Supporting Community Resilience

Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities

Addressing Sea Level Rise

With close to a thousand miles of coastline and low-lying topography throughout of much of the state’s coastal areas, Florida is more vulnerable than many states to the impacts of climate change and associated sea level rise.

Addressing climate change involves adapting to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise. It also includes taking action to reduce the effects of climate change which includes changing the way we plan and develop communities.

1000 Friends of Florida is working to promote more sustainable community development practices, which can play a major role in addressing both the causes and impacts of climate change in Florida and reducing Florida’s contribution to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Florida Flood Planning

Disaster Planning

From hurricanes and tropical storms to flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and more, Florida experiences many natural disasters over the course of any given year. Disasters can also include incidents involving hazardous materials, technological hazards, terrorism and other incidents.

Perhaps more than in any other state, Floridians have learned that planning for such events is essential at the personal, community and statewide levels. Plans are developed, updated and implemented at the state and county levels to help communities plan for these emergencies and their after-effects. In cooperation with county emergency management offices, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Division of Community Affairs lead on such efforts.

Each county in Florida has an adopted Local Comprehensive Emergency Plan. Communities may also choose to adopt a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan to assist with faster and more efficient recovery from natural disasters while maintaining local control over recovery and building back better.

Disaster Planning

Disaster Planning for Historic Resources,
with case studies

Disaster Mitigation

Disaster Mitigation for Historic Structures


Planning for Community Resilience & Preservation

With a built environment of iconic historic landmarks, districts and neighborhoods of national and international significance and its low-lying coastal location (most of the city located in a flood zone), St. Augustine is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of coastal flooding from sea level rise and natural disasters. This focuses on the City’s multifaceted approach to coastal resilience, including legal, planning and engineering strategies.

Planning for Community Resiliency in Satellite Beach: Laying the Groundwork

Located on a barrier island near the Kennedy Space Center and with a relatively small population of 10,000 residents, the City of Satellite Beach is in the crosshairs of sea level rise. Find out how the city marshaled support and funding to address resilience, including the use of science-based information, and the role of Florida Sea Grant and the Regional Planning Council in this effort.

Planning for Community Resiliency in Satellite Beach: Stormwater Infrastructure and LDRs

This focuses on the plans and studies conducted over the years, the impacts of and mitigation measures for sea level rise on the City’s stormwater infrastructure, and the initiative to integrate sustainability measures into the land development regulations.

Responding to Irma: Planning Strategies to Promote Resilience in Florida’s Communities

Hurricane Irma provided a major wake-up call for the need for Florida communities to better incorporate resiliency measures into their local planning process. This webinar provides information on cutting edge strategies being used effectively to promote greater community resiliency through comprehensive planning, legal, policy and other measures.

Planning for Sea Level Rise: Legal Issues Facing Florida

Three of Florida’s leading experts on the legal ramifications of sea level rise identify potential challenges and appropriate local government responses related to permitting and infrastructure, legal tools available through Florida planning authority and strategies in South Florida communities to address some of these issues.

Planning for Sea Level Rise: Broward County Responds

Broward County and Fort Lauderdale are national leaders in planning for the impacts of sea level rise. This presentation covers efforts at the regional, county and municipal levels to develop planning strategies for Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale.