Any community or individual property owner can appeal proposed changes to flood hazard information on the preliminary flood hazard maps, also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and the preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report.
Per FEMA, an appeal must be based on data and documentation showing the proposed flood hazard information on the preliminary FIRM or in the FIS report is scientifically or technically incorrect. Appellants need to demonstrate better methodologies, assumptions or data exists and provide alternative analyses that incorporate those methodologies, assumptions, or data if appropriate. The results must show an overall change in the flood hazard information (floodplain boundaries, base flood elevations, or zone designations) shown on the preliminary FIRM and/or in the FIS report.
Formal appeals of the preliminary Maps should be sent to the City at Flood@CityOfKeyWest-FL.gov. The City will not conduct a technical review of submitted appeals, but will compile individual appeals for submission to FEMA.
For technical assistance with properly formulating an appeal for a property located within the City of Key West, the engineering consultant can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An initial review fee may be required (typically in the range of $400-$800). Upon completion of the review, if there is justification to file an individual property appeal, an additional fee would be required to develop the scientific data necessary to support an appeal (typically in the range of $2,500-$6,000).