Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Department of Environmental Protection
 
* DEP Home * About DEP * Programs * Contact * Site Map * Search
MyFlorida.com  

Resources for:
Information
Subscribe to DEP News & Info
 

Unless indicated, documents on this Web site are Adobe Acrobat files, and require the free reader software.

Get Adobe Reader Icon


Employ Florida - Help Finding A Job button

Florida has a right to know button

Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse button

Policy & Budget Recommendations button

Press Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2010
CONTACT: Terri Durdaller, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 519-2897 (cell)
 

DEP Seeks Public Input on Numerical Ranking of Florida Forever Projects

~Two public hearings will allow public testimony for land acquisition decisions~

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC), has instituted a new process for establishing funding priorities for conservation land acquisition projects, after 10 years of ranking Florida Forever projects in either A or B priority groups.

It is important that public testimony be given prior to the June meeting, since each ARC member will be expected to bring his or her individual ranking recommendations to the June meeting, and the members can take the comments into account as they prepare their lists, said Deborah Poppell, Director, DEPs Division of State Lands. All comments received before June 1, 2010 will be made available to the ARC members to be considered in their deliberations for Junes ranking exercise.

Two public hearings have been scheduled; one in Tallahassee on April 16 and one in Arcadia on May 6, 2010, to provide the public with opportunities to refresh and educate the eleven ARC members on each of the more than 100 projects on the Florida Forever priority list. Project rankings will be a primary factor for determining whether a project is funded under the program.

Those unable to participate in either public hearing are invited to provide their comments in writing via email to Jim.Farr@dep.state.fl.us or via US mail to

Mr. Jim Farr, ARC Staff Director, Division of State Lands, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 140, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
. For more information about the Acquisition and Restoration Council, please visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/lands/arc.htm.

Acquisition and Restoration Council meeting.

"It is important that public testimony be given prior to the June meeting, since each ARC member will be expected to bring his or her individual ranking recommendations to the June meeting, and the members can take the comments into account as they prepare their lists."

Debra Poppell
DEPs Director of Division of State Lands

–30–

10060

Last updated: April 14, 2010

   3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49   Tallahassee, Florida 32399 | 850-245-2118 (phone) / 850-245-2128 (fax) |  Email DEP 
DEP Home | About DEP  | Contact Us | Search |  Site Map