The Monroe County Commission agreed Wednesday to increase the allowable building height to mitigate for flooding and sea level rise. The County Commission agreed to raise its 35-foot allowable building height by 5 feet for existing homes and 3 feet for new homes.

This is great news for homeowners who hope to elevate their homes above base flood elevation (BFE) which can greatly reduce flood insurance costs. Many attendees at FIRM’s recent Flood Mitigation Workshops expressed an interest in learning more about elevating their homes. ¬†Floodproofing, including elevation, will be the focus of the second series of ¬†workshops which are in the beginning planning stages.

Read the full Key West Citizen story here County votes to raise the roof

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