Palm Beach County and seven of its southeastern coastal cities have agreed to join forces in a year-long, comprehensive review of climate change impacts. The study will assess how sea-level rise, extreme temperatures, and strong storms will impact 300,000 residents in southeastern Palm Beach County now and in the future.
Palm Beach County will formally collaborate on this enterprise with Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Highland Beach, Lake Worth Beach, Lantana, and Ocean Ridge. The joint venture was approved by county commissioners on December 17, 2019, and has an anticipated completion date of March 2021. The goal is to establish a scientifically sound and systematic assessment of our vulnerability to multiple climate hazards.
The collaboration will allow the municipalities to pool resources. The group has won nearly $150,000 in grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and, together, the municipalities are pitching in $322,000.
The group has been keeping tabs on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a collaboration between Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
The study will look at climate change impacts on people, infrastructure, property, economy and natural resources. A partnership of this kind is important as an indication of increased public awareness that climate change is real. Residents need to be better informed and advocate for what their communities need. While facing the impacts may be bleak, the momentum around acknowledging and addressing climate change is key.
Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group, January 15, 2020
Source: Palm Beach Post, January 2, 2020