Presidents Council Members,
This Update Includes:
· Upcoming PC Membership Meeting Dates and Guest Speakers
· Summary of the October Membership Meeting (includes Beach & Dune Committee update)
· Updates on New Development on Hutchinson Island
· Follow up Information from SLC Fire Dept. regarding BDA Survey
· PC 2021 Membership Renewal Notices
Upcoming PC Membership Meeting – November 17th
Guest Speakers: Jennifer Hill from SLC Office of Management & Budget will discuss the SLC budgeting process and plans for the upcoming year, including further insight into the property tax millage calculation, the County’s response to Covid-19 and other areas of interest to us. Also, Joshua Revord will provide a further update about the Beach Project, particularly any questions about the information packet concerning the construction easements to be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
There is no December meeting scheduled at this time.
Summary of the October 20th Membership Meeting
Guest Speakers: SLC Commissioner District 1 Candidates – Ryan Collins, Chris Dzadovsky; Beach Update Joshua Revord, SLC Erosion District
We appreciated the time that both SLC Commissioner District 1 candidates, Ryan Collins and Chris Dzadovsky, took to meet with the membership and provide descriptions of their platforms. (Note: Unfortunately, due to technical issues, we are unable to post a recording to the website.)
Federal Beach Project Update. Joshua Revord, SLC Erosion District, provided an update on the final critical steps to securing the 50-year Federal Beach Project. The PPA, one of the pillars of the project, is in its last stages of legal review with USACE and the County expects to receive the final version in the next couple of weeks. The plan is to take the PPA to the November BOCC meeting. The perpetual construction easements are the last element to ensure the success of the project. In the next 2 weeks, beach front property owners will receive from the County the construction easements for signature. Although the due date is not until February 1st, Harvey Alligood emphasized the need to get started early by contacting your attorney to ensure that everything is in order and completed with signatures prior to the deadline.
Joshua emphasized the importance of this project due to the increase in storms and sea level rise and offered his support throughout these final steps.
Harvey reinforced the importance of this final stage and highlighted Joshua’s efforts on our behalf to complete the contract with USACE. The perpetual construction easements are critical and are the same as the 2013 temporary construction easements, except that they extend for the 50-year life of the project.
A question was raised regarding the FPL project installing concrete domes offshore the plant to help control erosion. Joshua indicated that he was aware of the projects to dampen wave action off FPL shores and agreed to provide any further information he can gain regarding any impact on those properties south of the plant. PC is also working to schedule a meeting with the FPL engineers to better understand the projects’ impact on us.
Update on New Development on Hutchinson Island
Several new projects have been added to the County’s New Development listing. The projects are in various phases and continue to be progressing through the SLC Planning & Development Dept. We will request to be placed on the County Planning & Development meetings agenda distribution list to ensure that we are notified of any development project that is located on the Island. We appreciate all of Kori Benton’s efforts, Sr Planner-SLC Planning & Development, to keep us informed on the progress of these projects. The details for all of the projects are being finalized in the next week, and will be placed on the PC website, Governmental Affairs Committee page.
Follow-up Information from SLC Fire Dept regarding BDA survey
Meetings continue with Capt. Langel, SLC Fire Department, and Jeff Collins, the former Fire Chief for Palm Beach County, to find the best way to navigate the BDA code requirements. Capt. Langel is now looking into a repeater system, which is currently used by the Bonita Springs FD. The system includes installing a signal booster on all fire dept. vehicles, rather than having the buildings install an amplifier system, which can cost in excess of $200,000 per building. Both Capt. Langel and Jeff Collins agree that right now there are very few firms that conduct the surveys and do the installations. But the market is rapidly expanding, and it is expected that in the future the costs will come down. It is also anticipated that there will be pressure on the state legislature to extend the 2025 date for compliance. As the PC continues to investigate options and monitor the situation, we suggest that other than contacting the Fire Dept. to ensure that your contact information is correct, waiting until summer 2021 to take further action. We appreciate Capt. Langel’s ongoing support and will continue to keep you informed as more information is known.
PC 2021 Membership Renewals
PC membership renewal notices, invoices and contact information forms will be sent out November 15th. They will be distributed via email to the current primary representative and manager. Please return your check and contact information by January 1st.
We look forward to seeing you at the November 17th meeting. Stay safe.
Presidents Council Board of Directors
PRESIDENTS COUNCIL OF HUTCHINSON ISLAND | MISSION STATEMENT
The President’s Council, working together, seeks to maintain and enhance the lives of the owners and residents of Hutchinson Island. President’s Council serves St Lucie County, Hutchinson Island resident concerns, such as beach & dune, island safety & beautification, roads, future development and County services affecting us.