- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

ESTRAL BEACH, Mich. (AP) - The village of Estral Beach could lose its federal flood insurance if the home of its former building inspector isn’t brought up to code.

In compliance with a letter it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the village must prove by May 15 that the home is being elevated above the flood plain of 579 feet. If that doesn’t happen, the village will go on probation for the National Flood Insurance Program, raising residents’ premiums by $50.

If the home isn’t in compliance after a year, FEMA could suspend Estral Beach from the program, forcing about 210 homeowners and home buyers in the village to buy more expensive, private insurance.

The village council decided Monday night to take the former inspector to court to force him to raise his home, the Monroe News (https://bit.ly/1RiYtzK ) reported. Estral Beach officials also plan to ask the Berlin Township Building Department to revoke his certificate of occupancy.

After more than a decade on the job, the former inspector was fired in 2014 for an ethics violation accusing him of using his office for public gain.

The village of about 410 people is along Lake Erie, north of Monroe.

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Information from: Monroe News, https://www.monroenews.com


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