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St. Augustine Seeks Members For New Committee Focused On Flooding

A Jeep drives through a flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers
A Jeep drives through a flooded street in St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is looking for residents to be on a new committee tasked with updating the city’s building code to reduce flooding.

The City Commission on Monday agreed to form the five-member advisory committee. It will be chaired by Commissioner John Valdes, who has worked in the construction industry for decades.

The city said residents applying to be on the Building Code Advisory Committee should have experience in relevant fields, such as architecture, engineering, construction, historic preservation or real estate.

Related: New St. Augustine Committee Tasked With Amending Building Code To Reduce Flooding

According to the city, the goals of the new committee include but are not limited to:

  • “Protect older homes from flooding by new homes that are required to be constructed at higher elevations.
  • Safeguard the Historic District’s integrity while providing ways to lift historic buildings out of flood zones while protecting our historic streetscapes.
  • Provide incentives for property owners to use building techniques which do not require land filling for new home construction.
  • Limit the amount of impervious surface that is allowed on residential lots.  There is currently no limit to the amount of paving a homeowner can do on their property.”

The deadline to apply to serve on the Building Code Advisory Committee is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.
Applications are available here.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.