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Update: Sept. 30The property owner of the proposed Prosperity Village project at the southwest corner of Prosperity Farms Road and Allamanda Drive is doing some clearing of undergrowth and invasive trees in order to put up a protective fence to keep gopher tortoises from entering the property.
The property owner was granted a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to remove gopher tortoises from the property and has completed the removal of several gopher tortoises to FWC’s satisfaction. The fence was recommended by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as a means to keep gopher tortoises from entering the site.
The Village is requiring the property owner to have an arborist on site during the clearing process to ensure that no oak trees are damaged, as a previous attempt at clearing the site for the protective fence led to the damage and loss of a few oak trees on site.
The Village will be taking the property owner to the Special Magistrate on Monday, October 4th for fines associated with the damage to the oak trees. The property owner will also be taking an application for a Planned Unit Development and Site Plan to the Village Council at their October 28th meeting, where there will be an opportunity for public input.