By Lauren Schroeder and Austin Sanchez | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Jan. 31, the City of St. Augustine held a community resilience workshop to address the issues surrounding sea level rise and the impact it will have on the culture and heritage of the city.
Public officials, business and property owners and community members flooded the workshop to strategize against the issue.
They discussed FEMA standards for flood mitigation and how the community can best plan and prepare for future flooding .
The first step of the workshop was to determine which historical landmarks will contribute to the future of the community and how we can best preserve them. It also focused on how these landmarks affect local economy and tourism.
Following the workshop was a community enrichment program, hosted at Flagler College that touched on cultural resilience and contemporary America. The program was led by Marcus King, advisory board member at the Center for Climate and Security and Elizabeth Andrews, director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center.
The program addressed policy challenges regarding transportation and drainage, historic preservation alternatives, how policy makers interface with the issues, what needs to be implemented in order to make a difference.
Due to the historical significance of St. Augustine, the city has been nominated for the national conference, Keeping History Above Water. The conference will take place in St. Augustine from May 5-8, 2019. The results from the workshop will also be presented at the conference.