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Posted on: November 15, 2022

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a Floodplain

CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH

EARLY NOTICE AND PUBLIC REVIEW OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A FLOODPLAIN

The City of Atlantic Beach (City) was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) to assist in expanding the City’s potable water distribution system to support an interconnection with the NS Mayport potable water system. This project will provide for an alternate source of potable water for either the City or NS Mayport in an emergency situation.

Pursuant to Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, the City gives notice that the City is conducting an evaluation of a proposed action which would involve construction in a floodplain to determine the potential effects that its activity in the floodplain would have on the human environment.  The City will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988.

The proposed action is to install a water main along the unimproved portion of the Old Sherry Drive Right of Way adjacent to the western boundary of Hanna Park in Jacksonville, FL. The project includes installation of a new 12” water main to improve capacity and pressure in the northeastern section of the potable water system (along Wonderwood Drive east of Mayport Road) provided and serviced by the City. The water main will be installed along the unimproved portion of Sherry Drive (a 50’ R/W) from the northwest corner of the Oceanwalk Community then northerly for approximately 2,720 LF within and along the existing unimproved right of way to Pioneer Drive, where the new water main will be connected to an existing 8” water main. The alignment of the water main will be entirely on publicly owned right of way and is not located on any Naval Station Mayport owned or leased property.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplain and wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain and wetlands, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplain and wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplain and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Interested parties may submit written comments no later than 5:00 PM on December 14, 2022 by email to sswann@coab.us or by mail postmarked no later than December 14, 2022 to:

City of Atlantic Beach, 

Attn: Steve Swann, City Engineer

800 Seminole Road

Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

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