SB 7000 is a committee bill filed by the Senate Community Affairs Committee. The bill requires the Florida Building Commission (FBC) to use the most recent version of the Florida Building Code as the foundation code, as opposed to the International Code Council’s International Building Code. It also makes the three year code cycle optional as opposed to mandatory. Under the bill, the FBC would meet every three years to determine whether the Code needs to be updated. HB 901 by Representative McClain was filed this week but has not received committee references.
SB 112 by Senator Brandes and HB 613 by Representative Ahern authorize the Division of Emergency Management to administer a matching grant program for local governments to implement flood hazard risk reduction policies and projects and allow land acquisition for flood mitigation projects. Both bills have received committee references but neither bill has received a hearing.
SB 420 by Senator Brandes extends to October 1, 2025 existing law that allows insurers offering private market flood insurance to make rate filings that are not required to be reviewed by the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). The bill generally applies to excess flood insurance. Excess coverage is exempted from the requirement to offer flood insurance on a standard, preferred, customized, flexible or supplemental basis. The bill allows flood insurance policies to be placed with a surplus lines insurer with a superior financial strength rating without the agent first receiving three declinations from admitted insurers. It increases the interval for the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology to revise the criteria used in calculating flood loss projection models to 4 years. Lastly, the bill requires an insured currently covered under the National Flood Insurance Program to sign an acknowledgement regarding the risk of being charged a higher rate should they choose to return at a later date. SB 420 passed its first of three committees this week. Rep. L. Lee filed similar legislation, HB 813, but it has not received committee references to date.
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) will be having their 10th Annual National Monitoring Conference in Tampa next month (May 2-6). Many of the FLERA members will be attending and presenting (4 presentations from the Tampa Bay folks including a Panel Discussion on the successes of the Southwest Florida Regional Ambient Monitoring Program (RAMP) over the last 20+ years). Come and join us!
Here’s the link to the conference: http://www.cvent.com/events/10th-national-monitoring-conference/event-summary-1d1a64bf5230414d9732c2dc2d9ca425.aspx
County Adopts Revised Sea Level Rise Projections
Palm Beach County adopted the updated Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for southeastern Florida prepared by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. The revised projections are available for use by the county and municipalities to guide flood control and infrastructure planning.
Click to Download full story: http://www.pbcgov.com/erm/downloads/pdf/newsletters/winter2015.pdf
Over the past several days South Florida Water Management District completed a rare “back pumping” flood control operation to protect thousands of families, businesses and property in the Glades communities, where 6 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.