DATE: November 4, 1931
TO: Governing Board
THROUGH: E. D. Vergara, Executive Director j
FROM: ,I Bruce Parker, Executive Assistant
SUBJECT: Definition of Lands for Five-Year Land Acquisition Plan
There will probably be at least three phases of land acquisition under the Five-
Year Plan. The definition of lands to be acquired will change for each phase:
1. Prior to July 15, 1982, the Save Our Rivers legislation, now Chapter 373.590
F. S., limits land acquisition within the SJRNWMD to named parcels in the Upper
St. Johns River Basin. One of these, Seminole Ranch, could absorb all of the
expected Fiscal Year 1981/82 Trust Fund money available to this District.
2. Between July 15, 1982 and District receipt of the results of the present
Corps of Engineers (COE) study of the USJRB Project the definition of lands to
be acquired has been designed to allow selection of those parcels most likely
to be required for the Plan and also needed by the District if the Plan
becomes delayed. That definition is:
"Those lands which are expected to be required by the General Design Memorandum
(GDM) of the Upper St. Johns Portion of the Central and Southern Florida Flood
Control Project or any successor project addressing the same problems within
that area. As an administrative guide until such lands are specifically iden-
tified in the GDM, a majority of each parcel to be acquired should be lands
which in the absence of a levee system would be inundated during a five day,
ten year storm event. However, such lands may be presently segregated from the
river itself by a levee system."
(This phase could be deleted .f the District elected to acquire no land
between July 15, 1982 and receipt of the GDM).
3. After District receipt of the CCE Plan, which is expected to be Fall, 1982,
the lands to be acquired will be defined by the General Design Memorandum.
The USJRB Plan has been used to define land acquisition in the filing of the
District's initial Five-Year Land Acquisition Plan because land ownership in that
area is probably the most cost effective in treating existing problems in the en-
tire St. Johns River System. However, the Plan can be modified by the District
at any time to change the definition of lands to be acquired to include other
areas of the District as funds become available. A relatively narrow definition
in the initial Plan, however, will probably assist in obtaining acceptance of the
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