St. Joe Co. Fined for Not Turning in Permit Paperwork; Army Corps of Engineers Received Documents for 2001 Project Late

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Byline: terry brown

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday it fined the developer of St. Johns Golf and Country Club $2,000 for violating of the conditions of its permit to develop property near the neighborhood on County Road 210.

Barry Vorse, Army Corps of Engineers spokesman, said The St. Joe Co. was required by its permit to place a conservation easement over a wetlands area designated for preservation on the property in 2001. Corps compliance inspectors performed a routine inspection last fall and found paperwork for a road widening project had not been submitted by a deadline specified on the permit.

The permit was issued on Aug. 7, 2000, to Arvida, St. Joe's community development company. Arvida was renamed St. Joe Towns & Resorts in August 2004.

St. Joe secured the permit to widen a portion of County Road 210 and provide turn lanes on about six acres near the entrance to St. Johns Golf and Country Club, said Alice Kirkland, Army Corps of Engineers enforcement and compliance manager. Some of the paperwork that should have been filed with the corps, however, was not.

The missing forms were discovered during a corps internal audit, Kirkland said.

"It appears the documents were filed with the St. Johns River Water Management District, but were inadvertently left out of paperwork provided to the corps," Kirkland said.

As a result, the corps initiated enforcement action against St. Joe in November 2004 and levied the fine, Kirkland said.

Jerry Ray, senior vice president of corporate communications for The St. …