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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches’ Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society repairs due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 06679). 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: Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-06679; 45406 - Zoo Exhibit and Trail Repairs

Location of Proposed Work: 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL., 33405 (26.66631, -80.06913)

Floodplain: Project is located in the AE Zone, per Palm Beach County FIRM Panel #12099C0587F dated 10/05/2017.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches has made multiple repairs throughout the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. These include replacing materials such as signs, lights and light poles, fencing, asphalt, and trees. Zoo exhibits and the Administration Building were repaired and a holding building was demolished.

Project Alternatives: An alternative location is not practicable as elements are part of a larger facility. The no action alternative is not feasible as the facility would continue to be vulnerable to further damages and pose safety hazards to the occupants and visitors.

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, 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-06679, Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

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