Six years in the making with input from dozens of Santa Rosa County residents, emergency officials and engineers, the new Local Mitigation Strategy poses 45 ways to reduce the impact of flooding: from landscaping low areas for better drainage to requiring that new construction be elevated.
And just in case, encourage property owners to purchase flood insurance.
A draft of the new study, released earlier this week, points out that protective measures promoted in Santa Rosa County since the 1970s already save residents an estimated total of $1.1 million on flood insurance policies due to a risk rating that typically qualifies residents for a 25 percent discount.
The only Florida area with a better rating—qualifying for a 30 percent discount—is Marion County, the study found. But the insurance industry offers much lower premiums—discounted by 45 percent—when underwriters are convinced that even more stringent protective practices are in place.
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