The originally propsed Seawall Ordinance has been revised in preparation for the first of two readings at the June 7 commission meeting.
The major changes from the original proposal are:
Eliminates the requirement to bring current seawalls into compliance with new minimum height unless they undergo "substantial repair"
• Adds definitions for seawall, North American Vertical Datum and rip rap;
• Sets a minimum seawall elevation at 3.9 feet NAVD88 (current allowable max);
• Recommends design of seawall for future height adjustment;
• Sets an allowable maximum height of the seawall based on a property’s base flood elevation;
• Requires seawall reconstruction to the minimum elevation if the substantial repair threshold is triggered;
• Requires maintaining seawalls in good repair and sets a timeline of 365 days for completion of repairs if cited;
• Requires owners to prevent tidal waters entering their property from impacting others and sets a timeline of 365 days for remedy if cited;
• Allows fixed docks to extend 10 inches above the adjacent seawall; and
• Allows for floating docks and requires them to be permitted and permanently attached.
Key Changes from the May 3 version presented at Commission Conference:
1) Minor text changes in the title and preamble;
2) Addition of a definition for Rip Rap;
3) Allowing property owners with a finished floor elevation of less than 3.9 feet NAVD88 to seek a waiver from the City Engineer to construct a lower seawall;
4) Technical clarification related to the impermeability of the seawall to tidal flows; and
5) Relaxing of the requirement to design for future extension of the seawall to a recommendation for design.
Read the full ordinance here