The challenges faced by this coastal area (surrounded by water on three sides) are numerous: extreme rainfall, sunny day flooding, low elevation, and salt water intrusion, to name a few. Addressing stormwater needs while balancing the concerns of residents, a local economy dominated by tourism, and restoring water to the Everglades has led to a number of approaches by consultants. These include raising roadways and seawalls, upgrading the pump system handling stormwater, and providing different visions of shoreline rehabilitation.
Interactive features on the city’s stormwater website include a parcel viewer and a credits explorer, making the fee process more transparent for residents. The site also provides a comprehensive list of BMP manuals for residents, consultants used on projects, and application forms for credits.
This website walks residents through the steps of applying for a stormwater credit, whether it is a rain garden or barrel, pervious surface, impervious surface removal, or vegetated filter strip.