Victory for Ground Level Remodels in Flood-Prone Areas

Scott Rudacille - Bradenton Attorney

Scott E. Rudacille, Esq., Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law

The communities on Anna Maria Island have been trying to maintain their historic character by encouraging the remodeling of existing ground-level homes.  Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeks to limit exposure to flood claims by pressuring these communities to take more and more restrictive positions on ground-level renovations, to force property owners to tear down and rebuild elevated structures.

Blalock Walters recently represented a client before the Florida Building Commission, and was successful in obtaining a Declaratory Statement which clarifies that under the Florida Building Code, substantial structural alterations can be made to ground-level structures without necessarily triggering the requirement to elevate the home.

The appeal to the Florida Building Commission regarding building code issues is one of the tools that we examine in trying to resolve a matter favorably for our client.

For questions or more information, contact Scott Rudacille at 941-748-0100.