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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.

Related documents:

Florida Final Recommended Maps

Rhode Island Final Recommended Maps

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