We have a deadline of February 8th to have our names included in Upper's request for grant money to help with elevating our homes.
As far as I know Paul Dietrich only has eight names on the list. Every homeowner in Strathmere and Whale Beach should be on this list.
This grant money is separate from the ICC (increased cost of compliance) benefit included in flood insurance.
FEMA allocates the money to the state and the state decides who gets the money for projects.
Upper is applying for this grant, one of the projects included in Upper's "letter of intent" is to help with the cost of elevating homes in flood zones.
The deadline for submission of "letters of intent" is February 8, 2013.
All homes are eligible - including second homes. But, you MUST be included in Upper's "letter of intent." If you aren't included and money becomes available you will not be entitled to it. The grant would pay 75% of the cost of elevating a house.
New flood zones and elevation heights will go into effect within 1-2 years. You might be in compliance now but not with the new elevation heights.
Have your name included on the "letter of intent" just in case you need to raise your home later. You can always decline the grant money if you so chose.
If property owners could also send me copies of their elevation certificate, that would help.
I will apply for more than I have letters for so that if people come forward later during the summer as they see what their new insurance premiums will be I will have the allotment ready. But the ones I have letters for will be first to get the grant dollars if they limit our grant award.
Note that the e-mail address for Paul Dietrich is:
The older one, an up-and-down duplex next to the playground, suffered extensive damage in the Veteran's Day storm of 2009, and even more from Sandy.
The three units will be replaced by two units in a side-by-side duplex.
Please make checks payable to Strathmere United Methodist Church, Box 49, Strathmere, 08248. Write SURF in the memo line. Thanks for caring!