Habitat Conservation Plan
Goals and Objectives
Following the passage of Hurricane Dennis in 2005, Walton County issued over 250 permits to coastal property owners to allow the installation of temporary armoring structures to protect their homes from shoreline erosion.
Because of these permits, several miles of new seawalls were built along the County's Gulf coast beaches. This caused much debate and astonishment among State and Federal regulatory agencies, environmental groups, beachgoers, and the affected beachfront property owners and managers.
The public dialogue that ensued led to an Intergovernmental Agreement between Walton County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The agreement was based on the premise that Walton County would apply for Federal funds to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan and apply for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP).
Guide to the Plan
This guide provides the requisite background information to help stakeholders and the public understand the rationale for applying for the ITP and to view the goals and objectives of the Habitat Conservation Plan.
Questions regarding issues discussed in the guide should be directed to Melinda Gates, Environmental Manager, at (850) 892-8108.
- I. Endangered and Protected Species Information
- II. Armoring: Permits and Regulations
- III. The Habitat Conservation Plan Solution
- IV. Previous and Future Shoreline Protection
- Wildlife Lighting Ordinance Number 2009-03
- Intergovernmental Agreement
- Habitat Conservation Plan Draft 4-January 2011
Table of Contents Executive Summary Chapter 1-Introduction Chapter 11-Minimization Measures Chapter 2-Plan Preparation Process Chapter 12-Mitigation Measures Chapter 3-Covered Activities & Species Chapter 13-Voluntary Conservation Measures Chapter 4-Goals and Benefits Chapter 14-Monitoring and Management of Listed Species Chapter 5-Plan Area Chapter 15-Plan Management Chapter 6-Protected Species In Plan Area Chapter 16 - Funding Chapter 7-Factors Affecting Listed Species In Plan Area Chapter 17-Implementation Schedule Chapter 8-Anticipated Level Of Take Chapter 18-Changed Circumstances Chapter 9-Alternatives Analysis Chapter 19-Unforeseen Circumstances Chapter 10-Emergency Permitting Process Chapter 20-Compliance Monitoring and Reporting References/Appendices
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