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Posted on: January 26, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 29, 2024

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE - City of Mary Esther Public Boat Ramp

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FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the City of Mary Esther’s Park & Recreation improvements due to damages by Hurricane Sally (DR-4564-FL PW 00235). 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 21, 2020, for Hurricane Sally. 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: Mary Esther, City of

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4564-PW-00235 (PA-GM 163736); Park & Recreation

Location of Proposed Work: City of Mary Esther Pier and Boat Ramp, Okaloosa County, FL (GPS Coordinates: 30.40658, -86.65054)

Floodplain: Project is located in the VE Zone, otherwise known as the area of 1% annual chance for flooding up to the base flood elevation, per Okaloosa County FIRM Panel # 12091C0442J, dated 03/09/2021. The project is also located in a wetland classification E1UBL (Estuarine and Marine Deepwater) as mapped by the National Wetlands Inventory, dated 12/27/2023.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The City of Mary Esther will restore the city pier and boat ramp back to their pre-disaster function, capacity, and footprint by completely replacing the pier including backfill near the foot of the pier, 33 pilings (20ft length x 8in diameter), treated pine decking boards, wood pile caps, joists, and fenders, solar lights, rub rail, and vinyl covered chain link fencing on the pier. Applicant will also replace two sheet metal picnic tables. Hazard mitigation is included to replace the existing timber decking with ThruFlow™ decking and to reduce the joist spacing by installing some additional timber joists.

Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the area would remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. With the no action alternative, the pier would not be restored and would not continue to promote recreational open space use, negatively impacting the community. Alternate locations were not considered as the pier is functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain. The proposed mitigation to the pier would minimize potential future damages to the facility.

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, 3005 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP-FLORIDA@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line, “Public Comment for DR-4564-FL PW 00235, City of Mary Esther” at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

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