Resiliency and Adaptations in the Estero Bay Region

Resiliency and Adaptations in the Estero Bay Region

Cela Tega 2016

To identify and discuss resiliency and adaptation planning for climate change and sea level rise in the Estero Bay Region

Cela Tega 2016

December 12, 2016 
Sugden Resort and Hospitality Management Bldg
Room 111
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Cela Tega is the southwest Florida native (i.e.: Calusa) term for "A view from high ground." We used it here to symbolize "overview." The term was inspired from the Carib Native North American term epopopanana meaning:

this is Meeting (Epopo) + And (ana) + Place (pa) which in Carib syntax is Epopopanana 

This event was approved for 7 CM hours by the AICP

The program is one which should be of interest to all residents of Southwest Florida, especially to our county and municipal officials and local businesses. We have long been concerned about climate change. There can be no doubt that the ocean is already rising. There are previously-dry places on Miami Beach and other seaside locations that are now reflecting the sunshine. The east coast is already dealing with the problem, because they must, but only two Gulf Coast communities have yet acted. Punta Gorda has a climate change adaptation plan and at present the community is successfully implementing it. Lee County has a Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, which they were implementing until, unfortunately, the economic downturn of 2008-2009 necessitated some reorganization. Participants at the conference will get to hear speakers discuss vulnerability assessment, adaptation and resiliency plans and strategies, including those being implemented in Punta Gorda, and other locations. The final session will be an examination of plan implementation and lessons learned.

Agenda:

Time: 8:00 - 8:55

Breakfast

Time: 8:55

Welcome

Time: 9:00 - 10:30

Technical Session I - Vulnerability Assessments

Time: 9:00 - 9:20

Lisa Beever, Ph.D.
Director-emeritus Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program

Climate changes and local planning responses

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Time: 9:25 - 9:45

Rachel Kangas, Public Archaeology Coordinator
Florida Public Archaeology Network

Assessing Vulnerability at Archaeological Sites in Florida: Case Study from Pineland in Lee County

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Time: 9:50 - 10:10

Mike Savarese, Professor
Florida Gulf Coast University

Dramatic Changes within Coastal Wetlands of the Ten Thousand Islands as a Consequence of Sea-level Rise: Lessons for Estero Bay

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Time: 10:15 - 10:30

Break

Time: 10:30 - 12:00

Technical Session II - Adaptation and Resiliency Plans 1

Time: 10:30 - 10:45

Tessa LeSage
Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Regional Change for the Common Good

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Time: 10:50 - 11:10

Nader Ardalan, Chief Advisor
Harvard SLR Project

The Harvard GSD Project on Southwest Florida and Sea Level: The Case of Collier County (including Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City)

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Time: 11:15 - 11:40

Ricardo Alvarez
MITIGAT.com, Inc Vulnerability, Assessment and Mitigation

Sea level rise and the built environment: Expected impacts and solutions

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Time: 11:40 - 12:00

Dr. Jennifer Shafer and Dr. David Shafter, Co-Executive Director
Science and Environment Council

Climate Action Update from the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida

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Time: 12:00 - 1:00

Lunch
WCU Video Premiere: Preserving our waters: Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve at 50 years.

Time: 1:00 - 1:45

Craig Pittman, Author, Investigative Journalist

Oh Florida! Wacky Florida Weather and other stories

Time: 1:50 - 5:00

Technical Session III - Adaptation and Resiliency Plans 2

Time: 1:50 - 2:05

Joan LeBeau, Chief Planner
Mitchell Austin, Planner
City of Punta Gorda, FL

Adaptation Planning: The Punta Gorda Experience

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Time: 2:05 - 2:25

Randall W. Parkinson
Institute for Water and Environment, Florida International University

An Update on Adaptation Action Activities Undertaken Since Completion of the City of Satellite Beach (FL) Vulnerability Assessment to Rising Seas (2010)

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Time: 2:30 - 3:00

Keren Prize Bolter, Ph.D., Climate, Policy, & Geospatial Analyst
South Florida Regional Planning Council

Coastal Flood Resiliency: South Florida Initiatives

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Time: 3:00 - 3:25

Jim Beever, Planner
Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Public Climate Change Adaptation Process Driven by Public Input Using Public Participation Games, Interviews, Pre and Post Surveys and Other Tools

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Time: 3:55 - 5:30

Reception, appetizers, cash bar

The Wayne and Win Happy Hour

Sponsors:




American Planning Association Florida Chapter Promised Lands

 

Resources:

 

  1. Beever III, J.W. 2008. Growth Management Regulation, Public Investment and Resource Implications for the Estero Bay Watershed 2006-2007– Southwest Lee County, Florida. SWFRPC
  2. Beever, III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley and L. B. Beever 2009. Comprehensive Southwest Florida/Charlotte Harbor Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Technical Report 09-3, 298 pages.
  3. Beever, III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley David Hutchinson, John Gibbons, Moji Abimbola and L. B. Beever, Judy Ott 2009. Adaptation Plan for the City of Punta Gorda. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Technical Report 09-4, 406 pages. Adopted by the City of Punta Gorda on November 18, 2009.
  4. Gray, Whitney, J.W. Beever III, and L.B. Beever. 2009 Estero Bay State of the Bay Update. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. 93 pp.
  5. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley, D. Crawford, and D. Hutchinson 2010. Lee County Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. 226 pp.
  6. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, J. Utley, D. Hutchinson, Tim Walker, D. Cobb 2010. Lee County Climate Change Resiliency Strategy. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. 163 pp.
  7. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, L. Beever, D. Cobb 2011. A Watershed Analysis of Permitted Coastal Wetland Impacts and Mitigation Methods within the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Study Area. 391 pp.
  8. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, L. Beever, Beever, Lisa, B., D. Cobb, Walker, Tim 2011. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Opportunities for Salt Marsh Types in Southwest Florida. 379 pp.
  9. Beever III, J.W., Walker, Tim 2013. Estimating and Forecasting Ecosystem Services within Pine Island Sound, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Useppa Island, Other Islands of the Sound, and the Nearshore Gulf of Mexico. 46 pp.
  10. Beever III, J.W. 2013. Estimate of the Ecosystem Services of Existing Conservation 2020 Lands in Lee County Florida. 18 pp.
  11. Beever III, J.W., D. Cobb, W. Gray, L. Van Houdt, and T. Walker, 2015. A rapid functional assessment method for designed freshwater and brackish water filter marsh ecosystems used for water quality treatment (FMFAM). 151 pp.
  12. Beever III, J.W., L. Van Houdt, L. Beever, W. Gray, and T. Walker, 2015. Filter Marsh Functional Assessment Method (FMFAM) Plant Identification Guide 65 pp.
  13. Beever III, J.W. and T. Walker, 2016. Spring Creek Restoration Plan 121 pp.
  14. 2014 State of the Bay