November 29, 2017
Steve Olson, 386-943-5479
Space Coast Trail Public Meeting Scheduled for December 7
Volusia counties -- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in
cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park
Service (NPS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
has scheduled an open house public meeting regarding the proposed Space Coast
Trail from Parrish Park at the entrance to the Merritt Island National Wildlife
Refuge to Parking Area #1 within the Canaveral National Seashore (east-west
segment) and following Kennedy Parkway from Beach Road (County Road 402) to
U.S. 1 (north-south segment). This project is located within Brevard and
The meeting will
be held as an open house on Tuesday, December 7, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at
the City of Titusville City Hall, 555 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL,
32796. During the scheduled open house, attendees may stop by any time to
review project information and discuss the proposed Space Coast Trail with
staff from USFWS, NPS, NASA, and FDOT.
The proposed Space
Coast Trail is a federal planning project on the Merritt Island National
Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, located along Florida’s
central east coast in Brevard and Volusia counties. The proposed Space Coast Trail
would be the eastern end of Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Trail that connects the
Gulf of Mexico in St. Petersburg with the Atlantic Ocean in Brevard County, and
would serve as a component of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. The USFWS
and NPS are the co-lead agencies for the Environmental Assessment (EA) under
development to evaluate the potential impacts associated with the proposal in
compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NASA is a
cooperating agency on the EA and FDOT is a key partner in the planning, funding
and construction of the proposal. The USFWS, NPS, NASA, and FDOT are
coordinating very closely on this proposal to meet all applicable rules,
regulations, and policies including public involvement.
An EA would be
anticipated to be available for public review and comment by fall 2018. In
compliance with NEPA, and to inform the development of the EA, we request input
at this early stage in the planning process. Comments may be submitted in
writing or in person at the public meeting or by mail to Cheri Ehrhardt,
Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 2683,
Titusville, FL 32781-2683. Comments may also be submitted in writing at NPS’s
Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=67041.
In addition, the information that will be presented at the public meeting will
be available on NPS’s PEPC website. To ensure consideration of your comments
and concerns in the development of the EA, we request that we receive comments
by January 12, 2018.
disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities
Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact
Lorena Cucek by phone at 386-943-5392 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org at
least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired,
please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age,
sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their
concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting
Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator at Jennifer.Smith2@dot.state.fl.us.
can be directed to Communications Manager Steve Olson, 386-943-5479, Steve.Olson@dot.state.fl.us.
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