TREASURE ISLAND – The city of Treasure Island has been awarded $45,000 in Coastal Resilience grants from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to address future storm impacts and sea level rise.
The awards, totaling $123,334, are supported by funding from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Other grants went to the city of New Port Richey and the South Florida Regional Planning Council.
Treasure Island plans to use its funding to develop a manual for pre-storm preparation activities as well as a post-disaster recovery plan, develop contracts for storm debris monitoring and removal, and review and recommend development codes to address potential climate change impacts.
The city wants to address future storm impacts and sea level rise. Funds from the Alliance will be used to develop a manual for pre-storm preparation activities as well as a post-disaster recovery plan, develop contracts for storm debris monitoring and removal, and review and recommend development codes to address potential climate change impacts.
In January 2016, the Alliance received a NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to foster resilience planning and promote best practices for future mitigation actions. The three-year award will support 10 communities across the Gulf region as they identify resilience vulnerabilities and take steps to address them. The Alliance’s Habitat Resources Team and Coastal Resilience Team are collaborating with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium to implement the award.
The Alliance created an opportunity for Gulf Coast communities to submit project ideas that address a resilience need or gap identified through a vulnerability assessment.
Those receiving awards include communities in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. A competition is underway in coastal Alabama with plans to announce an awardee there by August.
New Port Richey will use its grant money to help the city purchase equipment that diverts water to and from large retention areas helping residents and businesses with flooding issues.
The South Florida Regional Planning Council plans a project that will focus on Islamorada in the Florida Keys, a community that has identified a need for high-resolution data to identify potential storm surge and sea level rise impacts. SFRPC will use LIDAR and storm surge data to redefine the Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) for a category 1 storm at current sea levels and two future sea level scenarios. This information will be used to identify assets under current and future risk within the CHHA.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. As the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004. A not-for-profit organization, the Alliance’s mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, education providers and non-governmental organizations.