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Environmental Assessment for Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission Administration Building, Hancock County, Mississippi (May 2013)

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing extensive damage. Subsequently, Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-1604-DR-MS made 81 of the 82 counties in Mississippi eligible for Public Assistance funds distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to state and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.   The purpose of the project is to construct a new HCPHC Administration Building that will meet the following needs adequate office and meeting space from which to oversee and direct the various holdings and diverse activities of the agency; to be located at a site less vulnerable to possible tidal surge associated with tropical weather activity; more central location from which to coordinate economic development activities throughout Hancock County more immediate access to the interstate highway system and air travel opportunities available at Stennis International Airport;  to be located on-site at Stennis Airport Industrial Park in order to market better its facilities and services.  The present Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared in accordance with regulations adopted by FEMA, implementing requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, PL 91-190, as amended, and regulations adopted pursuant thereto (44 CFR Part 10).