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Palm Coast waives permit fees for hurricane repair work, assistance center consolidates

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Also: Flagler Beach Post Office holding mail for detour areas; Flagler Beach debris collection continues

City of Palm Coast waives permit fees for Hurricane Matthew repair work

Fees will be waived for 60 days, until Dec. 9, 2016, for the following permit types for damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Matthew, according to a city of Palm Coast government news release. 

Below is information on the permits required, when necessary, and timing for acquiring those permits. The permit fees for these permit types will be waived until Dec. 9, 2016:
 
Fences 

  • Replacement fences using same material and installing in the same location may be replaced without first obtaining a permit; however, a permit will need to be obtained within 60 days.
  • For relocated or installation of alternative material or height than originally approved, a permit will be required prior to installation.
  • No permit required for limited repairs/panel replacements, such as for like height and material.

 
Sheds

  • Shed replacement will require a permit prior to installation. 
  • Shed repairs will not require a permit; sheds must remain in originally approved location.
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Soffit/fascia/siding repairs

  • A permit will not be required.

 
A/C equipment change-outs

  • A permit will be required prior to work.

 
Electrical repairs (mast, weather-head, panel, lights)

  • A permit will be required.

Roofing

  • Re-roof will require a permit prior to work.
  • Replacement of up to 3 bundles of shingles (100 square feet) will not require a permit.

Screen enclosure (aluminum cage)

  • Screen enclosure replacements will require a permit prior to work.
  • Certified drawings are required unless the enclosure was built under the Florida Building Code 5th Edition (applied for after June 30, 2015).
  • Screen repairs do not require a permit.
  • Swimming pools must meet barrier requirement.

All contractors must be licensed, insured and registered with the city of Palm Coast Building Division. 
 
It is the city’s intent to expedite all hurricane-related permits. Many minor repairs will not need a permit whatsoever. For any clarity, please call the Building Division at 386-986-3780.

Flagler County Assistance Center consolidates to one location

Flagler County is consolidating its two satellite centers into the main Assistance Center located at the Palm Coast Branch Library, according to a Flagler County government news release. 

The center will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Library is located at 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW. The efforts are ahead of a potential FEMA Disaster Center.

“We found that most people were coming to the library, so we thought we would be better off having more help in one area,” Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said in the news release.

Multiple agencies will help residents get information and some resources to help them recover from Hurricane Matthew. Those agencies include the following: United Way, Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Flagler County Health Department, Flagler County Human Services, Flagler County Senior Services, Flagler Volunteer Services, Flagler County Homebuilder’s Association, Department of Children and Families, FEMA (once they arrive) and Verizon with two charging stations.

Those without transportation who need a ride should call Flagler County Transportation Department at 386-313-4100.

Though a federal declaration has yet to be made to qualify Flagler County for Individual Assistance, residents can pre-register at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Filling out the “address look-up” currently provides the message: “No disasters declared for Individual Assistance were found for this address.” Despite that message, residents can still apply for assistance: “The system will let you proceed if early registration is open for your state or county. Your application will be proceed if you county is added to an active declaration.”

There is also a FEMA Helpline that is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. The number is 800-621-3362, TTY is 800-462-7585.

Flagler Beach continues yard waste removal

In an efforts to assist residents with the removal of yard waste created by Hurricane Matthew, the city of Flagler Beach has contracted Crowder Gulf: Disaster Recovery & Relief Management to pick up yard waste debris, according to a city of Flagler Beach government news release.

The coordinated efforts began Oct. 13 with removal on the west side of the city. Crowder Gulf crews will work their efforts eastward and multiple passes will be made in the coming week to assist with yard waste debris removal.

Citizens can put un-bagged yard waste to the side of the road for removal. Yard waste consists of the following: branches, leaves, trees limbs, underbrush, etc.

The importance of separating yard waste debris associated with the storm from normal household waste/garbage (class 1) and construction debris (treated wood, metal, aluminum siding, etc.) cannot be understated. At this time, Crowder Gulf will make multiple passes for yard waste only.

City Sanitation crews will be picking up household garbage (class 1) as normal and city crews along with Crowder Gulf may pick up construction debris in the very near future. 

If there are any questions regarding the removal or yard waste debris (or any other trash removal questions), contact City Hall at 386-517-2000.

“We’re committed to assisting our community as we recover from Hurricane Matthew and we’ll roll up our sleeves up to help residents get debris out to the road,” City Manager Larry Newsom said in a news release. “If you’ve got an extremely large amount of debris or you physically can’t move debris, please contact City Hall so we can get our crews to you.”

Flagler Beach Post Office holding mail for detour areas

The Flagler Beach Post Office is open, and staff is holding mail for the residential and business addresses on Oceanshore Boulevard in the detour areas that mail carriers cannot access, according to a city of Flagler Beach government news release.

Residents can pick up their mail up in person at the post office with proper identification.

The United States Postal Service is working on a long term solution to this situation. 

Once the caitiff Flagler Beach receives updated information from the United States Postal Service, it will provide that information to the community. 

The location of the post office is 300 South Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach, FL 32136.

“We’re doing our very best to get our community back up and running to the way their lives were before Hurricane Matthew, and we’re working with our local Post Office to help get our folks mail,” City Manager Larry Newsom said int he news release. 

Anyone with questions about the information in this news release, or other mail issues, can call City Hall at 386-517-2000 or the local post office at 386-439-7347.

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