Regional coalition responds to environmental concerns
The Tampa Bay area faces significant challenges of rising sea levels.
Insurance industry analysis in 2015 found Tampa/St. Petersburg to be more vulnerable to storm surge than any other U.S. metropolitan area. Area sea levels were predicted to rise nearly two feet by 2100. Year-round flooding was estimated to impact the regional economy by as much as $162 billion.
Responding to those concerns, counties and municipalities on Florida’s west coast have organized the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition.
The coalition collaborates on solutions to make area communities more resilient, healthy, and safe. They address concerns about toxic algae blooms and single-use plastics pollution while remaining focused on rising sea levels. Already, the coalition has recommended infrastructure improvements ranging from storm-water drainage systems to electric vehicle solar power charging stations.