JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE 7/22/2020

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JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE 7/22/2020

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 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 Fernandina Beach

Project Title:

HMGP-4283-89-R-  Downtown Area Drainage Improvements

Location of Proposed Work:

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

101 N Front Street

100-120 Alachua Street

31 N 2nd Street

101N 2nd Street

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The current scope of work for the project as designed is to upgrade the stormwater infrastructure from the intersection of North 2nd Street and Alachua Street, west along Alachua Street, ultimately discharging stormwater under the existing rail line and North Front Street to the Amelia River.  The existing gravity system under the railroad is in poor condition and needs to be replaced.  A 24” stormwater line will be installed under the railroad by jack and bore with a 32” steel casing.  This line will be connected to a stormwater detention vault and triplex stormwater lift station which will provide positive outfall under all tide conditions.  The outfall system will be equipped with backflow prevention devices, and the vault will feature a dry screen system to improve water quality over the existing drainage system.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) Replacement of only gravity stormwater line under railroad and Front street. 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) does not address flooding due to high tide and storm surge, and does not account for sea level rise.

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: 

Andre Desilet, Stormwater Director (904) (310-3431)

City of Fernandina Beach adesilet@fbfl.org

Cary Helmuth, State Lead Environmental Specialist (850) 815-4514

Florida Division of Emergency Management Cary.Helmuth@em.myflorida.com