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Northwest District Northwest District - Ecosystem Management Agreement II


Ecosystem Management Agreement (EMA)
with the St. Joe Company

On September 14, 2011, the Department conducted a public meeting to address the Ecosystem Management Agreement (F.S. 403.0752), a proposed ecosystem management agreement between the DEP and the St. Joe Company. This EMA Area (EMA #2) encompasses 42,889 acres of St. Joe owned lands within the West Bay Sector Preservation Area in Bay County. This public meeting was held in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers who presented their Regional General Permit (RGP) which in part covers the same area as the EMA.

This agreement is the second such agreement entered into with The St. Joe Company.  The first, in 2004, encompassed and area of 31,350 acres in size and provided for conservation for more than 20,760 acres of St. Joe owned property in Bay and Walton Counties. The Department and the federal government have urged St. Joe to take a comprehensive, regional approach to conservation and development that would provide for predictable community growth while affording greater protection to natural lands along the Emerald Coast.

St. Joe Company has extensive landholdings in Northwest Florida, some of which is earmarked for residential, commercial and recreational development, which require environmental permits. The agreement provides protective guidelines for activities associated with building roads, homes and community infrastructure.

As part of these two agreements, St. Joe is setting aside thousands of acres of high quality habitat for preservation. The conservation areas create a two-pronged “Bay to Bay” wildlife corridor linking public land from Choctawhatchee Bay to St. Andrew Bay and preserving the ecological integrity of two of Northwest Florida’s most rapidly developing watersheds. 

Public Meeting Agenda September 14, 2011

The St. Joe Company Ecosystem Management Agreement For Bay County/West Bay Sector Plan

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For more information contact:
Northwest District's Elizabeth Orr