Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Could Face Fine over Cecil Wetlands Violations; about 9 Acres on City-Owned Property Were Destroyed without Proper Permits

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Could Face Fine over Cecil Wetlands Violations; about 9 Acres on City-Owned Property Were Destroyed without Proper Permits

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Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA

Jacksonville is facing a possible fine after about 9 acres of wetlands were destroyed, without proper permitting, in 2004 on city-owned property at Cecil Commerce Center.

ARCADIS US Inc., the city's program manager for the development of the commerce center, took responsibility for the destruction, saying its staffers didn't see the wetlands in aerial photographs and failed to walk the site to double check before construction, said Stephen Stewart, the Jacksonville office manager.

The company will pay any fine or perform any mitigation as a result of the incident, Stewart said.

Wetlands are legally protected areas that enhance water quality, fish and wildlife and assist with flood protection.

The destruction was discovered in late December or early January during initial site preparations for the Bridgestone @ Cecil Commerce Center warehouse and office project, said Dale Lovell, compliance manager for the St. Johns River Water Management District. …

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