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
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.email@example.com.
The Florida Horse Park Management Plan can be found at the following link:
Florida Horse Park Management Plan
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.
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