August 6, 2010

Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Conveyance of Property for the Seminole Tribe of Florida

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), intends to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Tribe's proposed 47 acre trust acquisition and subsequent construction of a mixed-use development in Broward County, Florida. The project site may include, but is not limited to, a variety of proposed land uses such as a hotel, commercial retail uses, fitness and entertainment facilities, and related employee parking. The purposes of the proposed action are to consolidate the Tribe's land holdings surrounding the existing Coconut Creek Casino into one contiguous trust property, to improve the Tribe's economy, and to help Tribal members attain economic self sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and content for inclusion in the environmental impact statement.
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[Federal Register: August 6, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 151)]
[Notices]               
[Page 47616]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

 
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed Fee-to-Trust Conveyance of Property for the Seminole Tribe of 
Florida

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Seminole 
Tribe of Florida (Tribe), intends to prepare an environmental impact 
statement for the Tribe's proposed 47 acre trust 
acquisition and subsequent construction of a mixed-use development in 
Broward County, Florida. The project site may include, but is not 
limited to, a variety of proposed land uses such as a hotel, commercial 
retail uses, fitness and entertainment facilities, and related employee 
parking. The purposes of the proposed action are to consolidate the 
Tribe's land holdings surrounding the existing Coconut Creek Casino 
into one contiguous trust property, to improve the Tribe's economy, and 
to help Tribal members attain economic self sufficiency. This notice 
also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues 
and content for inclusion in the environmental impact statement.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the environmental impact 
statement or implementation of the proposal must arrive by September 
20, 2010. The public scoping meeting will be held on September 15, 
2010, from 6 p.m. local time.

ADDRESSES: You may mail, hand carry, or fax written comments to 
Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of 
Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 
37214, Fax (615) 564-6701. Please see the SUPPLMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this notice for directions on submitting comments. The 
public scoping meeting will be held at: Coral Springs High School 
Auditorium, 7201 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065-2249.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt G. Chandler, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, (615) 564-6832.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has asked the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs to acquire into trust 47  acres of land. The Tribe 
proposes to convert a portion of this land into a mixed-use 
development. The proposed trust acquisition lands are immediately 
adjacent to lands currently held in trust for the benefit of the Tribe. 
Placing the approximately 47 acres into trust would consolidate the 
Tribe's land holdings into one contiguous trust property.
    In addition to the fee-to-trust action, the proposed action also 
includes developing a 1000-room hotel, restaurants, retail 
establishments, entertainment facilities, a spa and health club, and a 
convention center. The proposed development also includes a parking 
garage and associated employee parking. Significant issues to be 
covered during the scoping process may include, but are not limited to, 
air quality, transportation, surface and groundwater resources, 
biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, 
public services, infrastructure, land use, aesthetics, and 
environmental justice.

Directions for Submitting Comments

    Please include your name, return address and the caption, ``DEIS 
Scoping Comments, Seminole Tribe of Florida's Trust Acquisition 
Project,'' on the first page of your written comments.

Public Availability of Comments

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the Tennessee office shown in the 
ADDRESSES section from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except holidays.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), 
and related Department of the Interior requirements in 43 CFR part 46 
and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2), and is in the 
exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian 
Affairs by 209 DM 8.1.

    Dated: July 20, 2010.
Donald Laverdure,
Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2010-19193 Filed 8-5-10; 8:45 am]
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