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Published Aug. 22, 2018
Expiration date: 9/21/2018

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 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §1344) as described below:


APPLICANT:      Bridge Development Partners, LLC

                               201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2601            

                               Miami, FL 33131                            


WATERWAY AND LOCATION:  The project would affect waters of the United States associated with an exotic dominated freshwater wetland system.  The project site is located west of NW 47th Avenue, south of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, and south of NW 135 Street.


Directions to the site are as follows:  From Miami International Airport, get on NW 42 Ave/S Le Jeune Road and take Exit 3. Follow S LeJeune Road to NW 128 St. Turn left onto NW 128 St. stay on NW 128 St. Turn right onto NW 47th Ave. Turn left onto NW 132 St. The destination is on the right. The proposed project is north of this site. 


APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES:          Latitude  25.895269°

                                                                                  Longitude - 80.278439°



Basic: The basic project purpose is for commercial development. 

Overall: The overall project purpose is for commercial development in northwest Miami-Dade County.  


EXISTING CONDITIONS:  The wetland system consists of a freshwater system.  The onsite vegetation consists of Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia), Melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia), bishopwood (Bischofia javanica), shoebutton ardisia (Ardisia elliptica), and Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia).  The NRCS Miami-Dade County Soil Survey documented three soil types on the Site. Dania Muck (depressional – hydric), Margate Fine Sand (hydric), and Urban Land (no hydric ranking). The existing area surrounding the project area consists of State Road 916 and Opa-locka airport to the north, State Road 924 and Amelia Earhart park to the west, and commercial facilities to the east and south.


PROPOSED WORK:  The applicant seeks authorization to place 40,000 cubic yards of fill in 24.95 acres of waters of the United States for the construction of a warehouse, a lake and associated infrastructure.


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:


“In accordance with the provisions for the minimization of impacts described in Section 10.2.1 ERP Applicant’s Handbook and Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act, Smart-Sciences reviewed the site for key environmental features that could potentially, via conservation easement, maintain habitat corridors or maintain a high-quality wildlife area for threatened and endangered species. As noted above in the wetland site description, the potential for habitat corridors does not exist, and no high-quality wetland areas are found on the Site. The compartmentalization of the area by roads and commercial/residential development limits interconnectedness regarding surface hydrology and wetland wildlife movement.”


COMPENSATORY MITIGATION – The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment:


“To offset anticipated direct impacts to 14.63 acres of wetlands, the applicant plans to purchase credits from Everglades National Park Hole in the Donut (HID) Mitigation Bank and/or the Florida Power & Light (FP&L) Everglades Mitigation Bank (EMB).”


CULTURAL RESOURCES:   The Corps is not aware of any known historic properties within the permit area.  By copy of this public notice, the Corps is providing information for review.  Our final determination relative to historic resource impacts is subject to review by and coordination with the State Historic Preservation Officer and those federally recognized tribes with concerns in Florida and the Permit Area.


ENDANGERED SPECIES:   The Corps has determined the proposed project will have no effect on the Everglade snail kite, as the site does not contain habitat for this species and it is not designated critical habitat for this species.


The Corps has determined the proposed project is “May affect but is not likely to adversely affect” the wood stork (Mycteria americana). The proposed activity is within the Core Foraging Area (CFA) of six wood stork colonies. Based on the Effect Determination Key for the Wood Stork in South Florida (dated May 18, 2010), the Corps determination sequence was A>B>C>D>E=MANLAA.


The Corps has determined the proposed project “May affect but is not likely to adversely affect” (MANLAA) the Eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi).  Based on the Eastern Indigo Snake Effect Determination Key (dated January 25, 2010; August 13, 2013 Addendum), the Corps determination sequence resulted in A>B>C>E= MANLAA.  


The Corps has determined the proposed project “May affect” the Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus). Based on the 2013 FBB Effect Determination Guidelines, the Corps determination sequence resulted in 2>c=May 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 proposal would have no effect on any other listed threatened or endangered species or designated critical habitat.


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.  Our initial determination is that the proposed action would not have a substantial adverse impact on EFH or Federally managed fisheries in the snapper-grouper complex as the proposed project impacts freshwater wetlands.  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, FL 33176 within 30 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, Megan Clouser, in writing at the Miami Permits Section, 9900 SW 107 Avenue, Suite 203, Miami, FL 33176; by electronic mail at; or, by telephone at (305)526-7182. 


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.