GARY LARSON, St. Augustine Beach, Florida Planning and Building Director, said November 12th at City Commission workshop on building heights that KEY INTERNATIONAL's proposed Embassy Suites Hotel will require 200,000 Cubic Yards of fill, adjacent to our Pier Park. How many dump truck loads is that?
Enough to fill in 30 Olympic size swimming pools to a depth of 11 feet?
Enough to make the Hilton Embassy Suites an eyesore, a Berlin Wall at the north entrance to St. Augustine Beach, between our St. Johns County Pier Park and our Anastasia State Park.
Enough to threaten endangered species, including sea turtles, gopher tortoises and Anastasia Island Beach Mice.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) records show that Key International has applied to use less than 20,000 cubic yards.
GARY LARSON did not respond to repeated e-mails earlier today.
FDEP is on notice of the discrepancy and will act on a permit request by December 15, 2015.
No one has prepared an environmental impact statement of the effects of this massive dump truck convoy.
Read the permit application file here:
For more information, you can contact FDEP, which has not been contacted by the City of St. Augustine Beach (which heard presentations from the Florida League of Cities and an ex-FDEP employee).
Call or write:
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 3:55 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-415: SAB Embassy Suites 200,000 Cubic Yards of Fill: How many dump truck loads is that? Any FDEP Permits to Bring Through Anastasia State Park?
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Subject: Request No. 2015-415: SAB Embassy Suites 200,000 Cubic Yards of Fill: How many dump truck loads is that? Any FDEP Permits to Bring Through Anastasia State Park?
Six Wheel Dump Truck
Capacity: 3-8 Cubic Yards
Triaxle Dump Truck
Capacity: 8-20 Cubic Yards