Public Notice for Comment Request

JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE Aug. 1, 2019

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:

Polk County BoCC

Project Title:

ENVI RFI FM-5178-FL-15 (Polk County Board of County Commissioners, Wildfire Mitigation)

Location of Proposed Work:

The area affected by this project consists of Gator Creek Reserve 9725 US Hwy 98N Lakeland, FL 33809 and Lakeland Highlands Scrub 6998 Lakeland Highlands Road Lakeland, FL 33813

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The proposed project will offer multiple facets of protection. The scope of work for this project is to conduct hazardous fuel reduction and removal in order to reduce the wildfire threat to nearby structures within the wildland urban interface.  Fuel reduction areas have been identified within Lakeland Highlands Scrub and Gator Creek Preserve. Fuel reduction treatments will include non-ground disturbing mechanical treatment, chainsaw felling and thinning of selective trees and shrubs and the use of prescribed fire. If thinning is used, it will be used in specific stands to reduce the density of trees to reduce fuel hazards, to an appropriate number of trees per acre based on habitat. Best Management Practices will be used for all operations. Perimeter roads on each of these properties will be mowed and fuels will be removed vertically and horizontally to serve as pre-suppression fire lines. Rare, imperiled, or listed species will be identified and excluded from the project to mitigate impacts. Activities will be completed in strict compliance with Federal, State, and Local Rules and Regulations.

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:

Tabitha Biehl / Land & Water Natural Areas Manager
Polk County Parks & Natural Resources
(863) 899-8157
tabithabiehl@polk-county.net

Mindy Yang, State Environmental Specialist
Florida Division of Emergency Management
(850) 815-4581
Mindy.Yang@em.myflorida.com


FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE – Aug. 5, 2019

FEMA Subgrant Application for Lake Arbuckle Park Hurricane Irma Damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for Polk County’s Lake Arbuckle Park due to Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 06929). 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.

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: Polk County
Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-06929; PN 84459- Lake Arbuckle Civil/MEP
Location of Proposed Work: Lake Arbuckle Park, 2600 Lake Arbuckle Road, Frost Proof, FL 33843, (27.72050, -81.41770)
Floodplain: The project is located in Zone AE per Polk County FIRM Panel # 12105C0975H dated 12/22/2016.
Proposed Work and Purpose: The applicant replaced the boat launch seawall (80 sf steel sheet piling), the engineered dock/walkway (1 PVC float, aluminum railings, aluminum gangway sections), washout/erosion areas (filled the stairway area, boat launch seawall, and sidewalk), and the wooden walkway (wood railing and deck sections). Additionally, the applicant repaired PVC pipe connection at campsite 15 and removed and replaced electrical services (conduit, waterproof connection boxes, outlets, and walkway lights).
Project Alternatives: The no-action alternative was considered. This alternative is not feasible as the area could incur further damages, including property damage to vessels. With the no action alternative, continued negative impacts on residents and the community may be experienced as the facility provides a recreational space. Alternate locations were not considered as the dock and walkway are functionally- dependent on their location in the floodplain.
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, or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4337-PW-06929, Polk County at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

 

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