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Resilient Coastlines Program Funds 33 Local Sea-Rise Efforts

Fla. DEP awarded $2.1M in grants this year, $75K max per project, to 33 Fla. coastal communities that proposed ways to mitigate local damage from slowly rising seas.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighteen Florida cities or counties received the maximum $75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DOE) under the state’s Florida Resilient Coastlines Program (FRCP). The grant money goes to cities and counties working to mitigate the potential damage caused by slowly rising seas.

Altogether, 33 cities and counties along Florida’s coasts received grants of some amount. The money is slated for a range of projects.

The Florida Resilient Coastlines Program (FRCP) provides money to help coastal communities prepare for current and future rising sea levels. The mitigation efforts can be targeted at potential coastal flooding, erosion and ecosystem problems.

Resilience Planning Grants (RPG) and Resilience Implementation Grants (RIGs) are available to Florida communities required to have a coastal management element in their comprehensive plan.

RPGs promote “community resilience-planning, including complying with Florida’s ‘Peril of Flood’ statute, analyzing vulnerabilities and risks, and developing plans and policies that allow communities to better handle changing coastal conditions so they can recover and move forward faster after disasters.”

RIGs help coastal communities implement adaptation/resilience plans by supporting nature-based options for erosion and flood control, elevating public structures, or other projects specifically included in existing adaptation/resilience plans.

Naples, for example, will use its $75,000 grant – its second under the program – to conduct a detailed stormwater outfall analysis that identifies high-risk flood areas.  Specifically, Naples will study outfall pipe elevations leading to bays and canals.

“If a pipe’s elevation is relatively low, with increased sea levels and higher tides, we can get back flow into the stormwater system that can cause flooding in the street,” Stephanie Molloy, Naples’ natural resources manager, said to the Naples Daily News. “Or in a large rain event, water may not be able to flush out. We do see that near the city dock there’s a manhole outlet in a street, and on a very high tide that street will flood.”

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