Bradenton updates flood insurance, firefighter codes

jtate@bradenton.comJuly 18, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to update a flood zone regulation ordinance, which will allow residents to retain the option to be covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Councilman Patrick Roff said the new ordinance does not change flood zone regulations, it ensures the wording complies with national requirements.

"Absolutely nothing changed but we have to make sure our wording is in sync," said Roff.

Jeff Camden, Bradenton building official, said adoption of the Federal Emergen

cy Management Agency's model ordinance consolidates the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements already found in different sections of the city code into as easy-to-find annex.

"Flood plain management utilizes these minimum requirements to ensure good standing and promotes the intent of reducing risk to life, health, safety and property of our citizens located in flood zones," said Camden.

Community participation in the National Flood Insurance Program allows city homeowners to obtain flood insurance for most structures. The national program also offers less expensive rates than nearly all other insurers.

"Adoption of the model ordinance allows our continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program as a community," said Camden.

Camden said, with some exceptions, the model ordinance creates uniformity from one jurisdiction to the next.

In other business, the council unanimously approved an ordinance updating the Firefighters Retirement System code. Councilman Gene Brown was absent.

Roff said the new wording brings the code into compliance with updated Internal Revenue Service requirements.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate.

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