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Right-of Way/Easement Clearing Revised | 12/31/2012

At the direction of the Board of Supervisors of the Sunshine Water Control District, District Staff is undertaking the first major Capital Improvements Program in District history.

The Capital Improvement Program includes several elements. The first is the replacement of the Districtís two pump stations with state-of-the-art pumping equipment housed in buildings that meet the current hurricane codes. The key to the entire drainage system is having pumps that will function when called upon during a 100-year storm event.

Secondly, we will be either replacing or repairing a number of our key culverts. In many cases, culverts have deteriorated to the point that either replacement or repair is required.

The third element will be cleaning and restoration operations in 6 of our 22 miles of drainage canals. These canals have been identified as seriously silted or not dug to original specified depths which could lead to serious flooding in the event of a 100-year storm.

The fourth element is gaining access to District canals, rights-of-way and easements for the purposes of the Capital Improvement Program, as well as routine maintenance work. Over the years, access to many of our canals, right-of-ways and easements has become completely blocked by illegal structures and vegetation planted or allowed to grow by property owners. This situation is a serious impediment to District operations.

The Board of Supervisors has spent many hours discussing the best way to approach this problem. The Board wants to enact polices that are both reasonable and fair to all landowners, as many District landowners are not directly located on District canals.

The Board of Supervisors has listened to requests from and had discussions with landowners, whose properties are directly adjacent to District canals, right-of-ways and easements. Based on those discussions, the Board has formulated a policy that we believe is both fair to all District property owners and will allow the District the necessary access to its rights-of-way for both infrastructure improvement and routine maintenance.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
David L. Hulett - President
Joe Morera - Vice President
Emily Heafy - Secretary

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For more information, visit the Sunshine Water Control District's website at www.sunshinewcd.net.