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Contributed | Audubon Florida Leaders E-Mail
Published Friday, January 09, 2009

From: Discussion for Florida chapter leaders
[mailto:AUDUBON-FL-LEADERS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Karen Ahlers
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 4:58 PM

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Ocklawaha Restoration opponents are at it again. The St. Johns River Water
Management District is currently reviewing a permit application to build a
400 slip marina in Rodman pool. Yes, you heard me right, a FOUR HUNDRED SLIP
MARINA in Rodman pool! Could it not be a ploy to hamper restoration???

The project site is adjacent to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida
Greenway and the Ocala National Forest and currently consists of an existing
RV park, forest, and portions of Rodman pool. The permit application
proposes a 10-foot wide, 3,757-foot long, perimeter boardwalk along the
entire property as well as construction of four floating dock structures
with a total of 400 boat slips. The complete permit application can be found
on the SJRWMD website <> e-permitting section by
searching the project name, Lake Oklawaha RV Park (Docks), or permit number

Gov. Crist and DEP Secretary Michael Sole have publicly committed to
restoring the Ocklawaha by removing Rodman Dam. The River restoration plans
involve removal of the dam which will substantially reduce water levels at
the proposed site, making operation of a marina untenable.

Other state agencies, including FDEP's Office of Greenways and Trails, have
pointed out that DEP is pursuing permit applications to restore the
pre-Rodman dam flows to the Ocklawaha system. The proposed marina project
would be totally incompatible with permits issued to DEP for the planned

The Florida Division of Historical Resources (DHR) says that plans filed
with the SJRWMD indicate that the dock structure will most likely be located
directly above a submerged prehistoric canoe. Furthermore, the project site
is close to other identified archeological resources and other potentially
significant historic sites, including human remains.

The project site is located within the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) designated primary range for the Florida
black bear. The forest within the project site occurs on a very steep slope
ranging from 1:1 to 3:1 (elevation 120' to 18' NGVD) and has several trails,
indicated that this area is likely being utilized as a wildlife corridor.
Bear scat was observed within the forest during site reviews. To date, the
FWC has not received a response from the applicant to their Request for
Additional Information dated July 15, 2008.

Last update Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Unknown on 1/9/2009 6:04pm
Thanks Frances. Just wondering, does the person/group who sent you the email have a more specific link ? I spent a good deal of time on the sjwmd site and could not find anything about the proposed marina.