The site was the previous home of an abandoned industrial warehouse facility, a deep water shipping access point, and a dredge material disposal site located on Tampa Bay, a designated "estuary of national significance". The multi-year permitting effort required seagrass surveys, detailed estuarine habitat mapping, wetland delineations, and water quality sampling. These environmental services demonstrated that the development would meet or exceed state and federal environmental rules.
Environmental mitigation at the site included the creation and enhancement of 1.65 acres of tidal wetlands, the removal of all on-site invasive, nuisance vegetation, and water quality improvements through the construction of a modern stormwater management facility to replace the existing, antiquated system constructed prior to current permitting criteria.
Permitting for the project required extensive coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Port Authority, Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the City of Tampa. Cardno also coordinated extensively with local civil organizations to draft, adopt, and implement a speed zone over the nearby 428-acre seagrass bed. This effort provided an enforceable, long-term protection to the environmentally sensitive estuary habitat.
Today, Cardno continues to provide as-needed consultation and ongoing lake management services for this project which has spanned nearly 17 years.