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Posted on: January 30, 2019

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE: MONROE COUNTY SIGSBEE NAVAL AIR STATION COMMUNICATION TOWER

Final notice of public input

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for Monroe County’s Sigsbee communications translator site fence and erosion repair due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW-4818). 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 6, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. 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. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to locate this facility at its original location within the floodplain because the facility is functionally dependent upon its location 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: Monroe County

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-04818; 36209 - Monroe County Communication Towers

Location of Proposed Work: Sigsbee Naval Air Station, Key West FL 33040 (24.58368, -81.76625)

Floodplain: Project is located in the VE Zone, otherwise known as the Coastal High Hazard Area, per Monroe County FIRM Panel #12087C1509K.

Proposed Work and Purpose: Monroe County replaced fencing and gravel damaged as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Approximately 90 cubic yards of gravel were replaced using #57 rock gravel obtained from commercial sources. The county also replaced 250 linear feet of 6-foot high fencing, including posts, top rail, barbed wire, a gate, and chain-link fabric. The work has already been completed and Monroe County has requested Public Assistance funds from FEMA. The total cost of this project is $14,007.75.

Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the fence provides security for a communications tower and the gravel provides erosion protection for the land that it is built on. Alternate locations were not considered as the fence is necessary for the safety and security of an existing emergency communications facility and it would not be practicable to relocate the entire 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, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, calling 770-220-5432, or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4337-PW-04818, Monroe County at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

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