A report written following one year of researching the Public Records of the Broward County Department of Natural Resource Protection, Wetlands Resources Division, 1996.

The Department: A Special Report On the Activities of the BCDNRP Wetlands Resources Division

By Leigh M. Fulghum, special investigating botanist

Introduction

The Broward County Department of Natural Resource Protection Wetlands Resources Division excels in minor violations, though for its brief 8-year existence, the Department files indicate a backlog of uninstalled mitigation plans for significant impacts. The most commonly proffered excuse is that there are no suitable mitigation sites available, yet impacts in some cases have long since commenced, and in some cases the 5-year Environmental Resource License has expired with no mitigation for impacts begun.

1996

Dredge and fill activities in Broward County, require the issuance of a 5-year Environmental Resource License. The presence of wetlands doubles the license fee. In addition, another 200% is added (40% x 5 yrs) for the Wetlands Resource staff to monitor mitigation constructed for environmental impacts. Fees of up to $15,000 can be collected on a single license by the county under these terms. The total license fee including the 200% for monitoring is paid prior to issuance of the license.

The Department main files are indexed in reverse chronological order. At this point in time, only the occasional scribbled field note is found in a random assortment of the files to indicate that BCDNRP monitoring of mitigation plans is actually taking place. Many BCDNRP files contain little or no evidence that the required monitoring reports on installed mitigation are being submitted by the licensee and there is no evidence BCDNRP is visiting mitigation sites.

Why is money collected to monitor mitigation which doesn't take place and where will all the backlog of filled area be mitigated in a county that is running out of land, wet or dry?

The Department's answer to this and many other questions on subjects of botanical, ecological, and biological correctness is a blank stare and a shrug. The Department isn't sure why one citizen is threatened with $14,000.00/day fines for cutting a few mangroves while larger, more corporate concerns have been able to proceed with filling wetlands without mitigation at the time of the impact.

But on any given day of the week, visitors to the Department who linger long enough will find its workers busily engaged in a bustling roster of office birthday celebrations, co-worker visitations and personal phone calls.

 

BROWARD COUNTY AQUATIC AND WETLAND RESOURCES LICENSE FEE SCHEDULE

1. For Section 27-336, "General Licenses"................................................................$25.00

2. For items (3) through (7), if project contains wetlands, add 100% to license fee.

3. For section 27-334

-Maintenance dredging or projects equal to or less than 100 cubic yards of dredged or fill material.................................................................................................................$150.00

4. For Section 27-334
-Projects equal to or less than 1,000 cubic yards of dredged or fill material;
-Marina or dockage facility less than or equal to 10,000 square feet of water surface area;
-Seawalls less than or equal to 200 feet total length;
-Installation of buoys or aids to navigation;
-Installation of subaqueous transmission or distribution lines with less than 1,000 cubic
yards of dredged or fill material........................................................................$300.00

5. For Section 27-334

-Projects with 1,001-10,000 cubic yards of dredged or fill material;
-Marina or dockage facility with greater than 10,000 square feet of water surface area;
-Seawalls greater than 200 feet in total length......................................................$600.00

6. For Section 27-334

-Projects with 10,001-100,000 cubic yards of dredged or fill material ...........$1,200.00

7. For Section 27-334

-Projects with greater than 100,000 cubic yards of dredged or fill material............$2,500.00

8. For Section 27-334- "Request for License Transfer"...........................................$100.00

9. For Section 27-334-"Request for License Modification".....................................$100.00

10.For Section 27-334-"Mitigation Monitoring Fee"
the annual fee shall be.........................................................................................40%
of the initial license fee and shall be submitted prior to license issuance.
Mitigation projects in the monitoring phase that have not previously paid the fee are
subject to this fee for the remainder of their monitoring period.

11. For Section 27-334-"Wetland Jurisdictional Determinations" will be performed subsequent to the receipt of a written request accompanied by the following processing fees:

(a)For parcels less than or equal to 5 acres........................................................$25.00
(b)For parcels greater than 5 acres and less than or equal to 40 acres.................$50.00
(c)For parcels greater than 40 acres and less than or equal to 160 acres...........$100.00
(d)For parcels greater than 160 acres..............................................................$150.00

Rev.10/1/95

1996 TABLE OF BROWARD COUNTY EXPIRED 5-YEAR ENVIRONMENTAL LICENSES AND/OR UNPERFORMED MITIGATION FOR IMPACTS*

Project Name License No. Issue Date Exp. Date Mitigation Type Impact Acres Mitigation Acres License Status
2349 Corp. 91-1074 8/20/91 8/20/96 Enhancement .25 1.00 Installation pending
26th St. Site 93-1058 5/28/93 5/28/95 Littoral zone preservation 30 12.80 Installation pending
Al Casagrande dock 94-1035 4/12/94 4/12/99 Mangrove planter,riprap 0.01 0.02 Installation pending
Arlene Plat 92-1081 8/18/92 8/18/97 Enhancement 1.00 0.30 Installation pending
Arthur Street Widening 95-1028 5/9/95 5/9/00 Mangrove Scrapedown 0.14 1.10 Installation pending
Atlantic Blvd. Interchange 92-1019 3/6/92 3/6/97 Exotic and/or nuisance control 0.04 0.04 Installation pending
Atrium of Plantation 92-1048 6/8/92 6/8/97 Enhancement 0.02 0.02 Installation pending
Bergeron Rock Pit Big Sky 92-1127 10/26/92 10/26/97 Marsh Creation 10.00 1.50 Installation pending
Bluegrass Lakes 92-1069 6/25/92 6/25/97 Littoral Zone 66.70 5.04 Installation pending
Bonnet House 95-1040 4/13/95 4/13/00 Mangrove planter/ enhancement 0.68 0.81 Installation pending
Bonnet House 89-1054 5/31/89 5/31/94 Mangrove Fringe 0.58 0.58 Installation pending
Broward County Engineering 91-1105 12/5/91 12/5/96 Enhancement 0.03 0.07 Installation pending
Carletti Bros. Inc Lake Fill 93-1012 1/26/93 1/26/98 Marsh 45.40 22.30 Installation pending
Cary Rada Lot 94-1109 7/26/94 7/26/99 Enhancement 0.22 0.80 Installation pending
Charlie Green Property 91-1043 5/22/91 5/22/96 Mangrove Fringe 2.57 5.10 Installation pending
City of Dania NE 10th St. 92-1038 4/21/92 4/21/97 Mangrove Fringe 54.50 54.50 Installation pending
City of Hollywood Canal Crossing 95-1078 7/10/95 7/10/00 Mangrove Planter 0.01 1.10 Installation pending
City of Miramar Wastewater Treatment 95-1004 3/20/95 3/20/00 Freshwater Wetland 15.70 15.62 Installation pending
City of Pembroke Pines 91-1065 8/21/91 8/21/96 Freshwater Marsh 2.02 3.31 Installation pending
City of Pembroke Pines Sheridan Street 93-1067 6/21/93 6/21/98 Enhancement 6.00 <0.1 Installation pending
Coral Creek Corporate Center Phase 2 92-1053 7/28/92 7/28/97 Enhancement, Exotic Removal 0.40 0.40 Installation pending
Coral Springs Improvement District C-1, C-14 93-1073 6/25/93 6/25/94 Littoral Shelf 1.00 0.30 Installation pending
Cypress Trace Parkland 94-1027 3/21/94 3/21/99 Enhancement 0.00 0.50 Installation pending
DECO Plat 93-1001 1/11/93 1/11/98 Preservation/Enhancement 0.90 1.00 Installation Pending
Delevoe Park 91-1002 1/4/91 1/4/92 Mulch / Muck Shoreline 0.05 0.05 Installation pending
Eghbal Jalali Lot 94-1105 7/20/94 7/20/99 Freshwater Marsh 0.17 0.15 Installation pending
Emerald Estates 92-1008 1/23/92 1/23/97 Littoral Zone 4.00 4.00 Installation pending
Estate of Robert and Arlene Chambers 94-1102 7/11/94 7/11/99 Freshwater Wetland 82.75 49.65 Installation pending
Fern Loo Lot 94-1119 8/4/94 8/4/99 Freshwater Marsh Enhancement 1.04 0.70 Installation pending
FPL Discharge Canal 92-1041 4/22/92 4/22/97 Mangrove Fringe 0.00 0.01 Installation pending
FPL Easement Lake 91-1103 12/5/91 12/5/92 Littoral Zone 1.00 0.77 Installation pending
FTZ Group, Inc. 95-1051 7/28/95 7/28/00 Mangrove Planter   0.40 Installation pending
Gemstar Homes 94-1108 8/29/94 8/29/95 Littoral Shelf 0.37 0.37 Installation pending
Gill Commercial/ Industrial Building 93-1037 4/22/93 4/22/98 Marsh 1.28 1.40 Installation pending
Gill Gas Station 93-1036 4/22/93 4/22/98 Marsh 3.00 0.99 Installation pending
Iran Socarras Lot 94-1102 12/13/94 12/13/99 Littoral Marsh 0.40 0.33 Installation pending
Isolated Ditch 92-1102 9/18/92 9/18/97 Enhancement 5.33 0.67 Installation pending
Jacaranda Parcel 108, Gulfstream 88-1026 3/14/88 3/14/89 Littoral Zone 0.57 0.57 Installation pending
Lakes of Western Pines 93-1102 8/31/93 8/31/98 Freshwater Marsh 240.00 43.20 Installation pending
Maple Pond 91-1046 5/24/91 5/24/96 Pretreated Stormwater Discharge 0.16 0.00 Installation pending
McTigue Property 94-1053 6/1/94 6/1/94 Freshwater Marsh 71.50 14.00 Installation pending
Menorah Gardens 93-1134 10/29/93 10/29/98 Freshwater Marsh 4.40 2.90 Installation pending
Michael Moran Lot 94-1187 1/5/95 1/5/00 Enhancement/ Preservation 0.16 0.15 Installation pending
Mills Pond Park 91-1003 2/7/91 2/7/96 Mulch/ Muck Shoreline 0.22 0.22 Installation pending
Minto Towngate Partners 93-1101 9/8/93 9/8/98 Littoral Shelf 268.00 53.60 Installation pending
Miramar Regional Park 95-1003 3/8/95 3/8/00 Freshwater Wetland 83.00 35.00 Installation pending
Neek Plat 91-1075 8/21/91 8/21/96 Exotic/ Nuisance Control 1.66 0.40 Installation pending
North Springs Imp. District, Canal exc. 90-1139 11/26/90 11/26/95 Enhancement 15.00 10.80 Installation pending
Oak Ridge Tract/Banyan Management Company 94-1011 3/28/94 3/28/99 Freshwater Marsh, Cypress/ Maple 3.65 5.55 Installation pending
Pembroke Meadows 93-1148 11/30/93 11/30/98 Freshwater Swamp 55.60 31.95 Installation pending
Pembroke Pines City Hall 92-1023 3/9/92 3/9/97 Enhancement 0.00 24.00 Installation pending
Pembroke Pointe 93-1107 10/5/93 10/5/98 Freshwater Marsh 18.85 7.00 Installation pending
Pembroke Pointe Parcel D 93-1062 6/3/93 6/3/98 Littoral Shelf, Marsh 7.40 1.00 Installation pending
Pine Island Road Construction 92-1138 11/19/92 11/19/97 Littoral Shelf 3.18 0.01 Installation pending
Pine Tree Estates 91-1087 9/23/91 9/23/96 Enhancement 0.52 0.57 Installation pending
Pine Tree Estates 91-1115 12/16/91 12/16/96 Enhancement 0.45 0.56 Installation pending
Pine Tree Estates 92-1072 7/1/92 7/1/97 Enhancement/ Exotic Removal 0.02 0.02 Installation pending
Pine Tree Estates 92-1153 2/15/92 2/15/97 Enhancement/ Exotic Removal 0.39 0.71 Installation pending
Pine Tree Estates 93-1060 6/23/93 6/23/98 Enhancement 0.22 0.33 Installation pending
Pine Tree Estates 91-1112 12/16/91 12/16/96 Enhancement 0.48 1.41 Installation pending
Pines Blvd. Road Widening 90-1143 12/18/90 12/18/95 Freshwater Marsh 14.40 4.50 Installation pending
Pines Landing 92-1001 1/2/92 1/2/97 Freshwater Marsh 1.31 1.31 Installation pending
Pines 200 Plaza 94-1137 9/28/94 9/28/99 Florida Wetlands Bank 1.58 1.60 Installation pending
Pines-Palm West/ K-Mart 93-1057 5/20/93 5/20/98 Freshwater Wetland 17.69 6.0 Installation pending
Plum Harbor, Tamarac- Section 8 93-1104 9/9/93 9/9/98 Littoral Shelf 2.30 2.10 Installation pending
Pujara Commercial Center 93-1043 4/19/93 4/19/98 Preservation/ Exotic Removal 0.25 2.00 Installation pending
Regency Club 95-1134 9/29/95 9/29/00 Freshwater Marsh 0.80 1.38 Installation pending
Regional Park Commercial (Middle School) 94-1141 9/1/94 9/1/99 Enhancement 0.77 0.40 Installation pending
Richard Royston Dock 94-1015 1/27/94 1/27/99 Mangrove Planter 0.01 0.02 Installation pending
Robert Hartmann Pond Fill 92-1076 7/10/92 7/10/97 Marsh, Littoral Shelf 0.20 0.01 Installation pending
Salt Water Ditch 93-1059 7/7/93 7/7/98 Freshwater and Saltwater Wetland 0.50 0.50 Installation pending
Santa Fe 93-1131A 11/5/93 11/5/98 Marsh 155.00 67.90 Installation pending
Sea-Air Plat 90-1064 6/18/90 6/18/96 Exotic/ Nuisance Control 2.14 1.72 Installation pending
Section 7- Canals and Lake 95-1100 7/25/95 7/25/00 Freshwater Marsh 3.72 4.53 Installation pending
Sheridan Plaza 91-1034 4/8/91 4/8/96 Mangrove Fringe 0.99 0.55 Installation pending
Single Family Lot 94-1041 4/4/94 4/4/97 Enhancement 0.15 1.10 Installation pending
South Half 90-1055 6/8/90 6/8/95 Mulch/ Muck Shoreline 320.00 116.50 Installation pending
Sunrise Civic Center 93-1025 3/5/93 3/5/98 Littoral Zone 1.31 0.30 Installation pending
SW 109th Terr. and SW 22nd St. 90-1134 11/15/90 11/15/95 Littoral Shelf, Marsh 0.90 0.98 Installation pending
John Heintz 89-1096 8/25/89 8/25/94 Littoral Zone 0.25 0.03 Installation pending
Tarpon Road 91-1058 6/24/91 6/24/92 Mangrove Fringe 0.00 0.02 Installation pending
Terramar Two Bennington 89-1109 9/12/89 9/12/94 Exotic/ Nuisance Control 4.34 2.11 Installation pending
The Cove at Eagle Lake 95-1037 3/22/95 3/22/00 Emergent / Transitional Marsh 1.00 0.68 Installation pending
The Related Companies of Florida 95-1101 7/27/95 7/27/00 Florida Wetlands Bank 2.18 1.41 Installation pending
The William Lyon Company 93-1131 11/5/93 11/5/98 Marsh, Littoral Shelf, Tree Islands. 508.00 115.00 Installation pending
United Pentecostal Church 92-1015 2/11/92 2/11/94 Mulch/ Muck Shoreline 0.50 0.50 Installation pending
U.S. Nature Culture Center 94-1104 8/11/94 8/11/99 Freshwater Marsh 45.00 29.37 Installation pending
VGM Properties 93-1126 1/19/94 1/19/99 Freshwater Marsh 0.75 0.15 Installation pending
Weekley Bros. 93-1156 12/21/93 12/21/98 Enhancement 18.00 9.62 Installation pending
West Lake Village 93-1132 11/10/93 11/10/98 Mangrove Planter 0.03 0.15 Installation pending
Weston Increment 3 95-1148 12/21/95 12/21/00 Freshwater Marsh 1166.00 1552.62 Installation pending
Westpoint Lakes 92-1128 11/27/92 11/27/97 Creation or Enhancement 52.50 27.90 Installation pending
Wyles Butler PUD 96-1011 2/9/96 2/9/01 Enhancement 1.62 5.80 Installation pending
Winston Park III 90-1053 7/10/90 7/10/95 Exotic/ Nuisance Control 0.60 2.10 Installation pending
Yacht Basin, Inc. 90-1120 10/3/90 10/3/95 Mangrove Fringe 0.10 0.10 Installation pending

* Information from BCDNRP records provided to the author by BCDNRP in September 1996

BROWARD COUNTY DNRP PERSONNEL

ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION 1-954-519-1210
Director- Steve Somerville
Deputy Director- Gary Stephens

BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES DIVISION 1-954-519-1230
Director- Eric Myers
Wetlands Resources Manager- Kathryn Cartier

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