ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $2,978,735 for the State of Florida to help Martin County defray the costs of repairing erosion to Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart from Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the cost of repairing the nearly mile-long beach after it suffered erosion following the September 2017 storm. The beach, built in 2016 with 312,883 cubic yards of imported sand, had been reconstructed in May 2017.
The grant will pay for 23,188 cubic yards of sand that has already been placed as an emergency repair of the beach dune to protect nearby property. It will also reimburse the county for planned repairs, which include 68,113 cubic yards of sand to repair the beach and the installation of 27,000 sea oat plants and protective fencing for erosion control and protection of the engineered dune.
Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.
FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.
Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA obligates funding for the project.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.
The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the non-federal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients like local and county governments.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.