USCG Sector and Station Key West, Florida, April 16, 2021 —
Sector Key West is a unified command consisting of six Fast Response Cutters, three small boat stations, an Aids to Navigation Team (ANT), and three staff departments. Sector Key West’s area of responsibility includes 55,000 square miles bordering the territorial seas of Cuba and the Bahamas. In September 2017, Sector Key West and Station Key West suffered extensive damage to many facilities from Hurricane Irma. To implement projects to mitigate the damage and close gaps in the existing infrastructure vulnerabilities, the USCG has developed alternatives to achieve the following three concurrent efforts:
• Rebuild Engineering Building (Building 105) at Sector Key West, Florida, to meet resiliency thresholds.
• Rebuild waterfront and shore facilities for Station Key West.
• Rebuild the electrical distribution system serving Sector Key West.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) proposes to repair/replace facilities at Sector and Station Key West that were damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] §§4321 et. seq.); Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] §§1500-1508), and associated CEQ guidelines; Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023-01, Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act; and Coast Guard Commandant Instruction (COMDTINST) 5090.1, U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Policy.