Atlantic Beach’s vulnerability assessment garners resilience award
Earlier this year, the City of Atlantic Beach parlayed state grant funding to analyze future flood risk under projected sea-level rise. The study enabled the City to assess its vulnerability during rainfall-induced inundation and surge-and-wave-induced flooding for the years 2044, 2069, and 2119.
Protecting the beach, dunes, marshlands and wetlands is critical in defending the island from hurricane, erosion and flooding. By better understanding the risk, the City can effectively identify areas to focus on and make informed decisions moving forward.
And win a regional award, as it turns out.
The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) is honoring the City of Atlantic Beach with a Regional Award for its coastal vulnerability assessment. The City of Atlantic Beach and other honorees in the annual award program will be recognized at a Dec. 5 luncheon. Atlantic Beach’s coastal vulnerability assessment is published at www.coab.us/projects.
NEFRC (www.nefrc.org) is an independent, regional government agency serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns counties. It provides a regional perspective toward growth management, economic development, emergency preparedness, resiliency and community development to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Florida residents.
“We look forward each year to honoring those in our region who stand out in their efforts to improve the quality of life of citizens in Northeast Florida,” said NEFRC CEO Beth Payne. “Each of this year’s honorees were nominated for their dedication to excellence in Northeast Florida and we look forward to celebrating with them on December 5th.”
The Regional Awards recognition program is anchored by the Regional Leadership Award, given to a leader who exemplifies service to community and commitment to regionalism. This year’s recipient is Florida Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach.
Other award winners are Nassau County’s Habitat for Humanity program in the Affordable Housing category; Baker County’s Heritage Park in the Historic Preservation category; Kanine Social in Duval County in the Adaptive Reuse category; Baldwin Market in Duval County in the Economic Development and Tourism category; Duval County’s Jacksonville University Healthcare Simulator Center in the new Healthcare/Emergency Preparedness category, Trader Hills Farm in Nassau County and the Town of Baldwin Brandy Branch Effluent Reuse Project in Duval County in the Environmental Stewardship category, the Town of Hastings Dissolution in St. Johns County in the Planning and Growth Management category; the Safer Streets in Flagler County program in the Public Safety category Nassau County’s Nassau Express Select in the Transportation category, the Trail Town Program in Putnam County in the Quality of Life category, and the Nassau County Youth Emergency Team in the Special Achievement category.