The Federal Emergency Mandate Agency (FEMA) released preliminary flood maps for Sarasota County in December.
This began a public comment period (lasting 90 days) for the purpose of filing appeals and protests. Federal review will likely begin in May. It is expected that new maps will go into effect in the beginning of 2016 along with new flood insurance requirements. Manatee County's new maps went into effect on March 17, 2014.
For more information visit Sarasota County's resource page here: https://www.scgov.net/FloodMaps/Pages/default.aspx
View preliminary maps here: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/searchLoad.action
FEMA also has scheduled workshops on this matter, more information can be found on that here: https://www.scgov.net/FloodMaps/Documents/Open%20House%20Schedule.pdf
Parker & Associates is available to answer any questions you may have regarding new flood maps, to the best of our ability. Our office is here to assist you to make your real estate transactions and your other legal needs as smooth as possible. Call our office, email us, or go through our website to see what we can do for you!