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Alafia River Corridor

Potential Surplus Parcel Review

Alafia River Corridor Potential Surplus Parcel Review PARCEL INFORMATION SWF Surplus Parcel ID: ARC-1 SWF Parent

PARCEL INFORMATION

   

SWF Surplus Parcel ID:

ARC-1

SWF Parent Parcel(s):

11-709-101

Size:

57

Funding Source(s):

WMLTF

County:

Hillsborough

Date(s) Acquired:

6-20-1996

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT INFORMATION

Names:

Lisann Morris, Mark Fulkerson, Jamison Janke, Janie Hagberg, Carmen Sanders, Will VanGelder, Colleen Kruk, Cheryl Hill, Jason Hopp, Steve Blaschka, Margit Crowell, Trisha Neasman, Ken Frink

Bureaus/Sections:

Water Resources/ Water Supply, Water Resources/Engineering & Watershed Management, Natural Systems and Restoration/SWIM, Operations & Land Management/Land Resources, Operations & Land Management/Real Estate Services, Data Collection/Hydrologic Data, Public Affairs/External Affairs, Executive

Parcel’s contribution to Water Supply Protection

Northeast corner has small overlap with well buffer

Parcel’s contribution to Flood Protection

No detailed study, currently not within existing FEMA floodplain

Parcel’s contribution to Water Quality Protection

Impairments downstream for dissolved oxygen

Parcel’s contribution to Natural Systems Protection

Mostly intact natural systems

Parcel management issues

Managed by and leased to Hillsborough County

Parcel’s access issues if surplused

Parcel contains access road that includes the County’s access to another parcel; service road is important for the County’s future management of other parcels; access road could be moved if County agrees

Parcel’s current access issues

None

Parcel’s role in maintaining public access

Provides access to other properties managed by the County

Parcel’s cultural resources

None mapped

Parcel’s linkage of conservation corridors

No

Parcel’s effect on no net loss of hunting lands

None

Parcel’s marketability

County staff recommends that the District retain since the parcel provides recreational benefits and habitat for listed species.

• Lands are leased to the County and the County manages in

conjunction with management of its adjoining conservation lands.

• County has no problem continuing to manage these lands.

• County has the right to acquire these parcels at 50% of appraised

value.

• County staff is not supportive of any land use changes, as they have a

direct interest in these properties.

Parcel contains data collection site(s)

None

Parcel recommended to continue surplus evaluation?

No

If parcel recommended for surplus, list conditions [e.g., retain conservation or access easement]

N/A

If parcel is not recommended for surplus, recommend fee and/or management responsibilities be transferred to other governmental agency?

Discuss land exchange or renegotiating payment of management costs with Hillsborough County.

Alafia River Corridor (Surplus IDs - ARC-1, ARC-4, ARC-5) Surplus Parcel SWFWMD Fee Acquisition SWFWMD Less-than-fee
Alafia River Corridor (Surplus IDs - ARC-1, ARC-4, ARC-5)
Surplus Parcel
SWFWMD Fee Acquisition
SWFWMD Less-than-fee
Acquisition
Other Conservation Lands
Surplus ID
ARC-1
Surplus ID
ARC-4
Surplus ID
ARC-5
0
1.5
3
Sources: Esri, DeLorme, HERE, TomTom, Intermap, increment P Corp., GEBCO,
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USGS, FAO, NPS, NRCAN, GeoBase, IGN, Kadaster NL, Ordnance Survey, Esri
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Alafia River Corridor (Surplus ID - ARC-1)

Alafia River Corridor Subject Area ENGLISH ENGLISH ACRES ACRES DRDR 57 ac. BERRY BERRY FARM FARM
Alafia River Corridor
Subject
Area
ENGLISH
ENGLISH ACRES
ACRES DRDR
57 ac.
BERRY
BERRY FARM
FARM RDRD
Potential Surplus Parcel
Lands Owned by the District but
Managed by Hillsborough County -
0
300
600
Alaiva River Corridor
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Alafia River Corridor

Potential Surplus Parcel Review

Alafia River Corridor Potential Surplus Parcel Review PARCEL INFORMATION SWF Surplus Parcel ID: ARC-4 SWF Parent

PARCEL INFORMATION

   

SWF Surplus Parcel ID:

ARC-4

SWF Parent Parcel(s):

11-709-101

Size:

94

Funding Source(s):

P2000

County:

Hillsborough

Date(s) Acquired:

11-3-1994

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT INFORMATION

Names:

Lisann Morris, Mark Fulkerson, Jamison Janke, Janie Hagberg, Carmen Sanders, Will VanGelder, Colleen Kruk, Cheryl Hill, Jason Hopp, Steve Blaschka, Margit Crowell, Trisha Neasman, Ken Frink

Bureaus/Sections:

Water Resources/ Water Supply, Water Resources/Engineering & Watershed Management, Natural Systems and Restoration/SWIM, Operations & Land Management/Land Resources, Operations & Land Management/Real Estate Services, Data Collection/Hydrologic Data, Public Affairs/External Affairs, Executive

Parcel’s contribution to Water Supply Protection

No concern

Parcel’s contribution to Flood Protection

No detailed study, currently not within existing FEMA floodplain

Parcel’s contribution to Water Quality Protection

Impairments downstream for dissolved oxygen

Parcel’s contribution to Natural Systems Protection

Majority altered

Parcel management issues

Managed by and leased to Hillsborough County; parcel used for trailhead access, parking and portion of equestrian trail. Adjacent to only access for this portion of property.

Parcel’s access issues if surplused

Would need to retain access off Old Welcome Road and would need to adjust boundary

Parcel’s current access issues

None

Parcel’s role in maintaining public access

Used for trailhead access, parking and portion of equestrian trail

Parcel’s cultural resources

None mapped

Parcel’s linkage of conservation corridors

Peripheral to a core

Parcel’s effect on no net loss of hunting lands

None

Parcel’s marketability

County staff recommends that the District retain since the parcel provides recreational benefits and habitat for listed species.

• Lands are leased to the County and the County manages in

conjunction with management of its adjoining conservation lands.

• County has no problem continuing to manage these lands.

• County has the right to acquire these parcels at 50% of appraised

value.

• County staff is not supportive of any land use changes, as they have a

direct interest in these properties.

Parcel contains data collection site(s)

None

Parcel recommended to continue surplus evaluation?

No

If parcel recommended for surplus, list conditions [e.g., retain conservation or access easement]

N/A

If parcel is not recommended for surplus, recommend fee and/or management responsibilities be transferred to other governmental agency?

Discuss land exchange or renegotiating payment of management costs with Hillsborough County.

Alafia River Corridor (Surplus IDs - ARC-1, ARC-4, ARC-5) Surplus Parcel SWFWMD Fee Acquisition SWFWMD Less-than-fee
Alafia River Corridor (Surplus IDs - ARC-1, ARC-4, ARC-5)
Surplus Parcel
SWFWMD Fee Acquisition
SWFWMD Less-than-fee
Acquisition
Other Conservation Lands
Surplus ID
ARC-1
Surplus ID
ARC-4
Surplus ID
ARC-5
0
1.5
3
Sources: Esri, DeLorme, HERE, TomTom, Intermap, increment P Corp., GEBCO,
Miles
USGS, FAO, NPS, NRCAN, GeoBase, IGN, Kadaster NL, Ordnance Survey, Esri
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Alafia River Corridor (Surplus ID - ARC-4)

Alafia River Corridor Subject Area 39 94 ac. Potential Surplus Parcel Lands Owned by the District
Alafia River Corridor
Subject
Area
39
94 ac.
Potential Surplus Parcel
Lands Owned by the District but
Managed by Hillsborough County -
0
300
600
Alaiva River Corridor
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ANGUS
ANGUS LN
LN
BRAHMAN
BRAHMAN RD
RD
CHAROLAIS
CHAROLAIS RD
RD
HOLSTEIN
HOLSTEIN RD
RD
OLD
OLD WELCOME
WELCOME RD
RD

Alafia River Corridor

Potential Surplus Parcel Review

Alafia River Corridor Potential Surplus Parcel Review PARCEL INFORMATION SWF Surplus Parcel ID: ARC-5 SWF Parent

PARCEL INFORMATION

   

SWF Surplus Parcel ID:

ARC-5

SWF Parent Parcel(s):

11-709-101

Size:

15

Funding Source(s):

P2000

County:

Hillsborough

Date(s) Acquired:

11-3-1994

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT INFORMATION

Names:

Lisann Morris, Mark Fulkerson, Jamison Janke, Janie Hagberg, Carmen Sanders, Will VanGelder, Colleen Kruk, Cheryl Hill, Jason Hopp, Steve Blaschka, Margit Crowell, Trisha Neasman, Ken Frink

Bureaus/Sections:

Water Resources/ Water Supply, Water Resources/Engineering & Watershed Management, Natural Systems and Restoration/SWIM, Operations & Land Management/Land Resources, Operations & Land Management/Real Estate Services, Data Collection/Hydrologic Data, Public Affairs/External Affairs, Executive

Parcel’s contribution to Water Supply Protection

No concern

Parcel’s contribution to Flood Protection

Adjacent to Chito Branch, approximately 17% within the floodplain

Parcel’s contribution to Water Quality Protection

Impairments downstream for dissolved oxygen; proximity to tributary; wetlands in northwest corner and buffer important for water quality

Parcel’s contribution to Natural Systems Protection

Mostly altered with intact wetland communities

Parcel management issues

Managed by and leased to Hillsborough County

Parcel’s access issues if surplused

None

Parcel’s current access issues

Doesn’t provide access, but important due to proximity to CR 39

Parcel’s role in maintaining public access

None

Parcel’s cultural resources

None mapped

Parcel’s linkage of conservation corridors

Current boundaries not critical to corridor linkage, but with acquisition of other lands would contribute to conservation corridors.

Parcel’s effect on no net loss of hunting lands

None

Parcel’s marketability

• County staff recommends that the District retain since the parcel provides recreational benefits and habitat for listed species. • Lands are leased to the County and the County manages in conjunction with management of its adjoining conservation lands. • County has no problem continuing to manage these lands. • County has the right to acquire these parcels at 50% of appraised value. • County staff is not supportive of any land use changes, as they have a direct interest in these properties.

Parcel contains data collection site(s)

None

Parcel recommended to continue surplus evaluation?

No

If parcel recommended for surplus, list conditions [e.g., retain conservation or access easement]

N/A

If parcel is not recommended for surplus, recommend fee and/or management responsibilities be transferred to other governmental agency?

Discuss land exchange or renegotiating payment of management costs with Hillsborough County.

Alafia River Corridor (Surplus IDs - ARC-1, ARC-4, ARC-5) Surplus Parcel SWFWMD Fee Acquisition SWFWMD Less-than-fee
Alafia River Corridor (Surplus IDs - ARC-1, ARC-4, ARC-5)
Surplus Parcel
SWFWMD Fee Acquisition
SWFWMD Less-than-fee
Acquisition
Other Conservation Lands
Surplus ID
ARC-1
Surplus ID
ARC-4
Surplus ID
ARC-5
0
1.5
3
Sources: Esri, DeLorme, HERE, TomTom, Intermap, increment P Corp., GEBCO,
Miles
USGS, FAO, NPS, NRCAN, GeoBase, IGN, Kadaster NL, Ordnance Survey, Esri
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Alafia River Corridor (Surplus ID - ARC-5) Alafia River Corridor Subject Area 39 15 ac. Potential
Alafia River Corridor (Surplus ID - ARC-5)
Alafia River Corridor
Subject
Area
39
15 ac.
Potential Surplus Parcel
Lands Owned by the District but
Managed by Hillsborough County -
0
200
400
Alaiva River Corridor
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BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS
San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in bot h am, Dis
San dra L. Murman , District I
Chairman
AI Hi gg in bot h am, Dis tr ict 7
Vice Chairman
Le sley "Le s" Mi ll er, Jr., Distr ict 3
Chaplain
Vicmr D . Crist , Di strict
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Stacy R.
White, Di strict
4
Ke n H agan, District 5
Kevi
n Beckn er, Di str ict 6
April 7, 2015
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in

Michael A. Babb , Chair Southwest Florida Water Management District 23 79 Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34604-6899

Dear Chair Babb :

Mi ch ael S. Me rri ll Co unty Administrator C hip Fl e tch er
Mi ch ael S. Me rri ll
Co unty Administrator
C
hip Fl e tch er
County
A ttorney
Michelle Leo nhardt
County Internal Auditor

The purpose of this correspondence is to convey my concerns regarding some parcels that have recently been listed as potential surplus lands for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

When I was reviewing the parcels in question, I recognized their value as a recreational destination . They also serve the community as a water recharge and home for native Florida flora and fauna .

I am particularly concerned with ARC-1 , ARC-4 , and ARC-5, as they lie within my district. of my goals as a commissioner is to increase the green and recreational space within

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Hillsborough County . It is disappointing to see the Water Management District , which has long been a tremendous partner in conservation efforts, seeking to sell these properties .

Additionally , these parcels are in a rural part of the county , which is currently enjoyed by the equestrian community and outdoorsmen of all kinds . As you can see from the correspondence I have attached for your review , there is a desire within the community to preserve these lands as

pristine environmental

preserves .

BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in
BoARD oF CouNTY CoMMISSIONERS San dra L. Murman , District I Chairman AI Hi gg in

As you know , Hillsborough County is known for our renowned Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program . Furthermore, I have begun my own efforts to conserve our natural heritage , recreational lands, and environmentally sensitive lands .

Post Office Box 1110 • Tampa, Florida 33601 Phone (813) 272-5660 HillsboroughCounty.org An AJ!innativf Action/Equal Opportunity
Post Office Box 1110 • Tampa, Florida 33601
Phone (813) 272-5660
HillsboroughCounty.org
An AJ!innativf Action/Equal Opportunity Employ.r

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I am strongly committed to doing my part in conservation efforts and value the Southwest Florida

I am strongly committed to doing my part in conservation efforts and value the Southwest Florida Water Management District as a partner in this endeavor. I implore yo u to not dispose of these lands at this time.

Sincerely,

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Stacy R. White Hillsborough County Commissioner District 4

SRW/ mkn

CC : Southwest Florida Water Management

District Governing Board

Executive Director Robert Beltran Southwest Florida Water Management District

  • 2379 Broad Street

Brooksville , FL 34604-6899

Jan Tomlinsin Smith , Chair

Environmental Lands and Protection Program

  • 3627 Berger Road

Lutz , FL 33549

Ms. Lynn Ry der

817

Old Welcome Road

Lithia , FL 33547

Ms. Alison Johnson

815

Old Welcome Road

Lithia , FL 33547

File

Nikki Johnson

From:

nikki johnson <nikkij39@gmail.com>

Sent:

Monday, April 13, 2015 4:34 PM

To:

Nikki Johnson

Subject:

Fwd: (WEB mail) - Save Our Preserve - ARC 1, 5 & 4 Lithia FL

---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Henderson, Matt - BOCC <HendersonM@hillsboroughcounty.org> Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Subject: RE: (WEB mail) - Save Our Preserve - ARC 1, 5 & 4 Lithia FL To: "nikkij39@gmail.com" <nikkij39@gmail.com>

Greetings Allison,

My name is Matt Henderson and I am an aide to Commissioner Higginbotham. I have some good news for you on various fronts. I called SWFWMD and spoke to a few people and received the following news about this issue:

Because these parcels of land around the ARC have a tremendous amount of natural systems and they are the main recreation areas SWFWMD has apparently changed their mind about and don’t believe that anything will happen in regards to them becoming surplus land (and potentially being sold). There have been 4 public hearings about this issue in Bartow, Sarasota, Tampa, and Brooksville) and there are still 2 meetings where you can get involved and speak if you would like. The website (watermatters.org) lists the dates and locations if you have any interest in attending and speaking. April 14 th is the Environmental Advisory Committee and then it goes before the governing board. Everyone I spoke to seems to believe that the issue is off the table due to public backlash. Let me know if I can be any further assistance. I hope you have a great rest of your day.

Matthew Henderson

Aide to County Commissioner Al Higginbotham

District #7, Countywide

"Together we will make a difference"

HendersonM@hillboroughcounty.org

Office: 8132725735

Fax: 8132727054

To: Higginbotham, Al Cc: Rodriguez, Eli; Henderson, Matt BOCC Subject: (WEB mail) Save Our Preserve ARC 1, 5 & 4 Lithia FL Importance: High

The following Commissioner(s) received a direct copy of this email:

Commissioner Al Higginbotham (District 7)

Date/Time Sent: 4/7/2015 9:54:08 AM

Name: Alison Johnson Address: 815 Old Welcome Rd City, State Zip: Lithia,, FL 33547

Phone: (813) 477-7492

Email: nikkij39@gmail.com

Subject: Save Our Preserve - ARC 1, 5 & 4 Lithia FL

Message: Commissioner Higginbotham, I would like your support in preserving the land that currently makes up the Alafia River Corridor. It has come to my attention (and interestingly enough NOT by an easily found public notice) that ARC-1, ARC, 5 & ARC-4 are being proposed by SWFWMD as potential surplus land. ARC 1 & 4 are part of the MUCH larger property used as community recreation for horseback riding and hiking trails. This would be a tremendous loss to the community as this property is comprised of centuries old majestic grandfather oaks and wildlife habitat that are irreplaceable. It's also noted that this area has four archaeological sites recorded in the Florida Master Site File. As the county wide liaison to the SWFWMD please document your opposition to the sale of this wonderful and irreplaceable nature resource. This email was automatically generated from:

https://webappsnet.hillsboroughcounty.org/Forms/BOCC/ContactCommissioners

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From: Renee Zegarski [mailto:atozmenagerie@gmail.com] Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:32 PM To: whites@hillsboroughcounty.org; murmans@hillsboroughcounty.org; hagank@hillsboroughcounty.org; becknerk@hillsboroughcounty.org; dickersonr@hillsboroughcounty.org; Ross Morton Cc: newsroom@wmnf.org; news@wfla.com; tips@wtsp.com; news@wtvt.com; Renee Zegarski Subject: Urgent Land Conservation Crisis

  • I am writing to request your intervention in a matter that concerns all of the citizens of eastern Hillsborough County; the designation by Southwest Florida Water Management District of important conservation land as "surplus", to be sold "as-is". The tracts in question are ACR-4, ARC-5, and ARC-1 on the SWFWMD website (https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/projects/surplus-lands/evaluation-list.php) and are jointly owned by Hillsborough County's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, who also oppose the sale.

This land is directly connected to other conservation lands owned by SWFWMD, ELAPP, and Florida State Parks, and is part of a wildlife corridor that greatly needs protection. Besides numerous species of endangered wildlife, including gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, fox squirrels, and kestrels, the land is also a valued resource for hikers and horsemen. There is a network of trails enjoyed by residents of this area as well as non-residents who travel here to enjoy this respite from all of the development our county is undergoing.

The plan to "surplus" this property was not locally advertised, yet many residents turned out to the public workshop on April 1st, 2015 to express our disagreement. Since then we have created both written and on- line petitions (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-preserve-alafia-river-corridor-swfwmd -proposal-to- reclassify-as-surplus-land) with well over 400 signatures obtained in three days, and many of us will be attending the Environmental Advisory Committee meeting next Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 1:30 PM, 7601 US Hwy. 301, Tampa, FL, and the Governing Board 9:00 AM May 19, 2015, same location, to be sure our voices are heard.

  • I ask you to stand up with your fellow citizens and contact SWFWMD to express your wish to protect this preserve, and attend the meetings, if possible. It is rumored, from several reputable sources, that a written

contract for sale "as-is" to a large agricultural business has already been signed prior to this land being deemed "surplus", though I sincerely hope if someone within the SWFWMD organization was guilty of blatantly violating due process and our "Sunshine" law, an investigation would be immediately launched and the surplus process scrutinized. An "as-is" sale, especially with the guaranteed "agricultural exemption" permit granted farms, would allow the legal decimation of all of the protected attributes this land offers; over 25 gopher tortoise burrows, and grand oak trees.

  • I am a Florida Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, as well as an 18 year employee of Hillsborough County, and will gladly show documentation of the wildlife and answer any questions I can.Thank you for your

immediate attention to this critical matter.

Sincerely,

Renee Zegarski President, A to Z Menagerie, Inc. PO Box 204 Lithia, FL 33547

863-808-6822

atozmenagerie@gmail.com

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