Cela Tega - Resilience and Adaptation Planning for Sea Level Rise and Climate Change in the Estero Bay Region

APA Florida Chapter, Promised Lands Section


Monday, December 12, 2016
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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·         Purpose: To identify and discuss resiliency and adaptation planning for climate change and sea level rise in the Estero Bay Region

This program is one which should be of interest to all residents of Southwest Florida, especially to county and municipal officials and local businesses.  The area has long been concerned about climate change. There can be no doubt that the ocean is already rising. There are previously-dry places on Miami Beach and other seaside locations that are now reflecting the sunshine.  The east coast is already dealing with the problem, because they must, but only two Gulf Coast communities have yet acted.  Punta Gorda has a climate change adaptation plan and at present the community is successfully implementing it.  Lee County has a Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, which they were implementing until, unfortunately, the economic downturn of 2008-2009 necessitated reorganization. Participants at the conference will get to hear speakers about vulnerability assessment, adaptation and resiliency plans and strategies, including those being implemented in Punta Gorda, and other national and international locations. The final session will be an examination of plan implementation and lessons learned.

There will also be a Workshop Practicum on  Public Climate Change Adaptation Process Driven by Public Input modeled on how Punta Gorda was able to create their adaptation plan.

Our lunch keynote speaker for December 12th is Mr Craig Pittman on Oh Florida!  Wacky Florida weather and other Florida stories


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Win Everham

Invited Speaker

Dr. Win Everham is Professor of Marine and Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. He teaches courses at a variety of levels across the disciplines. His research interests center on the response of ecosystems to a variety of different disturbances. This work has included: modeling landscape climate patterns in ... Read More

Craig Pittman

Invited Speaker

Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite ... Read More

Joan LeBeau

Invited Speaker

Joan F. LeBeau is the Chief Planner for the City of Punta Gorda and is currently updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Working in a small City, Joan believes in forming partnerships to complete many of the City’s projects. The City has worked with: the University of Florida’s ... Read More

Lisa Beever

Invited Speaker

Dr. Lisa Beever is the Director of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. She served as Lee County’s Environmental Sciences Director, in charge of environmental planning, permitting, and enforcement until 1992. From 1993-2002, Dr. Beever was the director for the Charlotte County-Punta Gorda Metropolitan (transportation) Planning Organization. She played ... Read More

Jim Beever

Invited Speaker

James (Jim) William Beever III is expert in Natural Resources and Climate Change in southwest Florida. Jim is a Planner IV for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC). His work in climate change planning includes the Comprehensive Southwest Florida/Charlotte Harbor Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, City of Punta Gorda ... Read More

Mitchell Austin

Invited Speaker

Mitchell Austin has served as an Urban Planner for the City of Punta Gorda since August 16th 2004 the Monday after Hurricane Charley. Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech in 2002, and a Master of Public Administration in 2014 from Florida ... Read More

Contact Info

Nora Demers, ndemers@fgcu.edu