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Coastal resiliency, planning focus of program

By Staff | Mar 4, 2020

Several island entities are partnering together to offer an informational program on coastal adaptiveness, resiliency and planning on March 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bailey Homestead.

Sponsored by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Committee of the Islands, Captiva Erosion Prevention District and Sanibel Natural Resources Department, it will cover “Adaptive Coastal Design & Resilient Urban Landscapes: The Dutch Approach” and “Incorporative Planning in Coastal Environments: Putting It All Together” with guest speakers Drs. Steffen Nijhuis and Brian Cook.

In the Netherlands, people have lived at or below sea level for hundreds of years. Its history is one involving a constant struggle with water, for safety but also prosperity. Today, the country is thriving and it has adopted progressive planning approaches toward building cities, commerce, tourism and quality of life in the region.

Nijhuis is head of Landscape Architecture Research and is an associate professor in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology. Delft is the preeminent coastal resiliency university in the world, working at the interface of landscape, urban design, engineering and economy.

With the University of South Florida, Cook is working on a comprehensive assessment and mitigation project with Hillsborough County. The study establishes a new precedent for coastal and flood resiliency, which has been recognized with a “Future of the Region” award by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and a Hillsborough County Planning and Design Award.

The program is free and open to the public; reservations requested.

To reserve tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Adaptive Coastal Design & Resilient Urban Landscapes: The Dutch Approach.”

For more information or to become involved with the COTI, email coti@coti.org.

The Bailey Homestead is at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.