FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The Town of Atlantic Beach has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) funding through the 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 to 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.
Applicant: Town of Atlantic Beach
Project Title:  Misc Parks and Park Items; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-00432
Location of Proposed Work: Town of Atlantic Beach
|Facility||Address||Latitude||Longitude||Date of Construction|
|Town of Atlantic Beach Strand Furniture||5 Miles of Atlantic Beach||(34.69447,
|Town of Atlantic Beach Pelican St. Pier||North End of Pelican St.||34.704016||-76.781326||2000|
|Town of Atlantic Beach Circle Boardwalk Sand Removal||Atlantic Blvd. and East Dr||34.69778||-76.73903||1950|
|Town of Atlantic Beach Strand Walkways||5 Miles of Atlantic Beach||(34.69447,
Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:
This project is for the removal of sand from parking lots, repair of beach furniture and wooden strand crossovers located in VE flood zone (Elevation 11-14 Feet) and a fishing pier (including seawall support) located in AE flood zone (Elevation 7 Feet). Confirmation of location in the floodplain was made by reference to the latest Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel 3720636500K, 3720637500K, 3720638500K, and 3720639500K, dated 06/30/2016. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be done on existing structures and will have no effect on the local floodplain. The proposed work has the potential to be impacted by flooding in the future but is functionally dependent on its location in the floodplain. The proposed work will 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 Atlantic Beach is requesting funds to remove sand from beach front parking lot area (Circle Boardwalk area); repair miscellaneous beach furniture, sand fencing, and two wooden strand walkways. Additionally, the Pelican St. Pier will have repairs to decking and seawall cap board, and replace fill behind seawall. These actions will have mitigation to minimize future sand loss by installing sand fencing to encourage dune development. The purpose of this project is to replace structures and supplies that are in support of open space use encouraging tourism in the Town of Atlantic Beach.
Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken to protect these public facilities, it will impact tourism and safety for the Town of Atlantic Beach.
Alternative #2: (Relocation) Relocating structures outside of the SFHA and coastal VE zones was evaluated. The practicability of moving these structures out of the flood zone would defeat their purpose as they are installed to promote open space use and stimulate tourism in the beach and pier areas.
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-00432: 11988 COMMENT].
All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.
POSTED ON: October 8, 2019
End of Notice