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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.). Although this property is considered conservation land by virtue of the sublease from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and is greater than the 160 acre threshold which requires the management plan to be considered by ARC at a regularly scheduled hearing, the primary purpose of this sublease is for the operation and maintenance of the Florida Horse Park as outlined in Section 253.7825(4)(a), F.S. As such, the Division of State Lands, FDACS, and FACHPA have jointly determined that initial consideration of this plan would be most appropriate through the ARC negative response process.
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 August 4, 2014.
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

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Emergency Requests

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Linear Facilities/Incompatible Use Requests

Marion County Drainage Easement – Cross Florida Greenway

Marion County is requesting the proposed easement to construct and maintain two earthen stormwater overflows within the boundary of the Cross Florida Greenway (Lease No. 4013). These overflows will service existing County-owned retention areas located within the adjacent Silver Springs Shores Unit 26 subdivision. The easement will cover two areas of approximately 0.07 acres and 0.05 acres, respectively.
The proposed overflows are part of a larger County initiative to retrofit existing facilities, address longstanding flood issues in the Silver Springs Shores community, and improve water quality in the adjacent state-owned Marshall Swamp. The County will design both overflow areas to cause as little disturbance as possible and be stabilized with seed to allow for natural vegetation growth. A description of the request and an analysis of its compliance with the Trustees’ Incompatible Use Policy can be found at the following link:

Cross Florida Greenway Drainage Easement

The Division of State Lands will approve this easement request unless at least three ARC members ask that it be placed on a future Council meeting agenda. The request deadline is August 8, 2014.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Matt Klein with the Division of Recreation and Parks.

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