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Open House and Public Hearing Set for Pondhawk Natural Area Management Plan

For immediate release: Date: October 12, 2006
Contact: Sandy Mann, 233-2489 Environmental Resources Management

The Palm Beach County Natural Areas Management Advisory Committee (NAMAC) will hold an open house and public hearing on the draft management plan for the County-managed Pondhawk Natural Area on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at the Boca Raton Community Center, Queen Palm West Room, 150 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432. The community center is located near City Hall and is off of W. Palmetto Park Road. The open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be followed by a public hearing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The purpose is to allow residents of Boca Raton and surrounding areas, as well as other interested citizens, to learn about the passive public recreational facilities planned for the site and offer comments on the draft management plan.   Copies of the draft management plan, site maps and other displays will be available at the open house for public inspection. Department of Environmental Resources Management staff also will be present to answer questions.

The public hearing will be conducted by NAMAC chair Fred Davis.  The hearing will provide a forum for public comment for those citizens who were not able to attend the open house or who wish to address the committee members directly. NAMAC members will consider the comments provided at the open house and public hearing and may recommend revision of the management plan before it is sent to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.

Copies of the draft management plan also will be available for public inspection at the following locations:

  • Boca Raton Public Library, 200 NW Boca Raton Blvd.
  • Southwest County Regional Branch Library, 20701 95th Avenue South
  • Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL
  • Boca Raton City Hall reception desk, 201 W. Palmetto Park Road

For more information, please contact Sandy Mann, Environmental Resources Management, at 233-2489.

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