The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Acquisition and Restoration Council will hold a public hearing to gather community input about the nomination for a new Florida Forever project area to include the 1,200-acre Tomoka Marsh property in Ormond Beach.
The hearing will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the County Council chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center at 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
The Florida Parks Service and St. Johns River Water Management District have applied for Florida Forever funding, which would make it eligible for the Florida Forever program to acquire this property to expand the adjacent 6,000 acres of conservation land, which contains Bulow Creek State Park and North Peninsula State Park.
The Volusia Forever program had previously identified the Tomoka Marsh property, which contains high-functioning coastal and estuarine wetlands, and the Volusia County Council approved it as a priority for acquisition on April 5, 2022.
The public is encouraged to participate in this hearing. The agenda and Volusia Forever property evaluation results, project report and application submitted to Florida Forever can be accessed at https://www.volusia.org/forever. For more information, contact Community Services Director Brad Burbaugh at [email protected] or 386-943-7081, ext. 13455.