Sarasota County Case Study

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Sarasota County, Florida is located on the west coast of the Florida peninsula (Fig. 3) and has approximately 35 miles of shoreline and a low average elevation (~42 ft.). These physical characteristics make the county susceptible to coastal hazard inundation impacts, such as inland precipitation flooding and storm surge inundation, with ~45% of the county falling within the 100-year floodplain (Sarasota County 2015; Sarasota County and Commissioners 2016). The county has also experienced significant population growth within the last decade, experiencing approximately 16% population increase from 2000 to 2010 (Bureau 2010) and is highly developed along the coast due to the Urban Service Area (USA) delineation. The USA describes the general area
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