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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Public Notice for Panama City Voluntary Home Buyout Program

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

July 26, 2022

City of Panama City as Responsible Entity

501 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

Jennifer Aldridge, (850) 872-3004

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Panama City.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

The City of Panama City intends to submit a request to the HUD for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as Panama City HUD Buyout Program for the purpose of removing up to 29 residences and converting the area to open space in perpetuity, with use restricted to green space, passive recreation, or storm-water management due to repeated flood and storm-related impacts. The estimated funding amount from HUD is $5,000,000. The project is located on Cincinnati Avenue and Lake Avenue, between W. 19th Street and US 98, in Panama City, FL.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Panama City has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file with Panama City’s Project Management Office and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M to 5 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Panama City’s Project Management Office. All comments received by August 11, 2022, will be considered by Panama City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

Panama City certifies to HUD/State of Florida that Greg Brudnicki in his capacity as Mayor of Panama City consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s/State of Florida’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Panama City HUD Buyout Program to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD/State of Florida will accept objections to its release of fund and the Panama City’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of Panama City; (b) Panama City has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State of Florida; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD Regional Office at Five Points Plaza Building, 40 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-2806. Potential objectors should contact HUD/State of Florida to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

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