St. Petersburg, with its 60-mile coastline, is considered highly vulnerable to severe storms and rising sea levels. With this in mind, an Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay panel released recommendations for how the city can improve its resilience, which is its ability to withstand and recover from climate change effects and significant weather events. Among the recommendations:
– Create a cabinet-level Chief of Resilience Officer.
– Mandate resilient features in major developments like the new St. Pete Pier.
– Help small businesses create disaster preparedness and business continuity plans.
– Strengthen connections between low-income neighborhoods and downtown, and promote economic stability.