Special meeting to address new flood maps

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 CAPE MAY – City officials have called a special council meeting to discuss new FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and state DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) requirements for property owners.

Mayor Ed Mahaney said council will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Convention Hall. No council action will be taken and the meeting will be informational only, he said.

“We’re going to set up for 300, with the capacity to expand to 800,” Mahaney said, “and parking meter fees in the immediate area will be waived until 2 p.m. We are trying to make this information widely available and, with many of our second home owners coming down on weekends now, Saturday seemed the most conducive to everyone’s schedule.”

Mahaney will serve as moderator at the meeting, which will kick off with FEMA specialists updating residents on projected new FEMA flood maps; the new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System rules; and the status of historic structures in the NFIP.

“They will specifically address how the National Flood Insurance Program changes will impact historic structures,” said Mahaney. “That is of particular interest to the City of Cape May. We have over 600 buildings with that designation.”

After each presentation by FEMA officials, there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. After noon, property owners can meet individually with FEMA representatives.

“We will also have city personnel on hand to help people access and navigate information on line,” said Mahaney.

The FEMA representatives will also be prepared to discuss grant and loan funding opportunities for residential property owners and business owners as part of the seminar, according to the city. Printed copies of Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps for Cape May will be posted for review.

Mahaney announced his hopes for the informational session on January 1, when he gave his State of the City address at the reorganization meeting.

“I promised we would go forward with this type of meeting,” he said. “But we wanted to wait until FEMA and the New Jersey DEP had concrete plans to announce. We want our property owners to have access to the same level of information that we have as government officials. That way we can go forward with planning for the City of Cape May with informed citizenry and keep this a preferred destination site.”

Light refreshments will be served at the session. As it is a special council meeting, there is no admission charge.

“We’ve put out a reverse 9-1-1 call to all of our property owners, at every contact number they’ve provided us with, and we’ve sent out email blasts as well,” said Mahaney. “We’ve done everything we can to get the information out to our property owners.”

According to a city press release, FEMA’s updated flood maps will have multiple impacts on coastal communities in New Jersey.

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