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Update includes: NOTE - PC November Member Meeting Cancelled
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SLC Redistricting Process – Your Action Needed
The County’s redistricting process is underway. As you may recall, PC board has expressed our desire to be reunited with NHI in District #5, as was long standing precedent until redistricting in 2010. The County has been working through the Redistricting Process since the 2020 census results were made final. PC board has attended BOCC meetings to better understand the “scenarios” being considered. Scenario #3 clearly achieves the reunification objective, by reuniting SHI with NHI in District #5.
A letter was sent to the SLC Commissioners expressing our scenario preference #3. At the December 7th BOCC Adoption Hearing, the Commissioners will make the final decision. (PC Letter to BOCC is attached to this email and available on the PC website. The description of the SLC Redistricting Process is also available on the PC website. PC website – https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/governmental-affairs )
No later than December 7th, all members are encouraged to either send a note or email to the SLC Communication Director Erick Gill (GillE@stlucieco.org) voicing your desire to reunite with NHI in District #5….Redistricting Scenario #3.
Friends of the Everglades - Request for Your Action to tell the Army Corps: LOSOM must protect the estuaries
The Army Corps is in the final stages of deliberation on the selection of the model to govern the amount of discharges from Lake Okeechobee - Lake Okeechobee System Operating Plan (LOSOM). We hope that the selected alternative will minimize the amount of harmful discharges to the St Lucie River. The Army Corps will make the selection on November 16th and your voice is important to protect our waterways.
The following link provides details and a prepared letter for you to send to the Army Corps by November 16th. https://friendsoftheeverglades.salsalabs.org/LettertotheCorpsFinalizedLOSOMplanfeedback/index.html
Presidents Council Membership Renewals
The PC 2022 Renewal notices will be sent out November 15th via email (to the Association property manager and the primary representative). Pls follow the instructions included in the renewal letter. Thank you for your continued support for the PC efforts! (https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/communication )
There will be no membership meetings in November or December. The year-end PC Update (scheduled distribution by mid-December) will provide the schedule for the 2022 meetings.
October 19th Meeting Summary
Guest Speaker Discussion Topics: New SHI Development Projects and Proposed Changes to Hutchinson Island Building Height Zones.
The guest speakers for this meeting: Leslie Olson, SLC Director of Planning & Development Services (P&DS) and Kori Benton SLC Sr Planner P&DS.
Kori Benton provided the following update on development projects: (see PC website for detailed information on all properties https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/governmental-affairs )
Active/Pending South Hutchinson Island Projects:
Leslie Olson provided background on the proposed SHI height zone amendment that is currently being developed. (see PC website for the Hutchinson Island – Building Height Overlay Zone as it is currently drafted https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/governmental-affairs
In response to changes in the development environment two concepts are included in this proposal: 1) transitioning the height regulations from height in feet to stories (with a maximum height per story); 2) addition of a Zone C proposal, which would allow consideration by the BOCC, on a site-by-site basis, for sites adjacent to Zone A (120’/12 stories) to be considered for a Zone C: 5 story designation.
Leslie indicated her interest in collaborating with PC and listening to our concerns regarding these changes. PC board is continuing to meet with P&DS as this proposal moves forward.
Beach & Dune Update (Harvey Alligood and Joshua Revord, SLC Coastal Engineer)
A brief update was provided on the progress and status of the Federal Beach Preservation Program. Though construction will not start in November, the goal is before Turtle Season. Turtles will be protected throughout the project with extra monitoring and other protocols including the moving of viable nests within 24 hrs. and other measures.
From start to finish, primarily depending on weather and the number of dredges 1 or 2 working, the Corp expects the work time frame to be 8-12 weeks with completion before the 2022 Hurricane Season that begins June 15th. Joshua further indicated with maybe as few as 4 weeks with 2 or more 24/7 dredges and ideal conditions.
The scope, activity, interruption to beach access will be very similar to the 2013 project, which for most beach walkers only required some adjustments for a couple of weeks.
The awarded $11.3M construction contract confirms around $1.8M in further savings reducing the CORPs contract or agreement to around $15.3M from the previously reported $17.1M.
Additionally, there are pre and post construction and other costs that are not part of the CORPs contract. Already, pre-construction costs approach $500k.
Joshua further clarified the above during his comments, with no update or mention about the funding of the "local share". Requested and pending are current cost projections from the CORPS and County.
(NOTE: Since this meeting, update on the initial construction start dates indicates that it will most likely begin in March. The planned meeting with the CORPs tentatively in February/March. As further confirmation is received, the membership will be updated.
Emergency Responder Communication Legislation
The requirement that hi-rise buildings must have a radio frequency (rf) survey completed by the end of this year has been changed to January 1, 2024, and the BDA compliance by January 2025. This eases the immediate time crunch to get the radio frequency survey completed. The feeling is there will be more changes and extensions to the statute in the future. The Fire Marshall will be sending out an email blast announcing these changes. (Letter from the Fire Marshall is posted on PC website https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/governmental-affairs )
Have a safe and happy weekend.
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.