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CRP - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) Focus Area - Click to enlarge image.

The Coastal Resilience Partnership of Southeast Palm Beach County (CRP) fosters collaboration and cooperation in climate adaptation research and planning among jurisdictions sharing similar physical, geographic, and social characteristics in the southeast portion of Palm Beach County. Officially formed in 2019, the CRP consists of seven (7) jurisdictions and the County working together to complete a joint climate change vulnerability assessment covering the geographic area shown to the right.

Since 2018, the CRP has received two (2) grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) though the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program to (1) develop a regional framework to assess climate vulnerability and prioritize adaptation strategies, and (2) to complete initial steps of the joint climate change vulnerability assessment. Both FDEP grants have supported consistent outreach to the local community.


The first two steps of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment are complete, and the consultant is now evaluating the data collected to evaluate and understand what is at risk – this is the heart of the vulnerability assessment.

Step 1 culminated with the selection of twelve specific threats to Southeast Palm Beach County to be further evaluated. Those threats are shown below with visual icons associated with each. Colors represent general themes (meteorological, health, heat, water). To read more information about each threat, please download the PDF filehere.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Top Threat Identification


During Step 2, the seven participating municipalities and Palm Beach County collected all data needed to perform the assessment, and the consultant team organized, cleaned, and prepared the data for the analysis. The collected datasets are the ingredients necessary to understand how each climate threat will impact Southeast Palm Beach County. This includes socio-economic data that will be used to ensure vulnerable populations are considered in an equitable manner. To read more about the assets the CRP is considering in this study, please see the PDF document, here.
Once the impacts are understood, adaptation strategies will be prioritized across several categories and all threats.  For example, this information will used to identify at-risk infrastructure and develop strategies to adapt our infrastructure most effectively to a changing climate. A final report will be published in the Spring of 2021.

Interested in learning more about the CRP?

  • Watch the video below to see a recording of our June 4 stakeholder workshop.


  • Click here to see the Interlocal Agreement between Palm Beach County and the seven (7) municipalities associated with this effort (R2019-1949 dated December 17, 2019).

Participating Municipalities:

Boca Raton

Boynton Beach

Delray Beach

Highland Beach

Lake Worth


Ocean Ridge

+ Palm Beach County



We Need Your Input!

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Join Us for a Workshop

Interested in a progress update on the climate change vulnerability assessment? The CRP will be hosting a virtual community workshop the evening of November 19, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Please join if you are interested in viewing preliminary study results and sharing your input for Step 4 (identify adaptation strategies).

For more information, visit the registration webpage HERE


 CRP In The News

March 2019 - Sun Sentinel

July 2019 - Palm Beach Post

April 2020 - Florida Weekly


Project Contacts:

Click each link to send an email

Palm Beach County

Katelyn Cucinotta

Boca Raton

Lindsey Roland Nieratka

Boynton Beach

Rebecca Harvey

Delray Beach

Brian Ruscher

Highland Beach

Ingrid Allen

Lake Worth Beach

Felipe Lofaso


Nicole Dritz

Ocean Ridge

Tracey Stevens


Guiding Principles:

The CRP has established guiding principles for the partnership's work. These are common tenets that should frame the region's future growth and development. CRP guiding principles frame the analysis and recommendations geared to diverse aspects of community vulnerability, including socio-economic, environmental, real estate, and infrastructure considerations. 

Click here to read a complete

list of CRP Guiding Principles

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This project was funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Resilient Coastlines Program, by a grant provided by the Florida Coastal Office. The views, statements, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida or any of its subagencies.