In 2016, the Florida Legislature enacted Florida Statute 253.87, which required the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to add conservation lands and easements within the state of Florida that are owned by the federal government, Florida counties, Florida municipalities and the Florida Department of Transportation to its existing database.
The Florida State Owned Lands and Records Information System (FL-SOLARIS) serves as the foundation for the CLEAR system. FL-SOLARIS was developed and implemented by DEP in collaboration with the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) in response to F.S. 253.0325. This Florida statute mandated that DEP and DMS maintain a database of all state-owned and leased real property and all land that is owned, leased or otherwise occupied by the state.
The CLEAR module enables DEP to include conservation lands and easements owned by federal agencies, Florida counties, Florida municipalities and the Florida Department of Transportation in FL-SOLARIS. Together, LITS and CLEAR provide a single source of conservation land data, governed by standards to ensure accurate and consistent data and reporting.
The CLEAR application was designed to track two categories of land, each with its own inventory:
Conservation Owned Land Inventory – Land owned by the federal government, counties, municipalities and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Conservation Easements Inventory – Land managed for easements by federal government, counties, municipalities and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Requesting Access to CLEAR (These steps are outlined in the CLEAR User Guide starting on Pg. 15)
If you currently have access to FL-SOLARIS (LITS), you automatically have View Only access to the data in CLEAR. You will be able to view land belonging to any organization and run reports without requesting access to the CLEAR application. The Request Access screen will not be presented to you upon logging into the system.
If you do not have an active FL-SOLARIS (LITS) User ID, requesting access is a two-step process:
Contact Verification E-mail sent from League of Cities to Municipalities
Verified: 85 (As of 12/06/17)
Response Pct: 21%
Contact Verification E-mail sent from DEP (CLEAR_Services) to Counties & Federal Agencies
10/17/17; 11/30/17 (2nd Follow-up); 12/15/17 (3rd Follow-up); 1/5/18 (4th Follow-up Sent to Counties); 1/23/18 (5th Follow-up sent to 38 County Contacts); 1/31/18 (6th Follow-up sent to 30 County Contacts); 2/19/18 (7th Follow-up sent to 21 County Contacts)
Contacted: 67 of 67
Verified: 49 (As of 02/21/18)
Response Pct: 73%
Contacted: 5 of 5
Verified: 5 (As of 12/06/17)
Response Pct: 100%
Contact Verification E-mail sent from DEP (CLEAR_Services) to Municipalities and Special Districts
12/19/17; 1/8/18 (2nd Follow-up Sent); 2/2/18 (3rd Follow-up sent to 257 Municipality Contacts); 2/19/18 (4th Follow-up sent to 239 Municipality Contacts and 20 Special District Contacts)
Contacted: 411 Total Verified: 196 (As of 02/21/18)
Response Pct: 48%
Contacted: 26 of 26 Verified: 7 (As of 02/21/18) Response Pct: 27%
CLEAR Access Obtained
Following Contact Verification (Reminder sent on 2/13/18)
February 21, 2018 - 1:17pm
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