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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

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The City of Panama City has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) as a sub-recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

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.

Sub-Applicant: City of Panama City

Project Title: DR-4399 Marina Store

Location of Proposed Work:

FacilityAddressLatitudeLongitudeDate of Construction
Marina Store1 Harrison Avenue,
Panama City, Florida 32401
30.14981
-85.66462
1997


Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the replacement of the Marina store as determined by the 50% rule within its existing footprint. All work is located in an AE zone (1% annual chance flood elevation). Location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by Bay County Unincorporated Areas Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 12005C0343H, dated 06/02/2009. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of Florida and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facilities to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within SFHA.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Panama City will replace the Marina store within its existing footprint and to serve its intended purpose as a convenience store as well as a community gathering place for per visitors and boat slip tenants providing social and economic resources.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1: (No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the City of Panama City. If the Marina store is not replaced, then adverse economic and social impacts may occur.

Alternative #2: Replacing the Marina store utilizing mitigation and following local codes and standards in its current location is the only practicable choice as it is cost effective and will not result in additional impacts on the natural values of the floodplain.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public, local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the City of Panama City-Marina store. All comments are due within 15 days of this notice. The City of Panama City will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.

Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3005 Chamblee Tucker Rd – Office #255, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or by email at FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR-4399-FL EHAD.” Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice. Please remove after 15 days after posting.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding. Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.

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.

Applicant: City of Panama City

Project Title: HMGP-4399-162- Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant Generator

Location of Proposed Work: 1800 E. 3rd St, Panama City, FL 32401

Proposed Work and Purpose: The proposed project will install new generators to power the Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant during times of power loss. The generators will be installed outside of the Plant site, away from potential flood waters. An underground duct bank will also be installed to connect the generator to the main electrical transfer system.

Project Alternatives: The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) Modification of the existing generator structure and elevation of the existing generator. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) the generator would still be vulnerable to flood impacts and Alternative 2) would not allow for ease of access during a high flood event.

Comment Period: Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 15 days of this notice (February 6,2021). The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed. Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:

Jennifer Aldridge

Disaster Recovery Manager, City of Panama City

(850) 872-3004

jaldridge@pcgov.org

Cary Helmuth

State Lead Environmental Specialist, Florida Division of Emergency Management

(850) 815-4514

Cary.Helmuth@em.myflorida.com

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for Panama City’s repairs due to damages from Hurricane Sally (DR-4564-FL PW-00002 PN-158345). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 21, 2020 for Hurricane Sally. 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 project-specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.

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.

Responsible Entity: FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program

Applicant: Panama City

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4564-PW-00002; PN-158345 - App Cert. Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant

Location of Proposed Work: 1800 E 3rd Street, Panama City, Florida 32401, (30.151960, -85.637700)

Floodplain: Project is located in the AE Zone, otherwise known as the area of 100-year flooding, per Bay County FIRM Panel #12005C0344H dated 6/2/2009.

Proposed Work and Purpose: Panama City replaced fill and sod eroded as a result of Hurricane Sally by installing approximately 40 cubic yards (CY) of flowable fill around and under sidewalks and the plant’s structural components, 60 CY of fill to bring effective area up to finish grade, and 303 CY of sod. Repairs were made to restore the facility back to its pre-disaster conditions.

Project Alternatives: FEMA has considered the no-action alternative and has found that it would not be feasible as the area will remain vulnerable to further property damage and hazards to human life and safety. The no-action alternative would potentially have adverse social, economic and public safety impacts within the community. Alternate locations were not considered as is it not cost-effective, practicable, nor feasible to consider relocation.

Comments: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons may submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project 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-4564-PW-00002, Panama City at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

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