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Hillsborough EPC considering fill/dredge project for Port Tampa Bay

The staff of the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) are currently reviewing permit applications submitted by Port Tampa Bay to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

The proposed project is for the construction of a 63 acre upland expansion to create 7 new deep water berths, associated backlands and dredging of berths and turning basin.

The construction of the new berths will require the placement of 7,080 linear feet of bulkhead along the frontage of the berths, 63 acres of backfill and the dredging of approximately 14 acres of bay bottom to a depth of -34 feet plus 2 feet of over-dredge and approximately 42 acres of bay bottom to a depth of -43 feet plus 2 feet of over-dredge.

The EPC is providing on its website a copy of the Corps’ Public Notice further describing the project, as well as comment letters sent by the EPC: Comment letter to the Corps and Comment letter to the FDEP.