DEP Seeks Public Input On Beach Walk Plans
By Carl Wagenfohr
CLEARWATER - Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Request for Public Comment on Clearwater's application for a coastal construction control line permit for Beach Walk.
Beach Walk is Clearwater's plan to remake Gulfview Blvd. into a picturesque curving two-lane road with a wide beachfront pedestrian promenade.
In a letter addressed "To Whom It May Concern", dated June 30, 2005, DEP announced that it is considering Clearwater's application for "the replacement of an existing parking lot with a relocated street to make room for a new promenade servicing redevelopment upland into modern resorts, including reconstruction of impacted dunes." The notice allowed only 14 calendar days for the submission of comments.
In their notice, DEP stated that the decision whether to issue a permit will be based on:
Public comments must be submitted by today, July 14, and should include "supporting data, evidence, or rationale to furnish a clear understanding of the basis for the comments." Comments may be sent via email to Muthuswamy.Subbuswamy@dep.state.fl.us, referencing File Number PI-594 in the subject line.
- The design adequacy of the proposed construction
- The expected impact of the proposed construction to the beach/dune system
- The expected impact of the proposed construction to adjacent properties
- The expected impact of the proposed construction on lateral public beach access
- Appropriate siting of the proposed construction with respect to local setback, zoning restrictions, and maximum usage of upland portions of the property
- The expected impact of the proposed construction on nesting sea turtles and hatchlings and their habitat
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