Vast 'Dredging Violations' Kept Secret from Cabinet

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Title

Vast 'Dredging Violations' Kept Secret from Cabinet

Alternative Title

Dredging Violations' Kept Secret from Cabinet

Subject

Marco Island (Fla.)
Water quality--Florida

Description

A newspaper article discussing allegations that dredge-and-fill violations were concealed from the Florida Cabinet, allowing the Cabinet to approve development plans by the Marco Island Development Corporation (MIDC) on October 12, 1971. On April 3, 1972, J. Edward Burgess, director of Florida House Natural Resources Committee, alleged in a report to Governor Reubin Askew (1928-2014) that numerous dredging violations had occurred on Marco Island prior to the October 12 agreement between the Cabinet and the MIDC, and that the the Internal Improvement Fund (IFF) and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission were aware of these violations but did not disclose them to the Cabinet. Some of the illegal construction was in violation of federal law, causing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) to request the MIDC to cease operations in the area on September 10, 1971, until new permits could be arranged. The article also examines various claims that the MIDC performed illegal construction and applied for permits afterwards. A couple of months after this article was published, a hearing on the Burgess report was held on July 15, 1972, and determined there was no evidence that violations of state law occurred, and that no evidence of violations was withheld by the Internal Improvement Fund.

The Marco Island Development Corporation was formed in 1964 for the purpose of developing Marco Island into a residential and tourist area. This entailed dredging the island’s submerged areas, excavating sand and soil, and re-filling to create areas suitable for construction. Dredging and filling is regulated at both state and federal levels. The Internal Improvement Fund (IIF) held veto powers over dredging and filling after the passing of the Randell-Thomas Act in 1967. Construction on Marco Island thus required the IIF to approve plans and pass their recommendations to the Florida Cabinet.

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: "Vast 'Dredging Violations' Kept Secret from Cabinet." The Orlando Sentinel, April 4, 1972: binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1972-04-04

Date Copyrighted

1972-04-04

Date Issued

1972-04-04

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: "Vast 'Dredging Violations' Kept Secret from Cabinet." The Orlando Sentinel, April 4, 1972.

Is Part Of

Binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

310 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Marco Island, Florida
Collier Bay, Marco Island, Florida
Smokehouse Bay, Marco Island, Florida

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Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by The Orlando Sentinel.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Dredge and Fill Fact Sheet." FDEP Environmental Resource Permitting Dredge and Fill Fact Sheet. March 24, 2016. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wetlands/erp/dffact.htm.
"Craig Disavows Marco Island Report." The Lakeland Ledger, April 5, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VFJMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YvoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7517%2C1259084.
"House Group Sees No Evidence Of Dredge, Fill Concealment." The Daytona Beach Morning Journal, July 18, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PU8fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r9EEAAAAIBAJ&pg=910%2C1035699.
Waters, Erika J. "Modern Marco." Marco Island Historical Society. Accessed June 05, 2016. http://www.themihs.com/historical-photos/modern-mar/.

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