USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Christopher Meindl, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James Ivey, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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Land Development and the policy that drives it has long been an important issue in the Tampa Bay Area and by extension the state of Florida. Flooding and hurricanes have had to be considered in the future development of most places in Florida. But as climate change begins to pose a serious, leading to rising sea levels, increasingly powerful hurricanes, coastal erosion, increasing drought, and periods of unusually heavy rain, the role of policy, specifically the state- mandated comprehensive plan, in either mitigating or enhancing the susceptibility of any given area to these threats must be evaluated. This paper reviews the current iteration of the St. Petersburg Comprehensive plan and how it addresses climate change. This was done through the examination of relevant elements and policies. The plan addresses the threats of flooding and hurricanes but makes no mention of climate change or of strategies that work to predict and mitigate climate change damage. It was found through this analysis that the current iteration of the city’s comprehensive plan is missing key elements of recommend climate change response strategies.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg April 30th, 2021.