Local Mitigation Strategy

2020 Oldsmar Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Initiatives

  1. LMS Initiatives - Completed


  • Municipal Services Center storm mitigation/hardening by conducting vulnerability assessment, adding storm shutters and hardening overhead doors.  The Municipal Services Center houses Public Works divisions and serves as the Emergency Force staging area during Emergency Operations Plan activation. (300 Commerce Boulevard) - COMPLETED 
  • City Hall hardening by adding storm shutters.  In addition to housing all administrative services to the  City, the building contains the City's centralized telephone, computer and records retention systems. (100 State Street West) - COMPLETED
  • Wastewater Plant and Pump Station hardening with storm shutters. (351 Lafayette Boulevard) - COMPLETED
  • Vollmer Road Drainage Improvement in conjunction with Pinellas County and Harrod Properties. - COMPLETED
  • Sellers Industrial Park Paving/Drainage Improvements - COMPLETED
  • Pine Avenue at Marlborough Street Drainage Improvements - COMPLETED
  • Update Pinellas County LMS Five Year Update - COMPLETED
  • City Hall Generator Replacement - COMPLETED
  • City Hall storm mitigation/hardening by replacing windows and doors with storm-rated windows and doors - COMPLETED
  • Stormwater Master Plan 10-Year Update - 10-year update to the Stormwater Management Plan to complete tasks outlined in the SWFWMD's Watershed Management Program, Guidelines, and Specifications - COMPLETED
  • Stormwater Treatment Plan - a 2002 Initiative projected to cost $240K. This initiative was intended to prepare a citywide drainage plan to minimize flooding throughout the City. Implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements to improve citywide drainage to minimize flooding throughout the City and improve the quality of runoff into Tampa Bay - COMPLETED
  • Stormwater Management Plan - a cooperative agreement was entered into with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) in August 2000. In January 2001, the project was awarded to URS Corporation.  Phase I, Stormwater Management Master Plan, has been complete. Phase II, design of facilities modifications to correct reoccurring stormwater problems is complete. The Downtown, Federal Street, and the St. Petersburg  Drive projects have been completed.  Phase III, portions of the Cypress Lakes Industrial Park Resurfacing was completed in FY 2009.
  1. LM Goals & Objectives

Local Mitigation Goals and Objectives


  • INITIATIVE: Increase Public Awareness Regarding Mitigation.  Provide education and information to property and business owners about storm damage and ways to properly protect structures. Utilize print media, television, radio, and computer technology to educate public on mitigation. Estimated completion time: more than 12 months. There are 4 $25,000 currently unfunded programs underway (EMPATF, HMGP, PDM) to implement this initiative. STATUSOngoing- This is accomplished by displaying information on hurricane and storm preparedness.  The Oldsmar Library provides Hurricane Preparedness Flyers in English and Spanish, and links on the Library website to Pinellas County's Emergency Management website.  The City's website contains flood information and is continually updated.  The City mails flood information to all residents in the Special Flood Hazard Area on a yearly basis.  A message regarding flood mitigation and contact information is provided on all utility bills for a billing cycle.  The Library continues to maintain information on flood protection as well as a complete copy of the FIRMs for the City.  On a yearly basis, letters are mailed to all lenders, insurance agents, and real-estate offices that include flood information regarding flood mitigation and the availability of elevation certificates, and contained flood insurance information.  Each year, prior to Hurricane Season, several agencies (e.g., TBRPC, Pinellas County) help to produce an All Hazards Guide or Hurricane Guide and disseminate it to the residents of Pinellas County.  This guide provides a map of evacuation zones, shelters, and important information on what to do during an emergency.  The City assists in this effort by making the publication available at its government buildings (e.g., City Hall, Library). This practice will continue as long as the Guide is produced and made available.
  • INITIATIVE: Create a Disaster Resistant Community. City personnel enforce the Land Development Regulations regarding flood management provisions and stormwater management. STATUS: The regulations are strictly enforced.  There is an ongoing review of these regulations including the requirement that new construction must be elevated 18 inches above the crown of the road.  All construction in the V- and A- zones must meet National Flood Insurance Program requirements.  In 2002, the City began utilizing the Florida Building Code which has increased requirements for structural stability.  For example, windows must be resistant to greater wind loads.  The City will continue to enforce the requirements of the Florida Building Codes and its updates. 
  • INITIATIVE: Enforce Stormwater Management Requirements.  STATUS: All development is regulated with regard to surface water runoff.  Stormwater management systems are required to be designed for 25-year 24-hour storm event with protection for the 50-year event.  While the City maintains its own system, it has the authority to inspect privately-owned drainage systems and remove, or cause to be removed, obstructions. The City does prohibit stream dumping.  The City requires erosion/sedimentation controls during construction.  The City has a Watershed Management Plan from which drainage improvement projects are developed and budgeted.  The City currently has a stormwater utility fee, which is used to generate revenue for drainage maintenance and improvements.  The source of the funds is a $6.00 per month fee to single-family dwelling units, and adjusted rates for multifamily units, commercial, and industrial customers.  Any significant new development or redevelopment must obtain an environmental resource permit through SWFWMD which regulates stormwater management.  The City enforces this requirement and will continue to do so.
  • INITIATIVE: Retain low-density residential land use and open space preservation in the Coastal High Hazard Area and Special Flood Hazard Area.  STATUSLarge open or undeveloped space such as that found at Mobbly Beach Park, Mobbly Bayou Preserve, Bicentennial Park, Veterans Park, R.E. Olds Park, Sheffield Park, and Harbor Palms Nature Park meets important recreation/open space standards as well as limiting additional development in the floodplain.  These areas will be retained as open space.  Significant areas within the subdivisions of East Lake Oaks, Bay Arbor, and Estuary at Mobbly Bay are designated as Open Space and/or Preservation and will continue to be retained. 
  • INITIATIVE: Provide flood-related information to the residents. STATUS: The City maintains elevation certificates on all buildings built in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) after 1991.  While the City cannot verify that elevation certificates are available for all post-FIRM buildings with the SFHA, these certificates go back as far as 1983.  The city also enforces the elevation of all new and substantially improved structures.  This practice will continue.  The City sends flood proofing information and insurance information annually to the residents of each repetitive loss area.  This task will continue.  While not necessarily a formal program, Building Division personnel provide information, expertise, and advice to residents and businesses regarding flooding and methods to prevent or reduce such.  This may include on-site visits.  This task will continue.
  • INITIATIVE - Climate Resiliency Plan. The resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt and grow in the face of stress and shocks and even transform when conditions require it. The City shall plan for resilience because almost all of Oldsmar is in High or Moderate risk for flooding. Major storms and flooding events are happening more frequently. Latest NOAA projections have 2-8 foot rise in sea level in the next 50 years. The goal is to ensure that Oldsmar remains socially, economically, and environmentally viable for future generations.  STATUS: The project is currently in Phase I.  Phase I of this project will provide Vulnerability Assessment, including identification of affected systems and literature review.  Phase II will prioritize vulnerabilities and develop adaptation strategies for the resiliency plan.
  1. Recommended Action Plan

The following are recommended actions:

1. Continue the extensive use and preservation of open space throughout the City and particularly within the floodplain.  This includes Mobbly Beach, Mobbly Bayou, Veterans Memorial Park, R.E. Olds Park, Bicentennial Park, Sheffield Park, and Harbor Palms Nature Park.
Timetable: Ongoing
Evaluation Criteria: Number of acres of open space within the floodplain.
Budget: Staff time (operating funds): Leisure Services Department.

2. Continue the maintenance of the City's drainage system.  This includes routine inspection, removal of debris, repairs, top and slope mowing, and aquatic maintenance.
Timetable: Annually
Evaluation Criteria: Most recent information on the total number of inspections and maintenance performed; most recent information on the total amount of funds expended on maintenance.
Budget: Staff time (operating funds): Public Works Department

3. Continue to mail-out flood proofing information to the residents of each repetitive loss area as well as providing flood information to banks, lending institutions, etc. 
Timetable: Annually
Evaluation Criteria: Number of packages set to repetitive loss area residents.
Budget: Staff time, postage (operating funds): Planning & Redevelopment Department

4. Encourage the elevation/retrofitting of structures to FEMA requirements through the enforcement of the 50% rule, through the distribution of information to repetitive loss areas and SFHA.
Timetable: Annually
Evaluation Criteria: Number of structures elevated due to the 50% rule; number of packages sent to repetitive loss area residents.
Budget: Staff time (operating funds): Planning & Redevelopment Department

5. Continue to provide the Map Determination Service, including the publicizing of the service.
Timetable: Ongoing
Evaluation Criteria: Number of announcements sent publicizing the service; number of map determinations provided.
Budget: Staff time, postage (operating funds): Planning & Redevelopment Department

6. Continue to maintain and publicize the Flood Library documents available at the Oldsmar Public Library.
Timetable: Ongoing
Evaluation Criteria: Number and types of documents available at the Oldsmar Public Library.
Budget: Staff time (operating funds): Library

7. Continue to provide technical assistance to residents investigating flood issues.
Timetable: Ongoing
Evaluation Criteria: Estimated number of times some type of technical assistance was provided to Oldsmar residents or businesses.  
Budget: Staff time (operating funds): Public Works Department

8. The City of Oldsmar will continue to be an active participant in the LMS.
Timetable: Ongoing
Evaluation Criteria: Continue to attend LMS group meetings.
Budget: Staff time (operating funds): Fire Planning & Redevelopment Department