Preliminary Environmental Site Assessments

  • NWI Wetlands
  • Listed Species
  • State Lands
  • USDA/NRCS Soils
  • FLUCCS/ Flood/ Zoning Zones
  • Archaeological Features
  • Contamination Sites
  • Project Specific Layers


Prior to conducting detailed field-verified studies, reconnaissance studies conducted during a due-diligence fact-finding period often address the following and can allow the client to target which parcels best fit their needs based on a variety of informational layers.

Tree Surveys/ Heritage Tree

Tree surveys are required in some jurisdictions ensuring preservation or mitigation for total tree caliper loss within the site development boundary, as well as inventorying for Heritage Tree and/or Protected Tree species.  Counties with land development preservation requirements detailing protection measures include Charlotte County and City of Bonita Springs, Lee County Fl.

Water Use Permitting


  • Water Use Permitting
  • Renewals
  • Monitoring of Staff Gauges
  • Monitoring Wells
  • Pumpage evaluations compliance reports
  • Monitoring data
  • Wetland monitoring
  • Water loss
  • Ten-year compliance reviews


Water rights are shared by the citizens of Florida. A consumptive water use permit allows the permit holder to withdraw a specified amount of water from the ground or other water source for reasonable-beneficial uses. Water use permits include irrigation for agricultural, landscaping, water withdrawal for commercial use, dewatering/mining activities and power. Our staff has over twelve years of experience in water use permitting along with a good working relationship with the state regulatory agencies.

Compliance / Enforcement FDEP USACE

TEC provides assistance and consultation to parties engaged in resource compliance activity, notice of violations, consent order agreements, and compliance assistance offers.  TEC is able to provide professional  review of agency findings of fact for violation actions, construction of an appropriate mitigation proposal, and offers 'second opinions' for purposes of establishing the extent of the violation actions.    

Wetland Surveys

  • Informal Wetland Determination (due-diligence study- Step 1)

Prospective buyers and sellers are provided with timely information about the possible presence or absence of wetlands onsite during a due-diligence study period, as well as the likely need for wetland-related environmental permits prior to construction. Informal wetland determinations are not-agency verified, however they might be accepted by local municipalities as part of a complete building permit application. To request an agency verification of a study completed by TEC, the client may elect to do so via several regulatory procedures. TEC is happy to discuss your specific project needs and provide you with our recommendations.

  • Informal Wetland Delineation

Following completion of an Informal Wetland Determination, TEC will delineate the location of staff-identified wetlands in the field. This delineation may be required as part of an ERP permit or notice of exemption, owner/builder planning, local permitting review, or as part of a formal/or informal agency wetland determination. As with all of our services, TEC is happy to discuss your specific project needs and provide you with our recommendations.

  • State/Federal Formal Wetland Delineations and Jurisdictional Declarations

Regulating agencies verify the presence and location of staff-identified wetlands and uplands on site, determine federal jurisdiction, as well as bind those regulatory agencies to the findings for a set duration of time, affording the owner with less 'unknowns' and more consistency.
Tropical Environmental Consultants conducts State and Federal wetland delineations for both residential and commercial development. In the past 35 years, TEC has conducted thousands of due-diligence surveys within South Florida, including acting as agent to apply for State/Federal/Local wetland approval and verification.

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)- Environmental

Collier County's TDR process allows applicants to sell the assigned development rights held within property located within the Rural Fringe Mixed Use areas of the Future Land Use Plan.  As part of this process, owners are granted additional bonus development credits for environmental improvement/management prior to credit severance.  TEC provides habitat and maintenance plans, exotic removal.

State and Federal Environmental Resource Permitting & Exemption Verifications

  • Environmental Resource Permitting (State/Federal)

State Environmental Resource Permits are required for most development, and for all single-family development impacting wetland habitat.  Federal dredge and fill or Nationwide permits are required for all development impacting wetlands under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government's Clean Water Act.   TEC can assist with one, or both agency permits, and we are happy to discuss your project needs.

  • State Verification of Exemption

This exemption process allows the applicant to verify whether environmental resource permits (ERP) will be required for their proposed development.  Although a verification of exemption may not be required prior to conducting a non-regulated activity, local municipalities may request agency verification prior to issuance of a local building permit.   Should a verification be required or requested, TEC can help provide direction and assistance.

  • Partial Application Assistance

Some applicants require assistance with a portion of the permit process.  TEC can provide services including mitigation assessment/ UMAMA/WRAP/ MWRAP, mitigation proposals, Bonneted Bat Surveys, Red-cockaded woodpecker surveys, Section 7 consultation ESA.
Development is strong in SW Florida, and a majority of all land alteration activities is regulated by the State and in some cases by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  TEC can help navigate the permit process by applying on behalf of the applicant for all requisite environmental resource procedures, as well as assist the applicant in gaining a better understand of the process and additional related costs.

Marine Permitting Repair (Seawall, Dock, Dredging, Rip-rap, Pilings, and more)

Repair and replacement of marine structures may include something as simple as repairing decking, or as complex as removing historic and failing improvements and replacing with all new updated materials and re-dredging.  TEC can assist with both small residential-type applications, or commercial use.


TEC staff have prior agency experience where they worked to review large and small-scale permitting and exemption requests.  The knowledge they acquired during this time ensure projects can be streamlined and avoid costly permitting complications, saving you time and money. 

Listed Species

  • Relocation (onsite/offsite)
  • Incidental Take permitting
  • Florida bonneted bat
  • Red cockaded woodpecker
  • Scrub jay
  • Gopher tortoise 
  • Burrowing owl 
  • Bald eagle                                                                                                

Florida is comprised of over 58,000 square miles and is home to approximately 110 different species of animals (and over 180 plants) currently listed as "critical conservation concern" i.e. Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are charged with protecting and regulating impacts to these species, with the addition of local municipal regulation where it exists. TEC biologists are experienced in conducting species surveys targeting one or more species in coordination with local government guidelines as well as FWC, FWS, and United States Army Corps of Engineers survey protocol.

As part of Section 7 consultation process, the USACE is required to address species impacts prior to permit issuance. TEC conducts roosting and foraging surveys using cameras and acoustic recording equipment. TEC can quickly conduct phased-surveys as needed.

Marine Permitting- New Installation (Seawall, Dock, Dredging, Rip-rap, Pilings, and more)

Environmental permits may include those required for new docks, seawalls, dredging marine bottoms, piling installations as well as other marine permitting services.  These approvals or exemption verification are required prior to construction actions, and are granted by State, Federal and some local municipalities.  

TEC staff have a combined 17 years of experience and are well versed with a wide range marine construction repair and replacement permitting and project consultation assistance. 

Restoration Plans and Habitat Management

  • Vegetation Restoration
  • Mitigation Plans 
  • Preserve Management
  • Exotic Removal
  • Monitoring Studies and Reporting
  • Habitat Creation

Habitat management may include the restoration, preservation and/or creation of habitat and may be part of a habitat conservation plan, mitigation strategy, hunting lands improvement, development permit, local restoration plan for unauthorized vegetation removal, consent order, or may be part of a voluntary effort to create native habitat for aesthetic or practical purposes. The design and management of the natural environment is not always simple, especially when adding non-native plants and animals into the fold. Our local environment is incredibly unique and within it lies a broad spectrum of specific animal/plant habitats that are well adapted to our 70 plus inches of rain annually, as well as our incredibly dry hot winter environment. TEC staff have a great deal of knowledge regarding native plants, specific habitat requirements, and can increase the likelihood for overall success.

Informative Workshops

  • Brokerage Firms
  • Homeowner Associations
  • Civic Organizations
  • Concerned Citizens
  • Construction Industry
  • Investors


TEC offers informative speaking events on a broad range of topics related to construction and development of protected resources.  These events are typically provided to a group of 3-50+ individuals, and can be custom tailored.

Most sessions last from 30-60 min. and include both a presentation, and question and answer exchange.

Often these presentations as free of charge, and provide the audience with critical information to help them and their clients in the land buying and development process. 

To inquire further, please contact Brooke Beardsley 239-455-6232.