The City of Miami Beach is preparing to live with water in a much deeper way. As the climate continues toward warmer temperatures and South Florida’s coastal cities see more frequent and damaging flooding, one of Miami-Dade County’s most vulnerable cities is fighting back against the threat of flooding, rising waters and stronger storms.
A part of this fight was the collaboration between Miami Beach and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a worldwide group of about 42,000 real estate and development professionals that helps vulnerable cities make better decisions about land use. Miami Beach officials invited ULI’s panel to the city to analyze their current strategy for stormwater management and climate adaptation.
ULI’s Advisory Panel met in Miami Beach for three days in late April and released a final report with recommendations for how the city can improve its climate strategy. According to a release from the city, the final report “buoyed” city efforts and showed officials are on the right track to preparing for worse flooding.
“The City was recognized for its innovative approach in engineering and prioritization of its stormwater pumps, carefully crafted communications materials, ability to raise funds through utility fees and collaboration with regional partnerships including the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities,” the release read.
100 Resilient Cities, funded by the Rockefeller Center, helps cities around the world increase their resilience to physical, social and economic challenge, including effects from climate change.
However, ULI also had a number of recommendations for Miami Beach to improve and bolster its strategy to better meet the coming challenges, such as maintaining a sense of urgency within the community while also being more transparent with residents.