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Mayor's Resilience Action Forum Kicks Off This Month

The City of Miami will host the first Mayor’s Resilience Action Forum on October 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. This monthly virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to engage directly with the Mayor and City staff regarding resilience initiatives and programs. In addition to providing information about ongoing resilience projects and programs, the forum will allow for greater input from the public on concerns and priorities. 

Watch Here: Resilience Action Forum
King Tides Return Today
The 2020 King Tide season is here and is expected to be less intense than in previous years. Today, the latest King Tide window begins and continues until Tuesday, October 20. 
 
The City has installed 86 tidal backflow prevention valves in coastal Miami neighborhoods to reduce impacts in the most vulnerable areas. Based on a tidal threshold of 0.75 ft NAVD (North American Vertical Datum), the remaining 2020 King Tide windows are expected as follows:  
  • November 14 – November 17 
Residents are encouraged to keep the following King Tide safety tips in mind in the coming months:  
  • Do not enter floodwater and do not allow children to play in floodwater
  • Do not drive through floodwater as it may be deeper than it appears, and unseen debris could cause flat tires 
  • Do not park your vehicle in low-lying areas 
  • Report King Tides in your neighborhood by using the 311 app 
  • King Tide tidal flooding can be observed 1.5-2 hours before and after peak time 
Watch Here: King Tide Season 2020
Heat Watch Miami Update 
In conjunction with CAPA Strategies, Catalyst Miami, and citizen scientist volunteers, the City successfully completed a community heat mapping project to better understand how ambient heat is distributed throughout the city. This model, used in conjunction with social vulnerability data and built environment scenarios, may assist with identifying areas where expanded tree canopy and other cooling initiatives will have the greatest direct benefit to residents. 
Watch Here: Heat Watch
Solar Ordinance Scheduled for October 22 City Commission Meeting 
Working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the City of Miami’s Planning Department has reviewed zoning ordinances to remove impediments to installation of solar panels. The proposed ordinance revision scheduled for the October 22, 2020 City Commission meeting makes minor changes to City codes to clarify how solar equipment may be installed. This work was funded by a DOE grant successfully obtained by the Department of Resilience and Public Works. 
COVID-19 Restaurant Safety Program 
The City, working with Florida International University (FIU) and the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA), launched a COVID health and safety course to assist restaurants with operating and reopening with COVID protocols. Live trainings were conducted on September 15, 22 and 29, with 110 restaurants participating in total. The course materials will also be provided online in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Additional information can be found at www.hospitality.fiu.edu/safety. Businesses that pass the certification quiz will be provided with an eye-catching window cling and certificate of completion. 
Wynwood Streetscape Master Plan Is Here
As a result of Wynwood’s industrial past, there is a dramatic need for green and open space areas along its streets and an enhanced tree canopy for the benefit of its current and future residents. The Wynwood Streetscape Master Plan will establish a set of enhanced guidelines for right-of-way improvements for private development to follow that will result in strengthening a sense of place, creating a public landscape experience and building the neighborhood’s resilience to mitigate climate impact in respect to urban heat island impact, storm events and urban flooding. 
Dinner Key Marina Repair - Phase I Completed 
Due to the damages from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the City of Miami has sought to perform a strategic project to repair the Dinner Key Marina. Many components of the project focus on mitigation initiatives and storm damage repair. 
 
Construction began in April 2020 and Phase I, which includes Piers 1, 2 and 3, has been completed.  
 
The full project is scheduled to be completed by September 2021. 
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Flagler Street Beautification Project 

In the coming weeks, the City of Miami will be celebrating the beginning of construction on the Flagler Street Beautification Project. 
 
The City is working closely with the Flagler District Business Improvement District (BID) and the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to transform Flagler Street into an iconic, festival-style boulevard with patterned pavers, curbless drains, wider sidewalks featuring railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.
 
The City of Miami looks forward to beginning this project and seeing the improvements it will bring to the quality of life of city residents. 

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In the Pipeline
Sea Level Solutions Day with FIU – October 17
Mayor's Resilience Action Forum - October 27
Virginia Key Clean Up - November 1
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