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Public workshop planned to discuss coastal vulnerability project

By Staff | Feb 18, 2019

The city of Sanibel and Florida Gulf Coast University will hold a public workshop about a cooperative project on Feb. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform the public about the collaboration between the city and FGCU to assess Sanibel’s coastal vulnerability due to sea-level rise and increased storminess.

The work is being conducted as part of grant by the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program.

The project will have two main components:

– Community engagement: Focusing the attention of civic leaders and island residents on the problem, addressing concerns and identifying, mapping and prioritizing the critical natural, cultural and urban assets under risk

– Documentation of coastal habitat change: Changes to Sanibel’s coastal habitats since 1970 will be documented and will provide the foundation for computer modeling for future behavior

The project leaders will provide a brief presentation outlining the goals of the project and provide an opportunity for questions and answers during the public workshop. All are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Sanibel Natural Resources Department Environmental Specialist Joel Caouette at 239-472-3700 or joel.caouette@mysanibel.com.