District's Recreation Ad Hoc Committee Meets Thursday

News Release

The "Southwest Florida Water Management District":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/ (District) will hold a Recreation Ad Hoc Committee meeting Thursday, May 30, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301.

The Recreation Ad Hoc Committee, made up of four Governing Board members, will provide guidance and review future staff recommendations. Staff will be evaluating the District's lands to determine whether the current recreational opportunities are consistent with recreation trends in the region and state.

The District's recreation program covers approximately 225,000 acres of lands and consists of 472 miles of trails, nine primitive campgrounds, 10 backcountry campsites and 12 equestrian campgrounds. Recreation uses include hiking, biking, horseback riding, birding, hunting, picnicking, camping, fishing and nature study/wildlife viewing.

For the evaluation, the District will be divided into four recreation planning regions: Northern, Tampa Bay, Heartland and Southern. The preliminary results of the analysis for each recreation planning region plan to be presented to the public at four regional public information meetings and posted for public review and input on the District's website in advance of the meetings. These public information meetings will provide the public an opportunity to review the analysis results, afford the opportunity for input and give individuals the chance to discuss District-managed recreation with staff. Comment forms and a recreation survey will also be available at the public information meetings as well as on the District's website.

Regional and specific use analyses, along with input received via Committee meetings, public information meetings and the webpage will be used to develop preliminary recommendations on District-managed recreational opportunities. These recommendations will be provided to the Committee for consideration and final recommendations from the Committee will be forwarded to the District's Governing Board for final review and approval.

For more information, visit www.watermatters.org/recreation/evaluation