Collier County Proposed All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Park Project
In 2002 South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Collier County entered into an agreement to provide 640 acres for all terrain vehicle (ATV) activity and later amended the agreement in 2007 to provide a temporary site for ATV’s along with a permanent site at Lake Trafford in Collier County once the dredging of said lake is complete and the site is remediated for arsenic consistent with the stipulations in the agreement. However, this is expected to take several years to complete.
In this respect, SFWMD and Collier County have investigated other opportunities in an effort to provide a site more quickly and at a better value to the taxpayer. Land available for such use is not readily accessible due to the cost of land; difficulty in finding land that is not considered environmentally sensitive and some lands require special permitting.
In 2011, after the SFWMD still had not provided a suitable property that met with agreed requirements; SFWMD agreed to give Collier County a $3 million settlement to launch their own search. The Collier County Growth Management Division and Collier County Parks and Recreation Department are tasked with searching for land appropriate and suitable for an ATV Park site. Public Information Meetings have been held to gather public input from ATV riders themselves and an ATV Park Site Ad Hoc Committee has been formed to assist county staff in this endeavor.
On June 12, 2012 the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the formation of the ATV Park Site Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. On Feb. 26, 2013 the BCC approved the committee be extended for an additional year. Committee members are Jeff Close, William Combs, Felix Garcia, Jonathan Harraden, Mario Menendez, and Joe Pelletier, Barbra Pinx. Alternate members are Ed Lukosavich and Greg Westgate. Alternate members may vote in the absence of a regular member.
Highlights are: Collier County hired a consultant to assist staff with the process of locating suitable property that meets the appropriate requirements; a map was created that identifies areas within the county that appear to have the acreage, terrain and environmental characteristics necessary to support an ATV Park; letters were sent to property owners and a few responses or interest were received. No viable property within Collier County has been located to date. The committee continues the search. The BCC approved looking outside Collier County for a potential viable location. Request for Information letters have been sent to contacts in nearby counties.