NAPLES, Fla. — The Naples City Council approved a $75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a Climate Vulnerability Assessment, which will review areas most vulnerable to rising sea levels.
“We’re a coastal community, we’re a low-lying community, and we don’t have anywhere to move,” said Stephanie Molloy, the Natural Resources Manager for the City of Naples. Molloy says the assessment will look at natural resources and city infrastructure.
“Stormwater, our streets, stormwater pumps, wastewater pumps, that kind of nature,” Molloy said.
Once the assessment is complete, the city will rank areas most likely impacted and determine what action needs to be taken.
“Raising the level of the streets, we might need to raise electrical stations, pump stations.”
Molloy estimates the assessment could take up to a year to complete.