FEMA Now Considering Sea-Level Rise in Mitigation Grants

In late December of 2013, FEMA formally announced that it will now allow state, territorial, or tribal applicants for hazard mitigation assistance to include sea-level rise in their applications. Hazard mitigation assistance grant applicants have to demonstrate, via a benefit-cost analysis, that the proposed project will save as much or more money than it costs…

Flood Insurance Programs in Escambia County

Florida Sea Grant and Escambia County Extension present two programs on flood insurance November 18, 2013 in Pensacola. The morning program is for real estate professionals and the evening program for members of the public. The presentations will give some background on the National Flood Insurance Program, look at how the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of…

New legal analysis on local government liability for flooding and drainage systems affected by sea-level rise

Sea-level rise presents challenges not only to property owners but also to local governments. Local governments pay the bill for infrastructure such as roads, sewer, water, and electrical and drainage systems that can be compromised through sea-level rise or coastal flooding or erosion as exacerbated by sea-level rise. At the same time, as we have…

NE Florida workshop on sea-level rise challenges

Florida Sea Grant partnered with Georgia Sea Grant, the Northeast Florida Regional Council, the First Coast Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Fernandina Beach to bring the workshop “Local Government Challenges in Dealing with Rising Seas” to northeast Florida on October 28, 2013. The event was held at the Nassau Center at Yulee,…

Adaptive planning workshop April 19 in Davie

Adaptive Planning for Coastal Change: Legal Issues for Local Government. April 19, 2013, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, Davie, Fla. On April 19, Florida Sea Grant, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, worked with the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, the Florida Coastal Management Program, the Environmental & Land Use…