Public Notice - Koreshan State Park


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection park repairs due to Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 04979). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project 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:                                       Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Project Title(s):                               PA-04-FL-4337-PW-04979; 44556 – District 4

Location of Proposed Work: 

Koreshan State Historic Site Damages, GPS Coordinates: 26.436724, -81.819624 

Planetary Court, GPS: 26.433633, -81.812139 

Biology Building, GPS: 26.436, -81.8113

New Store: 26.43441, -81.81113

Floodplain: The project is located in Zones shaded X, AE, and floodway, per Lee County FIRM Panel # 12071C0587F and 12071C0591F dated 05/16/2012.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The FL Department of Environmental Protection’s Koreshan State Historic Site sustained multiple damages as a result of Hurricane Irma. To restore the facilities to their pre-disaster function, the applicant repaired multiple roofs, the boat landing and dock, removed mold and replaced walls, and repaired electrical components for the safety and security of the park. No mitigation has been incorporated into this project.

Project Alternatives: The no-action alternative was considered. This alternative is not feasible as the area could incur further damages. With the no action alternative, continued negative impacts on residents and the community may be experienced as the restored facilities are integral in the management and recreational use of the park. Alternate locations were not considered as damaged areas in the floodway are functionally dependent upon their proximity to the water, and the historic nature of the New Store building.

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 and 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 30341, or by emailing Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4337-PW-04979, FDEP at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.