Slowly, but surely, climate change and sea level rise are affecting our daily lives. Rising tides, intensifying coastal storms, and erosion are posing continuous threats to our beaches, roads and infrastructure located near our beloved coastline. Damages to infrastructure and property alone are estimated to reach over $1 billion by the end of the century. With each storm or sinkhole comes a costly response that may only last until the next disaster, further jeopardizing infrastructure, public safety and recreational access.

Addressing these concerns, RESILIENT COAST SANTA CRUZ is a collaborative initiative led by our City of Santa Cruz to develop a vision for coastal management to address these pressing coastal issues. The initiative consists of two separate, yet similar, projects that are being carried out along parallel timelines throughout 2019 and 2020. Together, the anticipated outcomes of the Resilient Coast Initiative will be new policies and proposed adaptations to ensure that current and future generations continue to have safe and equitable access to our coastline.

Register today for the final Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Virtual Community workshop on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Hear from Mayor Cummings and Vice-Mayor Meyers, meet the City and consultant teams, learn how previous community feedback has been integrated over the 2-year initiative and provide input on the recommended strategies to address coastal erosion, flooding and sea level rise.

This interactive workshop will be available both in Spanish and English and is followed by an extended Q&A session from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn about progress to date on this initiative, links to virtual reality tools, and complete location-by-location adaptation option preference surveys at

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