TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has received an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §1344) as described below:
APPLICANT: Rudy Blanco
2610 W. 26th Street Apt. 201
Hialeah, FL. 33016
WATERWAY AND LOCATION: The project would affect waters of the United States associated with. The project site is located at 2755 68th Ave. NE (parcel ID
#39148840009) Naples, Florida 34120 in Section 30, Township 47, Range 28 in Collier County.Directions to the site are as follows: Take I-75S to Immokalee Road. Continue east on 68th Ave NE. Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto 68th Ave. NE. Site will be on the right.
APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES: Latitude 26.357072º
Overall: Single family home in south east Collier County.
EXISTING CONDITIONS: The wetland system consists of a forested freshwater system. The onsite vegetation consists of forested freshwater wetlands. The existing area surrounding the project area consists of sparsely developed and undeveloped residential lots of forested freshwater wetlands. There is an existing driveway through the parcel.
PROPOSED WORK: The applicant seeks authorization to to place fill in approximately 3,800 square feet (0.08 acres) of fill for a single-family residence and associated residential improvements in Forested Freshwater wetlands.
AVOIDANCE AND MINIMIZATION INFORMATION – The applicant has provided the following information in support of efforts to avoid and/or minimize impacts to the aquatic environment:
A statement was not provided by the applicant.
COMPENSATORY MITIGATION – The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment:
To offset unavoidable impacts that will occur from these authorized activities, the permittee proposes the purchase of 0.08 credits of Forested Freshwater wetlands from Corkscrew Regional Mitigation Bank or Panther Island/Panther Island Expansion Mitigation Bank or Panther Island/Panther Island Expansion.
The Corps has determined the permit area the activity is of such limited scope there is little likelihood of impact upon a historic property; therefore, the proposed project would have “No Potential to Cause Effect”.
Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (NLAA),
Woodstork (Mycteria americana) (NLAA),
Everglades Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) (NE),
Caracara, Audubon's Crested (Polyborus plancus audubonii) (NE),
Florida Bonneted Bat and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (MANLAA).
The Corps has determined the proposed project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect the Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus) (MANLAA),
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (MANLAA), Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) (MANLAA), Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) (NLAA),
or its designated critical habitat. The Corps will request U.S. Fish and Wildlife concurrence with this determination pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT (EFH): Our initial determination is that the proposed action would not have a substantial adverse impact on EFH or Federally managed fisheries in since all proposed work is above mean high water.
NOTE: This public notice is being issued based on information furnished by the applicant. This information has not been verified or evaluated to ensure compliance with laws and regulation governing the regulatory program. The jurisdictional line [has/has not] been verified by Corps personnel.
AUTHORIZATION FROM OTHER AGENCIES: Water Quality Certification may be required from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and/or one of the state Water Management Districts.
COMMENTS regarding the potential authorization of the work proposed should be submitted in writing to the attention of District Engineer through the 1520 Royal Palm Square, Suite 310, Ft. Myers, Florida 33919 within 21 days from the date of this notice.
The decision whether to issue or deny this permit application will be based on the information received from this public notice and the evaluation of the probable impact to the associated wetlands. This is based on an analysis of the applicant's avoidance and minimization efforts for the project, as well as the compensatory mitigation proposed.
QUESTIONS concerning this application should be directed to the project manager, Allison C. Murphy, in writing at the Ft. Myers Permits Section, 1520 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Ft. Myers, Florida, 33919; by electronic mail at Allison.C.Murphy@usace.army.mil; by facsimile transmission at (239)334-0797; or, by telephone at (239)334-1975 ext. 0008.
IMPACT ON NATURAL RESOURCES: Coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Marine Fisheries Services, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, environmental groups, and concerned citizens generally yields pertinent environmental information that is instrumental in determining the impact the proposed action will have on the natural resources of the area.
EVALUATION: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including cumulative impacts thereof; among these are conservation, economics, esthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historical properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food, and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership, and in general, the needs and welfare of the people. Evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will also include application of the guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, EPA, under authority of Section 404(b) of the Clean Water Act or the criteria established under authority of Section 102(a) of the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972. A permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other Interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this determination, comments are used to assess impacts to endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT CONSISTENCY: In Florida, the State approval constitutes compliance with the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan.
REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Any person may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Engineer within the designated comment period of the notice and must state the specific reasons for requesting the public hearing.