New legal analysis on local government liability for flooding and drainage systems affected by sea-level rise

Sea-level rise presents challenges not only to property owners but also to local governments. Local governments pay the bill for infrastructure such as roads, sewer, water, and electrical and drainage systems that can be compromised through sea-level rise or coastal flooding or erosion as exacerbated by sea-level rise. At the same time, as we have…

NE Florida workshop on sea-level rise challenges

Florida Sea Grant partnered with Georgia Sea Grant, the Northeast Florida Regional Council, the First Coast Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Fernandina Beach to bring the workshop “Local Government Challenges in Dealing with Rising Seas” to northeast Florida on October 28, 2013. The event was held at the Nassau Center at Yulee,…

Adaptive planning workshop April 19 in Davie

Adaptive Planning for Coastal Change: Legal Issues for Local Government. April 19, 2013, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, Davie, Fla. On April 19, Florida Sea Grant, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, worked with the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, the Florida Coastal Management Program, the Environmental & Land Use…

Withstanding Hurricanes

Hurricane season began June 1, and NOAA’s annual hurricane forecast for the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico calls for 12 to 18 named storms, with six to 10 becoming hurricanes. The agency predicts up to six major hurricanes, with wind speeds above 111 mph. Hurricanes are some of the most devastating weather events to…

Coastal Storms Initiative

A NOAA Pilot Project in the St. Johns River Watershed What is the Coastal Storms Initiative (CSI)? The Coastal Storms Initiative is a nationwide effort to lessen the impacts of storms on coastal communities. Federal, state and local organizations are cooperating in this first pilot project on the St. Johns River watershed in Northeastern Florida.…