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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.

Captain Forster Hammock Preserve (Lease No. 4136)

The Captain Forster Hammock Preserve (CFHP), also known as the Jungle Trail Conservation Area, is located in Indian River County approximately 1 mile south of Wabasso Beach Road (State Road 510) on the barrier island (Orchid Island), and lies between the Indian River Lagoon the Atlantic Ocean. CFHP consists of 108.88 acres of uplands, 1.08 acres of jurisdictional palustrine wetlands, and 0.21 acres of estuarine wetlands.

Acquisition of the land began in 1994, under the Archie Carr Sea Turtle Refuge project of the Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) Program and was completed in April 1998 with the purchase of the Irwin Tract. Per the lease agreement, the lands are to be managed "...for the conservation and protection of natural and historical resources and for resource based public outdoor activities and education which are compatible with the conservation and protection of these public lands." Other related uses necessary for the accomplishment of this purpose that are designated in the management plan are also permitted.

In the 1999 Jungle Trail Conservation Area Unit Management Plan that was prepared for the property, recreational facilities were proposed that allowed for passive uses such as nature trails, interpretive signage, small boat access, and linkages to the pedestrian/bike path on the west side of State Road A1A. Active recreation facilities were not recommended. Proposed support facilities also included pervious surface access roads and limited parking off Jungle Trail, a one-way loop limited parking area off of SR A1A, informal picnic area, pavilions, wetland boardwalk and restroom building off Jungle Trail, a picnic pavilion/outdoor classroom west of SR A1A, and a beach access boardwalk at the SR A1A parking area. Amenities were constructed at CFHP in 2001-2002 and included restrooms, stabilized driveway and parking facilities, and a system of trails with informational signage. An old Florida cracker home was also donated and relocated onto the property.

The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The plan will be approved by the Division of State Lands 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 May 11, 2016.

Captain Forester Hammock Preserve

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Michael Zito with Indian River County at mzito@ircgov.com.

Treasure Shores Park (Lease No. 3400)

The property is located in Indian River County between Wabasso and Sebastian along State Route A-1-A. This plan provides controlled access to nearly 78 acres of prime barrier island real estate in North Indian River County. This park offers recreational opportunities and includes the longest county controlled beachfront preserve in Indian River County. The beachfront serves as a high density nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles, supporting upwards of 700 to 1000 nests per mile each season.

The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The plan will be approved by the Division of State Lands 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 May 11, 2016.

Treasure Shores Park

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Michael Zito with Indian River County at mzito@ircgov.com.

Wabasso Beach (Lease No 2926)

In 1972, the subject property was leased to Indian River County by the Board of Trustees of the Internal Trust Fund of the State of Florida. The site is cleared undeveloped lot immediately north of the County’s Wabasso Beach Park. The lot is only accessible landward through the County’s Wabasso Beach Park or from the seaward side.

Wabasso Beach Park includes many federally listed species including the loggerhead sea turtle, green sea turtle, and leatherback sea turtle. The site is used for emergency access which is necessary for public health and safety. The property is located along a State designated “Critically Eroded Shoreline.” As such, the property is used as a temporary staging area for labor, material, and equipment for beach nourishment activities that are required following significant beach erosion storm events.

The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The plan will be approved by the Division of State Lands 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 May 11, 2016.

Wabasso Beach Park

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Michael Zito with Indian River County at mzito@ircgov.com.

Minor Amendments to Management Plans

Myakka River State Forest Campground Upgrade

The Florida Forest Service is requesting approval to improve an existing camp ground at Myakka River State Forest. The project includes constructing a bathroom/bathhouse, installing a well and associated water treatment equipment, and an RV waste dump station. Adding the proposed facilities will allow FFS to better accommodate campers at the forest. A description of the amendment can be found at the following link:

Campground Upgrade: Myakka River State Forest

The Division of State Land will approve this management plan amendment unless three ARC members request that the Division place the request on a future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for ARC members to make this request is May 17, 2016.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Cat Ingram with the Florida Forest Service at Catherine.Ingram@freshfromflorida.com.

Emergency Requests

**none at this time**

Management Plan Addendum

**none at this time**

Incompatible Use Requests

Access and Utility Easement: Big Bend Wildlife Management Area

The Whooa, LLC, is requesting a 0.27-acre access and utility easement across a portion of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area. The easement will overlay an existing dirt road and will provide access to private property adjacent to the Management Area’s boundary. A description of the request and an analysis of its compliance with the Incompatible Use Policy can be found at the following link:

WHOOA, LLC, Easement: Big Bend Wildlife Management Area

The Division of State Lands will issue this easement to the Applicant unless three ARC members request that the Division place the request on a future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for ARC to make such a request is May 2, 2016.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Rich Mospens with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at richard.mospens@myfwc.com

Redus Easement: Withlacoochee State Trail

The The Applicant is requesting a 0.19-acre access and utility easement across a portion of the Withlacoochee State Trail in Citrus County. A description of the request and an analysis of its compliance with the Incompatible Use of Policy can be found at the following link:

Redus Easement: Withlacoochee State Trail

The Division of State Lands will approved the easement request unless three ARC members request that the Division place it on a future Council meeting agenda. The deadline for ARC to make this request is May 2, 2016.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Diane Martin with the DEP Division of State Lands at diane.martin@dep.state.fl.us


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