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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# XXX-XXXXX; East Beach Water Control District
DSR ID# DSR XXX; Deadline Extension
Citation: FEMA-1545 & 1561-DRs-FL, East Beach Water Control District
Cross-reference: Request for extension of Request for Public Assistance (RPA) Submission Deadline
Summary: Disaster declarations were issued for Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne on September 4 & 26, 2004 respectively. East Beach Water Control District (EBWCD), located in Palm Beach County, Florida, did not submit a RPA within the established deadline.
In its first appeal dated April 11, 2005, EBWCD asserted that it was given erroneous information regarding a deadline extension from a FEMA employee. EBWCD requested reconsideration of its application submission due to this discrepancy. FEMA denied the request on January 18, 2006, stating that EBWCD’s RPA was received after the submission deadline and no extension had been granted.
On February 23, 2006, EBWCD submitted a second appeal. No new information was submitted with the second appeal.
Issues (1) Did FEMA approve an extension to the RPA deadline?
(2) Has EBWCD demonstrated extenuating circumstances justifying the submittal of its RPA after the application period ended?
Findings: (1) No. FEMA did not approve an extension to the RPA deadline.
(2) No. The circumstances identified by EBWCD do not justify an exception to the regulatory time limit for application and identification of damages. The applicant’s representative inquired about an extension two weeks after the deadline had passed.
Rationale: 44 CFR § 206.202 (c) and 206.202 (f)(2)