Natural Resources

Miami Beach is one of the most urbanized barrier islands in the United States, and hosts more than 6,000,000 visitors every year. As such, the city has a unique opportunity to balance preserving its natural ecosystem with improving the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Our urban environment boasts great natural capital, such as waterways, coastal dunes, natural mangrove shorelines, 26 parks and green spaces, and just over seven miles of white, sandy beaches.

The city is also the nesting habitat for endangered sea turtles, butterflies, and several threatened and endangered plant species including the Biscayne Prickly Ash, Beach Cluster Vine and the Beach Star.  The projection and enhancement of our natural resources is closely linked to the preservation of quality of life and the stability of our tourism-based economy.

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Resiliency
Strategy

Read the city’s action plan that outlines projects and initiatives specifically tailored to Miami Beach’s strengths and vulnerabilities.

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Plastic Free
Miami Beach

It takes over 100 years for plastic to disintegrate. Learn why and how we're combating single-use plastic.

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Flood
Awareness

93% of Miami Beach is considered to be in a flood risk area. Find out how you can protect your property.

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Elevation
Calculator

This GIS-based tool translates technical terms and measurements for the street elevation portion of infrastructure improvements.

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Rising Above
Tours

Learn about city's natural resources and adaptation efforts through self-guided tours

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