Presidents Council Members,
Meeting Announcements (all meetings via Zoom)
July 21st – Guest speaker Kate Cotner, FPL External Affairs. See below for more information.
August 18th - Guest speaker Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, SFWMD Governing Board Member. See below for more information.
September 15th – tentatively scheduled
More information will be distributed on upcoming meetings as arrangements are finalized.
Presidents Council July 21st Membership Meeting
Guest speaker for this meeting is Kate Cotner, Senior External Affairs Advisor Florida Power and Light. Ms Cotner will explain how FPL is preparing for the hurricane season in this new Covid environment and what customers will need to do differently. This will be timely information for all of us. Also, as time permits, other topics of interest relating to the SLC plant and its impact on us will be discussed.
Presidents Council August 18th Membership Meeting
Guest speaker for this meeting is Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Governing Board Member South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). She is an At Large Member representing an area that includes St Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Monroe Counties. For more information on SFWMD see their website: sfwmd.gov.
Please send by July 28th, all discussion topics or questions of interest to you. The list of topics will be compiled and forwarded to Ms Thurlow-Lippisch.
Summary of the Membership Meeting June 17th
Senator Gayle Harrell, Florida State Senator District 25, provided a very informative presentation identifying some of the key legislation passed in the last session and other issues currently impacting the state. Highlights of the discussion:
Beach Project Update
As Harvey Alligood, Chair Beach & Dune Committee, indicated at the June membership meeting, the County has changed its position regarding compensation to property owners in the identified “gap” areas, who provide easements for public beach access points. These additional access points will increase the federal cost share for the project. More information will be forthcoming, however, Harvey encouraged Associations in the gap areas to contact Joshua Revord SLC (772/462-1269) to better understand both the impact and compensation.
Following the June 9th Informal SLC BOCC meeting regarding funding for the Federal Beach Project, there have been separate individual meetings with Commissioners and the County Assistant Administrator as the PC Board works to clarify the funding plans. The current “plan” continues to be finetuned and updated by the County. The current draft version will be placed on the website for information and will be updated as subsequent versions are received.
It is recognized the impact of additional beach access points on the project funding is significant. The PC Board has taken additional steps to help coordinate communication between the County and the property owners to help ensure clarity, so that decisions can be finalized before the deadline.
Stay safe and stay well!
This update will provide the latest information on upcoming meetings, storm preparedness and actions taken since the last meeting in May. All updates and pertinent information will also be posted on the website (pcofhi.com).
Upcoming Meeting Plans – Mark your calendars
June 17th Wednesday 2:00pm via zoom is the next scheduled meeting. (Pls note that this meeting will be held on Wednesday to meet the Senator’s summer schedule.). Guest Speaker: Senator Gayle Harrell, Florida State Senator District 25. The Senator will discuss the critical legislation passed during the last session, anticipated for the next session when the Congress returns and other topics of interest to PC Members.
TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED - Please, bear with us as we continue to work to schedule guest speakers for virtual meetings during the summer/fall. Hold the following dates, yet to be confirmed and subject to change.
As in prior years, you may stay informed of storm activity on both the St Lucie (SLC) and Martin County websites and National Hurricane Center.
Both Sheriff Mascara (SLC) and Snyder (Martin County) have advised that the 2019 procedures for returning to the island following evacuation orders are unchanged. The advisory and the critical website links will also be posted to the PC website.
So St Lucie Federal Beach Project Update
Since the May 5th meeting with USACE and SLC regarding the beach project, PC has been engaged with the County as the project timeline was updated (currently posted on the website) and to better understand the funding of the local unfunded share that will be borne by SLC and/or island homeowners within the project area.
The PC Board requested the Commissioners for their support and action to reach consensus on the funding plan and direction on acquisition of the additional beach access points. Clarity is needed to ensure project milestones are achieved. (the letter sent to the Commissioners 6/3/2020 is available on the PC website)
PC Board representation attended the BOCC Informal meeting on 6/9/2020 to hear further discussion regarding project funding and actions needed to prepare for the next steps. Further information from the meeting including the information package will be posted to the website, when available.
SLC Planning Dept Updates – Hutchinson Island New Development Projects
To keep you informed of the status of new projects on the island that are being reviewed by the County, we will post updates as new information is received. The June update is currently on the website (see Governmental Affairs Committee link).
SLC Tourism Dept “Reboot St Lucie” Campaign
SLC Tourism Dept has kicked off a campaign, along with Martin and Indian River counties, to support tourism revival and promote the local businesses following the virus shutdown. Included in the websites are places to stay, things to do, places to go and places to dine. Check out the websites and we can do our part to support the local businesses in the area.
The websites are: SLC campaign https://visitstlucie.com and Treasure Coast (includes all 3 county individual websites) http://floridastreasurecoast.com.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you on the next virtual meeting on June 17th.