Florida - FEMA feeds beach renourishment, defrays costs in Nassau County and Jacksonville for hurricanes
Federal funds announced by FEMA will help repair damage by two recent hurricanes in Nassau County as well as along Jacksonville’s beaches.
Recent Federal Emergency Management Agency allocations are providing support for beach renourishment and other costs from hurricane damage in Nassau and Duval counties.
Last week FEMA announced a $1.73 million federal grant will help repair damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 on South Amelia Island. It follows another $1.7 million to the state to help Jacksonville defray the costs of rebuilding dunes on beaches damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017 and late April’s FEMA approval of just over $1 million to help Nassau County with expenses from emergency protective measures taken during that storm as well.
“This is welcome news for Nassau County,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said of the latest FEMA funding. “I am glad to see FEMA continuing to assist our communities in their efforts to recover from Hurricane Matthew.”
The southern portion of the Amelia Island shoreline has been plagued by chronic erosion due to storms, including an almost week-long one in 1993 that destroyed nearly all of that area’s natural dunes, according to the South Amelia Island Shore Stabilization Association’s website at saissa.com/home.asp. The association was formed to “find solutions to our erosion problems,” working with state and federal officials to permit beach renourishment projects and other work, the website said.
This $1.73 million grant is funded through FEMA’s public-assistance grant program to help local governments so communities can recover from major disasters or emergencies, provided to the state after a review process and receipt of appropriate documentation. Eighteen Florida counties were designated for public-assistance funding due to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, with FEMA providing about $355 million for recovery.
FEMA’s April allocation reimbursed Nassau for the cost of debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged buildings, roads and utilities after Hurricane Irma in early September 2017.
The recent $1.7 million to Jacksonville will reimburse the city for the cost of rebuilding dunes along a 7.5-mile stretch of beach that had just been renourished months earlier to repair damage done by Hurricane Matthew, FEMA said. That dune work will be done in conjunction with a beach renourishment project already planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project will use 56,280 cubic yards of new sand and plant more than a quarter million dune plants, mostly seat oats, on parts of the beach.
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