FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the Fort Myers Beach seawall repairs due to damages from Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 06310). 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 6, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. 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: Fort Myers Beach, Town of
Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-06310; 13114 – Driftwood and Shell Mound Stormwater System Dam
Location of Proposed Work: 288 Ostego Drive (26.45472, -81.94922)
251 to 281 Estero Blvd. (26.46058, -81.96404)
310 Jefferson Court (26.44477, -81.92954)
Floodplain: Project is located in the VE and AE Zones, otherwise known as the Coastal High Hazard Area and the area susceptible to 1% annual chance of flooding, per Lee County FIRM Panels #12071C0554F and dated 8/28/2008.
Proposed Work and Purpose: Fort Myers Beach replaced three sections of seawall that sustained structural damages due to hydrodynamic pressures as a result of Hurricane Irma. The town replaced the seawalls, adding riprap and improved drainage outlets as mitigation measures, to protect the seawalls against future blowouts.
Project Alternatives: The no-action alternative is not feasible as the seawalls protect existing improved property and infrastructure from rising waters and, if left unrepaired, the seawalls and the community may have experienced increased risk of future damages given similar hydraulic conditions. Alternate locations were not considered as the seawalls are functionally dependent upon their location within the floodplain.
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-4337-PW-06310, Fort Myers Beach at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.