Historical and Cultural Resource Management
Terra Ceia is rich in historical and cultural resources. More than 80 archaeological sites have been
identified on the upland areas bordering the aquatic preserve. Much less is known about submerged
historical and cultural resources of the preserve. The aquatic preserve helped protect these
submerged resources by encouraging the application of new technologies and protocols to their
identification and by ensuring that any resource inventories required of construction impacts are
done in a thorough manner.
Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve (TCAP) staff routinely provided technical assistance to a variety of
regulatory agencies that operate within TCAP. These agencies include DEP's Southwest Regulatory
District, the regulatory section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, DEP's Bureau
of Beaches and Coastal Systems, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Effective enforcement of laws and regulations involves the availability of law enforcement officers
and their ability to operate effectively in a given area. The TCAP program
sought to improve both of
these aspects of enforcement at Terra Ceia. Enforcement actions in the remote area include illegal
vegetation clearing, illegal dredge and fill, illegal narcotics farming and illegal gill netting.
Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Restoration at Terra Ceia is implemented for three reasons: to recover the ecological function of
degraded habitats; to meet larger bay-wide goals for restoring acreage of habitats largely lost
elsewhere; and to mitigate for impacts defined by regulatory entities. Impacts for which restoration
may be needed include dredge and fill activities, illegal clearing of native shoreline vegetation, and
boat grounding sites and prop scars. TCAP staff evaluated proposed restoration projects, analyzed the
costs and benefits of restoring specific areas, and provided guidance in the restoration efforts.
To a great extent, hurricanes, oil spills and other events must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis,
but contingency planning can improve the likelihood that adequate resources for response will be
available and that sound options will have been considered before crisis conditions develop. TCAP
considered contingencies for episodic impacts in the course of their work and
sought opportunities to
plan for events in collaboration with other programs.