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Fort Lauderdale to Host Climate Adaptation Open House Meeting January 21, 2014

Neighbors Invited to Discuss Future Community Resiliency

Post Date:October 13, 2014 7:06 AM

Shannon Vezina , Public Information Specialist
954-828-4743 or svezina@fortlauderdale.gov

Fort Lauderdale - The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a public meeting to discuss long-term sustainability in light of climate change. Neighbors are encouraged to attend and participate in a dialogue about adaptation strategies to enhance Fort Lauderdale’s resiliency to protect the City’s future prosperity. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, in the 1st floor Commission Chambers of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

The Open House is an opportunity to share current information with neighbors and initiate a conversation about working together to address climate change. Attendees will have an opportunity to view maps and speak one-on-one to City staff from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Informative presentations and a question and answer session will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale’s seven miles of shoreline and 165 miles of inland waterways, coupled with its flat topography, location on a peninsula, dense coastal development, and shallow, porous aquifer make it vulnerable to the effects of climate change. During the Open House Meeting, staff will discuss a new Adaptation Action Area (AAA) initiative, which seeks to develop policy language for inclusion in the City of Fort Lauderdale Comprehensive Plan which can assist in prioritizing future funding and infrastructure improvements for areas in the City that are more vulnerable to flooding, erosion, high tides, salt water intrusion, and rising sea levels.

“The Adaptation Action Area initiative is bringing our citywide Vision to life by engaging our neighbors in meaningful dialogue about the damaging effects of climate change, while drawing upon the diverse resources and expertise of our partner agencies and organizations to address this significant environmental challenge,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “This collaborative approach enables us to plan today to meet the changing climate conditions of tomorrow and, by doing so, we strengthen our community resilience and ensure the long-term livability, sustainability, and prosperity of our City.”

Because the effects of climate change extend well beyond its borders, Fort Lauderdale is spearheading a cooperative effort to pursue comprehensive action. The City is partnering with several entities on the AAA project, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Broward County, and the South Florida Regional Planning Council, to identify transformative solutions to protect the region’s economy and quality of life. Many of the partner agencies will have representatives at the Open House Meeting and will be available to answer questions and provide a regional perspective on this important environmental issue.

For more information on the Climate Adaptation Open House Meeting, please contact the Public Works Sustainability Division at (954) 828-6190.

For more information about Fort Lauderdale’s sustainable initiatives and global partnerships to address climate change, please visit the City website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/gyr.

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