|GENERAL BILL by Peterman|
|Inland Navigation Districts: Provides that right-of-way & channel of Intracoastal Waterway & other designated public navigation channels are excluded from provisions relating to aquatic preserves; authorizes inland navigation districts to use state-owned submerged lands for certain purposes & to aid & cooperate with nonmember counties for certain activities.|
S2176 GENERAL BILL by Bennett
Inland Navigation Districts; includes right-of-way & channel of
intracoastal waterway & other designated public navigation channels
within certain exclusions from aquatic preserves; authorizes districts
to use state lands under water for certain purposes; adds nonmember
counties that contain any part of intracoastal waterway within their
boundaries to list of governmental entities with which district can aid
& cooperate. Amends 374.975.
To read more about SB2176, click here
3/14/07: We asked the sponsors of this bill if they were doing this for the St.Pete developer wanting to build in "Boggy Bay", the Big Bend Aquatic Seagrass Preserve. They told us, no. The development is called "Magnolia Bay" and local Sierrans have been fighting it for over a year. Recently, DCA sent them back to the drawing board and rejected their requests. We need to celebrate our victories when we can.
3/9/07:Rep. Peterman from St.Petersburg is the sponsor of the House bill and it is possible that he is doing this bill for the developer,who is also from St.Petersburg. We are investigating this theory so stay tuned.
Subject: State questions plans for N. Florida resort at Boggy Bay - "Secret Promise" Magnolia Bay
By CRAIG PITTMAN
Published March 10, 2007
The Magnolia Bay Resort has generated controversy because it calls for blasting a 2-mile-long channel through the Big Bend Seagrass Aquatic Preserve, the states largest aquatic preserve and one of the largest stretches of uninterrupted sea grass in
If the county sticks to its guns, the agency warned it will sue to prevent the violation or circumvention of state law. Advocates of strong growth management hailed the three-page warning shot as a signal of how Gov. Charlie Crists administration plans to deal with environmental and growth issues. In the past, the benefit of the doubt would go to the local government, said Charles Pattison of the group 1,000 Friends of Florida, which favors tight regulation of growth. Now DCA is looking at whats in the public interest, from the standpoint of what the law says.
Tom Pelham, the veteran planner Crist tapped to head up the agency, is very consistent in trying to enforce the letter of the law, Pattison said. He has said hes going to be looking at things in particular for their environmental and natural resources impact. That means a project like
Pruitts developer on the resort, Chuck Olson of
Pruitt and Olson want to build enough condominiums to add 7,000 residents to
Currently about 19,000 people occupy the 1,042 square miles of
But the development wont work without the channel - 2 miles long, 7 feet deep and 100 feet wide - to provide boaters with access to the
Living in the Big Bend sea grass beds is
Building a marina with 374 wet slips, dry storage for 499 more boats and a public ramp that can handle up to 300 vessels a day would make access to the Gulf of Mexico far easier for the public as well as
But marine biologists say the channel and the development would destroy the scallops habitat, disrupt the natural flow of water in the preserve and funnel in polluted stormwater runoff. Although groups ranging from the Florida Wildlife Federation to the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club oppose
But the development agreement between the Taylor County Commission and
Instead, it said, the developer intends to request several small comprehensive plan amendments of 20 acres or less that together would add up to 130 acres.
But thats not what the law requires, Gauthier wrote in the letter he sent Wednesday to
Given the irreplaceable environmental resources in the area of the
Some critics of the project have questioned the wisdom of building
Rick Causey, a local critic who has accused developer Olson of punching him during what had been advertised as a public meeting on
Were not trying to sneak anything over on anybody, Pruitt said last year. Were following all the rules.
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