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Climate change is here. Will Tampa Bay finally get ready?

Our coastal region must prepare for the threats of climate change. Enter the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. But what can local governments do when the world’s governments haven’t done enough?

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TAMPA, FL – In a nondescript office building in Pinellas Park, a group of officials came together Feb. 11 to start figuring out how the 3.1 million people who live in the coastal plain that is the Tampa Bay area should grapple with a global crisis.

It was the sixth meeting of the recently formed Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition’s Steering Committee. Officials call it the first time local governments have come together in a meaningful way to identify, address and plan for climate change.

It quickly became clear that the group has a lot of work to do.

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