DEP files suit over Canopy project

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Department of Environmental Protection is suing, Sandco, one of the developers behind the Canopy project, for “violating Florida’s water resources laws.”

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in court on Friday, DEP personnel observed “offsite sedimentation” at the site. It also alleges three counts of failure to maintain best management practices, four counts of failure to post notice of intent, and four counts of incomplete storm water pollution prevention plan.

It also asks for $10,000 per day, per violation.

The lawsuit comes just days after the North Florida Water Management District asked that the construction on a portion of the property be stopped immediately. That was because the developer was doing work outside of its original permit. At this point it’s unclear of that work led to days of flooding and the closure of Fleischmann Lane.

Developers from the project have been meeting with NFWMD and are working to rectify the issue.

Last week Steve Ghazvini, one of the developers behind Canopy, told WCTV that they are working to get to the bottom of the issue.

"We try to be conscientious about our neighbors and neighborhoods and this project is no different than any other project that we’ve done,” he said.

Once complete, Canopy will be a mixed use development including single family housing, multi-family housing and commercial use.

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