Briefs; Group Will Protest to Water Board

By Scanlan, Dan | The Florida Times Union, September 7, 2005 | Go to article overview

Briefs; Group Will Protest to Water Board


Scanlan, Dan, The Florida Times Union


Byline: DAN SCANLAN

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is organizing a caravan to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meeting Tuesday in Palatka to demonstrate its opposition to the proposed Freedom Commerce Centre retail, office and residential project off Baymeadows Road.

Anyone who wants to speak at the meeting at the water management district headquarters at 4049 Reid St. in Palatka should meet at 10:30 a.m. in the district's Jacksonville Service Center parking lot at 7775 Baymeadows Way, off Baymeadows Road. The caravan will leave at 11:15 a.m., and the meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The Riverkeeper is a non-profit agency that serves as a full-time advocate for the St. Johns River. The Goodman Co. of West Palm Beach wants to develop the center on a heavily wooded 688-acre site between Interstate 95, Philips Highway and Baymeadows Road.

The Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club had challenged a water management district staff report that had favored approval of Freedom Commerce Centre's application for an environmental permit, saying the project would destroy 126 acres of high-quality wetlands that make up the headwaters to Pottsburg and Julington creeks. The Army Corps of Engineers denied Goodman's permit request. But a state administrative law judge recommended approval in mid-August, and the permit goes to the district governing board.

EMPLOYMENT SYMPOSIUM

The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission will host an Equal Employment Opportu- nity Symposium to promote the advantages of a diverse workforce from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29, at the University Center at the University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive.

The symposium is designed to provide human resources practitioners, consultants, attorneys and small-business owners current information on laws, rules and regulations that impact employees. …

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