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Published July 20, 2018
Expiration date: 8/4/2018

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 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. §403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §1344) as described below:


APPLICANT:         City of Marathon

                              C/o George Garrett

                              9805 Overseas Hwy

                              Marathon, Florida 33050


WATERWAY AND LOCATION:  The project would affect waters of the United States associated with Atlantic Ocean. The project site is located along canal #257 tributary to the Atlantic Ocean near Sunrise Isle in Section 14, Township 66 South, Range 32 East, Marathon, Monroe County, Florida. 


Directions to the site are as follows:  Take US Highway No 1 South to MM50; Turn left onto Sombrero Beach Road; Turn left onto Spoonbill Drive to arrive at the canal culvert. For directions to berm continue on Sombrero Beach Road; Turn left onto Sandpiper Lane; Project located to the west of 4 Sandpiper Lane.




Spoonbill Drive Culvert                                 Berm     

Latitude     24.698541                                    Latitude     24.694705º

Longitude -81.079608                                    Longitude -81.078798º



Basic:  Dredge and fill to improve water quality in navigable waters of the United States.

Overall:  Dredge and fill to improve water quality in navigable waters of the United States in Marathon, Florida.


EXISTING CONDITIONS:  The wetland system consists of a saltwater system.  The property supports a single-family residence adjacent to a canal tributary to the Atlantic Ocean. No corals or seagrass are located within the project footprint. Red mangroves are located within the project area.  


PROPOSED WORK:  The applicant seeks authorization to jet out accumulated sediment along the existing west culvert and to install manatee grates along both ends of the culvert, to remove and replace the existing east culvert with a 6 foot by 6 foot reinforced concrete box culvert measuring 60 linear feet in length and to install manatee grates along both ends of the culvert, to excavate 695 square feet of red mangroves and to dredge 164 cubic yards of accumulated sediment within a 2,200 square foot area to accommodate the new culvert, bank stabilization and rock riprap apron resulting in the placement of 150 cubic yards of fill within a 2,670 square foot area, to excavate 2,613 square feet of red mangroves and dredge 253 cubic yards of existing berm to -5 mean low water within a 1,950 square foot area to create a berm break, to place 108 cubic yards of riprap to stabilize the substrate within the berm break, and to install signage at the berm break to advise of shallow opening and no boat access allowed. Turbidity curtains will be deployed in/over waters of the United States and will remain in place until the work is completed and erodible materials have stabilized. The dredge and excavation work will be performed mechanically with a front-end loading excavator from land along the culvert and a barge mounted excavator for the berm work. No dewatering is proposed. The spoil material will be deposited within a self-contained receptacle stored along the paved road on Spoonbill Drive for the culvert work and within a self-contained receptacle on the barge for the berm.  


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: The new riprap will be located within an area that previously supported a riprap revetment; therefore, no avoidance is proposed. Turbidity screens will be deployed to isolate the construction site from ambient waters.


COMPENSATORY MITIGATION – The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment: If it is determined that the issuance of a DA permit is appropriate, mitigation will be required.  The applicant has indicated that the mitigation proposal will be based on the Keys Restoration Fund (KRF). Time lag and risk will be a required component of any mitigation requirement.


CULTURAL RESOURCES:  The Corps has determined the activity within the permit area has been extensively modified by previous work and there is little likelihood a historic property may be affected; therefore, the proposed project would have “No Potential to Cause Effect”.


ENDANGERED SPECIES:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has determined the project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect (“MANLAA”) the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) or its designated critical habitat.  Since the proposal by the applicant is for in-water construction, potential impacts to the endangered manatee were evaluated using The Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, and the State of Florida Effect Determination Key for the Manatee in Florida (Manatee Key), dated April 2013.  Use of the Manatee Key resulted in the following sequential determination:  A > B > C > G > N > O > P5 “may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect.”  The Corps will request initiation of formal consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act by separate letter. 


The Corps has determined the proposed project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect (“MANLAA”) the swimming green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), the smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) and Acropora sp. critical habitat. The Corps has reached a no effect determination on Acropora sp. and corals species; (Dendrogyra cylindrus, Orbicella annularis, Orbicella faveolata, Orbicella franksi, Mycetophyllia ferox).  The Corps will request National Marine Fisheries Service’s concurrence with this determination pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.


ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT (EFH):  This notice initiates consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service on EFH as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 1996.  The proposal would impact approximately 3,365 square feet of wetland shoreline and submerged bottom utilized by various life stages of marine life.  Our initial determination is that the proposed action would not have a substantial adverse impact on EFH or Federally managed fisheries in the Florida Keys.  Our final determination relative to project impacts and the need for mitigation measures is subject to review by and coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service.


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 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 the District Engineer through the Miami Permits Section, 9900 SW 107th Avenue, Suite 203, Miami, Florida 33176 within 15 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, Maria Bezanilla, in writing at the Miami Permits Section, 9900 SW 107th Avenue, Suite 203, Miami, Florida 33176, by electronic mail at, by fax at (305) 526-7184, or by telephone at (305) 779-6057. 


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.  In Puerto Rico, a Coastal Zone Management Consistency Concurrence is required from the Puerto Rico Planning Board.  In the Virgin Islands, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources permit constitutes compliance with the 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.