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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received subgrant applications for The City of Apalachicola repairs to Handels Field Ball Park due to damages in Hurricane Michael (DR-4399-FL. 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 30, 2018, for Hurricane Michael. 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 cumulative final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to locate the parks facilities and structures at its original location within the floodplain because the facility is either functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain or promotes open space use.

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.

Locations of the ProposedWork:

GPS Latitude/Longitude: 29.72406, -84.98185

Proposed Work and Purpose:

SOW: City of Apalachicola, Franklin County [Site 1: (29.72853, -84.98318); Site 2: (29.72406, -84.98185); Site 3: (29.72392, -84.99774)], Cat G, 0% complete. The applicant will utilize contracts for the following repairs: Site 2  - Replace metal roofing, CMU Block walls, concession stand, backstop/outfield/infield fencing, light wood light poles, mercury vapor lights [DOC 1950], restoring the facilities back to pre-disaster design, function and capacity within the existing footprint., Cost $74,735.91

Project Alternatives:

The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the park will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. With the no action alternative, surrounding properties and residents within the community may experience continued negative impacts. Alternate locations were not considered as the park is functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain.


This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described actions funded by the FEMA PA Program. Interested person/s may obtain information about specific projects or a map of the affected area 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-4399-PW-01145 PN 76571 at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

Date Posted: February 18, 2020

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Notice: The City of Apalachicola has received preliminary copies of proposed changes to the city’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and an accompanying Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hard copy version of the preliminary maps and the report are available to review at City Hall (192 Coach Wagner Boulevard). The two affected map panels in the City are available to review here and here. The accompanying report is available to review here. FEMA has also posted the maps, the report and source information used in making the updates online at FEMA Map Service Center https// Comments or questions about the maps be sent to the Mapping Partner, c/o Mr. John Crowe, CFM, Northwest Florida Water Management District, 81 Water Management Drive, Havana, FL 32322-4712. All comments are requested no later than July 13, 2019.

Notice: Hurricane season started June 1st. Remember to make a plan and signup to receive up-to-date Franklin County Notifications at   Also download the EverBridge App on your smart phone and text the word “FRANKLINFL” to 888777.


NOTICE:  The Splash Pad is located at 190 14th Street. Apalachicola, FL 32320. Regular hours are 10 AM to 8 PM.


• What is the City doing to lower TTHM’s in the drinking water:
1.       Closely monitoring chlorine levels.
2.       Exercising valves in order to eliminate dead ends.
3.       Installed a mixer and stripper in the Ground Storage Tank at the water plant.
4.       Performing routine maintenance flushing within the distribution system.
5.       Installing automatic flushers at the end of water lines.
“The City cares about the quality of your drinking water and through a combination of these actions is having success in lowering the levels of TTHM’s in Apalachicola’s drinking water.  While further work is needed, the Quarterly Testing Results show that the City is headed in the right direction,”  says City Manager Ron Nalley. Click here for an overview of TTHMs. Click here for the latest TTHM test results.


Hurricane Michael Information, click here