Guiding Principles

  • This planning effort is based on the best available data, existing sustainability and planning initiatives, and current strategic Village goals and objectives. As a result, the following “Guiding Principles” have driven this planning effort:
  • The time is now to begin adaption planning and implementation. We can adjust and make improvements in the future as more information becomes available.
  • Incorporate adaptation into existing Village programs and initiatives including procurement, design of capital improvements, land acquisition/management, and planning decisions.
  • Engage the public in adaption decisions.
  • Educate Village stakeholders, including the public and business communities, as better science and Islamorada-specific data become available.
  • Use the best available science for decision-making and adaption actions.
  • Balance protection of homes, infrastructure, and conservation of natural resources.
  • Strive for equity in the selection of adaptation measures benefitting as many people as possible.
  • Funding options should be user-related, as appropriate.