Water in the Street – Building Resiliency

-Riverview Drive,  Sewall’s Point , FL 11-6-21. Since about 2012, the street I live on floods during King Tides. As a peninsular community between the St Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, many areas of the town are prone to flooding. For instance, when I was a kid, we used to play in waist deep water from Sewall’s Point Road up to Banyan Road during such events as Hurricane David in 1976. Later the town raised North Sewall’s Point Road and the flooding situation improved. However, over the following decades, areas that were “dry” are now often filled with water.

Like the street I live on, fifty years later, Riverview…

On January 20th, 2020, Florida Oceanographic invited John Englander to speak at the the Blake Library in Martin County. In his book High Tide on Main Street, he writes ” Rising sea level will be the single most profound geologic change in recorded human history.”

Whether you believe this or not, Florida believes it. Whether it’s places like Monroe County that has been “underwater” for years, or places like Martin County that are only recently experience King Tide and heavy-rain flooding, RESILIENCY is the name of the game.

Today, I share some links to some of our local and state resiliency programs. If you just pursue them, you will be impressed. Even the Army Corps of Engineers is building resiliency through a program trademarked Engineering With Nature. I think this is the key, incorporating  nature, not just building against it. I think we’ve figured by now, without Nature on our side, we will never win. ~Does your street flood? What do you think about the rising popularity of Resiliency?

Resiliency Programs Martin County/State of Florida

South Florida Water Management District Resiliency Lunch & Learn October 20, 2021

State Legislature and Governor’s Office, State of Florida, 2021

Department of Environmental Protection, State of Florida, 2021

Martin County, Florida 2021

City of Stuart, Florida 2021

Town of Sewall’s Point, Florida 2021

-Sewall’s Point Park 11-7-21






5 thoughts on “Water in the Street – Building Resiliency

  1. Here in Brevard County all our spoil Islands are “were” calcium carbonate. The Islands close to sebastion inlet are still Islands but as you go north the water is more acidic from human activity And Islands have all turned to liquid. and are gone.It
    is kind of like being on a sinking ship and argueing with someone who keeps saying the water is riseing and you telling them NO the ship is sinking

  2. Jacqui, In 1955 I learned to use a mask and snorkel at Point o Rocks, Siesta Key, Sarasota.
    The reef there is made of the debris of buildings that washed into the sea during storms in the 1920s and 30s. The tropical reef fish were enjoying it, just as they will the motels in the keys in the near future. A Bluestriped Grunt looked me in the eye a couple of years ago at French Reef and said he wanted my room at the motel on Matecumbe…sooner than later.,,Grant

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