Florida League of Cities

Flooding and Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Studies (Monitor) – Passed 

CS/HB 111 (Hunschofsky) revises current law provisions that require certain public-financed projects and infrastructure to undergo a Sea Level Impact Projection (SLIP) study prior to construction. The bill expands the types of projects and infrastructure subject to the requirement by including "potentially at-risk" projects within an area that is "at-risk due to sea-level rise." This means the requirement is expanded to certain structures within any area that is at risk due to sea level rise, not just areas within the coastal building zone. It defines "at-risk due to sea-level rise" and "potentially at-risk structure or infrastructure." The bill requires the SLIP study standard risk assessment to provide an estimated probability of significant flood damage to the structure or infrastructure, to provide a list of flood mitigation strategies evaluated as part of the design of the structure or infrastructure, and to identify appropriate flood mitigation strategies for consideration as part of the structure or infrastructure design. In addition, the bill revises entities and projects eligible for funding under the Resilient Florida Grant Program to include feasibility studies and permitting costs for innovative measures that focus on nature-based solutions and water management districts in support of local government adaptation planning efforts if the grant is used for the express purpose of supporting the Florida Flood Hub and the Department of Environmental Protection in data collection and creation, modeling and the implementation of statewide standards. 

Effective date: July 1, 2023. (O'Hara)