Steve Scalise strikes deal with key congressman on National Flood Insurance Program’s future | State Politics |

I will watch closely for this version to be released.


NYTimes: A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program

A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program

One telling quote:

That’s because Congress gave the program a legal mandate to work with communities, not individual households. So the program was surveying floodplains, then calculating an “average annual loss” for all the houses there. Its insurance rates were based on those averages.

Not sure what the basis is for the average annual loss in the “community” floodplain is, unless it is all coastal AEs of the same level nationwide. Because there is no justification for a home on the outer edges of the AE 10 in Dennis to almost get hit with an $8,000 flood insurance premium. Working with the insurance agent, we were able to show the home was NOT in the flood zone and get the premium down to a more appropriate $798.

Flood Zone Information – Commentary To Come

Below is a letter from the Office of Management and Budget to House Speaker Paul Ryan. It contains information regarding flood zone spending and a framework for the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. The framework follows the “21st Century Flood Reform Act” and not the “Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act” which has received widespread bi-partisan support.








October 17th Town Meeting Zoning Amendments

Town Meeting on October 17th will have two zoning amendments up for a vote. One asking whether recreational marijuana should be prohibited in Dennis and the second asking to make changes to the Seasonal Resort Community length of season and off-season recordkeeping requirements.  These two proposals are as follows:

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town’s Zoning Bylaw by adding a new Section 14, MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS, that would provide as follows, and further to amend the Table of Contents to add Section 14, “Marijuana Establishments”: Section 14 Marijuana Establishments.

Consistent with G.L. c.94G, § 3(a)(2), all types of non-medical “marijuana establishments” as defined in G.L. c.94G, §1, including marijuana cultivators, independent testing laboratory, marijuana product manufacturers, marijuana retailers or any other types of licensed marijuana-related businesses, shall be prohibited within the Town of Dennis.

Or take any action relative thereto.

The Planning Board held a public hearing on this amendment on September 18th and voted unanimously to recommend Town Meeting support.

The second zoning amendment is a citizens petition and reads as follows:

To Amend Section 12.6 of the petition and reads as follows: A proposal that Section 12.6 of the Town of Dennis Seasonal Resort Community Bylaw be amended by (italicizing) the language to be stricken below, and inserting the language bolded below.

12.6 Provisions Affection All Seasonal Resort Communities

A. Seasonal Resort Communities may be open between April 1st and (October 31st )
December 31st, inclusive. Seasonal Resort Communities may provide for short term (use) overnight occupancy, up to four days in any thirty day period, during the remainder of the year, provided that there is an occupancy permit which ensures sanitary facilities are provided.

B. Seasonal Resort Community facility office and recordkeeping. All seasonal resort communities (shall) may maintain an office on the premises. (The office shall be occupied at all times the Seasonal Resort Community is open for occupation by residents.) Each Seasonal Resort Community shall maintain a record of unit occupancy between January 1st and March 31st, which shall be available for inspection by the Building Commission upon request.

The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on this petition on October 16th and will report to Town Meeting as to their recommendation.