Southeast Florida Accelerator

How can resilience thinking foster a regional approach to Southeast Florida’s most pressing challenges?

Widely recognized as ground zero for climate change adaptation in the U.S., Southeast Florida is one of the nation's fastest growing regions and one of the most exposed to ever more threatening coastal storms and regular tidal flooding from sea level rise. The Accelerator team designed and delivered a three-day workshop in August 2018 to support the City of Miami Beach, the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County in their effort to embed resilience value into selected projects. 


“This isn’t just about these five projects, but the tens of thousands of projects in the years ahead… There is no such thing as just a transit project anymore, or just a water project… every project needs to build resilience in the places and communities it touches.”



The workshop was designed to encourage project owners and stakeholders to consider how their projects have a larger impact on the South Florida region’s greater resilience efforts in five discrete instances: 

  • Monceaux Park, a small pocket park in the City of West Palm Beach, is a project which addresses aging infrastructure and the opportunity to build nature-based approaches for flood protection and storm-water management. 

  • Military Trail, a project to build small “cottage” homes for communities in Palm Beach County struggling with addiction or homelessness speaks to economic stratification and asks how the region is planning to support these communities. 

  • The West Avenue street elevation project in Miami Beach is an example of how municipalities will have to work hand-in-hand with residents on climate adaptation policies and projects.

  • Miami's Brickell Bay Drive presents an opportunity for the city to reimagine public access to the waterfront and use design principles to protect from sea level rise. 

  • Miami-Dade County's focus on its South Corridor is a project to protect renters, encourage home ownership, and increase ridership along the SMART corridor as Floridians move to higher ground.



The Accelerator team used the workshop to clarify how the resilience issues and strategies identified in the Greater Miami and the Beaches Preliminary Resilience Assessment might be advanced through place-based, project-specific actions. Following the workshop, the Accelerator team developed a report synthesizing the outcomes and design directions of the workshop with the aim of capturing the next actions needed to advance the Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches Resilience Strategy. 



Southeast Florida Resilience Accelerator Workshop Report



Thaddeus Pawlowski

Grga Basic



100 Resilient Cities

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

The Miami Foundation

City of Miami Beach

City of Miami

Miami-Dade County

Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach



Miami Herald Article

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