October 15, 2016
Congressman Frank LoBiondo
5914 Main Street Suite 103
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1746
Dear Congressman LoBiondo:
Our Council represents 13 municipalities along the Delaware Bay, from the Cape May canal to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. We seek to amplify Bayshore issues and community needs and facilitate a healthy balance of conservation and economic vitality. We are writing to you in support of a resolution adopted recently by the Township of Lower.
Lower Township Council has made application to FEMA to activate Scientific Resolution Panels (SRP) for an Independent third party review of the proposed ‘V’ Flood Zone along the Delaware Bay in Lower Township, and FEMA has not formally responded to Lower Township’s request dated March 11, 2016, and acknowledged on June 7, 2016, by Michael Moriarty, Director, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region II.
Time is of the essence and Lower Township Residents are suffering from extraordinarily high flood insurance rate increases. Dr. Stewart Farrell, Director of the Coastal Research Center, Stockton University, has recommended this course of action among other actions including but not limited to litigation.
Lower Township Officials believe that the Township and FEMA are at an impasse, and FEMA has not established the SRP requested by Lower Township. Therefore, we formally request that you advocate on Lower Township’s behalf and request that FEMA immediately establish Scientific Resolution Panels to independently review Lower Township’s appeal of FEMA’s proposed ‘V’ Zone mapping along the Delaware Bayshore, including all scientific analysis and storm surge models, and the FUNWAVE hydrodynamic model, produced by Dr. Stewart Farrell.
Thanks you for your attention to this matter.