UNION BEACH - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is enacting a new set of building regulations aimed at preventing future floods in Union Beach.

Among the proposed changes, all new construction will have to be built 15 feet or more above sea level.

The height requirement varies depending on where the rebuilding is taking place in relation to Raritan Bay. Projects starting along Front Street on the beach will have to go up 17 feet and have pilings for a foundation instead of concrete.

Under FEMA's flood insurance rules, building high will result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in flood insurance savings for residents.

The changed landscape is already noticeable, with some residents saying the modifications signal progress toward a new and improved Union Beach.