COASTAL CONSTRUCTION APPROVED TO BEGIN AFTER MAY 1
Volusia County Government has received notification from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) providing additional guidance regarding coastal construction activities after May 1 for private property owners who have received Coastal Construction Control Line permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Prior to this notification, private property owners who had not begun construction by May 1 would not have been permitted to begin their coastal armament project until Nov. 1, the end of turtle nesting season in Volusia County.
Property owners who have obtained a DEP permit and have already begun or will begin construction before May 1 may continue as long as all permit conditions continue to be met.
Property owners with a DEP permit that cannot begin construction by May 1 must contact the FWC to determine if sea turtle nests are located on the proposed site before materials are delivered. Once FWC attests the proposed construction site is clear of turtle nests, materials may be delivered and construction may commence.
FWC staff will only provide inspections during turtle nesting season at project sites that have been issued a DEP permit. Property owners can continue to apply to the DEP for their permit after May 1.
“This should bring a significant sigh of relief for all coastal property owners still seeking to begin rebuilding from these storms’ devastating impacts,” said County Manager George Recktenwald. “We want to express our sincerest gratitude to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Governor’s office for working with us to accommodate our residents’ needs while they are navigating through the permitting process, finding a contractor, and getting the materials and supplies needed to rebuild.”
Residents with a permit allowing coastal construction should be aware of and follow all conditions outlined within the DEP and local permits.
To view the letter the county received from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, click here.