The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting a comprehensive feasibility study to promote resiliency and reduce the risk of coastal storm damage in Monroe County. The study will develop and evaluate implementable Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) structural, nonstructural, and natural and nature-based measures which will be formulated to reduce coastal storm risk to residents, industries, businesses, and infrastructure which are critical to the economy.

The feasibility study will identify the plan that most reasonably maximizes economic benefits (i.e. property damages reduced, avoiding losses, etc.) relative to all project costs which include construction, operation and maintenance, environmental mitigation, and real estate costs.

The study is fully federally funded, and scheduled to be completed and ready for Congressional review September 2021.

The USACE held two meetings this week in Key Largo and Key West inviting the public to review the proposed measures and comment on them. Proposed measures include shoreline stabilization, ring walls, elevation and acquisition of structures, wet and dry floodproofing, floodplain management, warning systems, mangrove restoration and living shoreline.

If you missed the meetings but would like to comment, please visit the Florida Keys CSRM website. Once there you can see the materials from the meetings and an outline of the timeline and scope of the study. There are instructions on how to comment on specific measures electronically or via email. Deadline for comments is October 12, 2019.

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