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Bingo Hall

Location: Northwest intersection of County Road 833 and West Boundary Road, Hendry County, Florida

Area: Approximately 22 acres

Site Information: This site was originally utilized as farmland prior to the development as a commercial Bingo Hall in 1987. The Bingo Hall operated for 10 years before becoming a sporadic solid waste dumping area. The Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) completed both Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) to determine the presence of contaminants. Soil remediation activities were conducted after it was found that there was a leak of petroleum on the site. Groundwater assessment was not performed at that time and will need to be completed in the future.

Land Use Compound

Location: Approximately 1000 feet south of the intersection of County Road 833 and Herd Development Road, Hendry County, Florida

Area: Approximately 11.5 acres

Site Information: Prior to development of the site in 1992 and 1993 the land was utilized for agriculture practices. The site is currently subdivided into two fenced compounds (east and west) located in the north portion and an undeveloped heavily vegetated section (south) which is used to store equipment. Multiple above ground storage tanks (ASTs) and vehicle maintenance wastes have been left on site. Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) have been performed.

Hunting Adventure

Location: SW side of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Highway 1280 and the L-28 Interceptor Canal, Hendry County, Florida

Area: 37 acres of partially developed land

Site Information: This site remained undeveloped land until 1995. Currently several small structures are on site including a pump house and water treatment facility. The site was formerly used for the processing of game meat; however, the game meat processing plant and wastewater treatment plant are currently unused. The site currently houses offices, a maintenance area, camp sites, cabins, and a shooting range. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has been performed on the property and recognized environmental conditions were noted. Further remediation work is needed and planned for this site.

Seminole Farms

Location: Approximately 3/4 miles west of County Road 833 and West Boundary Road intersection, Hendry County, Florida

Area: The entire farm is approximately 904 acres including farm fields and undeveloped native areas (mostly cypress domes). The Brownfield site consists of approximately 3.2 acres around the packing house.

Site Information: From the early 1930s or early 1940s until 1982 this site was utilized as pasture land. In 1983, the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) began vegetable farming operations on the property. The Brownfield site consists of the Seminole Farm’s maintenance area. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was performed on site and several recognized environmental conditions (REC) were identified including a chemical storage, a wash down area and sink, agricultural and commercial dumping, above ground storage tanks (ASTs). Numerous unlabeled 55-gallon drums and 5-gallon containers were also identified. A Phase II ESA was completed in 2011-2012 on the area of the packing house. Several areas of contamination were found and will need to be further assessed.

Motocross Facility

Location: West Boundary Road approximately 3.61 miles west of Josie Billie Highway Road, Hendry County, Florida

Area: The entire site consists of 90 acres of partially improved property.

Site Information: Prior to the construction of the motocross in 2002 the site was vacant undeveloped land. The property included four motor cycle race tracks, a metal grand stand structure, a parts storage shed, a residential trailer, an office trailer, an entrance shed, four storage containers, a cell tower and several Chickee huts. Most of these improvements have been removed and the fill for the motorcycle race tracks have been mostly removed since the suspension of racing activities. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has been completed in 2010. No environmental conditions were found or reported. No further action is warranted at this time.

Blue Top Construction

Location: South Boundary Road, Hendry County, Florida

Area: Approximately 5.5 acres

Site Information: Prior to development of the site the land was heavily wooded and vegetated. A vehicle maintenance shop was constructed and maintained between 2001 and 2003. The maintenance shop consisted of a 7,500 square foot building that is no longer in use. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) documented above ground storage tanks (ASTs) and vehicle maintenance wastes on site. A Phase II ESA performed analytical laboratory analysis of soil samples which confirmed petroleum contamination on site. Preliminary remediation has been completed. However, future groundwater and soil testing may be required which may result in further remediation.

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