FEMA Assistance Final Public Notice - Public Beach Access Walkways / Eastern Ocean Regional Access


The Town of Emerald Isle has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

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, and to provide a 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 and low- income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act(NHPA).

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.

Sub-Applicant: Town of Emerald Isle

Project Title: PN 68542 Public Beach Access Walkways and Eastern Ocean Regional Access; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-00857

Location of Proposed Work:

Public Beach Access Walkways located throughout the town over a span of approximately 2.70 miles starting at GPS: 34.67543, -76.95715 and ending at GPS: 34.68258, -76.91051.

Eastern Ocean Regional Access Bath House located at 2700 Emerald Dr; GPS: 34.67577, - 76.95679

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

The proposed project is to repair public walkways and beach dunecrossovers located throughout the town, as well as, remove and replace the asphalt roof shingles and ceiling panels on an existing bath house park building. All work is located within aVE Flood zone. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Carteret County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720631400J and 3720632400J dated 11/3/2005. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the VE zone.The proposed work will not take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The Town of Emerald Isle is requesting funds to restore public walkways, dune crossovers, and a public bath house park building back to its pre-existing footprint. Minimization measures will be implemented by bringing the replaced bath house roof upto current North Carolina Codes and Standards.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the Town of Emerald Isle. If the walkways, dune crossovers, and bath house are not repaired, then adverse economic and social impacts may occur.

Alternative #2 (Repair in-kind): Repairing bath house without minimization measures may result in similar damages from future events. If similar damages occur again, it would cause adverse economic and social impacts.

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:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-00857 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (November 8, 2019)

End of Notice

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, November 8, 2019 9:18:00 AM Categories: News