SUPPORT reauthorization of the NFIP with legislative, policy and programmatic modifications to ensure no coverage lapses and to improve the affordability, transparency and financial stability of the program through reforms in the following areas: 1) Affordability/Rate Structure; 2) Mapping/Data Collection/Modeling; and, 3) Mitigation.

 

OPPOSE any reauthorization efforts that are detrimental to policyholders, local governments and the integrity of the program.

 

SUPPORT the Sustainable, Affordable, Fair and Efficient National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SAFE NFIP) 2017.

 

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Comprehensive Water Policy:

TBD – FAC staff is working to determine policy statement language and action items.

 

Water Resources Development Act:

SUPPORT bi-annual passage of the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes Corps of Engineers projects and policies that often have state-wide impacts to Florida, including Everglades restoration, port and inlet construction, and beach nourishment projects.

 

SUPPORT restoration of congressionally directed spending.

 

De-obligation:

SUPPORT changes to the Stafford Act that will ensure counties are not denied a disaster project appeal by FEMA, whenever the state, while serving as the grantee, fails to meet the regulatory timeline for project appeals.

 

Recovery and Preparedness:

SUPPORT increased investment in mitigation programs such as the Pre-disaster Mitigation Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and other partnerships between local and federal governments to complete mitigation projects and increase resiliency to disasters.

 

OPPOSE programmatic changes that would increase the local cost share for disaster recovery, such as the implementation of a disaster deductible.

 

SUPPORT the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA), which bans oil and gas leasing within 125 miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast until 2022 and OPPOSES any legislation that moves the ban to an earlier date. FAC meanwhile SUPPORTS keeping Florida’s east coast free from offshore drilling and maintaining the Department of Interior’s commitment to remove Florida from consideration in the next draft of the proposed leasing plan.

 

Appropriations for Programs of Significant Importance:

  • Corps of Engineers – funding for Everglades restoration, port and inlet construction and maintenance, and beach nourishment
  • Community Development Block Grant program
  • Community Services Block Grant program
  • Social Services Block Grant program
  • Economic Development Administration
  • State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

 

SUPPORT legislation ensuring that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supported housing program has at least one program manager for every 35 rental assistance cases under such program.

 

SUPPORT federal legislation that ensures funding for locally-owned infrastructure, including water and wastewater facilities, preserves the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, streamlines the federal permitting process, promotes innovative financing, and ensures the long-term certainty and solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund.