Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council releases comprehensive climate change plan
The main objectives of the plan are 11 goals that include everything from strengthening local infrastructure to increasing sustainability.
The region's first comprehensive plan to prepare for the effects of climate change has been released. Now, it's up to local governments to take action.
It's called the Regional Resiliency Action Plan. Included in it are 72 pages of recommendations on how the community can adapt to extreme heat, rising seas and other effects of climate change that are expected.
The main objectives are 11 goals that include everything from strengthening local infrastructure to increasing sustainability.
Sean Sullivan is the executive director of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. It released the plan along with 32 members representing local governments in counties from Citrus south to Sarasota.
He said the group has agreed to use accepted science as a baseline for their recommendations.
"We've tried to do with this plan is to show, in fact, that if we agree on, say, a baseline scientific approach, it just makes simple sense despite which side of the aisle you're on," he said. "And then when we brought that approach to our elected officials — and on the Regional Planning Council, there are 27 elected officials and 11 appointed officials — and then three extra officials, they essentially have agreed that the using science makes sense."
"We know our climate is warming. We had the warmest summer on record in the Tampa Bay region this past summer. We had more days over 90 (degrees) than any other summer on record," he said.