From 2011-2017, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) led the Community Resiliency Initiative in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and with assistance from 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.
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.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
The National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) system is a network of 29 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems, where rivers meet the sea. NERRs offer local, science-based training and education programs as well as unique recreational opportunities.
In Florida, the NERRs are managed by DEP’s Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management.
Florida Resilient Coastlines Program- Through the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program, DEP continues its efforts to help ensure collaboration among Florida’s coastal communities and to offer technical assistance and funding to coastal communities dealing with increasingly complex flooding, erosion and habitat shifts.
DEP, working alongside Cummins Cederberg, created a catalog of the living shoreline efforts throughout Florida. The product of this collaboration produced a Living Shoreline Database that includes permit information on public living shoreline projects throughout Florida. Below is the full living shoreline database available for public access and download.
FRCP Quarterly Coastal Resilience Forum - Coordination is one of the most critical pieces of the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program. Among other activities, FRCP hosts a quarterly webinar forum that allows attendees from all over the state to hear what their counterparts are working on. Participants provide project updates, introduce new resources and, most importantly, engage with each other asking for advice and recommendations. Audience members include consultants as well as staff from city, county, state and federal government entitles, universities and nongovernmental organizations.
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series- EPA's Office of Research and Development hosts this monthly public webinar series to translate EPA research and share research resources and information that are useful, practical/applied and available to meet research needs of states/territories and other entities such as tribes, local governments, and communities. In addition, the EPA Tools and Resources Training Webinar Series provides in-depth overviews and step-by-step tutorials on popular EPA science-based models and tools.
Southeast Climate Webinar – Monthly webinar is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. ET. This series is hosted by the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the NOAA National Weather Service. These webinars provide the region with timely information on current and developing climate conditions such as drought, floods and tropical storms as well as climatic events like El Niño and La Niña.
Resilience Guidebooks and Handbooks
Florida Adaptation Planning Guidebook - 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.
Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Guidebook: Updated Resilience Addendum- 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 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.