§ 19-41. Appointment of administrator; duties and responsibilities.  

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  • The director is hereby appointed to administer and implement the provisions of this chapter and is herein referred to as the floodplain administrator. The floodplain administrator shall administer this chapter by granting or denying floodplain permit applications in accordance with its provisions and by performing such other functions as may be required by this chapter. In addition to the other responsibilities outlined in this chapter, the floodplain administrator shall:


    Review all floodplain permits to determine whether sites are reasonably safe from flooding.


    Review all floodplain permits to determine whether the permit requirements of this chapter have been satisfied.


    Maintain all records pertaining to the provisions of this chapter and have such records open for public inspection.


    Interpret the exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazard. When there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions, make the necessary interpretation. Any person contesting the location of the boundary shall be given a reasonable opportunity to appeal the interpretation as provided in sections 19-43 through 19-47 of this chapter.


    When base flood elevation and regulatory floodway data have not been provided in accordance with section 19-7 obtain, review and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation and regulatory floodway data available from a federal, state or any other source, in order to administer this chapter.


    Verify and record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor (A Zones) or bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member of the lowest floor of all new or substantially improved buildings, in accordance with subsections 19-92(1) and (2).


    Verify and record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) to which the new or substantially improved buildings have been floodproofed, in accordance with subsection 19-92(2).


    Review certified plans and specifications for compliance. When floodproofing is utilized for a particular building, certification shall be obtained from a Florida registered professional engineer certifying that all areas of the building, together with attendant utilities and sanitary facilities, below the required elevation are water tight with walls substantially impermeable to the passage of water, and use structural components having the capability of resisting hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads and the effects of buoyancy in compliance with subsection 19-92(2).


    Coordinate all change requests to the FIS or FIRM with the requester, Florida Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, and FEMA.


    Where base flood elevation is utilized, obtain and maintain records of lowest floor and floodproofing elevations for new construction and substantial improvements in accordance with subsections 19-92(1) and (2), respectively.


    Require copies of additional federal, state, or local permits, especially as they relate to F.S. §§ 320.8249; 373.036; 380.05; 381.0065 and ch. 553, pt. IV, be submitted with the floodplain permit application and maintain such permits on file with the floodplain permit.


    Notify adjacent jurisdictions, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, the South Florida Water Management District, or the St. Johns River Water Management District, and FEMA, and any other federal and/or state agencies with statutory or regulatory authority, prior to any alteration or relocation of a natural watercourse.


    Participate and provide recommendations in the public hearings involving variances to this chapter.


    Determine whether the flood-carrying capacity within the altered or relocated portion of any watercourse is maintained.

(Ord. No. 2009-24 , § 3, 9-22-09)