PA ID# 005-99005-00; Bay County
PW ID# 40; Mexico Beach Emergency Berm
Citation: FEMA-1344-DR-FL; Bay County, Denial of Time Extension; Project Worksheet (PW) 40
Cross-reference: Time Limitations
Summary: In October of 2000, Tropical Storm Helene eroded the shoreline of Mexico Beach in Bay County (County). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved PW 40 in January 2001 for the placement of an emergency berm to protect public and private improved property from being damaged by an event that could reasonably occur within a five-year period. The County requested, and received, two six-month time extensions, to end in April 2002, to complete the project. The basis for granting the time extensions was the County could not start the work between May 1 and November 1, because work on the beach was prohibited during the sea turtle nesting season. The County submitted another request for a time extension to April 2003 in March 2002. FEMA received the request in
July 2002 and subsequently denied it because the County had not made any significant progress on the project, including the design. The County submitted a first appeal on November 4, 2002, claiming that the need for a time extension was due to delays by FEMA and the Florida Department of Community Affairs (State) in processing its previous requests and the constraints of the sea turtle nesting season. The FEMA Region IV Regional Director denied the appeal on March 6, 2003, because the County had been given sufficient time to start and complete the project, and did not demonstrate any extenuating circumstance that warranted an additional time extension. The County submitted its second appeal on June 24, 2003. The County stated that given the delays from the State and FEMA, the only period it had to complete the project was outside of the eligible time frame or during the environmentally prohibited period. The State supports the Countys second appeal for an additional time extension to complete the emergency berm on Mexico Beach.
Issues: Is a time extension warranted?
Findings: No. The County did not submit any information to support a time extension to complete the project.