Presidents Council Members,
This Update includes:
· Federal Beach Project – Critical Update
· New Development on Hutchinson Island
· Upcoming Meetings
Next Presidents Council Member Meeting April 20th (see details below)
Federal Beach Project– Alert
Construction Easements: Presently, the Corps continues to indicate that for the project to proceed nothing less than 100% participation is acceptable, despite efforts to convince them 99%+/- of the beachfront is more than sufficient. We understand a Corps only, multi-committee meeting to further evaluate the matter is next Tues., April 13th. Please see the attached email & letter to the USACE for additional information and join us in sending your own letter to the Corps. This is in addition to an all-out, multi-prong effort underway by the County as well.
Costs: Good news! $4.3M less! The Corps now estimates project costs at $18.5M instead of the prior $22.8M. It is expected most of it will fall to the bottom line, reducing the amount required from the “local share” after adjustments in Federal and State funding. An updated official summary is pending.
Funding: Efforts continue concerning county-wide sourced funding. Please see attached email & letter to SLC and if you have not already, please join other PC members with your own letter or e-mail. Project funding may or may not be part of the discussion at the next Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Informal Meeting (9 am also next Tues., April 13th) as part of agenda item “A. St. Lucie County FY 2021 ‐ 2023 Strategic Plan Strategic Initiatives Review”. Public comment is typically only part of “Formal” NOT Informal BOCC Meetings. Meeting Notices and agendas can be followed at: https://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/board-of-county-commissioners/meeting-portal-page
Lastly if you haven’t already, please post this and the attachments on your bulletin board and if possible, forward it to your residents. Thank you!
Harvey Alligood, VP & Chair of the Beach & Dune Committee may be contacted at
414/202-4278 or via e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org or directly at email@example.com
New Development on Hutchinson Island
Property development on SHI is very active this year, as you have probably seen. Baron Island Storage has begun construction and land has been cleared in the areas of OceanGlass (28 townhomes) across from Atlantis, and Sea Oats (4 townhomes) & Missy’s Beach House (single family) across from Islandia. St. Lucie County’s Land Development Code (LDC) includes a section specific to Hutchinson Island Residential Development (HIRD) to ensure that the unique characteristics of our barrier island are protected. There are several vacant parcels that have caught the interest of developers who are discussing plans that exceed zoning and development codes, such as encroaching on shoreline protection setbacks and wetland buffers, exceeding 35’ building height limit and alcohol sales nearby county parks. As requests for waivers and amendments are submitted for County Commissioner consideration, PC will alert you to dates and details to encourage your support of existing zoning and development codes to protect the environment and residents of SHI.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
April 20th at 2:00pm via Zoom (Zoom access info will be emailed prior to the meeting)
Guest Speaker – SLC Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky, District 1. We look forward to an informative discussion and dialogue on a variety of topics of interest to the PC membership (including the federal beach project funding, new development activity on HI, fire dept communication system, and other county-wide topics of interest).
The PC Annual meeting will also be held. Three positions (Charles Grande, Susan McIntyre and Len Amato) will be open this year and all 3 incumbents have submitted their names to remain on the board.
May 18th at 2:00pm via Zoom. Guest Speaker – SLC Commissioner Cathy Townsend, District 5 (includes North Hutchinson Island - NHI).
Have a safe weekend. See you at the meeting April 20th.
Presidents Council Board of Directors