Expert Review and Evaluation: South Shore Falls Development

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HSA Golden was tasked with the expert review and evaluation of master drainage, wetland mitigation, and construction plans with respect to non-compliance with Southwest Florida Water Management District permits. Specifically, the failure of mitigation area plantings in two drainage canals was at issue.


  • Reviewed as-built construction drawings, surveys, and site inspection reports per the Southwest Floirda Water Management District permit.
  • Conducted site reconnaissance to document site conditions.
  • Performed erosion and stormwater flow calculations to support expert opinions.
  • Compared as-built surveys with construction plans to identify deviations potentially resulting in permit non-compliance.
  • Prepared expert’s report of findings.


  • Significant deviations between as-built surveys and construction plans were found to have caused the failure of mitigation plantings.
  • Report supported contractor’s lawsuit/settlement with Centex Homes.