Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Takes Part in Hurricane Research Hearing: Only Florida Member to Serve on Science and Technology Committee

Jun 26, 2008
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— As the only Florida Member to serve on the House Science and Technology Committee, hurricane research and development remains a top priority for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).  Today he took part in a joint hearing about The National Hurricane Research Initiative Act, of which he is an original cosponsor. 

“With more than 50 percent of the American population living within 50 miles of the coastline, it is imperative that we have the tools and information necessary to minimize loss of life and economic destruction caused by hurricanes,” said Diaz-Balart.  “The question is not whether we will be hit by another storm, but when.  Even though we have made tremendous progress, we must do a better job of understanding and predicting hurricane intensity, size, storm surge and flooding.”

Diaz-Balart also introduced panelist Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman who has served as Chair and Director of Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center for more than 10 years.  Dr. Leatherman is an expert on the impacts storms have on coastal areas, and he is also known as Dr. Beach, for selecting the annual Top 10 beaches, of which Florida is home to three.