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Southwest Florida Resiliency Compact Now Complete

April 27, 2021
By Luke Miller
Environmental Policy Intern
SCCF is happy to report all member parties of the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact officially joined together on April 13.
The Compact is an agreement between municipal and county governments across Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. It is the newest regional climate compact developed in Florida in recent years.
The Southwest Regional Compact aims to “develop a regionally consistent approach to the impacts of climate change and to advance local and regional responses to, and preparations for, economic and social disruption projected to result from the impacts of climate change.”
The Compact consists of the following participants:
  • Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties
  • Lee County municipalities: Sanibel, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, and Bonita Springs
  • Captiva Erosion Prevention District
  • Collier County municipalities: Naples, Everglades City, and Marco Island 
  • Charlotte County municipality Punta Gorda 
The Compact will enable municipalities in Southwest Florida to unite for collective action against the impacts of sea level rise, harmful algal blooms, increasing storm intensity, and other climate change-driven issues.
In coming years, issues such as these will have serious effects on business and tourism, property values, and the overall quality of life of Southwest Florida residents.
By joining together in this regional collaborative, participants will share region-specific tools and knowledge, increase public awareness, and support for its efforts, and coordinate collective actions across these jurisdictions to advocate on the state and federal levels more effectively.
Additionally, cooperation between the Compact’s members will lead to more effective research, public education, communication, and planning.
Other similar compacts throughout the state, such as the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, have already had great success. It began in 2009 and has been highly effective in deploying climate adaptation and mitigation measures, growing bipartisan support for climate action, and forming relationships with both private and public agencies and organizations. Here in Southwest Florida, we can now do the same.
The work to build a climate-friendly future is just beginning, but the shared efforts, resources, and expertise that we can employ through the Compact is a strong start! 


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