DESTIN, Fla. – Each year Okaloosa County, with input from all participating municipalities, provides the Florida Division of Emergency Management an update on the status of the adopted 2016 Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS). These updates include any new and completed projects, as well as a brief summary of any other changes that have or will ensure the City is better prepared to respond to natural disasters like flooding or hurricanes and better equipped to respond once the disaster has passed.
Local Flood Mitigation projects identified in the LMS for Destin include:
Priority 4b, Stormwater improvements on Sandalwood Drive, Completed 2017
Priority 4c, Stormwater Swales and retention for Joe’s Bayou Area, Stormwater Pump System, Completed 2016.
Priority 4d, Stormwater swales and retention for Kelly Street Area and portions of Benning Drive, Completed 2017.
Priority 5a, Stormwater Swales and retention for Maltezos Street Area, Completed 2017.
Priority 6a, Replace culverts and swale system in Indian Bayou Subdivision, Ongoing; storm swale and pipe replacement/ upgrade project in flood prone area, Completed 2017.
Priority 15a, Permanent Stabilization of Norriego Point, Completed 2018.
Providing the update also ensures the ability of the county and city to request and receive funds in the event of a declared disaster.
The council’s adoption of the updated Local Mitigation Strategy also enables the city to receive needed Community Rating System (CRS) point credits toward maintaining the city’s classification of “6”, which currently provides City of Destin property owners a 20% flood insurance premium rate reduction.
A copy of the updated 2016 Local Mitigation Strategy is available at the City of Destin Public Services Department, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, and on the city’s website www.cityofdestin.com.