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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

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 the 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-4565- 014-R

Location of Proposed Work:

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

  • E 10th Street
  • N East Avenue
  • N Center Avenue
  • W 19th Street
  • W 20th Street
  • W 21st Street
  • W 21st Court
  • W 28th Street
  • W Beach Drive
  • Arthur Avenue
  • Cincinnati Avenue
  • Frankford Avenue
  • Garden Club Drive
  • Grant Avenue
  • Lake Avenue
  • Lindenwood Drive
  • State Avenue

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The proposed project will replace the sanitary sewer manhole covers and rings with water-tight units to eliminate the flow of surface stormwater from entering the manholes.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no-action alternative and 2) increasing the size of the existing lift stations. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) repetitive sanitary sewer spills and sanitary sewer backups are not alleviated, and the needs of the community would not be served; Alternative 2) 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, Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 15 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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