The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced that it will be shuffle the boundaries of the six FDEP regulatory District Offices. According to FDEP, Secretary Herschel Vinyard authorized the changes as part of the FDEP’s efforts of streamlining and consistency. The moves were approved as a means of appropriating the workload between the six District Offices and increase efficiency. The modified District boundaries should provide shorter drives times between the regulated businesses and the public to the appropriate District Office.
The changes are as follows:
- Sarasota and Desoto counties will be served from the South District office instead of the Southwest District.
- Sumter County and all of Marion County will be served from the Central District office instead of the Southwest District.
- Indian River County will be served from the Southeast District office instead of the Central District.
- All of Jefferson County will be served from the Northwest District office instead of the Northeast District.
Therefore, if you, or your project, are located in one of the affected counties, you will have to change the FDEP District Office with which you interact on all FDEP matters, including permit applications, compliance assistance or enforcement cases. These shifts in boundary lines will become effective Jan. 1, 2013. However, any outstanding matters will be handled by the current district where it resides until completion. Any work that comes in after Jan. 1, 2013 will be directed to the new district.