Resiliency has become a primary focus for Florida’s leaders as they confront the challenges of statewide flooding and sea-level rise. Last year, the Legislature passed SB 1954/HB 7019, formally known as the Resilience Act. The Act created the Resilient Florida Grant Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), allowing counties and municipalities to apply for grants to address environmental issues.
Governor DeSantis, in partnership with DEP, has released a three-year Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan, allocating over $270 million to 76 projects in the state. Approximately 29.38% of the funds were allocated to county resilient projects, while 45.38% were apportioned to municipalities, 18.21% to the St. Johns River Water Management District, and 7.02% to miscellaneous projects.