W00000000 Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in the 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland Date of Publication: January 20, 2022 Name of Responsible Entity: City of …

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Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in the

100-Year Floodplain and Wetland

Date of Publication: January 20, 2022

Name of Responsible Entity: City of Carrabelle

Address: 1206 Highway 98 East

Carrabelle, Florida 32322-2307

Contact: Courtney Dempsey, City Administrator

Telephone Number: (850) 697-2727, extension 104

To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals

This is to give notice that the City of Carrabelle has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection to determine the potential affect that the activity in the floodplain and/or wetland will have on the environment. The activity is funded by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program under subgrant agreement number 22DB-OP-02-29-02-C03. The following activities are located within the incorporated City-Limits of the City of Carrabelle, located in Franklin County, Florida:

Service Area #1: City of Carrabelle City Wide Service Area:

Project Area #1: Downtown Carrabelle Riverfront Project Area

Project Area #1 is bound on the north by U. S. Highway 98, on the south by the public boat ramp on the south end of Marine Street, on the east by the rear property lines of the properties located on the east side of Marine Street and on the west by the Carrabelle Harbor waterway.

The activities included in Project Area #1 are as follows:

03L Sidewalks and Pedestrian Malls – In this activity, the City is proposing to reconstruct the boardwalk and repair the sidewalk along the riverfront:

Repair approximately 880 LF of sidewalk from the public boat ramp on the south end of Marine Street north to the public restrooms,

Repair approximately 40 LF of the seawall, adjacent to the sidewalk, near the public boat ramp where seawall failure is apparent,

Reconstruct approximately 2,250 LF of the boardwalk from SE Avenue C north,

Repair or replace approximately 150 LF of the fence/handrail along the seawall adjacent to the sidewalk, and Retrofit approx. 30 lamp post fixtures along Marine Street from the public boat ramp near Avenue F South to State Road 30/US Highway 98.

Activity: 03I-Sidewalks and Pedestrian Malls

CDBG Funds: $533,000.00

Local Match Funds: $25,000.00

Total: $558,000.00

03J Water Facilities – In this activity, the City is proposing to replace the existing water service line providing water to the public restrooms and fish cleaning station at the southern end of the project area with a new 2" water service line. The existing water service line is not large enough to supply an adequate supply of water to these facilities.

Replace approximately 200 LF of 2" water line along Marine Street from the public boat ramp near Avenue F South to State Road 30/U.S. Highway 98.

Activity: 03J-Water Facilities

CDBG Funds: $30,000.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total: $30,000.00

All of the proposed CDBG funded activities will be carried out in a floodplain.

The sources and uses of funds for the project are as follows:

Activity: 03L-Sidewalks and Pedestrian Malls:

Boardwalk, Sidewalk, Seawall and Fence Repairs

CDBG Funds: $215,900.00

Local Match Funds: $25,000.00

Total Funds: $240,900.00

Lighting Fixture Retrofitting

CDBG Funds: $79,500.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total Funds: $79,500.00

Gateway Signage Structure

CDBG Funds: $237,600.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total Funds: $237,600.00

Activity: 03J-Water Facilities:

CDBG Funds: $30,000.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total Funds: $30,000.00

The activities in Project Area #1 will be carried out within a floodplain and/or wetland. Approximately 4 acres of land located within a floodplain and/or wetland may be included in the construction area.

A total of 4 acres of the work to be carried out in the primary activities included in this project will be carried out within a floodplain and/or wetland.

These activities will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reason:

A portion of the project will be located in a floodplain and/or wetland. Although a portion of the project will be located in the 100-year floodplain and/or wetland, the improvements cannot be undertaken in any other location due to the scope of the project. There is, therefore, no practicable alternative than to continue with the project.

Some additional impervious areas will be created in the Service Areas included in this project. In the case where new impervious surfaces are being created, storm drainage improvements will be included in the design and construction of the project to offset the impact of the additional impervious surfaces being created.

Administration and Engineering

Activity: 016-Engineering:

CDBG Funds: $35,000.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total Funds: $35,000.00

Activity: 013-Administration:

CDBG Funds: $52,000.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total Funds: $52,000.00

Total Addressed Need

Total CDBG Funds - $650,000.00

Total Local Match Funds - $25,000.00

Total CDBG Funds and Local Match Funds - $675,000.00

Unmet Need #1: If sufficient funds remain after addressing the above activities, the City will address the following Unmet Need.

Service Area #1: City of Carrabelle City Wide Service Area

Project Area #1: Downtown Carrabelle Riverfront Project Area

Project Area #1 is bound on the north by U. S. Highway 98, on the south by the public boat ramp on the south end of Marine Street, on the east by the rear property lines of the properties located on the east side of Marine Street and on the west by the Carrabelle Harbor waterway.

The activity included in Project Area #1 Unmet Need #1 is as follows:

03L Sidewalks and Pedestrian Malls – In this activity, the City is proposing to construct an overhead sign as an architectural feature highlighting the Marine Street corridor, as a gateway structure on Marine Street at the southern side of the intersection of Marine Street and State Road 30/U. S. Highway 98.

Activity: 03I-Sidewalks and Pedestrian Malls

CDBG Funds: $260,000.00

Local Match Funds: $0.00

Total Funds: $260,000.00

The activities in Unmet Need #1, Project Area #1, will be carried out within a floodplain and/or wetland. Approximately .03 acres of land located within a floodplain and/or wetland may be included in the construction area. Some additional impervious areas may be created in the Service Areas included in this project. In the case where new impervious surfaces are being created, storm drainage improvements will be included in the design and construction of the project to offset the impact of the additional impervious surfaces being created

The proposed improvements conform to applicable floodplain and wetlands protection standards. The proposed action will not affect natural or beneficial floodplain and/or wetland values, and residents of the community will benefit from the project. The proposed project involves the following Activities:

A total of 4.03 acres of the work to be carried out in the primary activities included in this project may be carried out within a floodplain and/or wetland.

The City of Carrabelle has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative due to the scope of the project. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and or 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplain and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by Courtney Dempsey, City Administrator at 1206 Highway 98 East, Carrabelle, Florida 32322-2307 or by phone at (850) 697-3156, extension 104 on or before January 28, 2022. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at 1206 Highway 98 East, Carrabelle, Florida 32322-2307. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Courtney Dempsey, City Administrator at (850) 697-2727, extension 104. Comments may also be submitted by email at administrator@mycarrabelle.com.

Brenda J. Lapaz, Mayor/Commissioner

Environmental Certifying Official

City of Carrabelle, Florida

1206 Highway 98 East

Carrabelle, Florida 32322-2307

Telephone Number: (850) 697-2727

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