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Greater Miami and the Beaches

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A unique collaboration to ensure a strong future for a region exposed to growing environmental, social, and economic challenges.

Resilient305, a regional strategy for resilience, is the result of unprecedented partnership between Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and the City of Miami Beach – a group which came together as Greater Miami & the Beaches (GM&B). Our resilience strategy begins with and ends with our people. Our diverse populace in South Florida has created a unique culture and no end of opportunity. Together we face Florida’s multitude of challenges. This includes destructive natural disasters ranging from hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornadoes, to wildfires and floods – as well as the chronic stresses we experience daily, such as sea level rise and sunny day flooding, crippling traffic and severe economic inequities.

The intricate systems and processes that support us – transportation, water, the environment, food, and energy – also connect us. However, we are a large, complex, and diverse region and some of our most vulnerable can still fall through the cracks. We hope that the Resilient305 Strategy will serve as a foundation in building a strong network, which works to safeguard our people, our homes, and our livelihoods, so that no person, neighborhood, or business is left behind. We believe that together we have an opportunity to work differently and more effectively by promoting stronger leadership, closer collaboration, and better use of our resources.

Resilience, for us, means providing the opportunity for every person and every community to bounce back after large-scale shock events, and to not only survive, but thrive in the face of known and unknown challenges. The 59 actions detailed in Resilient305 will help the region thrive in the face of these challenges.

Framed through the lens of Places, People, and Pathways, this strategy presents a roadmap for safeguarding our beautiful natural environment while connecting, enhancing, and adapting our vibrant communities; for bolstering the health, educational, and economic resources that enable our residents to survive and thrive in both good times and bad; and for strengthening the connections, partnerships, and systems that facilitate collective action in tackling our shared resilience challenges. To ensure Resilient305 has broad impact, GM&B will continue to expand to include Miami-Dade County’s remaining 32 municipalities, other community organizations, and anchor institutions in implementation.

01 Places Addressing place-based challenges by enhancing climate resilience, safeguarding ecosystems, and creating, connecting, and improving mobility and housing options.

02 People Improving the lives of our residents everyday by supporting job and wealth creation, addressing health needs, and preparing and empowering neighborhoods.

03 Pathways Enhancing regional collaboration and leadership by setting common and equitable goals, developing shared resources, and working across boundaries.

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Addressing place-based challenges by enhancing climate resilience, safeguarding ecosystems, and creating, connecting, and improving mobility and housing options.

Throughout the Greater Miami & the Beaches region, the diversity of our urban areas are set next to uniquely beautiful and ecologically valuable natural areas, from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay to the ocean reefs beyond. Although our urban centers are booming, many of our residents struggle: the high cost of housing takes its toll as does transportation. Our burgeoning population, with its associated car ownership, can make journeys to work long and tiresome. Today those same features are vulnerable to tropical hurricanes and rising seas. While our natural environment is one of our greatest assets, it is at risk and changing, requiring our collective efforts to protect and adapt along with it. Through our “Places” actions, we aim to address these place-based challenges.

Objectives include:

  1. Enhance natural systems by building reef biodiversity and defenses, expanding nature-based infrastructure, and integrating resilience into beaches, parks, and open spaces.
  2. Safeguard urban systems against sea level rise and coastal storms, and toward revitalized communities.
  3. Create mobility options which feature a better bus network, smart mobility services, and an emphasis on electric vehicles.
  4. Increase energy efficiencies through implementing energy efficiency and conservation strategies.
  5. Enhance housing options by redeveloping public housing and increasing affordable housing units.

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Improving the lives of our residents everyday by supporting job and wealth creation, addressing health needs, and preparing and empowering neighborhoods.

A strength of GM&B is its diversity of people and neighborhoods, which are shaped by a myriad of cultures and characters. Although our economy is strong, many of our residents struggle because of the scarcity of living wage jobs, lack of opportunities for youth, and insufficient support for growing local businesses. The most vulnerable of our population are challenged by public health concerns, from mental health issues to opioid abuse to the threat of pandemics from climate change. Our neighborhoods and communities are not as connected as they could be, leaving some areas isolated when small day-to-day crises occur or big events such as hurricanes strike. Through our “People” actions, we aim to improve the lives of our residents every day.

Objectives include:

  1. Cultivate financial stability for children and adults alike, by encouraging long-term savings at a young age, expanding career opportunities for youth as well as formerly incarcerated residents, and building an inclusive economy for all.
  2. Advance public health priorities ranging from supporting residents facing an opioid addition and addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to expanding age-friendly efforts and breaking the cycle of youth violence.
  3. Strengthen community response to disruptions, both large and small.
  4. Communicate the concept of resilience in schools, the county informational hotline, and through visual art.

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Enhancing regional collaboration and leadership by setting common and equitable goals, developing shared resources, and working across boundaries.

The GM&B region understands the power of collaboration. We have seen its success in the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact and our joint participation in 100RC’s Resilience Accelerator initiative. The actions described in the Resilient305 Strategy pave the way for increasing efficiencies among all 34 cities and county as we unite in tackling the shocks and stressors we share, from flooding to major hurricanes. The challenge is to make sure that staff and leaders across the GM&B municipalities have both an understanding of the breadth and depth of our challenges and the tools needed to address them. Through our “Pathways” actions, we aim to build the connections, collaborations, and committed leadership needed to change the status quo.

Objectives include:

  1. Pre-plan for post-recovery with proactive toolkits and guides for rapid response action, innovative recovery financing, and urban land use.
  2. Cultivate resilience expertise among elected municipal officials, local government practitioners, and everyday residents.
  3. Leverage our experience through tactical collaboration activities with universities and other partners.
  4. Develop shared resources, including a data-driven initiative on ArcGIS Hub and integrated water models, as well as planning and coordination on capital projects.
  5. Leverage our dollars by incorporating and prioritizing resilience objectives into municipal budgets, strategic plans, and procurement practices.

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