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  • San Diego's waterfront

    inewsource's investigation uncovered the back-room deals and power politics that shaped some of the most valuable — and public — waterfront land in southern California. With two long-form stories told through every medium possible — text, photo, video, audio, graphics, maps and social media — inewsource helped prevent the same deviant process from occurring again in a neighboring (and equally valuable) plot of land currently under development. The series also helped kickstart mitigation efforts to make part of the original land more publicly accessible. The first story was told using inewsource’s unique transparency technique of providing an interactive text version of the story, allowing readers to view the documentation behind nearly every sentence for themselves using DocumentCloud.
  • Sea Level Rise

    The Bay Area's current waterfront building frenzy includes at least $21 billion in housing and commercial construction in low-lying areas that climate scientists say could flood by the end of the century. In examining approval processes for new buildings on the edge of San Francisco Bay, our team found that some cities are greenlighting waterfront development without planning for the long term or fully accounting for the future costs of reconfiguring large projects to resist flooding.
  • FEMA's Fickle Flood Maps

    We've read for years now about anger at the high costs to property owners of changes to FEMA's flood maps, but we hadn't read this before: As homeowners around the nation protest skyrocketing premiums for federal flood insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has quietly moved the lines on its flood maps to benefit hundreds of oceanfront condo buildings and million-dollar homes, according to an analysis of federal records by NBC News. Reporters Bill Dedman and Miranda Leitsinger produced a three-part series showing that FEMA had approved those revisions -- removing more than 500 waterfront properties from the highest-risk flood zone and saving the owners as much as 97 percent on the premiums they pay into the financially strained National Flood Insurance Program – even as owners of homes and businesses far from a water source were being added to the maps asked to pay far more for their coverage.
  • Port Authority: Battle at the Waterfront

    This investigation was about lies and obfuscation, and the stakes were enormous: A mayor’s election, a growing media empire and potentially billions of dollars in development. Our reporting revealed how within months of purchasing the largest media operation in San Diego County, the new owners of U-T San Diego were using their power and status to influence -- and even threaten -- government officials into helping them realize lucrative plans for developing the downtown waterfront. It also illuminated an insidious practice suspected nationwide: use of private electronic accounts to conduct the public’s business. Our reporting defined much of the discussion around the mayor’s race in the weeks before the election. In the end, the candidate at the heart of the probed was defeated.
  • On the Waterfront

    This series documented how the Port of Seattle cut deals with one company and its partners to develop a conference center, corporate club and cruise terminal on the central waterfront. The port uses tax dollars to shoulder all of the financial risk and only makes a marginal profit. Instead, the private company makes millions from the development. The lack of controls violates state law.
  • Fixing The Flats

    Cleveland Magazine reports on the development of the Cleveland Flats, a waterfront area that has come under recent scrutiny for being host to underage drinking and crime. The city is working on a plan to improve the area which includes relocating Mothers Against Drunk Driving down there, training employees who serve alcohol and an aggressive public relations campaign.
  • South Boston Waterfront Development Deal

    A Boston Globe series investigates the financial and political maneuvers behind the construction of a large waterfront development in South Boston. The investigation focuses on a "little-noticed agreement that an unprecedented amount of the financial benefits from the development would go to a trust set up by three powerful politicians..." The reporters reveal that "under this agreement as much as $ 65 million would flow into the trust's coffers from the private developers..." The series shows that "it was inherently unfair - and illegal - to limit the benefits of the development to one neighborhood" and exposes the elected officials' reluctance to follow "federal Fair Housing guidelines mandating that affordable housing be available to all applicants, regardless of race." The investigation also covers a lawsuit against the city government, which has stopped the controversial deal.
  • Plans to add slips would ease crunch

    The 1995 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan shows that Green Bay's paultry dock space is well below normal levels for a waterfront city of its size (around 600 slips) despite a whooping 19,971 registered boats in the county. It's costing the area lack of tourist revenue and keeping the boats small. The biggest registered boat is 87 feet, and most are 14 footers.
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    Solares Hill (Key West, Fla.) reports on the Key West Development Agency, which gave a controversial 99-year lease to a development company for millions of dollars a year less than the waterfront property was valued at, October 1985-May 1986.