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November 29, 2017

 

Steve Olson, 386-943-5479

Steve.Olson@dot.state.fl.us


Space Coast Trail Public Meeting Scheduled for December 7


Brevard and 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 Volusia Counties.  

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. 

Persons with 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 lorena.cucek@dot.state.fl.us 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 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). 

Public 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.  

Media inquiries can be directed to Communications Manager Steve Olson, 386-943-5479, Steve.Olson@dot.state.fl.us 

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