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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Public Notice: Elevation of nine flood-prone homes, flood retrofit


June 7, 2019

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 New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Project Title: Elevation of Nine Flood-Prone Home, Flood Retrofit (FEMA Disaster No. 4337-DR-FL).

Location of Proposed Work:

Nine properties located on Goodwin Avenue, South Peninsula Avenue, South Pine Street, Sunset Drive, and Yupon Avenue.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The project will encompass the elevation of nine flood-prone single-family residences a minimum of one and a half foot above the base flood elevation or above the highest known flood level; whichever is higher, plus three feet to account for sea level rise. The habitable living areas of the original structures will be elevated and the non-habitable areas (if any) will be converted to storage or parking.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) the demolition and mitigation reconstruction of the nine homes that are part of this HMGP application. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) there is a high risk of incurring into a similar major and prolonged structural flooding as it has previously occurred; and Alternative 2) the demolition and mitigation reconstruction improvements imply a higher cost alternative than implementing the proposed elevation project.

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 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Florida Division of Emergency Management, 2702 Director’s Row, Orlando, FL 32809. 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:

David Hamstra, P.E., CFM, Stormwater Department Manager     (407) 992-9160, ext. 309

Pegasus Engineering, LLC                                                  

Kyle Fegley, City Engineer                                                            (386) 410-2811

City of New Smyrna Beach, State of Florida                       

Kayla Born, State Environmental Specialist                                  (850) 815-4582

Florida Division of Emergency Management                       

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