The applicant seeks authorization to construct the Meridian Parks Remainder site which involves the construction of a single-family residential subdivision with associated infrastructure (roads, etc.) and stormwater management facilities. The proposed project will result in 42.08 acres of direct Waters of the United States (WOTUS) wetland impacts, and 17.21 acres of secondary WOTUS wetland impacts. All other wetland and surface water impacts will be to non-WOTUS and are not regulated under the State 404 Program. The proposed activity will include site clearing, vegetation removal, grading, excavation for stormwater management system and infrastructure, and wetland dredge and fill. All wetland and other surface water impacts are proposed to be completed within a five year period.
Florida Department of Transportation, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
The applicant seeks authorization to reconstruct and widen Florida’s Turnpike from the Minneola Interchange at North Hancock Road (MP 279) to Obrien Road (MP 285.7) in Lake County, Florida. The existing four-lane divided roadway will be widened to include two general use lanes and two express lanes in each direction. The proposed project will result in impacts to 20 wetland systems and 13 non-wetland surface water systems located throughout the project site. The total amount of wetland/other surface water impacts associated with the proposed project includes 31.45 acres of direct wetland impacts, 8.98 acres of secondary wetland impacts, and 11.78 acres of direct non-wetland surface water impacts. The impacts broken down by FNAI habitat type are as follows: 4.44 acres of impact to Depression Marsh wetlands, 23.17 acres of impact to Slough wetlands, and 0.29 acres of impacts to Marsh Lake wetlands. All wetland and surface water impacts are expected to be completed within a five year window.
The Department finds that the Respondent violated Rules 62-330.020 and 62-331.020, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C). An inspection by Department personnel on April 1, 2021 revealed that approximately 0.24 acre of wetlands and other surface waters were dredged and filled without a valid permit from the Department. The activity was conducted on the above described (in the linked public notice) property and within the landward extent of Crescent Lake, waters of the State, as defined by Florida Law.
The applicant seeks authorization to impact 3.41 acres of wetland forested mix, 0.11 acres of wet flatwoods, and 0.29 acres of indirect impact to wetland forested mix for the construction of a stormwater management system, road widening, and safety improvements along Kennedy Boulevard.
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