Update: August 15, 2019
THE APPLICATON PERIOD FOR THE VOLUNTARY HOME BUYOUT PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED.
ISLAMORADA PROPERTY OWNERS INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM ARE ASKED TO APPLY TO ISLAMORADA BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 TO MEET THE OCTOBER 1, 2019 DEADLINE.
Please see additional information below.
Contact Mary Swaney at email@example.com or 305-664-6411.
Update: August 8, 2019
THE REBUILD FLORIDA VOLUNTARY HOME BUYOUT PROGRAM PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 14, 2019
Islamorada will submit an application for the Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program for those homeowners that applied through the Monroe County portal or directly to Islamorada, Village of Islands. The Village has coordinated closely with Monroe County to complete all elements of the application process and is a partner in the Citizen Participation Plan.
Full information about the Program is available on the Monroe County VOLUNTARY HOME BUYOUT PAGE.
Public comment about the program and Islamorada's application and participation is welcome. Comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 305-664-6411. Comments may also be submitted through the Monroe County online Commenting Forum.
Release: July 17, 2019
MONROE COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE NEW REBUILD FLORIDA VOLUNTARY HOME BUYOUT PROGRAM
Public Hearing regarding the Program July 22, 2019 at 10AM in Marathon
The State of Florida has allocated $10 million to Monroe County (including the municipalities in the County) through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Voluntary Home Buyout Program. The voluntary program was created to encourage risk reduction through the purchase of residential property in high flood-risk areas.
This program allows the government to purchase your property at the pre-Hurricane Irma fair market value for both the land and the structure. Priority properties are located in low- and moderate-income areas. Any existing structures will be demolished, and the property will be used for permanent open space, conservation, recreation, or stormwater management systems in perpetuity.
Properties must have received damages due to Hurricane Irma. A property owner cannot be eligible for buyout assistance if the property owner has received CDBG-DR funding to repair the property or received rehabilitation or repairs through the Housing Repair and Replacement Program. A property owner who demolished their home after Hurricane Irma may be eligible for the buyout assistance program if they can prove the home previously existed.
If you are interested in selling your property, fill out the Monroe County Voluntary Home Buyout Interest Survey at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/homebuyout and sign the “Voluntary Acknowledge Form” required by the State of Florida. If you previously completed the interest form indicating your interest in voluntary home buyout, you will receive a Voluntary Acknowledge Form in the mail, or you may also go online to view and print the form.
A public meeting will be held regarding the program on Monday, July 22 at 10 a.m. at the Board of County Commissioners budget meeting at the Marathon Government Center. For more information about the program, contact email@example.com.