Posted Public Notices

Joint Federal, State, Local Public Notice

Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Grant

December 8, 2020

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 St. Augustine

Project Title:  FMA-FL-2021-COSA-FMA-515 Arricola Avenue

Location of Proposed Work:  The area affected by this project consists of homes in the following locations: 515 Arricola Avenue

Proposed Work and Purpose:  The objective of this project is to demolish and rebuild this SRL property. The square footage of a resulting structure shall be no more than 10 percent greater than that of the original structure. The original square footage has been documented in the sub-application through copies of St. Johns County Property Appraiser. The Subrecipient will follow HMA guidance and all applicable codes when implementing this project. This home will be demolished and rebuilt at two feet above the current BFE. This project will comply with ASCE 24-14 per the guidance and the project will be designed in compliance with NFIP standards in 44 CFR Part 60.

Project Alternatives:  The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) elevating the structure. 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; and Alternative 2) is cost prohibitive due to the current construction of the structure.

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:

Richard “Buddy” Schauland, Building Official (904) (209-4327)
City of St. Augustine rschauland@citystaug.com

Cary Helmuth, State Lead Environmental Specialist (850) 815-4514
Florida Division of Emergency Management Cary.Helmuth@em.myflorida.com