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Permitting Services

Our Permitting Division successfully
processes between 40-50 coastal and
environmental permits annually, including
Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP),
Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL),
and other related permits.

Our strong working
relationship with the staff of
the Department of
Environmental Protection
(DEP), US Army Corps of
Engineers (COE), and Dade
County Department of
Environmental Resources Management (DERM), aids us
in expediting the processing of all required regulatory
permits in record time and at minimal cost.








Coastal Construction Control Line

The coastal construction control line program (CCCL) is an essential element of Florida's coastal management program. It provides protection for Florida's beaches and dunes while assuring reasonable use of private property.

Approval or denial of a permit application is based upon a review of the structural design adequacy and the potential impacts to the beach dune system, adjacent properties, native salt resistant vegetation, and marine turtles.

Coastal Systems provides coastal engineering services relative to obtaining Coastal Construction Control Line permits pursuant to Rule 62B-33 of the Florida Administrative Code for structures located landward of the Mean High Water Line. Within the past three years, Coastal Systems has successfully permitted over 5,000 dwelling units representing construction costs approaching five hundred million dollars.

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Joint Coastal Permitting (Dredge & Fill, Surface Water MSSW)

The Department of Environmental Protection implemented section 161.055, of the Florida Statutes, initiating concurrent processing of applications for coastal construction permits, environmental resource permits, wetland resource (dredge and fill) permits, and sovereign submerged lands authorizations. These permits and authorizations, which were previously issued separately and by different state agencies, have now been consolidated into a "joint coastal permit" or JCP.

Coastal Systems' permitting staff prides itself in quickly securing JCP for the following projects.

Activities which require a JCP include beach restoration and other erosion control projects, such as the construction of groins and breakwaters; maintenance of inlets and inlet-related structures; and dredging of navigation channels with beach disposal of dredged material.

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Environmental Resource Permitting

The ERP ensures that construction activities do not degrade water quality (such as through the loss of wetlands, improper in-water construction techniques, or discharge of inadequately treated stormwater runoff), cause flooding, or degrade habitat for aquatic or wetland dependent wildlife species.

Activities which require an ERP from the Bureau of Beaches include deepwater port, and intracoastal waterway construction projects and maintenance dredging that does not involve beach/nearshore disposal of dredged material.

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FEMA Consultation

Coastal Systems has become widely recognized as one of the nationís leading experts in FEMA regulations and interpretations. Our specialized team provides a comprehensive range of coastal and hydraulic engineering services required to interpret floodplain regulations and provide acceptable project design alternatives, obtain variances to local floodplain ordinances, letters of no obiligation, and process revisions to Federal Flood Hazard Boundary Maps.

Our team works closely with attorneys, developers, architects, local officials and Federal Floodplain Management Enforcement Officials to determine the most efficient and cost effective design alternatives for projects located within a floodplain.

We employ a variety of numerical modeling applications to assist in the design and analysis of project improvements and alternatives. Two modeling applications utilized specifically for FEMA interpretations are the Wave Height Analysis for Flood Insurance Studies or WHAFIS model, and the Wave Runup Model which is used to determine the height of runup landward of the stillwater line. Coastal Systems has successfully run both applications on numerous projects regarding FEMA regulations, interpretations and variances.

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Marine Turtle

The negative effects of beachfront lighting on marine turtle hatchling and nesting females are well documented.  To prevent hatchling misorientation and adverse impacts to nesting turtles, Coastal Systems confers with the DEP-BB&CES to expedite their review and processing of the Marine Turtle application.

Coastal Systems confers with lighting consultants, landscape architects, owners and/or architects as to questions, revisions, or additional items that may be required by the DEP-BB&CES.  

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