Tag: Reform

Jan 24 2019

Audubon South Carolina Urges Energy Reform In 2019 State Legislature

By Sarah McKenna for The Island Eye News Audubon South Carolina is urging the South Carolina General Assembly to pass an innovative, comprehensive energy modernization bill that expands access to solar energy for consumers and businesses. Adopting responsible solar energy benefits birds and people by preserving the quality of South Carolina’s natural resources, stimulating job …

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Aug 31 2018

Beachfront Management Reform Put Into Action

By Mimi Wood, The Island Eye News Staff Writer Literally, a line in the sand. Actually two lines; jurisdictional lines, designed to preserve the beach and dune systems, while still maintaining land rights for coastal property owners. That’s the crux of the Beachfront Management Reform Act, signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster under a …

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Jan 21 2015

New Changes Will Affect Flood Insurance Premiums

Staff Report for Island Eye News The National Flood Insurance Program is in the process of implementing Congressionally mandated reforms required by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 that repeal and modify the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The new law slows some flood insurance rate increases and offers relief to …

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Jul 22 2014

Know Your Flood Insurance Changes

  Staff Report for Island Eye News On March 21, 2014, the President signed the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. This law repeals and modifies certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. FEMA is actively analyzing and prioritizing implementation of this new law. In accordance with the new law, …

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Feb 06 2014

Back Peddling On Biggert Waters

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor Flood insurance was back on the government’s agenda this month as both Congress and the Senate dealt with bills delaying the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Congress passed a $1.1 trillion government funding agreement that included language to block FEMA from spending any money …

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Nov 12 2013

Bill Introduced To Delay Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor On October 29 Democratic senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey announced a bipartisan deal had been reached to delay the flood insurance premium hikes that went into effect on October 1, 2013, or earlier in some cases. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act will require FEMA to complete an …

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Oct 30 2013

Mayoral Candidates Go Head To Head

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor Residents of the Isle of Palms crowded into the Exchange Club on Palm Boulevard Monday night for a debate between mayoral candidates Dick Cronin and Ryan Buckhannon. Moderated by Mary Horrse, Treasurer of The League of Women Voters and sponsored by Lucky Dog News, publishers of Island Eye News, …

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Oct 18 2013

Message From The Mayor: October 2013

By Mike Perkis, Mayor of Sullivan’s Island for the Island Eye News  There are two very important actions affecting our community. First, effective Oct. 1, 2013, Sullivan’s Island joined the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center. Previously all emergency calls from SI residents were dispatched through the Isle of Palms dispatch center. This relationship worked extremely well …

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Oct 17 2013

Paying The Cost Of Life On The Coast

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor For those residing in coastal communities such as the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, the risk that comes with being in a flood zone is just the price they pay to live so close to such beauty. However, thanks to the National Flood Insurance Program, many residents haven’t …

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Aug 20 2013

Flood Insurance Rates on the Rise

By Hannah Dockery Living on a low-lying island community means that homeowners will often pay higher insurance rates. It’s one of the few downsides to living in the lowcountry. But changes coming to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) could soon have islanders in older homes panicking. Since its establishment in 1968, the NFIP has …

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