ATTN: STANDING WATCH MEMBERS:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing THREE ADDITIONAL MANATEE
The proposed refuges are
(1) the San Carlos Bay Refuge, which includes parts of Caloosahatchee
River and San Carlos Bay in Lee County;
(2) the Halifax and Tomoka Rivers Refuge, which includes parts of the
Halifax River and associated water bodies in Volusia County;
(3) and the Lower St. Johns River Refuge, encompassing portions of the
St. Johns River and adjacent waters in Duval, Clay, and St. Johns Counties.
THREE HEARSING ARE PLANNED
YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE ONE NEAREST YOU!
Ft. Myers, FL - Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Harborside
Convention Hall, 1375 Monroe St.;
Daytona Beach, FL - Wednesday, May 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the
Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave.; and
Jacksonville, FL - Thursday, May 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The University
Center, University of North Florida campus, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd. South.
If you want to see the entire proposal, you may do so online or it may
be requested by mail at U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Proposed
MPA Rule, 6620 Southpoint Drive, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0958,
by telephone at 904/232-2580, by fax at 904/232-2404, or by e-mail to
IT IS IMPORTANT TO USE SCIENCE to convince USFWS : (1) the reasons why
any of these areas should or should not be designated as manatee refuges,
including data that support any changes; (2) current or planned activities
in the subject areas and their possible effects on manatees; (3) any foreseeable
economic or other impacts resulting from the proposed designations; (4)
potential adverse effects to the manatee associated with designating manatee
protection areas for the species; (5) any actions that could be considered
in lieu of, or in conjunction with, the proposed designations that would
provide comparable or improved manatee protection; and (6) suggested modifications
to the proposed refuge boundaries and reasons for these suggested modifications.
Written comments may be mailed, hand-delivered, faxed, or submitted electronically.
Please mail or deliver comments to the address or fax number listed above.
Comments submitted electronically should be embedded in the body of the
e-mail message itself or attached as a text-file (DOS), and should not
use special characters and encryption. Please include "Attn: Proposed
MPA Rule," your full name, return address, and, if appropriate, your
company, government agency, or organization you represent, in your e-mail
message. Comments submitted to [email protected] will receive an automated
response confirming receipt of your message.
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