FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Bureau of Response and Mitigation
2555 Shumard Oak Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 487-1656; FAX: (850) 922-3388
DATE: November 20, 2003
TO: Dennis Smith, Recovery Manager
FROM: Charles Bartel, State Agency PAC
SUBJ: St Augustine Sea Wall Project
Summary of Meeting with Subgrantee 11/20/03
Hurricane Floyd (DR 1300) damaged the St Augustine Sea Wall and the damage was further
aggravated by Tropical Storm Gabrielle (DR 1393). The Subgrantee is considering a major project
for restoring the sea wall including mitigation of future wall damages and to further increase flood
protection to the community from storm surges up to and including Hurricane Category 1 events.
The Floyd damages were covered in PW 379-0 for an estimated amount of $220,200 for 990 LF of
damaged sea wall for which 300 LF was tipped over due to hydrostatic forces. The Gabrielle storm
toppled an 80 LF section of the damaged sea wall, which was patched up under PW 92-0 estimated
at $196,100. The Subgrantee requested final inspection for PW 92-0 for a substantial underrun for
the patched up wall without the consideration of any desired hazard mitigation improvement or the
proper repair the remaining wall under the Floyd PW.
The Subgrantee has developed a proposal for the permanent restoration of the entire damaged sea
wall with improvements intended to not only protect the wall from future storms but to protect the
community from flood damages for events up to and including Category 1 Hurricanes. This
proposal has been in a complex deliberative process involving the community for which necessary
funds have to be secured. The Subgrantee is interested in accomplishing this sea wall restoration
including improvements with any potential available assistance from the PA Program and/or from
the HMG Program.
To further develop a proposal for this requested assistance for PA Program restoration including
appropriate 406 hazard mitigation improvements, or at least the use of available grant funds for an
improved project in both disasters, the Grantee should assist the Subgrantee in the following.
1. The Subgrantee is requesting a withdrawal of the Final Inspection PW 92-1 that has been
submitted to FEMA. This PW has been entered in NEMIS but has not been paped. The
Grantee should request FEMA to not process this PW as the Subgrantee is going to request
hazard mitigation assistance or an improved project.
2. Recommend a time extension for the Floyd PW to FEMA as the Grantee's authority has
lapsed. The Subgrantee has timely requested a time extension for the project. This will
allow time for the Subgrantee to submit an upgraded hazard mitigation proposal or a request
for an improved project for the Floyd PW.
3. A time extension will be necessary also for the Gabrielle PW concurrent with the time
extension to be requested from FEMA for the Floyd PW.
The PA assistance for this project under the Floyd Declaration will hinge on FEMA's approval of
the time extension for the Floyd PW. Also, any funds from the Gabrielle PW for an improved
project and/or for a hazard mitigation proposal will hinge on FEMA's agreement to allow the
Subgrantee to withdraw the submitted Final PW 92-1 for the Gabrielle project.
Both of these projects should be coordinated together as one project and the eligible restoration
costs and improvements should appropriately shared between the Declarations on a reasonable basis
as to be determined.
CC Wael Alsiro