Perdido Beach, AL

Perdido Beach, AL

ABOUT PERDIDO BEACH

Perdido Beach is a town of approximately 560 residents located in Baldwin County, between the mouths of Soldier Creek and Palmetto Creek. Perdido Beach was incorporated in June 2009, becoming Baldwin County’s fourteenth municipality. Residents of Perdido Beach chose to incorporate around a common vision: to maintain a small, residential town and avoid the tourism-driven development that has become increasingly common in Baldwin County.

Approximately two feet of coastline in the Perdido Beach area is lost every year, and up to 10 feet at a time has been lost from severe weather events. The creeks experience silt build-up due to poor drainage from the hill. At the same time, there has been an increase in visitors to the town from surrounding regions, which impacts the privacy of residents.

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The town developed a draft communications plan to identify and engage the citizens, and assist them in guiding coastal resiliency planning efforts. The final Communications Plan will help foster effective communications among Perdido Beach residents throughout the duration of the development of a Natural Resources Management Plan as well as advise outreach efforts and inform citizens of issues related to coastal and community resiliency.
  • The town held a series of meetings to develop a shared understanding of resilience concerns and to discuss various options that the town can pursue.
  • The town has a strong resilience team which includes local nonprofits, state agencies, and neighboring jurisdictions. The team is developing a model resilience program for other towns that are facing similar concerns.
  • As a testament to the great work and commitment of the town’s resilience team, Mayor Patsy Parker was recently appointed to the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide dealing with the impacts of climate change.

KEY CHALLENGES

  • Since incorporating four years ago, the town has experienced growing pains typical of a newly-formed political system. They are facing real choices on how to prevent coastal erosion and siltation, manage new visitors to the community, and implement fair land use regulations.
  • Many community-members have strong views when it comes to values such as public/private property rights, trust in government and preserving a way of life. The town is facing the need to incorporate these shared values into the proposed technical resilience solutions.