New Development on HI
Ouanalao/Seaside Resort. On the agenda for the July 6th BOCC meeting is the Conditional Use Permit for review and approval by the Board. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
SLC Mosquito Control Presentation
PC Member meeting 6/15/2021 (click here to view)
Federal Beach Project
At the June PC Member Meeting, Joshua Revord, SLC Erosion District, provided further update on the Project. The good news is it moves forward in keeping with the original timeline, a November 2021 start of construction, thanks to a “one-time temporary exception” from the Corp. for the sole remaining construction easement. Though it will not delay the project, in time the Corp ultimately still requires a perpetual easement for the Eustace owned beachfront at Kyle G’s. Efforts continue in that regard and hopefully it is obtained to avoid unnecessary loss of an estimated $130,00+/- in federal funding. Additional upcoming dates: On July 6th, the BOCC will confirm the financial arrangements for the bond to fund the costs until taxes are levied and collected. The solicitation of contractor bids is expected to go out July 15th, with construction to begin no earlier than November.
Harvey Alligood provided an update regarding the funding of the “local share”. Though work remains there is some progress and some positive developments to report, in large measure due to your earlier letters to Howard Tipton and the County Commissioners, namely:
New Development on SHI
At the membership meeting last week, Susan McIntyre provided an update on recent development activity on the island, including Ouanalao Resort/Seaside Resort and Sand & Sea. Please see “Highlights” below for details.
There has continued to be considerable activity, however, regarding Seaside resort since the meeting. The 5/20/2021 SLC Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit and Site Plan to the BOCC. The BOCC will also provide final approval for the alcohol waiver. PC Board has remaining concerns regarding the west side development plans and anticipated shoreline and wetland waivers since they have not yet been presented. We will continue to voice those concerns to SLC staff and communicate with the members as the final approval BOCC meeting is scheduled.
Federal Beach Project
As of this writing the Corps has indicated it will move the project forward with or without the last construction easement. It is anticipated that this is in keeping with the same timeline intended in our letters (click here) to the Corps requesting that the already obtained Construction Easements meet the Corps requirements to proceed with the project. We appreciate all the continued efforts of the County particularly Joshua Revord and Frannie Hutchinson, Commissioner & Chair of the Erosion District, in conjunction with Congressman Mast and his Deputy Chief of Staff in support of this project. The highlights of the May Member Meeting below provide additional information. Particularly Commissioner Townsend’s comments/position about funding. Please see the PC website for all information and updates regarding the project (https://www.pcofhi.com/committees.html).
From the May 18th meeting Highlights:
On funding the beach restoration project, Commissioner Townsend is in favor of all St. Lucie residents sharing the cost to maintain the beaches. All St. Lucie residents benefit from and are able to use the beaches and should share in the cost.
Joshua Revord (Erosion District) provided a further update on the Federal Beach project. Efforts continue to obtain the last remaining construction easement for Kyle G’s beachfront and if unsuccessful for the Corp to continue to move forward with the project, as all other aspects for the project have been completed. Among others, Congressman Mast’s Deputy Chief of Staff has reached out to the property owner encouraging him to sign. We appreciate all the Congressman’s support and efforts, and a “thank you” will be sent from SLC/PC. Harvey Alligood indicated it is best that property owners continue to let the current efforts play out, and if unsuccessful, additional action may be needed by the PC. Construction is still targeted to commence in November 2021.
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