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Study Overview

In Fiscal Year 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area that affects Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. The results of that study are being incorporated into updated digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for these counties. (See the Project Fact Sheet in the "Project Documents" section below for more information.)

The Project Team members for the coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area continue to coordinate closely with the Project Team members for the coastal flood risk studies for the Northeast Florida Study Area and the South Florida Study Area to ensure consistency of results. See the Information for the Northeast Florida Study Area page or the Information for the South Florida Study Area page for additional information on those studies.

FEMA has made the Preliminary versions of the updated FIRMs and FIS reports accessible through the Preliminary FEMA Map Products page on the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website, where they are available for viewing or download.  The current, effective FIRMs and FIS reports already are accessible using the Search All Products functionality on the Flood Map Service Center website. The Preliminary and current effective versions of the FIRMs also are accessible through some county and community websites. 

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The graphic below indicates how far in the coastal flood risk study process this study has progressed and provides an overview of the various phases of the study.  The boxes below the circles indicate the production tasks, coordination activities, and regulatory steps required for adopting an updated FIRM. Additional information on the regulatory process is provided in           FEMA 495, Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps by Participating Communities

As shown in the graphic below, the coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area is entering the Appeal and Compliance Period phase. Following the last set of tehnical outreach meetings, called Flood Risk Review Meetings, held on March 28-30, 2017, FEMA provided the the counties and affected incorporated communities with a 30-day period to review and provide comments on the draft work maps presented during the meetings. (A "Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings" Fact Sheet explaining the Flood Risk Review Meetings and other previous meetings, as well as copies of presentations delivered at the meetings, are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.) The 30-day review period has elapsed and any county or community comments and concerns have been addressed.

FEMA continued moving forward with the map production process by developing and distributing Preliminary copies of the FIRMs and FIS reports for review by local officials as follows:

  • Brevard County and Incorporated Areas - Preliminary FIRM and FIS report issued on August 24, 2017
  • Indian River County and Incorporated Areas - Preliminary FIRM and FIS report issued on September 29, 2017
  • Martin County and Incorporated Areas - Preliminary FIRM and FIS report issued on July 12, 2017
  • St. Lucie County and Incorporated Areas - Preliminary FIRM and FIS report issued on June 22, 2017 

Following up on the issuance of the Preliminary FIRMs and FIS reports, FEMA worked with county and community officials to organize public meetings, called Flood Risk Open Houses, on September 12 for Martin County, on September 13 for St. Lucie County, and on September 20 for Brevard County. These Open Houses, along with an Open House for Indian River County, were delayed due to the untimely arrival of Hurricane Irma. However, FEMA and the communities subsequently rescheduled and held the Open Houses on the following dates: 

  • Brevard County - Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • St. Lucie County - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Indian River County - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Martin County - Thursday, March 22, 2018 

Before the Open Houses, on February 28, 2018, FEMA published a news release announcing the times and venues for the rescheduled Open Houses in Brevard County and a separate news release for the rescheduled Open House in St. Lucie County. On March 7, 2018, FEMA published a news release announcing the times and venues for the rescheduled Open Houses for Indian River and Martin Counties. The FEMA news releases also are accessible through the Information for the Media page. 

During the Flood Risk Open Houses, FEMA, State, county, and community representatives were on hand to jointly discuss the preliminary findings of the coastal flood risk study. Homeowners, renters, business owners, and other members of the public were given an opportunity to view Preliminary versions of FIRM panels online and learn what impact the updated flood hazard and risk information will have on their homes or businesses.

The Flood Risk Open Houses followed fomal meetings with county and community officials called Consultation Coordination Officer, or CCO, Meetings. The previously referenced Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings Fact Sheet, accessible through the "Project Documents" section below, also provides information on the Flood Risk Open Houses and CCO Meetings. PDF versions of the presentations delivered during the CCO Meetings also are accessible through the "Project Documents" section.

FEMA is proceeding with the next step in the process - the administration of the 90-day appeal period for the affected communities - by publishing a Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register, on the FEMA website, and in a local newspaper and by sending notification letters to the community CEOs and FPAs. The Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice for all four counties was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2018. A link to the notice published in the Federal Register is provided in the "Project Documents" section below under "Other Resources."

The appeal period will begin on the date of the second publication of the newspaper notice (schedule to occur on or about December 14, 2018); notices will be published on the FEMA website at that time. Fact Sheets explaining the appeals process also are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below. Links to the notices publsihed on the FEMA website also will be provided below once they are published. 

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Project Documents

The resources below are pertinent to the coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area. 

Fact Sheets

Meeting Materials

Other Resources

Please Note: Because of the large file size, some documents above may require longer than average downloading time 

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Community Information

The table linked below provides information for each of the communities in the counties affected by the coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area, including contact information for the community Chief Executive Officers and Floodplain Administrators; addresses for Community Map Repositories; dates of current effective FIRMs; and statistics on flood insurance policies in force.

Community Information for East Coast Central Florida Study Area, March 2018 (PDF)

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