Case Studies of this Municipality
In the fall of 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma (Hurricane), the City of Dania Beach was in the dark for two weeks. The Hurricane had caused severe infrastructure damage throughout Broward County. Public utilities were scrambling to provide service. In response to Florida Power and Light’s inability to provide the citizens of Dania Beach with power for street lights in a timely manner, the city began its own Solar Lighting Project (Project).
The city had previously conducted a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) study which found additional street lighting was needed in many of the city’s neighborhoods to help deter crime. Having the existing street lights out of service for an extended period of time, as occurred in the aftermath of the Hurricane, only exacerbated the problem and underscored the need for an alternative.
The city’s Public Services Department took the lead role in the project. Staff researched available lighting products and chose a fixture with an integrated top of pole mounted solar power module, which mounts separately from the luminaries, to optimally capture the sun’s energy.
On August 10-13, 2014, regional stakeholders from across Southeast Florida joined Dutch, national and local experts in a collaborative design effort focused on improving community resilience to climate change impacts through innovative design strategies. The four-day event titled “Southeast Florida Resilient Redesign Workshop” was co-hosted by the four County Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Miami Center for Architecture and Design.