Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Flood Map Open Houses Planned

Residents and property owners in coastal areas of Collier County can view new draft preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) at three upcoming public open houses on March 2nd and 3rd. FIRMs show the potential extent and risks of flooding. They will be used to determine flood insurance premiums and building requirements.

The meetings use an open room format for property owners to walk from table to table to obtain flood zone information, ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property and talk to county, city and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff. Specialists and subject matter experts will be on hand to meet one-on-one and discuss flood risk, flood insurance, appeals, mitigation options, as well as the engineering behind the flood insurance study. There are no planned opening presentations, so residents can feel free to arrive at any time that best suits their schedules. Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors, and insurance agents are encouraged to attend. 

The open house dates, times and locations are shown below.

Monday, March 2nd, 4 PM to 7 PM
Collier County South Regional Library
8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy #9005
Naples, FL 34113

Tuesday, March 3rd, 9 AM to 12 PM
City of Naples Baker Park
100 Riverside Circle
Naples, FL 34102

Tuesday, March 3rd, 4 PM to 7 PM
Frank E. Mackle Community Park
1361 Andalusia Terrace
Marco Island, FL 34145

The new preliminary FIRMs were developed through a partnership between the communities and FEMA. They are based on updated modeling data and show coastal flood hazards more accurately than previous maps.

The goal of the open houses is to inform property owners and the community of their flood risks. Over time, these risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, watershed conditions, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners, business owners, and renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage; consequently, flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone with coastal property. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state-licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 800-427-4661 or visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.

If you need any reasonable accommodations at the open house, please contact FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights at fema-reasonable-accomodations@fema.dhs.gov to make arrangements no later than three days prior to the open house.

Collier County staff will also be available to assist residents with questions about DFIRMS by phone Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM at 239-252-2942.

For more information about the upcoming open houses, contact Building Plan Review Senior Project Manager Howard Critchfield at Howard.Critchfield@colliercountyfl.gov or 239-252-5858.

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