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Posted on: December 28, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

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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 a Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Grant.

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:

FMA-FL-2021- FMA 2021 City of Panama City (CPC) Flood Mitigation Project

Location of Proposed Work:

The area affected by this project consists of homes in the following locations:

(For the privacy of the homeowners the street number may be omitted)

  • Stephen Drive

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The structures on the proposed project areas will be acquired, demolished, graded, and protected as green space in perpetuity, in alignment with FEMA requirements.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no-action alternative and 2) home elevation 3) home reconstruction. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) repetitive flooding is not alleviated and the needs of the community would not be served; Alternative 2) does not permanently remove the risk of flood to the residents at these properties and is cost-prohibitive, and therefore not practicable.

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, Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 30 days of this notice. 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 Project Manager / City of Panama City

(850) 872-3004

jaldridge@pcgov.org


Kristen Hall

State Lead Environmental Specialist / Florida Division of Emergency Management

(850) 755-4583 

Kristen.Hall@em.myflorida.com

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