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    FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

    Jersey Shore Partnership : February 3, 2014 5:54 pm : News

    FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

    Friday, January 31, 2014 For Immediate Release

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. This release is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that were released in June/July of 2013 as an interim product.
    The new maps are extremely important as FEMA, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Middlesex and Monmouth County communities continue to work in partnership to support resilient communities, and to avoid or reduce the loss of life and property, and the financial impacts of flooding. The Preliminary FIRMs reflect the same coastal flood risks as the Preliminary Work Maps and have now been updated to include riverine flooding.
    The release of the Preliminary FIRMs indicates the first step in the official regulatory review process. The next step is a statutory 90-day appeal and comment period, which is expected to begin in Spring 2014. Property owners and interested parties will have the opportunity to appeal the Preliminary FIRMs by submitting technical documentation to their local Floodplain Administrators during this period. Once the appeal period is over, and all appeals are resolved, FEMA will issue a Letter of Final Determination (LFD) to the Middlesex and Monmouth County communities that initiates the six-month adoption period before the maps become effective.
    Upon becoming effective, expected to occur in 2015, the new FIRMs will determine flood insurance rates. In the meantime, to promote higher standards for building performance and reduce potential future flood insurance costs, NJDEP and FEMA encourage Middlesex and Monmouth County communities to refer to the standards reflected in the Preliminary FIRMs for the construction of new and substantially improved structures.

    For more information on flood risk mapping and insurance, visit www.region2coastal.com , www.msc.fema.gov, and www.floodsmart.gov.

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    A Holiday Message

    Jersey Shore Partnership : December 27, 2013 4:02 pm : News

    Happy holidays from the Jersey Shore Partnership

    We are celebrating the restoration of our beaches.

    We are applauding the resiliency of our shore neighbors and friends.

    We are wishing everyone a warm, safe holiday with family.

    We are looking forward to an extra-ordinary 2014!

    Best to all of you.

    Margot Walsh
    Executive Director

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    US Army Corps of Engineers Reports on Work Completed

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 27, 2013 5:45 pm : News

    The Philadelphia District of the Army Corps has been working restore previously constructed beach replenishment projects in New Jersey since Sandy. The Corps manages missions in New Jersey south of Manasquan Inlet. The following beaches are completed:

    Avalon Long Beach Island at Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach (34-57 streets)

    Absecon Island – work completed at Atlantic City; ongoing at Ventnor

    Brigantine

    Cape May City – ongoing

    Long Beach Island at Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach (34-57 streets)

    Lower Cape May Meadows – periodic nourishment work completed

    North Ocean City

    Stone Harbor

    Stay tuned for latest update on the Army Corps North District report.

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    Jersey Shore Partnership Board Members Shine at League Convention!

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 22, 2013 3:17 pm : News

    The Jersey Shore Partnership congratulates Suzanne Walters, Mayor of Stone Harbor and Partnership Board member on her election as the new President of the League of Municipalities at the League’s annual convention in Atlantic City this week. Partnership board member Avalon Mayor Marty Pagliughi accepted the League of Municipalities Innovation Award on behalf of the borough at the Mayors Luncheon.  Sue Howard, Monmouth Beach Mayor and Partnership Board member, served on a panel that focused on flooding issue and remediation strategies.

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    State Leaders Warn Sandy Recovery is Long Way Off

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 21, 2013 8:58 pm : News

    Thousands of municipal officials poured into Atlantic City for the three-day convention billed as Navigating Recovery & Renewal. State representatives speaking at the conference, acknowledged that full recovery is a long way off.  Martin, joined by state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson, state Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable, and state Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Mary-Anna Holden outlined major initiatives that they are pushing forward, including buyouts, homeowner assistance programs, shore protection systems, road reconstruction and a new microgrid to power transit if the larger power system fails.

    Martin said the state is targeting homes that shouldn’t have been built in certain tidal areas of the state. So far the state has made 150 offers to homeowners in Sayreville and South River. He said the state hopes to close on 500 homes by May 1.

    Simpson said the state experienced a “transportation Armageddon after Sandy” because of power failures that left residents stranded. With the installation of a microgrid, Simpson said the transit system could be restored relatively quickly. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a study on the grid.

    For homeowners, Constable outlined the housing assistance programs that the state has managed with federal Sandy aid. So far, about a third of the money dedicated to the programs has been obligated. Constable noted that the state only received the money for the initiatives, funded through Community Development Block Grants, in the spring. Constable said the state has doled out money from some housing programs, with less federal red tape, more quickly than others.

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