BREAKING NEWS: LETTER TO JOHN WINKLE FROM MULTIPLE FLORIDA AGENCIES AND FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Publish Date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 6:00am

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Dear Mr. Winkle:

The Florida State Clearinghouse has coordinated a review of the referenced Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation (EIS) for the All Aboard Florida rail project under the following authorities: Presidential Executive Order 12372; § 403.061(42), Florida Statutes; the Coastal Zone Management Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1451-1464, as amended; the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321-4347, as amended; and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The following agencies submitted comments, concerns and recommendations regarding the Draft EIS, all of which (letters, memoranda and Clearinghouse database entries) are attached hereto, incorporated herein by this reference and made an integral part of this letter:

• Florida Department of Environmental Protection
• Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
• Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources
• Florida Department of Transportation
• St. Johns River Water Management District
• South Florida Water Management District
• East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

The South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council transmitted their comments on the Draft EIS directly to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Based on the information contained in the Draft EIS and enclosed agency comments, the state has determined that the Federal Railroad Administration’s Draft EIS for the All Aboard Florida rail project is consistent with the Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP). To ensure the project’s continued consistency with the FCMP, the concerns identified by our reviewing agencies must be addressed prior to project implementation. The state’s continued concurrence will be based on the activities’ compliance with FCMP authorities, including federal and state
monitoring of the activities to ensure their continued conformance, and the adequate resolution of issues identified during this and subsequent regulatory reviews. The state’s final concurrence of the project’s consistency with the FCMP will be determined during the state’s environmental permitting process, in accordance with Section 373.428, Florida Statutes.

Thank you for the opportunity to review the draft document. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (850) 245-2170 or Lauren.Milligan@dep.state.fl.us.

Yours sincerely,
Lauren P. Milligan, Coordinator
Florida State Clearinghouse
Office of Intergovernmental Programs