As we continue to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma and the tidal flooding cycles of October, the topic of resiliency is constantly on my mind. What can we do better to prepare for not only major storm events, but the sea level rise projected to increasingly impact our city?
The key is strategic planning and investing in our infrastructure, to protect the billions of dollars in homes and businesses we have built in our urban core.
Recognizing our need to act now, the Miami City Commission approved placing a general obligation bond on the Nov. 7th ballot. The
Miami Forever GO bond
would fund $400 million worth of infrastructure projects Miami badly needs for flood prevention, affordable housing, roadway improvements, parks and cultural facilities. Within those broad categories, specific projects will be determined by an oversight board made up of citizens and guided by a new Storm-water Master Plan to better assess Miami’s infrastructure needs with sea level rise in mind.
Something else you should know: the Miami Forever Bond
raise your current tax rate. In fact, the City Commission has significantly lowered the tax rate and the average homeowner will pay $55 less than last year.
We can’t close our eyes to what’s happening after nearly every heavy rain or high tide. The time to invest in and plan for our future is now, for a more resilient and affordable city for all.