ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved a grant of $3,327,758 for the State of Florida to help the Town of Hillsboro Beach defray the cost of repairing beach and dune erosion associated with Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
FEMA Public Assistance program funds will reimburse the town for the cost of installing more than 64,000 cubic yards of engineered beach sand along approximately 1.1 miles of beach. The project also included replacement of three vessel exclusion buoys to protect beachgoers from watercraft.
The program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations, including some houses of worship, so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.
The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the nonfederal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with subrecipients such as local and county governments.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.