MONROE COUNTY, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) hosted a special workshop on Thursday to seek input from professionals and the public regarding certain provisions in the FEMA-required floodplain ordinance. The ordinance was adopted Nov. 15, 2022, and became effective on March 7, 2023, upon completing the state’s review process and following three community meetings and recommendations of approval from the Development Review Committee and the Monroe County Planning Commission. The FEMA-required floodplain ordinance is critical for Monroe County to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which insures more than 12,800 homeowners, and the Community Rating System (CRS), which discounts NFIP-backed flood insurance policies.
Meeting highlights include:
“This is a legacy requirement, and we have been behaving. More than half of the closings in the Florida Keys in municipalities are not required to go through this process; we would like to be on the same page as them. Based on how well we have done – we are even rated a 3 in the CRS – we should not be on FEMA’s naughty list anymore.” – Roman Gastesi, Monroe County Administrator
In March, the BOCC approved a resolution limiting liability for home sellers and buyers through Sept. 1, 2023 that may be affected by the ordinance.
The County will schedule meetings with FEMA as quickly as possible.
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