5 Ways Hollywood is Addressing Sea Level Rise Concerns

Hollywood is addressing the reality of tidal flooding

The City of Hollywood and community leaders are concerned about tidal flooding because of conditions during the fall and recent higher than normal King Tides.

This is not just a Hollywood issue; it affects coastal communities throughout the nation and the world. Locally, Broward County and the City of Hollywood are working on this issue, according to Joann Hussey, spokesperson for the City of Hollywood.

The City of Hollywood, CRA, Broward County, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) met recently to discuss “ponding” on the barrier island.

These are some ongoing projects currently underway to address this issue in Hollywood:

  1. The FDOT is initiating a drainage study for the barrier island and the City has requested that the FDOT consider installing pump stations.
  2. The FDOT will complete the installation of tidal valves north of Harrison Street by February/March 2020.
  3. The City will provide five check valves to FDOT in January 2020. These valves are located south of Harrison Street and will be installed by FDOT before the next tidal season in April 2020.
  4. Broward County is working on a seawall height ordinance. It is expected to be completed in early 2020. All municipalities will be required to adopt this ordinance within two years of its approval by the County.
  5. The City of Hollywood will complete a resiliency study in January 2020 that will be presented to the Commission in a workshop in early 2020.

The City of Hollywood is also completing inspections of all tidal valves owned by the City of Hollywood in preparation of the next tidal season.

Hollywood will be working with the Broward MPO and other agencies to identify the additional funding that will be required for Sea Level Rise related impacts.

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