affirmative vote of at least five council members shall be required to initiate
a full review of a project proposal.
For all acquisition project applications
voted by the Council to receive full review, a Project Evaluation Report shall
be prepared by staff and presented to the Council. The Project Evaluation
(a) Confirm or revise, as
appropriate, the information provided in the initial acquisition project
application and initial review.
Provide a review, including a site visit by staff, of the natural resources,
physical, hydrological, recreational, archaeological, historical, and
geographic characteristics of the components of the application to determine:
1. The number of Florida Forever goals and
measures that are met by the project, and the extent to which the project
contributes to meeting each of those goals and measures.
2. The number of Florida Forever criteria
that are met by the project, and the extent to which the project contributes to
meeting each of those criteria.
(c) Provide the Council with each reporting
element required by Section
Include an assessment of
the relative values of the proposed project for each criterion and goal, and
overall, to assist the Council in grouping projects recommended for approval as
outlined in Rule
(e) Include a confirmation
of the project boundary as contained in the application and recommend boundary
adjustments needed for resource protection, acquisition planning, and
management, within the constraints of Section
2., F.S. This shall include a recommendation for which portions of the project
required to be purchased, if any, might be declared surplus to the purposes of
(f) Include a
recommended manager for the project and a brief rationale for the
recommendation, a management policy statement, and a management prospectus
prepared pursuant to Section
Full review of
acquisition projects by the Council shall consist of:
(a) Consideration of the Project Evaluation
Report described above.
Independent consideration by the Council of the provisions listed in paragraph
holding of one or more public hearings, advertised as required in the Florida
Administrative Weekly and in newspapers serving areas affected by potential
acquisitions, for the purpose of taking verbal and written comments from the
public in support of, or in opposition to, projects under full review. The
chair of the Council or his or her designee shall conduct such public
Council shall approve, approve with amendments, or reject the project
Removal of property from
Florida Forever Project. Landowners who wish to have their property removed
from an approved Florida Forever Project boundary shall submit by certified
mail a letter stating they wish their property to be removed and sufficiently
identifying such property to the address stated in subsection
F.A.C. The Council shall approve such removals at its next regularly scheduled
meeting if they meet the foregoing requirements.
Addition of property to Florida Forever
Project. All boundary additions shall comply with all the requirements of Rules
F.A.C., except as stated herein.
addition proposals exceeding 1,000 acres or 10% of the original project acreage
or $2,000,000 in the most recent county property appraiser's assessed value
shown on the owner's ad valorem tax bill shall be considered new Florida
Forever Projects and shall not be entitled to the expedited procedures
2. Each application to add
property to an existing Project boundary that meets the criteria of
subparagraph 18-24.005(5)(b) 1., F.A.C., shall, within 30 days of receipt, be
reviewed by staff to verify sufficiency of information in accordance with this
paragraph. Staff shall expedite the application process to add property by
updating the original project evaluation report with a project addition summary
attached, unless staff determines that the original project evaluation report,
or any part thereof, does not fairly apply to or represent the property in the
addition, is in need of updating, or other circumstances necessitate
preparation of a more thorough amended project evaluation report (such as a
change in flora or fauna, a traumatic event, or a change in land use). Staff
shall state in its project addition summary whether the foregoing requirements
are met. Staff shall submit its project addition summary or amended project
report to the Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting after preparation
of its report.
affirmative vote of at least five council members shall be required to add
property to or remove property from an existing project.
Fla. Admin. Code Ann. R.
(18) FS. Law Implemented
New 7-17-01, Amended