How is Lee County helping?
- The County provides a 25% discount to NFIP policy holders in unincorporated Lee County through its Class 5 CRS rating. That’s an annual savings of $15.2 million.
- Lee County Community Development provides FIRM Letters to verify flood zones and other Flood Insurance Rate Map information for policy holders and their insurance companies.
- Lee County provides Elevation Certificates for homes built since 2000.
- Lee County continues to appeal the Flood Insurance Rate Maps and to assist with private appeals to correct and improve the data for base flood elevations and flood zone boundaries.
- On Feb. 19, 2014, Lee County Commissioners joined local mayors in sending a letter to House Majority Leader Cantor.
- On Feb. 11-12, 2014, Lee County Commission Chairman Larry Kiker and four local mayors visited Washington, D.C. to discuss the impact of Biggert-Waters on individual property owners and to urge House members to follow the Senate’s example in supporting a delayed implementation of the Act.
- On Oct. 1-3, 2013, Commissioner Larry Kiker and Roland Ottolini, director of the Lee County Division of Natural Resources, traveled to Washington D.C. to discuss Biggert-Waters and Lake Okeechobee water management issues with Senators and Representatives.
- On Sept. 10, 2013, Commissioners agreed to discuss the issue with state and federal elected representatives; including support for a delay and affordability study.
- On Aug. 7, 2013, Commissioners sent a letter to Sens. Nelson and Rubio to ask for their support to delay Biggert-Waters while an affordability study is done.
- Commissioners are monitoring efforts by FEMA for another update of Flood Insurance Rate Maps along the coast in Southwest Florida. This is slated to occur in FY 2014.
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