The engineering phase of the project is ongoing. Engineering, plan refinement, and permitting must be completed prior to breaking ground. The preliminary design and associated surveys have been completed, and the Planned Unit Development (PUD) document was updated by our attorney, so the full package was ready, and submitted to the county. The county returned their review of our package for completeness on April 16 with two minor requests for additional information. Updates were made accordingly, and the final package was submitted on April 23, commencing the initial 60-day review and comment cycle. Also, on April 24, the perimitting package was submitted to South Martin Regional Utilities (SMRU) for their review. Comments recently received from SMRU are being addressed, and comments from Martin County were received in mid-June. Additionallly a pre-submittal review was requested from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and the review meeting was held on June 25 to hear their concerns and ways to address them.
The initial review comments from Martin County and the pre-submittal reveiw comments from the state have been favorable for the mechanical aspects of the project, but have expressed concerns for potential environmental impacts to seagrasses and the mangrove preserve. These initial comments are being addressed in addition to later comments presented by SFWMD in August 2019. Resultant meetings and site visits with SFWMD occurred in September and October 2019. Various sea greass mitigation initiative discussions are ongoing with SFWMD.
The iterative county and state approval processes will be followed by the federal approval processes. The federal process commenced on August 12, 2019 with a pre-submission meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers. No new concerns were raised at that meeting, so completing the submission packages for the county and state is ongoing with submission scheduled for November 2019. The county and state approval processes are estimated to be completed in early 2020, and the federal process completed in early to mid 2020. A schedule of estimated construction milestones will be provided when pernitting is completed.