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Cayo Costa State Park to host public meeting

By Staff | Mar 12, 2018

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Cayo Costa State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting on March 20 to learn more about the proposed plans for the park and provide feedback.

It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in St. James City. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. After, staff will answer questions and accept public comment.

The following improvements are proposed for the updated management plan:

– Improve recreational and interpretive uses of the Pelican Bay Use Area on Cayo Costa by expanding the existing boat docks, relocating the maintenance shop and developing a new visitor center

– Enhance the recreational experience of the park’s main Gulf Beach Use Area

– New and improved visitor amenities will include a row of small picnic pavilions along the inland periphery of the beach and a new bathhouse

– Renovate and replace the park’s primitive cabins, develop a group camping area, replace existing restrooms and enhance the landscape of native vegetation between sites

– Improve the existing tram road parkwide for ease of access by tram service vehicle, cyclists and pedestrians

– Additional utility and support improvements will include a new shop location, volunteer tent sites and upgraded solar electric capacity

The public notice, agenda and draft plan are available online. Copies of the documents also may be obtained by emailing William.Nash@dep.state.fl.us or calling 941-964-0375.

Those unable to attend the public meeting can review and submit comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks at FLStateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us up until April 4.

The Fishers of Men Lutheran Church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road.