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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.

Charles H. Bronson State Forest Management Plan Amendment (Lease No. 3958)

This small management plan amendment addresses the FFS request to locate facilities on the western portion of Charles H. Bronson State Forest to support the Forestry Site / Fire Control Office. The footprint of the entire site will comprise 16 acres and include impermeable surfaces (buildings, walkways, roads, parking pads) plus additional disturbed areas for road swales, septic, and power lines.
The Florida Natural Areas Inventory survey of this portion of the State Forest listed the entire site as historically being classified as improved pasture and has been used extensively for cattle with scattered palmetto and pasture grasses dominating the understory. There is a small section of hardwood hammock which will not be disturbed.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approve these plans unless three ARC members request that this document be placed on future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is January 12, 2015.

Charles H. Bronson State Forest Plan Amendment

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Jennifer Reed, Land Program Coordinator, Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at jennifer.reed@freshfromflorida.com.

Hightower Beach Park Parcels, City of Satellite Beach (Lease No. 4690)

These two parcels are part of the City’s Hightower Beach Park along the Atlantic Coast of Brevard County. The entire park is 18 acres and includes a nature trail, boardwalk, pergolas and a picnic pavilion. These two parcels are undeveloped. The major natural communities found within these parcels include beach dune and coastal strand. Marine turtles including the loggerhead turtle and green turtle are known to use the beach portion of these parcels for nesting. These parcels were acquired under the state’s Save Our Coast (SOC) program from 1990-1992. The goal of the SOC program was to purchase lands to be used for recreational purposes and environmental protection. These parcels are designated as single use to provide resource based recreational activities associated with the beach and ocean such as swimming, sunbathing, fishing, surfing, beachcombing, wildlife observation, and other related uses.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approve these plans unless three ARC members request that this document be placed on future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is January 12, 2015.

Hightower Beach SOC Parcels

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Kerry Stoms, Recreation Director, City of Satellite Beach, at kstoms@satellitebeach.org.

Morikami Park, Palm Beach County (Lease No. 3656)

The 40-acre lease property plays a vital role in the implementation of the 190-acre Morikami Regional Park Master Plan, by augmenting and enhancing public outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities. The other 150 acres of Morikami Park are County-owned property. The lease property, for the most part, is largely a former row crop farm field with only a few remaining improvements consisting of drainage ditches and culverts. Over the past 25 years, the lease property has seen minimal improvements. A public access road and underground utilities extend through its center as part of Morikami Park, Museum and Japanese Gardens. Fourteen acres of former farming fields have been grassed over for open play and grass parking for 400-500 cars during the three to four annual cultural events held at the Museum and Gardens. The lease property also includes a 1.19-acre Cypress head and approximately 19.5 acres of emergent Pine Flatwoods with nature and hiking trails.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approve these plans unless three ARC members request that this document be placed on future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is January 12, 2015.

Morikami Park

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Eric Call, Director, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, at ECall@pbcgov.org.

Smyrna Dunes Park, Volusia County, 125.6 Acres

The Smyrna Dunes Park (SDP) property is located along the southern shoreline of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, within the City of New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida. The site comprises the northern tip of a barrier island, and is bordered to the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (northern Indian River Lagoon), and to the south by residential and multifamily development.
SDP has been managed as a public park by Volusia County since 1982 under a license agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard. County management of the Park continues to focus on protecting the property's environmentally sensitive resources while accommodating public access for passive recreation. In 2010, the USCG notified the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of its intent to relinquish ownership of the property and strongly recommended the property continue to be managed by Volusia County as a public park. Prior to and during the County’s management of SDP, there has been considerable accretion of sand on previously submerged lands owned by the State of Florida. This has resulted in a northward expansion of Park boundaries. In 2014, the State asserted ownership of 125.6 acres of accreted land within the Park. These lands are contiguous with those 62.40 acres owned by the BLM. Thus, in addition to its application for a BLM lease, the County submitted formal application to the Florida Division of State Lands (DSL) for lease of State-owned property within the Park, also for public recreation.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approve these plans unless three ARC members request that this document be placed on future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is January 12, 2015.

Smyrna Dunes Park

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Joe Nolin, Director, Volusia County Coastal Division, at jnolin@volusia.org.

Save Our Coast Properties Brevard County (Lease No. 3485)

The Save Our Coast Properties consist of ten individual small parcels scattered along the Atlantic coast of Brevard County. Individually the parcels are known as the Coconut Point Park (42.76 acres), Green Parcel (0.78 acres), South Beach Regional Park (comprised of Juan Ponce de Leon Park and Twin Shores Park, total of 42.2 acres), and Watson Parcel (1.95 acres). These parcels were acquired under the state’s Save Our Coast (SOC) program from 1990-1992. The goal of the SOC program was to purchase lands to be used for recreational purposes and environmental protection. These parcels are designated as single use to provide resource based recreational activities associated with the beach and ocean such as swimming, sunbathing, fishing, surfing, beachcombing, wildlife observation, and other related uses.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approve these plans unless three ARC members request that these documents be placed on future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is January 12, 2015.

Brevard County SOC Parcels

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Terry Stoms, Special Projects Coordinator, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, at Terry.Stoms@brevardparks.com.

New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins, Volusia County (Lease No. 3960)

The primary management objective is to preserve and interpret the significant historic and archaeological resources on this site. The Cruger and Depeyster sugar mill ruins, adjacent engine house, and remains of an old well were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 (8V0184). The sugar factory was constructed with blocks of cut coquina stone which was quarried in the area. The mill was destroyed during the Second Seminole War in December 1835 after only a few years of operation. Shortly afterward, the steam powered engine was sold to the Marshalls for their sugar works at Dunlawton Plantation in present-day Port Orange, but there are still three original sugar kettles and a walking beam associated with a sawmill at this site. There is also an animal powered cane crusher not originally associated with the site that was located here by the Florida Park Service. This property offers visitors a small parking lot, restroom, picnic area, benches, short nature trail and interpretation of the remains of this East Florida sugar plantation. A residence on site that was constructed during the period that the site was operated by the Florida Park Service is currently used to house a law enforcement officer/caretaker.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approved the plan unless three ARC members request that it be placed on an agenda for consideration at a future Council meeting. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is December 26, 2014.

New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Julie Adams Scofield, Historic Preservation Officer, Volusia County Parks, Recreation & Culture, at jscofield@volusia.org.

Port Richey City Park, City of Port Richey (Lease No. 4340)

This property is for establishment and operation of a city park. Currently, the land is in its native state, but is maintained by the City. City Park is 15.25 acres of native vegetation. Natural resources include maritime hammock that consists of a canopy of live oak (Quercus virginiana), red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), and cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto). Understory species include shrubs and small trees, yaupon (Ilex vomitora), wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), necklace pod (Sophora tomentosa var. truncata), and saffron plum (Sideroxylon celastrinum). This property is adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico (Class III waters) and to waters within Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park (designated as Outstanding Florida Waters).
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approved the plan unless three ARC members request that it be placed on an agenda for consideration at a future Council meeting. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is December 26, 2014.

Port Richey City Park

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Jocilyn Martinez, Assistant City Manager, City of Port Richey, at mailto:j.martinez@cityofportrichey.com.

Minor Amendments to Management Plans

 

Emergency Requests

**none at this time**

 

Management Plan Addendum

Linear Facilities/Incompatible Use Requests

City of Fort Meade Trail Easement – Integrated Habitat Network Lands

The City of Fort Meade has received a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to construct a trail through the City’s outdoor recreation area. The City is requesting a 0.187-acre easement across state-owned land to provide additional trail connectivity to the Peace River. The easement will cross lands managed by the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resources as part of the Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) Lands.
A description of the request and an analysis of its compliance with the Linear Facilities Policy can be found at the following link:

City of Fort Mead Easement – IHN Lands

The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The Division of State Lands will approve these plans unless three ARC members request this easement be placed on future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is January 12, 2015.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Jay Sircy with the Bureau of Public Lands Administration.



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