FEMA strikes down second appeal on beach nourishment

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

Congressman Steve Southerland (R-Panama City) has filed a bill in Congress to take Gulf County out of the CBRA designation.

Southerland’s bill, a hearing for which was slowed by the recent government shutdown, is similar to unsuccessful attempts made by Southerland’s predecessor, Allen Boyd.

Boyd’s bills never made it beyond committee.

The argument made by county officials and Southerland is that Gulf County should not be in a CBRA area.

When the act was passed in the early 1980s, there was already infrastructure and development in place on the peninsula and Indian Pass.

The claim is one the BOCC has made on prior occasions, but Yeager said county staff has dug up enough information and documentation to argue Gulf County should never have been put in a CBRA zone.

“We have the documentation to prove we were put in wrongly, it was illegal,” Yeager said.



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