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Small Management Plans, Minor Plan Amendments and Incompatible Use & Linear Facilities Policy Requests Highlights

Management Plans for Properties 160 Acres and Smaller

The Office Of Environmental Services has received the following land management plans for properties 160 acres and smaller in size. Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) members who wish to have any of these plans placed on a formal ARC agenda for discussion should contact Hank Vinson, ARC Staff Director, prior to the date indicated below. Please note that at least three ARC members must make the request for a plan for a property smaller than 160 acres in size to be scheduled for an ARC agenda. If we do not receive three requests by the stated deadline to schedule a plan for consideration at an ARC meeting, the plan will be approved.

Florida Horse Park

Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority, Sublease No. 4013-90-1

The Florida Horse Park is a 500 acre equestrian facility located in Marion County. It is situated within the Cross Florida Greenway State Recreation and Conservation Area, which is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails. However, the Horse Park is not part of the Wildlife Management Area of the Greenway. There are multiple permanent and temporary structures on the property. Outside the primary area utilized by the Horse Park Authority, the property consists of cleared fields of grass and wooded acres. Additionally, there are several miles of riding trails through the Horse Park and connecting to the Cross Florida Greenway. There are no outstanding areas or features on the property other than the Horse Park Facility.
The Florida Agriculture Center & Horse Park Authority (FACHPA) was created on March 14, 1996 by Sections 570.951 and 570.952, Florida Statutes (F.S.).
Three ARC members have requested the Division of State Lands place this management plan on a future Council meeting agenda. The Division of State Lands will schedule the plan for ARC consideration in the near future.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Reed, Land Planning Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at Jennifer.reed@freshfromflorida.com.
The Florida Horse Park Management Plan can be found at the following link:

Florida Horse Park Management Plan

Minor Amendments to Management Plans

Rookery Bay NERR Management Plan Amendment (Lease No. 3819)

The Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP) is part of the Central and Southern Florida Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and encompasses an area of environmentally sensitive lands in southwestern Collier County, Florida. The PSRP project was authorized in the federal Water Resources Development Act of 2007 to restore natural water flow across 93 square miles of Collier County lands that were drained for an extensive residential development. Based on the best available scientific information, the restoration activities associated with the PSRP may have an adverse effect on the Florida manatees’ passive thermal refuge or “refugium” at the Port of the Islands Marina Basin, currently used by a manatee population as a warm water refugium during the colder months of the year. Based on this information the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District, in consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, proposed to protect manatees through the construction of a manatee mitigation feature which will mitigate for any impacts to the existing warm water refugium in the POI Marina. The entire footprint of the manatee mitigation feature is approximately ten acres of state-owned conservation land leased to the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR). Approval of this proposal will allow for the construction of the manatee mitigation feature, and will serve as an amendment to the RBNERR management plan which was approved on February 16, 2012.
The following link contains the amendment and associated maps.

Rookery Bay NERR Management Plan Amendment

The Division of State Lands will approve this amendment unless three ARC members request that Council consider it at a future meeting. The deadline for ARC to make this request is Monday, November 24, 2014.

If you have questions, contact either Penny Isom with the DEP Florida Coastal Office at Penny.Isom@dep.state.fl.us, or Kristine Morris with the DEP General Counsel’s Office at Kristine.P.Morris@dep.state.fl.us.


Emergency Requests

**none at this time**


Management Plan Addendum

Linear Facilities/Incompatible Use Requests

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