resiliency

Picture of Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to formally accept the final report from the Special Committee on Resiliency, which lays out dozens of policy recommendations that would help the River City deal with the causes and effects of climate change

Climate Change In Fla. Is Forcing A Response From Republican Politicians

Apr 23, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Tuesday, March 2, 2021, during his State of the State address at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
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Florida has long been known as an environmental contradiction. It’s mostly a peninsula at risk from the severe impacts of climate change, including rising seas, warming temperatures, and worsening extreme-weather events; yet it’s also a state governed by Republican leaders who have refused to even publicly utter the words “climate change.”

This 2017 file photo shows a flooded San Marco street during Hurricane Irma.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News


The city of Jacksonville has begun its search for a Chief Resiliency Officer, posting the position on its list of current job openings.

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Taskforce met Thursday to discuss how the region’s infrastructure could be strengthened.

The group’s goal is to connect county and city governments across the region in a joint effort to not only recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but build back stronger from it.

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is weighing the costs and benefits of pursuing nature-based solutions as members explore how best to defend the city against flooding, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

Aerial shot of cargo ship approaching JAXPORT
JAXPORT

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $75 million in funding for the ongoing St. Johns River dredging project.

A Florida black bear
Kelly O'Connor / North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) is getting a $450,000 grant from the Houston-based EJK Foundation to support efforts in the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

The Jacksonville Resiliency and Climate Change Coalition, a newly formed advocacy group working to raise awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, is looking to better engage minority communities.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

During Thursday’s meeting, the first since February, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency voted to establish three new subcommittees, which residents are being encouraged to join.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Chair of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency, tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, is proposing three new subcommittees to better engage the public ahead of the committee’s first meeting since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Florida.

The Florida Legislature
The News Service of Florida


As Florida’s 2020 legislative session comes to a close, lawmakers can celebrate the bills they passed. But hundreds of other proposals died along the way, including a bill that would have established a state-wide office of resiliency.

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

A new coalition of organizations and community members is working to increase public awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, advocate for local climate action, and support Jacksonville’s new Special Committee on Resiliency.

JAXPORT
JAXPORT

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency held its second meeting Thursday afternoon, looking back at some of the previous findings from city-appointed groups on sea level rise and coastal flooding.

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
OmniHotels.com

A federal committee focused on environmental justice is meeting in Jacksonville this week.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

City Councilman Aaron Bowman plans to file legislation this week requesting $300,000 in next year’s city budget to establish a permanent chief resilience officer position in Jacksonville.

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

Leaders from around Northeast Florida are calling on Jacksonville - the largest city in the region by far - to appoint a chief resilience officer or establish an Office of Resilience, but Mayor Lenny Curry is not yet taking a position on the issue.

Florida's Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat speaking in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Speaking in Jacksonville on Tuesday, Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer, Julia Nesheiwat, said the state has secured more than $1.4 billion in funding for communities recovering from recent hurricanes and nearly $900 million to help lessen the impact of future storms.

Glenn Landers from the USACE speaking to members of Jacksonville's Special Committee on Resiliency.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s new Special Committee on Resiliency held its first meeting on Monday and several committee members openly supported the idea of appointing a chief resilience officer.

Hurricane Irma storm surge flooding San Marco homes.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that more than $44 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding has been awarded to 11 communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irma, including Jacksonville.

Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard

An official from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection told a state House subcommittee Wednesday that Florida is working to develop a statewide strategy to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

man on stretcher
Northeast Florida Regional Council

This week, the Jacksonville City Council passed a last-minute budget amendment to end the city’s annual financial contribution to be part of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.

Tidal flooding in downtown St. Augustine on Granada St. near Flagler College.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

When Hurricane Dorian skirted the east coast of Florida earlier this month, there was flooding throughout St. Augustine. 

But the South Davis Shores neighborhood was hit harder than anywhere else in the city.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT NEws

Jacksonville’s state mandated sea level rise task force has wrapped up its work, approving the remaining proposals in a list of recommendations that will eventually go before City Council.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s sea level rise task force has voted in favor of several more recommendations to submit to City Council before the temporary committee disbands later this month.

Flooding in downtown Jacksonville from Hurricane Irma.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

After several months, Jacksonville’s sea level rise task force plans to wrap up its work by the end of August. 

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

A new survey asks residents of Northeast Florida how they think the region should prepare for sea level rise and worsening floods.

City Councilman Jim Love (a new member of the AAA Working Group) looks at a floodzone map of downtown Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s sea level rise work group voted unanimously Friday to expand its boundaries to include areas that have been impacted by flooding in recent hurricanes.

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

After two months of fact finding meetings, Jacksonville’s Adaptation Action Area Working Group is ready to move to the next step.

The first order of business: expanding the group’s area of focus beyond the coastal areas mapped out when it was first established.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Councilmembers Lori Boyer and Jim Love have filed a bill they hope will better prepare Jacksonville for sea-level rise and flooding.

Jacksonville City Hall
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More than two months after its first meeting, members of Jacksonville’s Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee are beginning to spend less time learning and listening and more time putting together proposals they think will help prepare the city for sea level rise and flooding.

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