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Resolutions - R7  F




COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Alina T. Hudak, City Manager 
DATE:October  13, 2021
 



SUBJECT:A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, ESTABLISHING THE "AD HOC NEIGHBORHOOD RESILIENCY PROJECTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE," FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR (SUBJECT TO EARLIER OR LATER SUNSET BY CITY COMMISSION) TO ADVISE THE ADMINISTRATION AND CITY COMMISSION IN CONNECTION WITH THE CITY'S RESILIENCY PROJECTS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE PLANNING AND DELIVERY OF THESE CRITICAL PROJECTS; PRESCRIBING THE PURPOSE, POWERS AND DUTIES, COMPOSITION, TERMS OF OFFICE, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS; AND, PROVIDING FOR AN ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON TO THE COMMITTEE.

RECOMMENDATION

The information and attachments are provided for City Commission discussion and approval.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

On May 12, 2021, at the request of Commissioner Mark Samuelian and Co-Sponsored by Commissioner Michael Gongora, the City Commission referred the item for discussion to the Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee. At the July 21, 2021, Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee, the item was discussed, and the Committee forwarded the item by acclamation to City Commission.

ANALYSIS

As a coastal barrier island, the City of Miami Beach is extremely vulnerable to environmental threats such as rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and storms. The City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan’s Resilient Land Use and Development Element specifies resilient principles, goals and adaptation strategies.  The Plan includes the objective to increase the City’s resiliency to the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels by developing and implementing adaptation strategies and measures in order to protect human life, natural systems and resources and adapt public infrastructure, services, and public and private property.  In addition, the Plan calls for the City to prioritize strategies in areas, which currently experience or are projected to experience tidal flooding, storm surge, or both as a priority for the development and implementation of adaption strategies. 

 

The City has launched several climate resilience projects to address existing flooding and prepare for future sea level rise. These projects include critical life safety and property protection improvements to reduce the risk of tidal flooding, improvements to stormwater drainage, and upgrades to aging water and sewer infrastructure. These projects also aim to include environmental, cultural, and aesthetic benefits, such as improving green infrastructure, street lighting, and sidewalks to beautify the neighborhood.  There is a collaborative and cross-departmental effort that is focused on the development and execution of these projects, including all elements of community outreach and involvement.

 

The attached Resolution establishes the Ad Hoc Neighborhood Resilience Projects Advisory Committee and includes Exhibit “A” the Purpose, Powers and Duties of the Ad Hoc Neighborhood Resilience Projects Advisory Committee. The Administration provided recommendations to the original Committee 1) to incorporate helpful resident ideas and feedback and 2) to avoid overlap that could occur regarding specific projects and items that are already reviewed and approved by the City Commission and by existing Committees and Boards, and not result in fiscal impacts or delays.  The Powers and Duties include:

 

(1) Provide advisory recommendations and feedback on best approaches to enhance resident education, resident engagement, and the best phases and timeframes to optimize how and when community engagement is most helpful.

 

(2) Provide advisory recommendations and feedback regarding best practices for flood mitigation and climate change adaptation, and how private property owners can reduce their own flood risk.

 

(3) Share input and evaluate issues related to the benefits and challenges for the resilience program, including general neighborhood aesthetics and utility and infrastructure improvements, for example pump station location decision criteria and process.

 

(4) Provide a forum for the Committee to share best practices and lessons learned from previous and ongoing projects to be considered for future projects.

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

According to the 2019 Community Satisfaction Survey, 63.4% of Miami Beach residents are satisfied with the quality of public engagement efforts.

CONCLUSION

This information and attachments are provided for City Commission discussion and approval.

Applicable Area

Citywide
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
Yes No 

Strategic Connection

Environment & Infrastructure - Reduce risk from storms, high tides, groundwater, and sea level rise.
Legislative Tracking
Office of the City Manager
Sponsor
Commissioner Mark Samuelian and Commissioner Michael Gongora

ATTACHMENTS:
Description
Resolution