From 2011 through 2017, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) led the Community Resiliency Initiative in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and with assistance form the Division of Emergency Management (DEM). The initiative’s goal was to provide technical assistance to coastal communities interested in pursuing innovative planning and development strategies that ensure their long-term vitality while addressing current and future coastal flooding risks. The Community Resilience Initiative followed the lead of local governments on working to develop sensible best practices and to encourage sound investments that support economic development, community safety and natural resource management. http://www.floridajobs.org/community-planning-and-development/programs/community-planning-table-of-contents/adaptation-planning
The effort was steered by a focus group of statewide experts on adaptation and coastal vulnerability, as well as stakeholders in the coastal area. The initiative culminated in adaptation planning pilots conducted in three communities across the state beginning in late 2015. DEO also received funding to facilitate a pilot project in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County that implemented the state’s first Adaptation Action Area. The Community Resilience Initiative was funded by the Florida Coastal Management Program, a NOAA-approved program that provides the basis for protecting, restoring and responsibly developing the nation’s diverse coastal communities and resources.
The Florida Adaptation Planning Guidebook is a compilation of more than five years of stakeholder involvement and research during the Community Resiliency Initiative (CRI) directed by DEP and DEO as part of the Florida Coastal Management Plan. The Guidebook is scalable and intended to be used by local government planners in cities and counties of any size, providing a framework to develop an initial, or update an existing, adaptation plan. Focusing on four steps – Establish the Context, Assess Vulnerability, Identify Adaptation Strategies and Plan Strategy Implementation – the Guidebook contains best practices and resources useful to any coastal community.
Since the original publication of the Addendum in 2012, the topic of resilience has taken a more prominent position in many of Florida’s coastal communities. Increased sunny-day flooding and severe tropical weather has reinforced the importance of planning. This updated addition to Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning: A Guide for Florida represents the fifth phase of the Statewide Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Initiative, expanding best practices guidance related to coastal communities and considering ways to address sea level rise adaptation during the long-term recovery process.
The Florida Coastal Management Program offers technical assistance to coastal communities that are interested in understanding how to use resiliency-related decision-support tools available online. Interested communities should contact Joseph Bauer at Joseph.Bauer@FloridaDEP.gov to find out more.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.