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Maryland Society of Surveyors Selects John M. Palatiello & Associates to Provide Association Management Services

Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) today announced it has retained the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) to provide association management services.

"JMP&A's significant experience in the association management field and expert knowledge of the surveying profession made them an attractive candidate in our search for a management company," said Tim Quinn, PLS, (Rodgers Consulting, Inc., Germantown, MD), Chair of the MSS Search Committee. <more>

Please Note!  Change of Address

Effective Thursday, May 1, 2014, all mail to the Maryland Society of Surveyors should be sent to

1856 Old Reston Avenue
Suite 205
Reston, VA  20190
Phone (remains the same):  800-303-6770
FAX* (new):  844-878-4973

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Updated Digital Maps Show Changes to Coastal Barrier Resources System in Five States

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in the Federal Register on April 17, 2014 (79 FR 21787), to announce the availability of final revised maps for all John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) units in Delaware, South Carolina (including one unit that crosses the state boundary into North Carolina), Texas and one unit in Florida. The revised maps are accessible via an online mapper at www.fws.gov/cbra/Maps/Mapper.html. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to review and edit the maps at least once every five years to reflect changes in coastal barriers from natural forces.

The updated maps were produced through a digital conversion project in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Service plans to complete digitally converted maps for units in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina and Virginia by the end of this year. Updated maps for the entire System are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

The Coastal Barrier Resources System was established in 1982. It comprises a total of 856 geographic units that encompass approximately 3.2 million acres of relatively undeveloped coastal barrier lands located along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes coasts, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most new federal expenditures and financial assistance that encourage development are prohibited within the System, including federal flood insurance. However, development still can occur within the System, provided that private developers or other non-federal parties bear the full cost, rather than the American taxpayers.

Additional information about the Coastal Barrier Resources System can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website at www.fws.gov/cbra

Online LOMC

Now Processes both Amendment and Revision Requests

FEMA has successfully launched new capabilities to the Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC)! Requestors may now submit both Amendment and Revision applications through Online LOMC. This convenient web tool is now an alternative to the paper MT-EZ, MT-1, and MT-2 forms.

There are many benefits to applying for a LOMC online:
¨ Submit, pay, and upload supporting documentation for all LOMC requests through one single online platform
¨ Applicants may save information online and finish applying at their convenience
¨ Clear and intuitive interface makes applying user-friendly
¨ Frequent applicants can manage multiple LOMC requests online
¨ Applicants can check their application status in real-time
¨ More efficient communications with LOMC processing staff

For more information about Online LOMC, visit www.fema.gov/online-lomc. If you have any questions, please contact outreach@riskmapcds.com.


Job Opportunities

Maryland Society of Surveyors maintains a listing of Job Opportunities.  Please reply directly to the ad posted.

Update on Plan Maryland

The Maryland department of Planning has issued an update on PlanMaryland implementation. Here is the link to the update:  http://plan.maryland.gov/implementPlan/implementPlan.shtml

Maryland Society of Surveyors Approved as a CPC Provider for Engineers

We are pleased to announce that MSS has been approved by Maryland Board for Professional Engineers, DLLR, as a provider of Continuing Professional Competency for Professional Engineers. 

This approval should prove to be beneficial for our members who are dual-licensed.  In the future, courses that are applicable for engineers will be so noted. 

Now Available!

Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveyors ~ The Red Book

The Maryland Society of Surveyors is now making available the Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveyors (Red Book). This hardbound, 380-page text, which includes a CD-ROM, is a collection of the most recent and pertinent Maryland statutes and rules that offers a legal starting point and a reference work for land surveyors in the State of Maryland, and to anyone interested in the legal aspects of the practice of land surveying. This is the text that was used in the MSS Professional Development Series of seminars featuring James Demma, Esq. The cost is $105.00 which includes shipping and handling.

To order your copy please click here. You can pay online or print out an invoice to mail with your payment.

Red Book Supplement (2011)

This publication is an update to original Red Book (Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveyors/  Cost is $35.00 which includes shipping and handling.  To order your copy please click here. You can pay online or print out an invoice to mail with your payment.


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