[Federal Register: October 17, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 202)]
[Page 61899-61900]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-ES-2008-N0278; 40120-1112-0000-F2]

Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit for One 
Condominium Complex in Escambia County, FL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Seabreeze Properties, LLC (Applicant) requests an incidental 
take permit (ITP) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species 
Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. The Applicant anticipates taking Perdido 
Key beach mice (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis) incidental to 
developing, constructing, and human occupancy of a condominium complex 
in Escambia County, Florida (Project). The Applicant's Habitat 
Conservation Plan (HCP) describes the mitigation and minimization 
measures proposed to address the effects of the Project to the Perdido 
Key beach mouse.

DATES: Written comments on the application, environmental assessment 
(EA), and HCP should be sent to the Service's Regional Office (see 
ADDRESSES) and should be received on or before December 16, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the application, EA, and HCP may 
obtain a copy by writing the Service's Southeast Regional Office, 
Atlanta, Georgia, at the address below. Please reference permit number 
TE189611, Seabreeze, in such requests. Documents will also be available 
for public inspection by appointment during normal business hours at 
the Regional Office, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 
30345 (Attn: Endangered Species Permits); or Field Supervisor, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1601 Balboa Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405.

Coordinator, (see ADDRESSES), telephone: 404/679-7313, or Ms. Lorna 
Patrick, Field Office Project Manager, at the Panama City Field Office 
(see ADDRESSES), telephone: 850/769-0552, ext. 229.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We announce the application for an ITP and 
the availability of the HCP and EA. The EA is an assessment of the 
likely environmental impacts associated with this Project. Copies of 
these documents may be obtained by making a request, in writing, to the 
Regional Office (see ADDRESSES). This notice is provided pursuant to 
Section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and National 
Environmental Policy Act regulations at 40 CFR 1506.6.
    We specifically request information, views, and opinions from the 
public via this notice on the Federal action, including the 
identification of any other aspects of the human environment not 
already identified in the EA. Further, we specifically solicit 
information regarding the adequacy of the HCP as measures against our 
ITP issuance criteria found in 50 CFR parts 13 and 17.
    If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by any one of 
several methods. Please reference permit number TE189611, Seabreeze, in 
such comments. You may mail comments to the Service's Regional Office 
(see ADDRESSES). You may also comment via the internet to david_
dell@fws.gov. Please also include your name and return address in your 
internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation from us that we 
have received your internet message, contact us directly at either 
telephone number listed above (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to either Service office 
listed above (see ADDRESSES). Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment-including your 
personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any

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time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your name and 
address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your 
comments. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. We will 
make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from 
individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of 
organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their 
    The area encompassed under the ITP totals 1.35 acres along the 
beachfront of the Gulf of Mexico. The Project is located on the western 
portion of Perdido Key, a 16.9 mile barrier island. Perdido Key 
constitutes the entire historic range of the Perdido Key beach mouse. 
The Perdido Key beach mouse was listed as an endangered species under 
the Act in 1985 (June 6, 1985, 50 FR 23872). The mouse is also listed 
as an endangered species by the State of Florida. Critical habitat was 
designated for the Perdido Key beach mouse at the time of listing (50 
FR 23872) and revised on October 12, 2006 (71 FR 60238).
    We will evaluate the HCP and comments submitted thereon to 
determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 
10(a) of the Act. If it is determined that those requirements are met, 
the ITP will be issued for the incidental take of the Perdido Key beach 
mouse. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the section 
10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the Act by conducting an 
intra-Service section 7 consultation. The results of this consultation, 
in combination with the above findings, will be used in the final 
analysis to determine whether or not to issue the ITP.

    Dated: September 26, 2008.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Regional Director, Southeast Region.
 [FR Doc. E8-24820 Filed 10-16-08; 8:45 am]