Florida and Rhode
Island Final Recommended Maps
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) held a 45-day public comment
period from March 8 – April 23 2012, on two CBRS draft revised maps located
in Florida and Rhode Island. The first map, dated January 10, 2012, was for
two CBRS units (FL-70 and FL-70P) located in Lee County, Florida. The second
map, dated September 30, 2009, was for four CBRS units (RI-04P, RI-05P,
RI-06, and RI-07) located in Newport County, Rhode Island. These two draft
maps make progress towards fulfilling a mandate in the Coastal Barrier
Resources Reauthorization Act (P.L. 109-226) to modernize all CBRS maps and
make recommendations for the expansion of the CBRS.
The Service has made modifications to these draft maps, as appropriate,
based on public comments, updated aerial imagery, CBRA criteria, and
objective mapping protocols. The Service’s final recommended map for Units
FL-70 and FL-70P is dated May 11, 2012. The Service’s final recommended map
for Units RI-04P, RI-05P, RI-06, and RI-07 is dated September 16, 2013.
The final recommended maps for these units were submitted to Congress
with the Service’s testimony at a legislative hearing before the House
Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular
affairs on April 8, 2014. The final recommended maps will become effective
only if they are enacted by Congress through legislation.