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1 New Directions in Beach Policy? Leadership changes DEP Sand Memo Legislature (Beach Bill) Rule review and possible changes – –Sand – –Armoring – –Lighting Closing comments

2 Springs Deputy Secretary Regulatory Programs Storm water Wetlands Division of Water Resource Management (12 Programs) 8 Other Water Regulatory Programs Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems (Danielle Fondren) Changes in Leadership

3 Coastal Data & Analysis: Shoreline Surveying & Monitoring, Studies Modeling, GIS Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems Comprehensive Beach Management Local Government Fiscal Assistance Program ($$) Regulatory Programs CCCL JCP

4 New Directions in Beach Policy? (Sand) DEP Sand Memo versus the existing Sand Rule (F.A.C. 62B ) DEP Sand Memo versus the existing Sand Rule (F.A.C. 62B ) Beach Bill Beach Bill

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6 COBBLE S GRAVELSAND SILT OR CLAY CoarseFine Coars e MediumFine Grain Size % or size can’t exceed existing Mineral Composition Grain Size Distribution 90% of fill material mm 4.76 mm Color Florida Sand Rule (Ch. 62B , F.A.C.) Munsell Comparison < than 5%

7 DEP Sand Rule (j) To protect the environmental functions of beaches only beach compatible fill shall be used. Beach compatible fill is material that maintains the general character and functionality of the material on the beach. The fill material shall be predominately of carbonate, quartz or similar material, shall be similar in color and grain size distribution to the material on the beach and shall not contain: 1. Greater than 5 percent, by weight, silt, clay or colloids; 2. Greater than 5 percent, by weight, fine gravel; 3. Coarse gravel, cobbles in a percentage or size greater than found on the native beach; 4. Construction debris, toxic material or other foreign matter; and 5. Not result in cementation of the beach.

8 Beach Bill (S.B. 758) DEP staff cant require terms and conditions in the nourishment permit without relying on existing rules. Staff must cite applicable statutes and rules when making requests for more information. DEP must substantially streamline the permitting process for re-nourishment projects if there are no major changes in successive projects. Intent is process oriented and it is not intended to compromise resource protection! Devil is in the details.

9 New Directions in Beach Policy Existing Sand Rule (F.A.C. 62B ) versus the DEP Sand Memo (4/15/2011) Existing Sand Rule (F.A.C. 62B ) versus the DEP Sand Memo (4/15/2011) Beach Bill Beach Bill More Changes Being Discussed Lighting regulation changes Lighting regulation changes New policies on coastal armoring New policies on coastal armoring

10 Walton County- About 260 sea walls permitted since June 2005 along 26 miles of beach- this is unprecedented in Florida.

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13 New Directions in Beach Policy Existing Sand Rule (F.A.C. 62B ) versus the DEP Sand Memo (4/15/2011) Existing Sand Rule (F.A.C. 62B ) versus the DEP Sand Memo (4/15/2011) Beach Bill Beach Bill Lighting regulation changes Lighting regulation changes New policies on coastal armoring New policies on coastal armoring Executive Order (Rule review) Executive Order (Rule review)

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16 I sure hope the beach hasn’t changed too much when I return! Thank You

17 DEP Sand Memo Conservation of Fish and Wildlife and their Habitats: While we must consider the potential for adverse impacts to fish and wildlife and their habitats, we must keep the following fact clear in our minds: The restoration of a critically eroded beach increases habitat and has been determined by the legislature to be in the public interest.

18 Beach Bill (S.B. 758) Permits can be issued before the USFWS issues its BO and ITP. But work cant commence until issuance. DEP staff cant require terms and conditions in the renourishment permit without relying on existing rules. Staff must cite applicable statutes and rules when making requests for more information. DEP must substantially streamline the permitting process for re-nourishment projects if there are no major changes in successive projects. Intent is process oriented and it is not intended to compromise resource protection! Devil is in the details.


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