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) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. §403) as described below:
APPLICANT: INBI Holdings, LLC.
7771 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 210
Sunrise, Florida 33351
ATTN: Mr. Roni Avraham
WATERWAY AND LOCATION
The project is located in the waters of the United States within a man-made waterway adjacent to 4632 SW 32nd Avenue, in Section 30, Township 50 South Range 42 East, Dania Beach, Broward County, Florida.
Directions to the site are as follows: From the Florida Turnpike North; Exit East on Griffin Road; Turn left onto SW 32nd Avenue, the site is on the right.
APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES:
Basic: The basic project purpose is to improve water access and shoreline stabilization.
Overall: The overall project purpose is to improved water access and stabilized the natural shoreline for the proposed upland multifamily development.
EXISTING CONDITIONS: The project site is an undeveloped upland lot with approximately 150 linear feet of natural shoreline. The shoreline vegetation consists of a mixture of native and exotic species including approximately 5,979 square feet of red and white mangroves. A benthic survey was not conducted due to review of water quality data published by Broward County Water Natural Resources Lab, Station 128, located on the Dania Cut Off Canal just east of the proposed project’s canal and the SW 30th Avenue bridge. Records between September 2019 and November 2021 indicate that salinity levels for the area range from 0 to 15 parts per thousand (ppt). According to the USFWS, the salinity range for seagrass is 24 to 35 parts per thousand so the area is not conducive to the growth of seagrasses.
PROPOSED WORK: The applicant seeks authorization to stabilize the shoreline and create water access for an upland multi-family development through the:
1. Installation of a five slip, 3-foot by 123-foot (369.4 square foot) wood dock to be supported by (14) wood piles.
2. Installation of a 150-foot concrete panel seawall with a 3-foot-wide concrete cap, 16 concrete king piles and 16 concrete batter piles. The seawall will require the filling of 2,137 square feet of saltwater wetlands to an elevation of + 4.5' NGVD (approximately 150 cubic yards of fill).
3. Installation of 133 linear feet (9.9 Cubic Yards) of riprap.
CULTURAL RESOURCES: The Corps has evaluated the undertaking for effects to historic properties as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and has followed the guidelines of 33 CFR Part 325, Appendix C. Due to the project area having been extensively modified by previous work; historic properties that may have at one time existed within the permit area may be presumed to have been lost unless specific information indicates the presence of such. Hence, the Corps has determined that the project would have No Potential to Cause Effects to Historic Properties.
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:
“Due to the nature and location of the wetlands, complete avoidance is not a viable alternative as it would not allow for the accomplishment of the project intent of providing safe water access and shoreline stabilization. During all project activities erosion control devices and turbidity curtains will be used to contain sediments within the construction limits.”
COMPENSATORY MITIGATION: The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment:
“The applicant proposes to purchase 0.053 estuarine credits from FP&L Everglades Mitigation Bank to offset the unavoidable 0.132 acres of impacts to mangroves.”
ENDANGERED SPECIES: The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has determined the proposed project may affect, but not likely to adversely affect the threatened West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) and would not adversely modify its designated critical habitat. Use of The Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, and the State of Florida Effect Determination Key for the Manatee in Florida, (the Key) dated April 2013 and May 2019 Addendum, results in the following sequential determination: A-B-C-G-H-I-J-K-N-O-P, paragraph 1 “may affect, not likely to adversely affect.” Applicant will adhere to the “Manatee construction conditions.” Therefore, no further coordination pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is necessary.
The Corps has determined the proposed project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect the swimming green, Kemp’s Ridley, and loggerhead sea turtles, (Chelonia mydas, Lepidochelys kempii, and Caretta caretta), and the Smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata). The Corps will request National Marine Fisheries Service concurrence with this determination pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act by separate correspondence.
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. The proposal would impact approximately 2,516 square feet of vegetated unconsolidated canal bottom, which includes filling of 2,137 square feet of saltwater wetlands utilized by various life stages of penaeid shrimp complex, reef fish, stone crab, spiny lobster, migratory/pelagic fish, and snapper/grouper complex. Our initial determination is that the proposed action would have minimal adverse impact on EFH or federally managed fisheries in the South Atlantic Region. 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 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 Palm Beach Gardens Regulatory Permits Section, 4400 PGA Boulevard, Suite 500, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, 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 aquatic resources. 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, Ms. Patricia Clune, in writing at the Palm Beach Gardens Regulatory Permits Section, 4400 PGA Boulevard, Suite 500, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, by electronic mail at Patricia.R.Clune@usace.army.mil, by fax at (561)626-6971, or by telephone at (561) 472-3537 or (561) 768-5944.
IMPACT ON NATURAL RESOURCES: Preliminary review of this application indicates that an Environmental Impact Statement will not be required. Coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Marine Fisheries Service, 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. By means of this notice, we are soliciting comments on the potential effects of the project on threatened or endangered species or their habitat.
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 and 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 decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. 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.