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March 2007. EAI was awarded a contract to prepare a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Walton County, Florida. Much of the County’s Gulf of Mexico shoreline experienced considerable erosion following the passage of Hurricane Dennis in 2005. In response, the County issued a number of emergency permits for shoreline armoring. Under a federal grant, Walton County, is developing the HCP in support of application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a Section 10(b) Incidental Take Permit (ITP), which would authorize the incidental take of several species of sea turtles, the Choctawhatchee beach mouse, and wintering piping plovers resulting from shoreline protection activities initiated under the County’s emergency authorization. The HCP will include a variety of measures to minimize take, as well as programs to mitigate unavoidable take.
March 2007. EAI working as a sub-contractor to Taylor Engineering, Inc. initiated a sea turtle monitoring program for the beaches of northern Palm Beach County, Florida. In collaboration with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach, EAI staff will document nesting activity along approximately 9.5 miles of beach from the Martin/Palm Beach County Line south to the northern boundary of J.D. MacArthur State Park. The data generated from this monitoring program will be integrated into a County-wide database and used in support of permitting for beach nourishment and other coastal construction projects.