Sarasota County’s flat topography and sub-tropical climate means we are prone to flooding from hurricanes or tropical storms, as well as heavy rainfall that can occur throughout the year. We experience coastal, riverine, and urban flooding. 

Floodplain Management Planning Committee

To plan for these types of flooding events, a Floodplain Management Planning Committee was created to develop and maintain the Floodplain Management Plan (or "the plan").  

Our timeline: 

  • The county adopted the first Plan in 1997.
  • In 2010, the plan was updated in conjunction with the multi-jurisdictional Local Mitigation Strategy.
  • In 2015, the plan was updated as required every five years.
  • In 2016, to improve the plan, a new committee was created to include staff, members of the public, incorporated municipalities within Sarasota County and other regional stakeholders.
  • Our first committee meeting was November 2016. 
  • Our first public open house meeting was Dec. 7, 2016.

The Plan Statement

To promote awareness of the floodplain, assess flooding issues and set goals to make our community more resistant to flooding.

The plan is designed with the following objectives:

  1. To organize community resources to reduce or eliminate flood risks to people and property.
  2. To implement strategies prior to a hazardous flooding event to help reduce the impacts of a disaster, which can result in substantial savings in life and property following the event.
  3. To give guidance in developing pre-mitigation and post-mitigation plans.
  4. To identify priority projects and programs for funding.
  5. To increase the likelihood of state and federal funding for pre-hazard and post-hazard mitigation projects.

What’s Next?

Download the DRAFT Floodplain Management Plan below, in Related Documents and submit your comments to: by March 19.

Our goal is to have the improved Plan adopted by the County Commission early 2018. Once it is adopted, the plan and projects list will be reviewed quarterly by the committee. An evaluation and update to the plan is required every five years.


Related Documents