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New flood hazard determinations published for Charlotte County

Notice of Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for Charlotte County & City of Punta Gorda

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a Coastal Risk Mapping Assessment Planning Study in Florida. As part of this study, new Flood Insurance Rate Maps were developed for our area. After being notified by FEMA in 2014 of the upcoming study, the City and Charlotte County retained Weiler Engineering to provide professional services on behalf of the City and County during study. The new preliminary Flood Zone Maps were published on October 25, 2019 and FEMA hosted a public open house on December 12, 2019.

The City has received communication that the flood hazard determination notices are being published in accordance with law and, if finalized, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures that our community must adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The City's participation in the NFIP provides individual property owners a savings of up to 25% on their flood insurance rates.

Prior to any new or modified flood hazard information becoming effective for floodplain management purposes, enacting legislation requires FEMA to provide community officials and citizens an opportunity to appeal the proposed changes. It is important to note, however, that the sole basis for such appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect. The 90-day appeal period begins on March 12, 2021.

For additional information visit this page on the City of Punta Gorda's website.