Has your flood zone changed? Updated maps are out
A new, interactive program on the Flagler County government website lets users compare current Flood Insurance Rating Maps for any land parcel in unincorporated Flagler County to updated maps that are soon to be released by FEMA.
A flood zone change can change flood insurance requirements.
The current maps were adopted in 2006, and are being updated across the country based on aerial-survey data, changing some locals’ flood zone categories, according to a Flagler County government news release.
The new program, available at http://gis.flaglercounty.org/FlaglerFloodZone/ , was built by Flagler County Geographic Information System Coordinator Victoria Ogaga using FEMA-supplied proposed maps which will be formalized in 2017, according to the news release.
The program gives Flagler’s citizens a way to see if they’ll be affected by the proposed changes.
To see a hard copy, call 386-313-4009. To see flood zone information for incorporated areas, check the city of Palm Coast government website at http://bit.ly/2aUIc2X or the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s website at http://arcg.is/2bi2Qzt.
FEMA’s next public outreach sessions will be held in St. Johns County: from 4-7 p.m Aug. 31 at the St. Johns County Building Department Permit Center; and from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Call 1-877-FEMA-MAP (877-336-2627) for information.
Flagler County’s Citizens Academy now taking applications for Sept. 22 start
Flagler County is accepting applications for its Fall 2016 Citizens Academy program, according to a Flagler County news release.
The free program is nine weeks long and held 5-8 p.m. on consecutive Thursday evenings, starting Sept. 22 and ending Nov. 17. Class size is limited to 30. This will be the county’s 11th Citizens Academy.
Class are held at county facilities, including the airport control tower, the 911 dispatch center, and a county park. The final session will be a mock County Commission session and a roundtable question-and-answer session with county commissioners.
A graduation ceremony will be held Monday Nov. 21, during a regular County Commission meeting.
The next opportunity to take part will be the Spring 2017 session, when classes will be offered in the morning.
To apply, go to flaglercounty.org/academy/apply or contact PR & Marketing Specialist Rose Keirnan at 386-313-4026 or [email protected]
Weigh in on ways to improve safety for pedestrians, traffic disadvantaged
Residents will be able to comment on transportation issues at an upcoming meeting go the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization, at 2-4 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Government Services Building at 1769 E. Moody Blvd. in Bunnell.
The TPO has invited resident comment to help improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and for transit users who are disadvantaged, such as those with visual impairments, according to a Flagler County government news release.
The meeting will begin with a short presentation, then move on to open discussion.
“We hope the citizens will come out and give us their input, especially the transportation disadvantaged, because we need to know what is important to them,” Flagler County Board Chair Barbara Revels, who is also on the executive committee of TPO, said in the county news release. “We want to know how to use our tax dollars to improve the system for those who really use it.”
Two other TPO meetings are scheduled in Volusia County: 2-4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 408 White St. in Daytona Beach; and 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at the Volusia County Administration Building at 123 W. Indiana Ave. in DeLand.
Anyone who would like to submit a comment but who can’t attend a meeting can send a written comment by Sept. 2 to: Vince Xiao Wang, River to Sea TPO, 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 100, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Or, send a comment by email to [email protected].