The City of Palm Bay has received United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approval of the City’s Habitat Conservation Plan and the Incidental Take Permit (ITP) [PDF] both of which cover the Florida Scrub-Jay and the Eastern Indigo Snake. Gopher Tortoise Permits must be obtained from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. See the links below to learn more about these protected species.
The ITP is a City-wide permit that allows lot owners within the Scrub Jay Areas Map [PDF] to build on their property. However, the permit also requires the City to collect an environmental service fee (More information available by accessing the Code of Ordinances reference Chapter 172 - Environmental Regulations) with each building permit issued. The fee will be used by a conservation agency (designated by the USFWS) to assist in purchasing large tracts of habitat that will better preserve the covered species.
To further enhance protection of the Florida Scrub-Jay, lot owners in the scrub-jay polygons, accessed on the Scrub Jay Lots Page, may build on their property, but may not clear their property from March 1 through June 30 each year, except as follows:
Learn more about these protected species, and click the images below to enlarge:
To report a wildlife violation: Call 1-888-404-3922 or visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website at http://myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/.
Please contact the Building Division at (321) 953-8924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions about protected species in Palm Bay.