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CCVA Focus Area

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.

FY 2018-2019 FDEP Grant Work Plan

FY 2019-2020 FDEP Grant Work Plan


The image on the left shows the current status of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment project. The first three steps of the assessment are complete, and the consultant is now working with participating communities to review spatial assessment results and discuss adaptation strategies (Step 4).

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.

Threats Evaluated in CRP Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment


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.

The analyses conducted as a part of Step 3 identified the extent of exposure, potential impact, and ability to adapt to each of the twelve climate threats across analyzed assets. Even with the use of the best available data, it is important to note that the data available to analyze each threat varied greatly. Beyond the results of the assessment completed in Step 3, when considering adaptation options, careful understanding and examination of potential interrelationships between threats is essential. These interrelationships may also be modified by future climate changes.

As part of Step 3, the project team conducted a public survey and webinar. This information will allow for the development of a comprehensive list of potential adaptation strategies for each municipality as well as the identification of potential Adaptation Action Areas or “AAAs” as part of Step 4. These AAAs allow municipalities to denote specific areas that may require special planning to address climate change. 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.


  • Watch the video below to see a recording of our November 19 community update 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



Surveys & Workshops

We have no public workshops scheduled at this time.

Please stay tuned for information on the next virtual event that will be held in 2021.


 CRP In The News

July 2019 - Palm Beach Post

July 2019 - Palm Beach Post

April 2020 - Florida Weekly

January 2021 - Boca Magazine


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.