The Florida Coastal Office is holding a series of public meetings to receive public comment on the draft Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan, including Banana River, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet aquatic preserves.
The Florida Coastal Office’s mission statement is: Conserving and restoring Florida’s coastal and aquatic resources for the benefit of people and the environment.
The four long-term goals of the Florida Coastal Office’s Aquatic Preserve Program are to:
- protect and enhance the ecological integrity of the aquatic preserves;
- restore areas to their natural condition;
- encourage sustainable use and foster active stewardship by engaging local communities in the protection of aquatic preserves; and
- improve management effectiveness through a process based on sound science, consistent evaluation, and continual reassessment.
The draft plan is available for viewing or download at www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/indianriver/plan.htm. The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan Advisory Committee will be participating.
Meeting Dates and Locations
Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
2000 Virginia Avenue
Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Indian River County Administration Complex Building A,
County Commission Chamber
1801 27th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Martin County Commission Chambers 1st Floor
2401 SE Monterey
Road Stuart, FL 34996
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Brevard County Government Center County Commission Chambers
2725 Judge Fran Jamiesen Way
Viera, FL 32940
Written comments are welcome and can be submitted by mail to 3300 Lewis Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981 or by email to FloridaCoasts@dep.state.fl.us by Friday, October 24, 2014.
Following the 4 days of public input the management plan advisory committee will meet Friday September 26. The meeting is open to the public to attend as audience members.
Management Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
Friday, September 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
5600 U.S. 1 North
Ft. Pierce, FL