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Date of Issue: January 30, 2008

Illegal dredging charged for Key Royale property

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A local man has been charged by state environmental regulators with illegally dredging bayfront property fronting his Key Royale home.

According to Lt. Jim Ramer of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Daniel Vincent Sack, 50, of 643 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, was charged with “failure to obtain permit” on a dredge-and-fill issue on his property fronting Anna Maria Sound. It is a misdemeanor  charge punishable by up to six months in jail or up to a $10,000 fine.

According to the DEP report, Holmes Beach was in the process of performing a maintenance dredging with contractor MillMac Corp. under a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit, as well as a DEP permit, when “Sack contacted MillMac Corp. and requested they dredge around his dock to allow him to have access to an existing channel,” according to DEP records.

“The area was dredged and a new channel connected to the existing channel,” according to the report.

The seven-month-long investigation concluded that the dredging “was not covered under the maintenance dredging permit issued to the city of Holmes Beach and such actions would have required Sack to obtain a permit from the DEP.”

DEP’s public information officer Pamela Vazquez said that the charge is “in the state attorney’s hands now.” She said that Sack was issued a notice to appear Feb. 26 in Manatee County court on the arrest warrant.

Asked why the incident took seven months to investigate, she said that “during an investigation such as this, we want to make sure that we get all our T’s crossed and our I’s dotted.”