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Center for Resiliency and Sustainability

Sign Up for our 2nd Annual Resiliency Workshop, April 7th and 8th, 2018!

MDPL’s Center for Resiliency and Sustainability launched in 2017 to target education, advocacy, and research between future goals of resiliency and sustainability solutions and historic resources.


LIDAR map of Miami Beach, southern portion – July 2017 – This map shows the existing road elevations of Miami Beach roads. Over time, the City plans to elevate low roads to 3.2′ NAVD. Published by the City of Miami Beach.

Miami Beach by the Numbers – September 2017 – a one-page sheet presented by the Center for Resiliency and Sustainability depicting the geographic constraints, affected historic resources by sea level rise, socioeconomic implications, and sustainability of current construction practices for the historic resources of Miami Beach.

“Protecting Florida’s History From Hazards” – June 2017 – published by University of Florida Levin College of Law, Conservation Clinic in partnership with National Park Service.

Sea Level Rise and Historic Resources in Miami Beach – September 2017 – Mapping elevation intersections and Historic District choropleths. Research and GIS analyses by Laura Weinstein-Berman.

Economic Contributions of Miami Beach’s Historic Resources:

Impact of Property Tax Revenue and Property Value in Miami Beach’s Historic Districts – January 2018 – Utilizing open data, the Center for Resiliency and Sustainability compiled property tax revenues and property tax values in Miami Beach’s historic districts. Currently, at just 30% of the building stock, historic resources contribute 45% of the tax revenue. This report is ongoing, and we are working to incorporate resort taxes collected, as well as adding the two new local historic districts in North Beach to our calculations. Research by Laura Weinstein-Berman.

Adaptation of Historic Structures Resources:

Florida Hazard Mitigation – Elevation Guide – October 2017 – A comprehensive overview of elevation as a strategy for flood mitigation. Document includes details of pre-FIRM building benefits to adaptation, steps for pier & beam elevation, and steps for slab on grade elevation. Presented by Roderick Scott for the International Association of Structural Movers (IASM). 

Foundation Requirements:

Resiliency Guidelines for historic resources in the City of Miami Beach are forthcoming.