During the first phase of designation, a community starts by establishing a strong Waterfronts Florida Program which is vital to the success of the partnership. Following the formation of a local program, the Partnership then prepares a community-designed vision plan to guide the revitalization of the traditional working waterfront area. The visioning process begins by reviewing any existing documents, plans, and regulations covering the designated Waterfronts Florida area. The partnership then hosts a series of workshops to gather input from a wide range of stakeholders in the community. The visioning process and resulting documents identify the community's issues and plans for addressing the Waterfronts Florida priority areas.
The vision plan should identify goals, objectives, and strategies for addressing the four priority issue areas of Waterfronts Florida and recommend comprehensive plan and land development code changes necessary to implement the Waterfronts Florida vision and preserve the community's working waterfronts. As part of the visioning process, the community develops an implementation plan with specific actions, time frames and responsibilities for achieving the goals outlined in the vision plan. During the second phase, the community continues to implement its vision plan, incorporating it into the comprehensive plan and undertaking priority projects that will further its efforts to revitalize and preserve the working waterfront.
In the second year and thereafter, the local Partnership will increase community capacity to plan for and implement waterfront revitalization by participating in quarterly program managers' meetings, trainings and other professional development events, as well as continuing to develop and adopt policy language necessary to implement the Waterfronts Florida vision plan.