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MS: FEMA Continues To Screw Coast

According to the letter from FEMA, Gulfport should be dropped from an 8 to a 10 “at the next possible opportunity.” Such a drop would mean at least a 10 percent increase in flood insurance costs for all Gulfport homeowners, not just the noncompliant properties.

“We cannot continue to provide your community with reductions in flood insurance premiums now that we have determined that your community is no longer fully compliant with the minimum requirements,” the letter said.

State and federal flood specialists in February told the city it must remedy 165 noncompliant properties. The number of problem properties since has jumped to 225, but Warr said the city reduced the number to fewer than 30 and that that information was hand-delivered to FEMA in March.

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