Beach & Dune Committee Update.
Funding: The Commissioners have approved a total of two prospective special taxing district options to date and either can be put in place in late 2020. In the new year, Commissioners will determine which might be adopted.
Public Access for more federal funding: The PC has been encouraging the County to develop and earnestly pursue a viable plan “B” for acquiring the 3 strategically located access points necessary to increase the federal funding by as much as $6.1MM+/- (from 35% to 62%+/-). Recently, we were advised the County is investigating alternatives that may be available with undeveloped property. As you may have seen, Gil Smart wrote an opinion column dated December 6th (updated on December 9th) on the beach access issue and options. (link to article)
Project Costs: The County continues to question the agreement or "contract" with the USACE and is hopeful that reductions may yet be forthcoming from the USACE's review and sharpening of their pencil.
Governmental Affairs Committee Update. Baron Island Storage developer representatives have been holding meetings with the Associations near their proposed site. This storage facility will house 77 garages on the 2-acre property.
The property owner, who has filed a suit against the County regarding the Atlantic Wellness project, will continue to contact any interested PC members as new information is available. At this time there has not been any new update. (see PC website for details)
The Rivers Coalition has prepared a position paper on Lake Okeechobee management. The Presidents Council, as a member of the Rivers Coalition, supports this action. (link to the paper is on the PC website).
Communication Committee Update. The Board of Directors has voted to change the PC fiscal year to a January to December calendar year, thus simplifying the accounting and renewal process. As a result the Communication Committee updated the membership renewal process, and renewal notices have been distributed to Property Managers. There will be no increase in the 2020 fee schedule. Please support the Council and respond to the renewal notice by the due date.
The PC website continues to be updated. All the latest news, upcoming meetings, and links to websites of interest are available….check it out.
December 17th meeting. Hotwire presented information on their services and capabilities on the Island. You may contact Jamie Lynn French (firstname.lastname@example.org and Alex Stefanescu (email@example.com) for any additional information.
Upcoming meeting. Hope to see you at the meeting on January 21st. The guest speaker is Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, SFWMD Governing Board.
We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday….see you in 2020!