and hotels. Anna Maria Island is one of those places.
The owners of a small commercial area went all out with green with a first of its kind LEED platinum commercial area and net zero buildings. The use of geothermal is particularly intriguing to me. I've embedded video on the series:
2) Historic Preservation
3) Sustainable Development
4) Moving and Retrofitting a Sears Cottage
5) Sharing Power (Geothermal, solar)
6) More on Geothermal