ST. PETERSBURG — The summers are getting hotter. The sea is rising. And as the fallout from climate change becomes more drastic, St. Petersburg is among the most vulnerable cities in the country.

But the city is trying to defend itself, exploring strategies to protect its most endangered neighborhoods. After receiving a $30,000 grant from the Urban Land Institute, a team of sustainability and resiliency experts met with city leaders in December to explore strategies to help St. Petersburg adapt. Earlier this month, the institute released the report that came out of the workshop. Now the city is using it as a blueprint for its first-ever climate action plan.

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