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We hope that everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. A special thanks to SLC Sheriff Mascara and the Sheriff’s office for the well-planned coverage on the island over the holiday weekend. Extra deputies and equipment helped to keep everyone safe and secure.
The following will provide an update on the:
As this Covid-19 environment continues, our goal is to bring critical information to members via these email updates, the website, and scheduled meetings via Zoom, with guest speakers of interest to the membership.
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.
Reminder: By July 28th, please send to this email all discussion topics or questions of interest to you. The list of topics will be compiled and forwarded to Ms. Thurlow-Lippisch.
Presidents Council September 15th Membership Meeting
Guest speaker for this meeting is Capt. Langel and Lt. Boyer, St Lucie County Fire Dept. They will provide critical information regarding the BDA (bi-directional amplifier) survey and code requirements. Additional topics of interest will be requested from the membership in August.
Beach & Dune Committee Update
Members of the PC Board continue to work cooperatively with the County to get clarity around the funding options for the Federal Beach Project, particularly important prior to the SLC Budget workshops beginning later this month. Also, have been meeting with the new SLC Deputy County Administrator, Alphonso Jefferson, who will be responsible for the project going forward.
As discussed in the past, adding public beach accesses will increase the Federal cost share and thus reduce the local cost to the County and/or property owners. At this time, there has not yet been any commitment in any of the strategically located properties. Therefore, the local cost share calculations are expected to be made using the higher end of the estimated remaining unfunded balance. If this changes later, the total local share will be reduced allowing a reduction of any planned levy.
Another critical milestone is signing of the USACE’s PPA (Project Partnership Agreement) which is on target to be completed in August. Following the signing of the PPA, the information package on the Construction Easements, a required part of implementing the project, will be sent by the County to the Associations/property owners. The package will explain the efforts needed to secure the project Construction Easements. Also planned is a new website page with answers to commonly asked questions, other pertinent information, including a beach nourishment assessment cost estimator.
If you have any questions relating to the beach project, the contact at the County is Joshua Revord (772-462-1269).
Update on the A1A crosswalk at Island Dunes. After some delays, FDOT has advised that the construction of the crosswalk will be completed by the end of November. This is most welcome news for all of those in the Island Dunes area.
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting on the 21st. Stay safe.
Presidents Council Board of Directors
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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.