Updated Rules for Occupying Newly Constructed Commercial Retail Space in Sarasota County

Sarasota county has recently changed their rules for occupying newly constructed commercial retail space. A new business retailer cannot open under a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO). The full CO must be received from the building department before the subject retailer can obtain their business license to operate. Previously a retailer was allowed to get their business license with just …

Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule May Create Significant Permitting Delays 

The implementation of the newly proposed Water of the United States Rule will take affect later this month unless stayed in the courts as a result of numerous filed lawsuits. This rule would constitute a significant regulatory expansion by the USEPA with respect to claiming jurisdiction over wetland systems previously exempt. The USEPA sets the criteria for implementation of the …

Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent Florida

WRA can be your first point of contact if you are informed that these protected species exist on your property. An onsite relocation may require an Agent, and an offsite relocation will always require an Authorized Agent. Agents may use various methods to capture and relocate gopher tortoises, including but not limited to bucket trapping, live trapping, and hand shovel …

WRA Announces New Company Officers

Peter Hubbell and Mark Farrell, Principals of WRA, are proud to announce the promotion of Joe Cimino and Clint Cuffle to WRA Vice Presidents and Partners of the firm. Joe and Clint are both long time employees of WRA that have been key to the success of the now 18 year old company. Joe Cimino joined WRA in 1999, has …

Michael C. Alfieri, Professional Geologist, P.Hg., CGWP elected Vice Chair of the Florida Board of Professional Geologists

Michael C. Alfieri, Professional Geologist, Professional Geologist, Certified Groundwater Professional was recently elected Vice Chair of the Florida Board of Professional Geologists. Mr. Alfieri, who manages all geologic/hydrogeologic services for WRA as Principal Hydrogeologist, is a professionally licensed geologist in thirteen states and a nationally certified/registered hydrogeologist. He provides geologic and hydrogeologic interpretation and evaluations and expert witness services for …

WRA Creates Technical Memorandums for South Lake Regional Water Initiative

WRA has recently reached two milestones for the South Lake Regional Water Initiative (SLRWI) by completing Technical Memorandum No. 2 – Available Traditional Groundwater Sources, South Lake County, Florida and Technical Memorandum No. 3 – Available Wastewater/Reclaimed Water, Surface Water, and Stormwater Sources, South Lake County, Florida. The SLRWI is made up of south Lake County communities including: the City …

Michael Alfieri Appointed As A Board Member of Florida Board of Professional Geologists

WRA would like to congratulate Michael Alfieri, Principal Hydrogeologist, Director of Hydrogeologic Services. Mr. Alfieri was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott as a Board Member of Florida Board of Professional Geologists for a term beginning July 15, 2013 and ending October 31, 2015 and was elected Vice Chair of the FL BPG on April 22, 2015. Mr. Alfieri is …

S.V. Utilities, LTD Water Use Permit Renewal, Winter Haven, Florida.

This water use permit renewal project was completed on behalf of S.V. Utilities, LTD (SVU). SVU provides potable water to three communities located on the southern shore of Lake Henry in Winter Haven, Florida. This project is located within the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA) and the area known as the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI). The SWUCA was …

Meet Our Newest Team Members

WRA is proud to be expanding, and added key members to our team. Meet our newest staff members: Bruce C. Wolny II, E.I. Project Engineer Mr. Wolny assists Senior Engineers and Hydrologists at WRA with a wide variety of tasks, including data analysis, site modeling, stormwater infrastructure evaluation, site design, and water supply planning. Bruce also has several years of project …

WRA is Expanding

In order to accommodate our rapidly growing staff, WRA underwent construction at the office to make room for our newest employees. We have added 4 new employees over the past month, and offices and work space have been added to our main office in Tampa, Fl.