Stakeholder Meetings for Marine Turtle Permit Rule Revision

TO: Marine Turtle Permit Holders, Local Governments, and Interested Parties

FROM: FWC Imperiled Species Management, Marine Turtle Management Subsection

DATE: April 14, 2014

SUBJECT: Stakeholder Meetings for Marine Turtle Permit Rule Revision

The important work done by you and other partners to protect and conserve marine turtles occurs under a state Statute, the Florida Marine Turtle Protection Act, and Florida Administrative Code Rule 68E - 1, Marine Turtle Permits. These documents specify who is eligible to receive a Marine Turtle Permit, experience requirements, application submittal and renewal procedures and reporting and training requirements. More specific requirements for authorized activities are listed in FWC’s Marine Turtle Conservation Guide lines, which are incorporated by reference in to FAC Rule 6 8E - 1.

While statutory requirements are set by the Florida Legislature, Administrative Code Rules are developed and implemented by agencies. It is not unusual for agencies to modify these Rules periodically to address changes in procedures or other inconsistencies or inefficiencies.

FWC is considering updating Florida Administrative Code Rule 68E - 1, the Marine Turtle Permit Rule. First, we are scheduling a series of stakeholder outreach meetings this May through June prior to initiating formal rule making in the fall, 2014. The goal of these meetings is to give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss concerns or issues that arise as you conduct activities authorized under your Marine Turtle Permit and that might warrant changes to the Rule or the Conservation Guidelines. Other stakeholders involved in Marine Turtle Conservation are invited as well.

Stakeholder Outreach Meetings
Marine Turtle Permit Rule

Date

Time

City

Building

Address

Parking

May 7, 2014

5 to 7 pm

Tallahassee

FWC Bryant Building, Room 3B

620 South Meridian Street

Park in front of building (west side).

May 12, 2014

6 to 9 pm

St. Petersburg

FWRI Main Building
Room 3B
Adobe PDF (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

100-8th Avenue SE
St Petersburg

 

FWRI is located on/adjacent to USF–St Petersburg campus. Park in all empty spaces except longer boat parking spaces at facility or along street.  Change may be needed prior to 6 pm for parking meters.

May 13, 2014

1:30 to 4:30 pm

Naples

Exhibit Hall at North Collier Regional Park Adobe PDF

15000 Livingston Road

Follow arrows to parking.

May 19, 2014

1 to 4 pm

West Palm Beach

Vista Center at Palm Beach County DERM Adobe PDF, Room VC-1E-58

2300 N Jog Rd, West Palm Beach

Park in back row in parking lot.

May 20, 2014

1 to 4 pm

Marathon

Keys Marathon Sheriff’s Hanger Adobe PDF

10100 Overseas Highway

Parking lot

June 3, 2014

1:30 to 4:30 pm

St. Augustine

St. Johns County Main Library Adobe PDF, Large Meeting Room (first doors on left)

1960 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Parking lot

June 5, 2014

12:30 to 3:15

Vero Beach

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ecological Services Office Adobe PDF

1339 20th St, Vero Beach

Park in large municipal parking lots near the building (should be free).  The main entrance to the building is on the corner of Route 60 (20th Street) and Dixie Highway.  Visitors are requested to sign in at the receptionist’s desk at the main entrance.

June 9, 2014

1 to 4 pm

Panama City

Panama City Fire Department Training Academy Adobe PDF

2001 Beck Ave, Panama City

Park on right hand side in parking lot.

 

These meetings will be informal discussions centered on different “talking stations” set up around the room.  The goal is to encourage active communication about the Marine Turtle Permit Program, FWC’s Marine Turtle Conservation Guidelines, and the activities you conduct under both. You will have the option of communicating directly with agency staff and answering specific questions at four “talking stations” that will be set up in the room. Your input will be invaluable as FWC staff initiates updating the Marine Turtle Permit Rule.

More information will be posted on our website.

 



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