FEMA Public Assistance Program: Memorial Park

April 14, 2020  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the City of Jacksonville’s repairs to benches and balustrade due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW-08153). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for projects under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 6, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project-specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.

​Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Responsible Entity: FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program

Applicant: City of Jacksonville

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-08153, 16008 – Parks and Recreational – Memorial Park

Location of Proposed Work: 30.310046 N Latitude, 81.679090 W Longitude 1620 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida

Floodplain: Project location is located in the shaded X and AE Zone, otherwise known as the 100-year floodplain, per the Duval County FIRM map # 12031C0366J, dated 11/02/2018.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The City of Jacksonville has made repairs to seven (7) marbles benches and will make repairs to the balustrade along the St. Johns River at Memorial Park. To mitigate against future damages, the city has installed two (2) 8” x ½” stainless steel dowels with color match stone infused epoxy into each bench. Additionally, the existing balustrade will be replaced with a new cast stone mold and will be attached using ½” 304 Stainless Steel threaded rods and high strength epoxy.

Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the area will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage. Alternate locations were not considered because the project location facilitates open space use and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Memorial Park supports the City of Jacksonville by providing an outdoor recreational area and relocation may adversely impact social or economic resources for the community.

Comments: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons may submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4337-PW-08153, City of Jacksonville at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.