The Gulf Shore Association of Condominiums (GSAC) recently hosted “Preparing for Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels: Resilience and Adaptation Strategies for Naples and Collier County.”

This community forum was a part of GSAC’s education and outreach programs, designed to engage community members in the important issues impacting the community. The forum was moderated by Naples City Council Member Ray Christman, who is a member of the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee. Attendees learned about climate change mitigation, impacts of rising sea levels to Naples and Collier County, environmental resilience and adaptation strategies, and more.

Meet the Moderator

Ray Christman

Naples City Council Member and member of the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee

Ray Christman was elected to Naples City Council in a special election held on April 3, 2019. His priorities for Naples are improving the environmental quality of the city and region, achieving balanced growth and development, and ensuring that our city government is transparent, resident-centered, and fiscally responsible. Ray graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business and has a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Pittsburgh.  Ray spent the early part of his career working in his hometown of Pittsburgh, serving as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority and as head of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, among other positions.

Download Councilman Christman’s Presentation. 

Meet the Panel

Dr. Michael Savarese Natalie Hardman Jennifer Jurado

Distinguished Professor of Coastal Geology,

Climate Resilience and Preparation

Department of Marine and Earth Science

Florida Gulf Coast University

Download Dr. Michael Savarese’s Presentation. 


Natural Resources Manager

City of Naples


Download Natalie Hardman’s Presentation. 

Chief Resiliency Officer and Deputy Director

Resilient Environment Department

Broward County, FL

Download Jennifer Jurado’s Presentation.