Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, May 4, unanimously approved Resolution No. 20-01, adopting the ACND into the Aransas County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

“We’ve been working on this quite a bit,” said Harbor Master Keith Barrett. “(All the Aransas County entities involved) allowed us to be part of the plan.

“It did take us a while, but once signed and sent, we’re part of the plan.”

He noted the ACND will now be able to apply for FEMA projects on its own, but added, “Being a part of this is very important.”

Commissioner Tommy Moore said being part of the joint plan will give the ACND control over its projects.

Most of the issues between the ACND and Aransas County, regarding the intergovernmental agreement for Phase 1 of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the Little Bay circulation study, final engineering, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit, arose due the ACND not being part of the Aransas County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Aransas County, the City of Rockport, Town of Fulton, and City of Aransas Pass were included in the plan when first submitted to the State. The local plan will be part of the state’s overall Hazard Mitigation Plan, making paperwork and funding of FEMA projects easier.

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