The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled four meetings throughout the state in late September and early October in order to continue presenting the public with information about the Department's state conservation land assessment and to take public comment.
The meetings are scheduled for Sept. 30 in Pensacola, Oct. 3 in Fort Myers, Oct. 8 in Viera and Oct. 9 in Orlando. They are designed for the Department to inform the public about the scientific process that has been used to evaluate the 3 million acres of state conservation land with a goal of selling lower value conservation land, enabling the Department to buy more valuable conservation land.
To date, the preliminary list of sites for potential sale has been reduced from 169 sites and roughly 5,300 acres to roughly 95 sites and 4,200 acres, which represents 0.14 percent of the 3 million acres of state-owned conservation land. The meetings will also provide an opportunity for the public to provide comment about the process or specific sites.
These regional meetings are another way for the Department to be transparent and proactive during this evaluation process. Our process is working -- many sites have been removed for legal or title issues, endangered species issues or others. The input we have received from the public has been a valuable part of this process and we hope for that to continue.
The public is encouraged to visit a webpage designed to provide updated information on the process, as well as a list of sites with maps and assessments, background on the process and related documents. Comments can also be submitted via email to ARC_mailinglist@dep.state.fl.us.
Susan Grandin is the director of the Division of State Lands in TallahasseeView More images >>
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