Quick turnaround for permit allows for faster relief to the environment in Titusville

PALM BAY, Fla., July 21, 2016 — An eroded shoreline within the Canaveral National Seashore is set to be restored and stabilized, following an expedited permit approval by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

“Our regulatory staff reviewed this project with great efficiency to ensure the application was processed quickly and accurately,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Protecting and improving natural systems is a top district priority. Playing a role in the restoration of a stretch of the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve exemplifies district staff at their best.”

The project consists of the restoration of a 50-foot section of an eroded shoreline and 300 feet of shoreline stabilization in the Mosquito Lagoon, an area which is designated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an Aquatic Preserve. The shoreline is a critical habitat for horseshoe crab spawning.

Shoreline erosion at the restoration site was caused by Tropical Storm Colin in June 2016. Canaveral National Seashore staff will use shell and sand to replace the three feet of lost shoreline height. Oyster shell bags, mangroves and spartina grass will stabilize the restored shoreline.

The district is always working to move through the permitting process both thoroughly and expeditiously to support quicker benefits to water resources and better support for businesses looking to grow in the Sunshine State.