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PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM

Pensacola Bay Bridge Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Financial Project ID Number: 40933-4-1-22-02 Federal-Aid Project Numbers: 4221-078-P Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) Number: 2862

This project involves the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge located in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties: SR 30 (US 98) from 17th Avenue in Pensacola to Baybridge Drive in Gulf Breeze. In accordance with Part 1, Chapter 11 of the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) "Project Development and Environment Manual", this Public Involvement Program is submitted to the District Environmental Management Office (DEMO) for review and approval.

Submitted By: Dan Kristoff, P.E. Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. Date:

Approved by: J. Brandon Bruner, PE FDOT ­ District 3 Environmental Management Office Date:

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study Pensacola Bay Bridge from 17th Ave. in Pensacola to Baybridge Dr. in Gulf Breeze Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Florida

The purpose of this Public Involvement Program (PIP) is to assist in providing information to and obtain input from concerned citizens, agencies, private groups (residential/business), and governmental entities. The overall goal of this plan is to help ensure that the study reflects the values and needs of the communities it is designed to benefit. A schedule of events and list of documentation (as they are created) exhibiting compliance with these procedures are included in the project file. This program is in compliance with the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) Manual, Part 1, Chapter 11; Section 339.155, Florida Statutes; Executive Orders 11990 and 11988; Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act; and 23 Code of Federal Regulations 771.

I.

Description of Proposed Improvements Financial Project ID Number: Federal-Aid Project Number:

Project Limits: 40933-4-1-22-02 4221-078-P

Pensacola Bay Bridge from 17th Ave. in Pensacola to Baybridge Dr. in Gulf Breeze in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Florida

Bridge replacement Environmental Assessment (EA) Project Location Map

Proposed Activity: Class of Action:

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Project Contact Information For additional information regarding this project contact: FDOT Project Manager J. Brandon Bruner, PE Environmental Management Office FDOT - District 3 1074 Hwy 90, Chipley, FL 32428 Office: (850) 415-9625 Fax: (850) 415-9486 E-mail: [email protected] Consultant Project Manager Dan Kristoff, PE Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. 10748 Deerwood Park Blvd South Jacksonville, FL 32256-0597 Office: (904) 256-2139 Fax: (904) 256-2501 E-mail: [email protected]

II.

Identification of Agencies and Affected Public

The following local, regional, state, and federal agencies having a concern in this project due to jurisdictional review or expressed interest have been identified and will be contacted directly by the FDOT through the Advance Notification (AN) process at the outset of the project in accordance with the PD&E Manual, Part 1, Chapter 3, Advance Notification (AN). The AN process is initiated by FDOT through the Environmental Screening Tool (EST) as part of the Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) process. As other concerned public agencies are identified throughout the study, they also will be listed and contacted.

STATE:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Intergovernmental Programs Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Clearinghouse Coordinator Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Regulatory Programs and Energy Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Bureau Chief Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Office of Environmental Services Florida Department of Transportation ­ District 3, Project Manager Florida Department of Transportation ­ District 3, Public Information Office Florida Department of Transportation ­ District 3, Planning Liaison Florida Department of Transportation ­ District 3, Environmental Management Office Engineer Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ­ Division of Forestry Florida Inland Navigation District, Executive Director

FEDERAL:

Federal Highway Administration, Division Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency, Regional Director Federal Railroad Administration ­ Office of Intermodal Planning and Economics Federal Aviation Administration ­Airports District Office, Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory Branch, District Engineer

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ­ Field Office U.S. Coast Guard ­ Commander - Seventh District U.S. Department of Agriculture ­ Southern Region U.S. Department of Commerce ­ National Marine Fisheries, Habitat Conservation Division U.S. Department of Commerce ­ National Marine Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, NEPA Coordinator U.S. Department of Commerce ­ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Office Director U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Regional Environmental Officer U.S. Department of the Interior ­ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North Florida Ecological Services Field Office, Field Supervisor U.S. Department of the Interior ­ Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office, State Director U.S. Department of the Interior ­ U.S. Geological Survey, Deputy Eastern Regional Director U.S. Department of Interior ­ Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Responsibilities ­ Environmental Services Staff, Chief U.S. Department of Interior ­ National Park Service, Southeast Regional Director U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ­ Region IV, Regional Administrator U.S. Department of Agriculture ­ Natural Resource Conservation Service Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida - Chairman Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma - Principal Chief Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama - Chairman Seminole Nation of Oklahoma - Principal Chief Seminole Tribe of Florida ­ Principal Chief

REGIONAL:

Northwest Florida Water Management District, Assistant District Director, Shawn Hamilton West Florida Regional Planning Council, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Terry Joseph Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization, Mary Robinson Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT), ECAT Manager, Ken Gordon Santa Rosa County Transit, Nancy Model

LOCAL:

Escambia County ­ Public Works, Bureau Chief/County Engineer, Joy D. Blackmon, P.E. Escambia County ­ Planning and Development Division Manager, Horace Jones Escambia County ­ Transportation Bureau Chief, Larry Newsom Escambia County ­ Emergency Management Manager, John Dosh Escambia County ­ School Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas Escambia County ­ Sheriff, Ron McNesby Escambia County ­ County Administrator, Charles R. "Randy" Oliver, CPA, P.E.

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Santa Rosa County ­ Public Works, Tony Gomillion Santa Rosa County ­ Planning and Zoning Director, Beckie Cato Santa Rosa County ­ County Engineer, Roger Blaylock, P.E. Santa Rosa County ­ Emergency Services Coordinator, Brad Baker Santa Rosa County ­ School Superintendent, Tim Wyrosdick Santa Rosa County ­ Sheriff, Wendell Hall Santa Rosa County ­ County Administrator, Hunter Walker

City of Pensacola ­ City Manager, Al Coby City of Pensacola ­ Public Works Director, Al Garza City of Pensacola ­ City Clerk, Ericka Burnett City of Pensacola ­ Community Development Director, City of Pensacola ­ City Engineer, L. Derrik Owens, P.E. City of Pensacola ­ Fire Chief, Matt Schmitt City of Pensacola ­ Police Chief, Chip W. Simmons City of Gulf Breeze ­ City Manager, Edwin A. Eddy City of Gulf Breeze ­ City Clerk, Marita Rhodes City of Gulf Breeze ­ Community Services Director, Craig S. Carmichael City of Gulf Breeze ­ Police Chief, Peter R. Paulding Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport ­ Executive Director, Melinda C. Crawford

The following elected officials will be contacted by the FDOT.

Local elected and appointed officials:

United States Senate: Senator Bill Nelson Senator Marco Rubio United States House of Representatives: Congressman Jeff Miller Florida State Senate: Senator Greg Evers Senator Don Gaetz Florida State House of Representatives: Representative Douglas Vaughn "Doug" Broxson Representative Clay Ingram Representative Clay Ford Representative Matt Gaetz Escambia County: Escambia County Administrator Bob McLaughlin

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District 1

District 2 District 4

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4

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Commissioner Wilson Robertson Commissioner Gene M. Valentino Commissioner Marie K. Young Commissioner Grover C. Robinson Commissioner Kevin White

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5

Santa Rosa County: Commissioner Jim Williamson Commissioner Bob Cole Commissioner Don Salter Commissioner Gordon Goodin Commissioner Lane Lynchard City of Pensacola: Mayor Ashton Hayward Councilperson P.C. Wu Council Person Sam Hall Councilperson Maren DeWeese Councilperson Larry B. Johnson Councilperson John Jerralds Councilperson Jewel Canada-Wynn Councilperson Ronald Townsend City of Gulf Breeze: Mayor Beverly Zimmern City Manager Edwin Eddy Councilperson Dana Morris Councilperson Joseph Henderson Councilperson J.B. Schluter Councilperson David G. Landfair

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7

Seat A Seat B Seat C Seat D

Chamber of Commerce: Gulf Breeze Regional Chamber of Commerce ­ President Meg Peltier Pensacola Regional Chamber of Commerce- President James Hizer

III.

Public Notification

The following techniques will be employed to notify the public of the proposed transportation improvement and to solicit public input into the project development process. NEWSPAPERS: Florida Administrative Weekly (Public Hearing notice only) 107 W. Gaines St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 (850) 245-6270

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Pensacola News Journal 101 East Ramona Street Pensacola, Fl 32501 Grant Paquin Phone: 805-435-8616 [email protected] Santa Rosa Press Gazette 6629 Elva Street Milton, Fl 32570 Sharon Weldon Phone: 850-623-2120 [email protected]ssgazette.com Gulf Breeze News Harbourtown Suite 35 Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Lisa Newell Phone: 850-932-8986 [email protected]

RADIO: 88.1 FM ­ WUMF 11000 University Parkway Pensacola, FL 32514 850.474.2787 1370 AM - WCOA 6565 North W Street Suite 270 Pensacola, FL 32506 850-478-6011 1620 AM - WNPR 7251 Plantation Road Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 494-2800

TELEVISION: NBC ­ WPMI ­ Channel 15 661 Azalea Road Mobile, Alabama 36609 251-602-1500 CBS ­WKRG­ Channel 6 555 Broadcast Dr. Mobile, Alabama 36606 (251) 479-5555

ABC ­ WEAR­ Channel 3 4990 Mobile Highway Pensacola, FL 32506 850-456-3333 Fox­WALA ­ Channel 10 2401 Executive Plaza Dr., Ste. 7A Pensacola, FL 32504 850-494-1010

The public notification techniques to be used in the project development process and for public meetings are as follows: Invitational letters Public notices - legal and display Direct mail list - the following will be contacted by direct mail in order to obtain input into the project development process and/or in order to provide project information:

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a) Those whose property lies, in whole or part, within a minimum of 300 feet on either side of the centerline of each project alternative. (Section 339.155 F.S.) b) Local elected and appointed public officials for Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties c) Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, Santa Rosa County and Escambia County Constitutional Officers d) Florida Senators e) Florida Representatives f) U.S. Senators g) U.S. Congressmen h) Local elected or appointed officials or individuals who request to be placed on the mailing list for this project i) Public and private groups, organizations, agencies or businesses that request to be placed on the mailing list for this project WEBSITE: A project website will be developed at the start of the project and maintained throughout its duration as a means of updating the general public on a frequent basis. This website will be linked to the FDOT's public information office webpage. The FDOT Public Information Officer (PIO) will have the opportunity to provide input on the website content and will have final approval over information posted on the site. NEWSLETTERS: A maximum of four (4) newsletters will be created and distributed at various key points during the study; after the agency kick-off meeting, prior to the alternatives public meeting, prior to the public hearing, and after Location & Design Concept Acceptance (LDCA). These newsletters will be mailed to elected officials, property owners, businesses and interested persons.

IV.

Public Meetings

The following information meetings will be held to involve the public and interested agencies in the PD&E Study process and to inform interested parties of the project's current status:

A. Elected Officials / Agency Kick-off Meeting ­ The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the project to the Space Coast TPO and solicit feedback concerning the project's need, potential alternatives, and issues that should be addressed during the study. Visual displays will be available for review. The format of this meeting will be include a short presentation followed by an open discussion to answer questions and receive comments B. Alternatives Public Information Meeting - The purpose of this meeting is to present to the public the results of the study to date and obtain comments on the viable alternatives that are being considered. Visual displays will be available for review. The format of this meeting will be an open house to informally answer questions and receive comments. A brief presentation will be made which will be followed by a public question and answer period. C. Public Hearing ­ A Public Hearing, as required by Federal regulation and State law, will be held to present the recommended alternative. This Hearing may be held once the draft environmental document has been approved by the FHWA, or as directed by the District Environmental

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Management Office. D. Informal Meetings- Meetings, as required and approved by the FDOT, will be held with city / county officials, civic groups, concerned individuals and citizens groups. Public Outreach Activity Schedule:

V.

Coordination with Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze

Extensive coordination is planned for all agencies with jurisdictional responsibilities. Included in the coordination are currently unscheduled meetings, ongoing dialog and coordination with agency representatives. As part of the coordination, copies of maps depicting all alignment and design concepts under consideration, along with draft copies of any engineering and environmental study documentation, will be furnished to Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze for their review and written comments.

VI.

Analysis and Evaluation of Public Input

A Comments and Coordination Report will be developed to summarize the public involvement activities conducted throughout the study. The report also will contain the overall input provided through the other public involvement techniques utilized in the project development process. The report will be forwarded to the District Environmental Management Engineer.

VII.

Public Hearing

In compliance with the "Project Development and Environment Manual", 23 CFR 771, Section

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339.115, F.S. and District Three Public Hearing guidelines, a Public Hearing will be held. The PD&E Public Hearing checklist will be prepared prior to holding the Public Hearing. PUBLIC HEARING SITE: The public hearing will be held at an appropriate facility convenient to the study area. Legal Advertisement Department will be noticed in the:

PUBLIC ADVERTISEMENT:

Florida Administrative Weekly (Public Hearing notice only) 107 W. Gaines St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 (850) 245-6270

Pensacola News Journal 101 East Ramona Street Pensacola, Fl 32501 Grant Paquin Phone: 805-435-8616 [email protected] Santa Rosa Press Gazette 6629 Elva Street Milton, Fl 32570 Sharon Weldon Phone: 850-623-2120 [email protected] Gulf Breeze News Harbourtown Suite 35 Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Lisa Newell Phone: 850-932-8986 [email protected]

LETTERS OF INVITATION: Letters will be written to all property owners as required by Section 339.155, F.S. and to local government officials to notify them of the upcoming Public Hearing. HEARING PREPARATION: A Power Point (or comparable) presentation, graphics and handouts will be prepared to supplement the oral Public Hearing presentation. Meeting coordination, including location arrangements, equipment supply, set up of outdoor signs, tables, chairs and other equipment, preparation of letters, handouts and slide presentation materials, will be the responsibility of the project team. All work products will be reviewed by the FDOT. TRANSCRIPT: A verbatim transcript of the Public Hearing will be developed, to include written comments received at the hearing and written comments received within ten (10) days after the hearing.

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ENVIRONMENTAL/ENGINEERING DOCUMENTS FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION: Draft Environmental Assessment Draft Project Development Summary Report

LOCATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR PUBLIC REVIEW: Public notice will be provided in the Public Hearing advertisements and by mail indicating where the study documents are located for public review. Potential public review sites are listed below and will be finalized at a later date.

Florida Department of Transportation - District Three Environmental Management Office 1074 Hwy 90 Chipley, FL 32428

Florida Department of Transportation - District Three Office of Urban Planning 6025 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32583 Gulf Breeze Public Library 1060 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, FL

Gulf Breeze City Hall 1070 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, FL Pensacola Public Library 200 West Gregory Street Pensacola, FL 32502-4822 Pensacola City Hall 222 West Main Street Pensacola, FL West Florida Regional Planning Council 4081 E Olive Rd # A Pensacola, FL

TITLE VI AND TITLE VIII CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS: Notification during the Public Hearing will be provided in the presentation, by handout, signage and through availability of personnel on the Title VI Program and the Relocation Assistance Program which complies with Title VIII. AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE: Notification of the Department's intent to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act will be provided in the public advertisements for the Public

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Hearing, by invitational letters to property owners and local officials, by handout, and by selection of a Public Hearing site that meets ADA requirements.

VIII. Public Hearing Follow-Up

The following procedures will occur after the Public Hearing: RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS: Questions and comments received from the public, but not answered at the hearing will receive a response letter after the hearing. The study team will prepare all letters of response for review and concurrence by the FDOT prior to being mailed to the person or group who posed the question or comment. A copy of all responses will be included in the project files and within the Public Hearing Summary. DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: Public notice will be provided by newspaper advertisement as to where the approved document is located for public review. RECOMMENDATION NOTICE: A notice announcing the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approval of the final document and recommendations will be published in the Florida Today. PUBLIC HEARING TRANSCRIPT PACKAGE: A Transcript Package will be produced and submitted following the Public Hearing. The Transcript Package will include a verbatim hearing transcript prepared by an approved court reporter, an errata sheet detailing any transcript discrepancies, a copy of all correspondence received by the Department as part of the public hearing record, and affidavits of publication for newspaper ads noticing the hearing. COMMENTS AND COORDINATION REPORT: A Comments and Coordination Report will be produced and submitted at the conclusion of the study, in a bound booklet with a cover, containing, at a minimum, all documentation regarding public participation performed throughout the study period. This report shall include all comments and responses received from the public as well as Advance Notification (through the ETDM process), coordination with local officials and agencies, and public meetings, etc., the verbatim transcript from the Public Hearing, proof of publication of legal ads, sign-in sheets, public hearing certification, and all public correspondence. A summary of this shall be included with the final engineering documents.

IX.

Evaluation of the Public Involvement Program

A public involvement evaluation process will be developed to assess the effectiveness of the public involvement efforts utilized throughout this PD&E Study. This process will include identification of the public involvement tools, establishment of performance measures, performance evaluations, and identification of improvement strategies. The FDOT District Three PIO will have the opportunity to evaluate and recommend changes to the PIP throughout the public involvement process.

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Public Information During Design

It is anticipated that the Design Project Manager will maintain the appropriate level of public involvement throughout the final design process. These public involvement activities may include additional coordination meetings with local government and environmental permitting agencies, work sessions, and small group meetings, as directed by FDOT.

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XI.

Project Advisory Group

A Project Advisory Group (PAG) will be established in the early phases of the PD&E Study. The purpose of the PAG is to provide information to the PD&E Team with regard to community issues, environmental concerns, and any items that may require consideration during the study process. Additionally, it is anticipated that the PAG members will share information with the general public with regard to the conduct of the study, alternatives that will be considered, and the basis for decisions that will be made. The PAG is not a decision making entity. It is anticipated that the members of the PAG will remain active participants throughout the life of the study process.

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