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During the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management’s 14th annual Conference & Exhibition at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, the Federal Emergency Management Agency presented an award to Sea Isle City for reaching Class 3 status in FEMA’s Community Rating System — an honor that comes with a 35 percent discount on flood insurance premiums for compliant policy holders. Sea Isle City is the only community in New Jersey and one of only a handful in the nation to reach Class 3 status. Shown receiving the award Oct. 24 from FEMA Emergency Management Specialist Scott Duell, right, are, from left, Sea Isle City Floodplain Manager Neil Byrne and Mayor Leonard Desiderio.

During the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management’s 14th annual Conference & Exhibition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency presented an award to Sea Isle City for reaching Class 3 status in the agency's Community Rating System.  

The award, an engraved plaque, was presented to Sea Isle City by FEMA Emergency Management Specialist Scott Duell on behalf of the agency's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Deputy Associate Administrator Roy E. Wright.  

The plaque stated Sea Isle City “has undertaken a series of meaningful activities to protect its citizens from losses caused by flooding and has significantly exceeded the requirements for NFIP participation and effective floodplain management.”  

The plaque also was embossed with the National Flood Insurance Program / Community Rating Service’s Class 3 seal.  

Compliant policy holders in Class 3 communities receive a 35 percent discount on flood insurance premiums. Sea Isle City is the only community in New Jersey to reach Class 3 status — and one of only a handful in the nation with that rating.  

Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio was on hand to receive the award, as was Sea Isle City Floodplain Manager Neil Byrne, who hosted an educational session during the 3-day conference, which had more than 400 floodplain officials from across the state in attendance.  

“I was more than happy to accept the award on behalf of our entire community,” Desiderio said. “I am very grateful to all of our local property owners for working with our administration during the past 25 years as we strived to improve Sea Isle’s flood standards and became one of our nation’s most respected flood-resilient communities in FEMA’s eyes. Clearly, this is something we can all be proud of, and it is quite the “feather in our cap.”  

The conference was held Oct. 24 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

To learn more about flood protection efforts, see seaislecitynj.us and click the “FEMA Flood Info” link on the home page — or phone 609-263-1166.

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