Following extensive reviews by the Florida Department of Transportation Central Environmental Management Office, the Gulf Coast Parkway Draft Environmental Impact Statement was approved for public availability on February 20th, 2014. Public hearings were held on May 6 and 8, 2014 in Gulf and Bay Counties to present the project alternatives and FDOT's recommendation for a preferred alternative. The FDOT made the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and supporting technical documents available for public inspection for a period of 30 days prior to the project's public hearings at the Bay and Gulf County libraries.
Following the public hearings, a 15-day comment period allowed the public, elected officials, and agencies to provide input regarding the project and any recommendations. As a part of this comment period significant coordination was continued with Bay and Gulf counties. From May of 2014 through February 2016 the two counties have worked with FDOT staff on the project's recommended alternative. In August of 2015, Gulf County submitted a resolution supporting Alternative 19 as the recommended alignment, in March of 2016 Bay County followed with a similar resolution.
With both counties in support of the same project alternative FDOT is continuing to work with the Federal Highway Administration and the state and federal resource agencies to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement and complete the PD&E study.
Note: All information is preliminary and subject to change without notice.
Data current as of 04/10/2017.