Replace Law Enforcement Division Headquarters EA

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Public Comment Sought on Replacement of Law Enforcement Division Headquarters.
The National Park Service is considering replacing the law enforcement division's headquarters building within Padre Island National Seashore. The new law enforcement division headquarters would replace the previous facility that was destroyed by fire in 2005 and the temporary modular facility currently being used in the parking lot at the visitor center. The new facility would be constructed within the footprint of the existing paved surface at the visitor center at the same location as the existing facility and would not result in new ground disturbance. Several alternative designs and building sizes are currently being evaluated. Ideally, the proposed bi-level facility would support a number of law enforcement functions and provide space for protection ranger staff offices, a muster room for the rescue equipment, emergency medical services, wildland fire gear, and radio equipment. In addition, the first floor may contain a compliant prisoner management area with two holding cells, a sally port, a tactical training room, and secured vehicle bays for a fire engine and emergency patrol vehicles. The proposed facility would be designed to withstand torrential rains and high winds from storms and hurricanes. The proposed facility would improve the work conditions for staff, create a secure location for law enforcement functions,and protect valuable law enforcement equipment and vehicles from criminal activity and the high saline environment.

An environmetnal assessment will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to provide the decision-makeing framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates issues an impacts to park resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigaiton measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.

How to comment on Plans for a New Law Enforcement Division Headquarters - The public is invited to provide input on the proposal to replace the Law Enforcement Division Headquarters at the Padre Island National Seashore.

Respondents should be aware that their entire comment, including personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While respondents can ask that their personal identifying information b ewithheld from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee this will be possible.

Contact Information

Padre Island National Seashore
Superintendent Joe Escoto
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300