Federal hearing on North Topsail CBRA designation set

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

“North Topsail Beach has provided extensive documentation to prove that in 1982 the area was under development and in fact had full infrastructure in place. There is no reason that North Topsail Beach should be prevented from accessing the NFIP, and it is my hope that the subcommittee will support my effort to correct this error,” Jones said in a statement Tuesday announcing the hearing.

Mayor Dan Tuman said he was notified of the hearing and will testify before the House Fisheries, Wildlife, Ocean and Insular Affairs Subcommittee regarding the CBRA designation.

“It has a substantial impact to our community,” he said.

By not being eligible for the NFIP, homeowners in the zone face significantly higher flood insurance premiums.

However, town officials said, the impact goes well beyond insurance rates.

“It’s not just helping homeowners on the beach get a decrease in flood insurance (rates). It’s a lot more complex than that,” Turille said.

Areas in CBRA zones are not eligible for any kind of federal assistance. While that includes participation in the NFIP, it can also keep the town from receiving such assistance as highway funds or grants and financing for shore protection or hazard mitigation projects.

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