Final Public Notice: FEMA’s intent to provide funding for projects under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received subgrant applications for the Department of Environmental Protection repairs to St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve facility due to damages in Hurricane Michael (DR-4399-FL. Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for projects under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 30, 2018, for Hurricane Michael. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a cumulative final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to locate the state preserve office facilities and boardwalk structures at its original location within the floodplain because the facility is either functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain or promotes open space use.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Locations of the Proposed Work:
3915 County Rd 30A Port St Joe, FL, 32456
GPS: 29.71792, -85.30413

Proposed Work and Purpose:
SOW: Department of Environmental Protection, Gulf County, Cat E, 100% complete, The applicant utilized materials and contract services for the following repairs on St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve – Completed 6,080 SF of mold remediation, structural inspection and assessment of Visitor Center; Repaired – one kiosk, boardwalk w/ADA ramp; Removed and replaced – sheetrock, downspouts, wood lattice, vinyl siding, HVAC units, electrical outlets, vanities, tile, tile board, floor insulation, plywood sheathing and insulation, wood base, duct system, well pump shed, stair tower, wood pilings, Restoring the facility back to pre-disaster design, function and capacity within the existing footprint., Cost $$681,372.18

Project Alternatives:
The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the state preserve facilities will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. With the no action alternative, surrounding properties and residents within the community may experience continued negative impacts. Alternate locations were not considered as the facilities are functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain.

Comments:
This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described actions funded by the FEMA PA Program. Interest person may obtain information about specific projects or a map of the affected area by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4399-PW-01167 PN 117017 at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

Date Posted:  4 March 2020
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