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New Orleans Neighborhood Fights FEMA Flood Designation

FEMA’s evolving flood-zone maps face challenges everywhere they go — even in New Orleans. More

Massachusetts Shore Towns Wrangle with FEMA over Flood Zones

A coalition of coastal towns south of Boston, Mass., is getting mixed results in its effort to push back on updated FEMA flood zone determinations. More

Hamptons Homeowners Fight to Squelch “Truck Beach” Revels

On New York’s Long Island shores, beaches can be a high-value amenity. But they can also be a source of trouble. More

Parking for the Boat (Under the House)

Marco Island, Florida builders want permission for boat parking under a house at the end of the canal. But code officials aren’t sure the idea will float. More

Portland, Maine, Ponders Old Port Redevelopment Proposal

Planners in Maine’s largest city are considering a rezoning request from developers that would pave the way for a major mixed-use project near the city’s busy commercial waterfront. But some neighbors are resisting the plan. More

Louisiana Town Considers Vinyl Siding Ban in Historic District

Gretna, Louisiana, is considering whether vinyl siding should be banned in the town’s historic district. More

South Carolina Reduces Fine in Illegal Seawall Case

A South Carolina state board has reduced the fine on a condo association that built an illegal, unreported seawall to defend its building from encroaching surf. More

Height Limits Under Discussion in Florida Keys

Monroe County, Florida, is considering easing building height restrictions in order to allow property owners to prepare for — or recover from — severe flooding. More

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Communities Mandate the Removal of Wood Roofing

In an effort to curb the risk of wildfire destroying homes, more and more western communities push for the removal of existing wood roofing. More

A House Too Ugly for the Beach?

A new home's boxy modern design in raising eyebrows in Kennebunk, Maine — and prompting calls for a new town rule to regulate architectural style. More

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