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SWERP Rule Development for Chapter 62-330.411

General Permit for Public Navigation Channel and Canal Infrastructure by the West Coast Inland Navigation District within Charlotte County

Overview

The purpose of this rule development is to establish an Environmental Resource General Permit to authorize the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) to dredge channels and canals within certain trafficsheds and secondary channel systems, located in Charlotte County, that have been determined to make a significant contribution to public boating traffic.* 

The effect of this rule development would be to further implement WCIND’s “Regional Waterway Management System” (RWMS) within Southwest Florida, and thereby promote safer and more environmentally-friendly boating practices within the area.  Qualifying projects would benefit from streamlined permitting reviews and a more certain regulatory outcome, and would receive a Letter of Consent for the use of state-owned submerged lands, if applicable. 

*Similar general permits have previously been issued for certain WCIND activities covered under the RWMS, within Lee (62-330.412, F.A.C.) and Manatee and Sarasota (62-330.410, F.A.C.) Counties.

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Notices, Workshops and Hearings

DEP conducted a Public Rule Development Workshop to be held on April 1st, 2014, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.  The Workshop was also hosted via webinar.  Several attendees provided input on the draft rule.  The Workshop was originally offered in two separate sessions (beginning at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.), however, the second session was cancelled due to lack of public interest.

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation given to attendees is available below. 

If you wish to obtain an audio recording of the workshop, please send an email to: andrew.may@dep.state.fl.us

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All comments will be reviewed, and DEP staff have been encouraged to respond to individual comments. DEP values input from all stakeholders and will carefully consider each response received.

We encourage comments that are positive and constructive. Comments that contain offensive or abusive language, personal attacks, endorsements of any product, service, group or business, solicitations or advertisements or personal, sensitive or confidential information will not published.

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