Coastal Community Resiliency

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On January 16, 2018 the city of New Smyrna Beach kicked-off a citizen-led yearlong of Coastal Community Resiliency. The benefits of whole community resiliency planning that appear in one segment of the city, such as historic preservation, benefit other segments such as flood mitigation.

On February 20 at the Brannon Civic Center @ 6 p.m. is the discussion around cultural resources, flood mitigation and sea level rise.


There are 12 designated historic landmarks within a few miles of downtown New Smyrna Beach, including the Black Heritage Museum, Chamber of Commerce and Coronado Beach Cemetery. These locations are each governed by multiple local, state and federal laws that control access, preservation and protection of these local jewels. Cross-reference one specific historic landmark, such as the Coronado Shuffleboard Courts, with the environmental needs of New Smyrna Beach, and you have more considerations than any one governing body has purview.

Even with this multi-level regulation, the ownership, care and consideration over these locations falls to the local government – the city of New Smyrna Beach. By maintaining the shuf eboard courts the city is actively aware of the level of resiliency to natural threats, such as flooding, has on this, and other historic landmarks. By bringing together these different and seemingly separate segments of our community, such as connecting cultural resources with ooding and sea level rise with historic landmarks, the city of New Smyrna Beach is co-creating a resilient community.

These complex relationships require collaborative solution-oriented attention. Citizens working together with community leadership in a cooperative environment brings the historic, environmental, water and economic issues to bear in one of many whole coastal community considerations.

Additional benefits of coastal community resiliency:

  • Reduce chronic stressors by creating mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • Help make smart investments.
  • Reduce chronic stressors that appear unrelated.
  • Create co-benefits across the community.
  • Minimize redundancy and conflict.
  • Build new community linkages and relationships.
  • Promote nature-based solutions.

Issues specific to coastal communities building a holistic and resilient community are slated for the entire year of 2018.

The city of New Smyrna Beach continues Coastal Community Resiliency on February 20, 2018 @ 6 p.m. at the Brannon Civic Center. Information at


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