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Reduce FEMA 50 percent rule

Letter to the Editor

December 7, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Reduce FEMA 50 percent rule

To the Editor:

At the December 5th Town Council workshop, the LPA, Town Council and town staff reviewed the existing FEMA 50percent rule. Meagan will, Senior Planner for the town gave an excellent presentation on the current rules, that began the discussion. She concluded that the 50percent value of structures for as the maximum spend on home improvement every 5 years, could be reduced to just a one year, without any penalty to the town credits for flood insurance. There was much discussion around the opportunity and it seemed the LPA felt council should find consensus in supporting a change from 5 years to 1 year. Council concluded more discussion was needed and directed LPA to bring more details on pros and cons to a future workshop in order to get some consensus. Estero Island Tax Payers Association, EITA, believes reducing the FEMA 50percent rule from 5 years to one year will provide an opportunity for all taxpayers to improve their homes and businesses. It will increase home values and encourage those who might otherwise not get a permit due to current FEMA restrictions and the complicated permitting process. We encourage town council to find consensus and reduce the FEMA 50percent rule, 5 year requirement to one year. It is best for the town and for all taxpayers on Estero Island.

Beverley Milligan

Executive Director,

Estero Island Tax Payer Association



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