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City of Punta Gorda Adaptation Plan

Lisa Beever, James W. Beever III, Whitney Gray, Daniel Trescott, Dan Cobb, Jason Utley, David Hutchinson, John Gibbons, Tim Walker, Moji Abimbola, and Judy Ott
Created: 11/17/2009 - Updated: 9/24/2019


Southwest Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the consequences of climate change, especially sea level rise and increased hurricane activity and severity. Regardless of the underlying causes of climate change, global glacial melting and expansion of warming oceans are causing sea level rise, although its extent or rate cannot as yet be predicted with certainty.

Currently the City of Punta Gorda is among the most progressive municipalities in the United States with regard to planning for climate change. It has already adopted comprehensive plan language to address the impacts of sea level rise, and seek strategies to combat its effects on the shoreline of the City.

This report identifies the alternative adaptations that could be undertaken to address the identified climate change vulnerabilities for the City of Punta Gorda. These adaptations are presented in the order of prioritized agreement from the public meetings. Only the highest agreement adaptation in each vulnerability area is fully developed for potential implementation. One of the utilities of this approach is that it provides a variety of adaptation options, which the City could select for implementation, adaptive management, and subsequent monitoring.

Published On

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Public Health
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Stormwater systems: retrofitting and improvements
Sewage systems: retrofitting and improvements
Transportation: retrofitting and improvements
Water supply: retrofitting and improvements
Buildings: retrofitting and improvements
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies

Related Resources

Incorporating Climate Change Impacts into Activities in Charlotte Harbor, Florida

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Case Study

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) conducted a regionwide vulnerability assessment and developed an adaptation plan for the City of Punta Gorda, Florida over a two year period, and is now working to develop a set of climate change indicators and a monitoring plan.

Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure

Comprehensive Southwest Florida/Charlotte Harbor Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

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Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning