Alligator Drive Information Updates / Video Reports
Information and County Updates:
On Friday 17 May , crews from M, Inc. capped off the graded and compacted roadbed with a new 1″ layer of asphalt. while this remains a temporary repair, it is a vast improvement over the dusty, bumpy, limerock base we have had for years. The County hopes to open bids on construction of the long term (hopefully) repairs on 18 July.
See below updates, information, and additional content posted by F.C. McColm Consulting (FCMC) regarding progress by the County/State/Federal team working on a long-term solution for Alligator Drive repair and preservation.
Note: To streamline communication in a more coordinated and expedient manner, FCMC will be working with Franklin County as the primary point of contact for public information and progress updates. The email contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) and hotline (850-518-4124) will remain active, but we encourage residents to contact their local county representative and attend/follow regular Board of County Commissioner Meetings for the most current updates and to provide comments related to the Alligator Point long term recovery project.
Q: Who is FCMC and what is the role in the Alligator Point Recovery effort?
A: F.C. McColm Consulting (FCMC), has been contracted by the Florida Division of Emergency Management to support the State Disaster Recovery Coordinator (SDRC) and Integrated Recovery Coordination (IRC) effort across the Florida Panhandle, including Alligator Point. Through this role, the FCMC team has been engaged in seeking funding opportunities for long term road and utilities protection, property acquisitions, and coastal mitigation activities.
On February 5, 2019, FCMC delivered a project overview at the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners meeting, including project updates and a description of the firm’s roles/responsibility under the Florida Division of Emergency Management, while working closely with Franklin County leadership. An electronic copy of the presentation can be found here, and a recording of the meeting can be found online here.
Q: What is the timeline for project completion?
A: Because of the complex nature of this project – including multiple funding sources and permitting authorities – the timeline will vary depending on the available option(s) after assessing all environmental and regulatory requirements. The State is continuing to work with the County and federal agency partners to identify feasible solutions for long term protection and resilience.
Road Protection: Alligator Drive
Q: Will the State take possession of the road upon project completion?
A: No. The road will remain under possession of Franklin County.
Q: What options are available for road protection and/or recovery of Alligator Drive?
A: Road protection options currently under review and consideration include permanent road recovery or protection, coastal stabilization to address erosion, and utilities protection and/or relocation. Franklin County is currently pursuing permanent road protection under the FEMA Public Assistance program (Category C). Click here for the most current status update on long term road improvements. As all alternatives are being assessed for technical feasibility, environmental permitting requirements, cost effectiveness, and grant/funding requirements, information will be continually shared as available.
Q: What if another hurricane comes?
A: The state is working Franklin County and federal partners, to expedite the process to the extent possible. As permanent construction/mitigation activities are implemented (see above), we will continue to investigate additional coastal protection measures.
Q: Will there be recreational facilities added to this community?
A: While this option has been proposed previously, at this time, the current priority is increasing the level of protection and safety of the Alligator Point residents, property, and infrastructure (roadway and utilities). Any decision regarding public (County-owned) space and its utilization will follow the standard local public process, and we encourage residents to reach out to their local representatives.
Q: What is going to happen to the open space where the old KOA was?
A: This property is owned by Franklin County, purchased through a previous FEMA-funded acquisition project. Any decision regarding this space and its utilization will follow the standard local public process, and we encourage residents to reach out to their local representatives.
Q: Will residents of the community have to pay for the project?
A: Many federal grant programs require a local match from the subapplicant – in this case, Franklin County. We are continuing to support the County in applying for all available funding sources to attempt to minimize the financial burden to the extent possible.
Q: What is going to happen with the public access issues we are experiencing?
A: For any questions or current concerns about safety and/or trespassing, please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Acquisition (Voluntary Buyout Program)
Q: What is the purpose of purchasing properties?
A: In November 2018, Franklin County sent letters to residents within the area most impacted and damaged by recent disasters with information pertaining to a voluntary acquisition program. Generally, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-funded property acquisition and structure demolition or relocation projects with the purpose of creating open space consist of the following: the community purchases a flood-prone structure from a willing seller and then demolishes or relocates it to a site outside the floodplain. The purchased property is deed restricted and maintained as open space in perpetuity to restore and/or conserve the natural floodplain functions. The goal of the program is to remove high-risk properties and their occupants from danger, and also creating additional open space to improve natural floodplain functions.
Q: How many property owners are willing to participate in voluntary acquisition?
A: Voluntary interest forms for 21 properties were received and submitted by Franklin County in April 2019 to the Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA as a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program acquisition project. The County is preparing to submit another application for interested property owners that missed the first application submission deadline. If you are interested in participating in the program, or have questions about eligibility, program requirements, or the process, please reach out via email at AlligatorPointRecovery@gmail.com or by phone at 850-518-4124.
-funded acquisition process, please refer to Section A of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Addendum .
Q: How long will it take to know if my property was selected by FEMA?
A: Property owners will be notified of status and – if the project is selected by FDEM/FEMA for grant funding, apprised of next steps. At that time, information will be made available to help owners determine their options. Information regarding the grant and project status will be continued to be shared with participating property owners as it becomes available.
Q: Who owns the property after it is acquired?
A: Franklin County would own the property after a closing offer has been made and accepted by the property owner.
Q: What if I’m not interested in participating in voluntary acquisition?
A: The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is a voluntary program, and signing the voluntary interest form for inclusion in the grant application neither guarantees nor requires a property owner to participate. We welcome any questions or discussion about the benefits of the program and individual options on a case-by-case basis.