Planning for Sea Level Rise: State Resources for Florida’s Communities
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
noon - 2 p.m. EDT
Tallahassee, FL, United States
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Florida has been called “ground zero” for sea level rise in the U.S., with many communities in the southern part of the state already facing significant impacts. This session focuses on state resources available to assist communities with developing workable planning strategies to adapt to sea level rise. Daniel Fitz-Patrick of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will discuss DEO’s community resiliency initiative to integrate adaptation into current planning mechanisms, including optional comprehensive plan elements. Crystal Goodison, Project Manager with the University of Florida GeoPlan Center, will share information about a (GIS) planning tool developed by the Center with funding from the Florida Department of Transportation to facilitate the identification of transportation infrastructure potentially at risk from projected sea level rise. Tom Beck with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will focus on water management strategies to address sea level rise in Florida. Meredith Jagger and Richard Fetchick of the Florida Department of Health will cover assessing community health vulnerability as it relates to water and sewer systems. The session will conclude with 30 minutes for questions and answers.