The City of Punta Gorda, Florida has prepared a climate change adaptation plan in partnership with a range of federal, state and local organisations which combines impact and vulnerability assessment with adaptation planning and prioritisation through public participation.
- Fish and Wildlife Habitat Degradation;
- Inadequate Water Supply;
- Unchecked or Unmanaged Growth;
- Water Quality Degradation;
- Education and Economy and Lack of Funds;
- Fire; and
- Availability of insurance
Adaptation options were identified and prioritised through a public workshop resulting
104 acceptable and 34 unacceptable recommended adaptations across the different vulnerabilities. From this exercise, the report identifies a short list of the most acceptable adaptations that included the following:
- Seagrass protection and restoration;
- Xeriscaping and native plant landscaping;
- Explicitly indicating in the comprehensive plan which areas will retain natural shorelines;
- Constraining locations for certain high risk infrastructure;
- Restrict fertilizer use; and
- Promote green building alternatives through education, taxing incentives, green lending.
- Drought preparedness planning.
Nevertheless, one can't help but wonder what the implications are of excluding certain adaptation options due to a lack of public support, as it could very well be that a range of adaptation actions are needed to maintain assets valued by society even if society doesn't recognise the importance of those actions. In fact, a closer inspection of the report reveals a range of adaptation actions that are rejected by Punta Gorda which are mainstream responses in other parts of the world.