Manatee Springs State Park Public Meeting 2018-01-09

Received from FDEP yesterday afternoon (not much notice), Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting,

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112, DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us

Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting
~The public is invited to provide comments on the draft plan~

WHAT: Public Meeting

WHEN: Jan. 9, 2018
5:30 — 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chiefland Women’s Club
825 E. Park Ave.
Chiefland, FL 32626

DEP’s Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Manatee Springs State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the proposed plans for the state park and provide their comments.

Manatee Spring Run

The public notice, agenda, draft plan and comment form are available online. Copies may also be obtained by emailing Mark.Abrizenski@dep.state.fl.us or calling 352-493-6072. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and accept public comment. Additionally, the public is invited to review and submit comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks at FLStateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us until Jan. 23, 2018.

The following improvements are proposed for the updated Manatee Springs State Park management plan:

  • Install culverts and low water crossings on the access road to improve hydrology and ensure reliable vehicle access;
  • Replace paved boat ramp for improved launching and landing;
  • Replace boardwalk decking to maintain safe and convenient wildlife viewing, interpretation and river access;
  • Upgrade restrooms and concession building;
  • Connect restrooms/bathhouses to Levy County sewer;
  • Replace spring-run walkway and swimming access points; restoring portions of the natural spring-run stream shoreline.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the hearing by emailing Mark.Abrizenski@dep.state.fl.us or calling 850-650-5928. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (Voice).

Following the link, the agenda says:

5:30 – 6:00 pm Open House — Viewing of Management Plan Maps and Objectives

6:00 – 6:30 pm Welcome and Staff Presentation of Management Plan Update for Manatee Springs State Park

6:30 – 7:30 pm Open House Continues — Q&A Session and Public Comment

7:30 pm Adjournment

Comments will be taken at the public meeting. Participants and other interested parties will also be able to submit additional written comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks, Office of Park Planning at FL_StateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us until January 23, 2018. You may review the entire management plan document at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/planning/default.htm.

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 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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