MUNICIPAL YACHT HARBOR
401 NORTH ROADWAY
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70124
LAKE AREA TOWN HALL MEETING
April 17, 2013
FEMA Claims Status
The Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation (MYHMC) does not receive any funding from the Operating Budget of the City of New Orleans, and it is currently drawing into its reserves in order to fund its operations. The City’s Capital Projects Administration (CPA) is managing the FEMA Claims for the Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation, and the resolution of these claims is essential in restoring the West End Area.
FEMA has obligated $10,100,000 for the Harbor Repair Claim, and is currently reviewing mitigation measures to elevate the electrical distribution system above the base flood elevation. This scope was provided to FEMA by the City and its consultant, Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects.
A Notice to Proceed to prepare the detailed construction repair plans was issued to Sizeler Architects by the City on March 18, 2013. It is projected by the architect that construction documents will be completed and reviewed by November 2013 such that the project will bid in early 2014. It is anticipated that repairs to the East side (265 slips) of the Harbor will be completed during the 3rd quarter of 2014 with repairs to the West side (330 slips) projected to be completed during the 2nd quarter of 2015.
Painting of the shelters has been completed along with the repaving of some sections of sidewalks. Street light repairs around and in the park will be completed by the Department of Public Works (DPW) under Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for streetlight repairs.
FEMA has approved the funding of the Fishing Pier as a “Change of Location Improved Project” such that it will be reconstructed on the North side of the Boat Launch as recommended by the fishing interests. CPA has applied for a Coastal Use Permit which should be received in the next 30 days. A notice to proceed to prepare the engineered plans for the fishing pier along with the restroom facilities will then be able to be issued.
The Hurricane Katrina FEMA Claim for the Boat Launch was denied but the area sustained additional damage as a result of Hurricane Isaac and it is scheduled to be included in that claim. The Board has recently formed a committee to explore additional sources of funding.