Important Updates on the Federal Beach Project
As was announced late last month, the agreement for the Federal Beach Project between the USACE and SLC (PPA) was approved by the Commissioners. It is now signed by ALL parties.
This paves the way for the next, and residents’ final, project-dependent milestone: acquisition of construction easements from each beachfront property owner (Association not individual condo owner), as required by the USACE. The effort will officially “kick off” with the mailing of Construction Easement Packets from the County. The USACE has issued the “green light” and the packets are already being mailed. Each packet includes the USACE approved construction easement agreements and are being sent to those owners and/or agents of record (such as an attorney or management company).
PC Representatives, please inquire of your Association’s Manager &/or Board about:
· Receipt of your Association’s packet. If it has not been received by the last week of December, please contact Joshua Revord. (contact information below).
· And, adding an agenda item for your January Board meeting. Thank you!
Still anticipated is a meeting hosted by the County to answer questions; we are told in January 2021. Further notices will be sent out to all PC members as more information is known.
Extensive information regarding the beach project is maintained on the County website: https://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/mosquito-control-coastal-management-services/2020-south-hutchinson-island-renourishment-project”. Joshua Revord (772-462-1269) welcomes your inquiries, is available for meetings and anticipated to attend upcoming PC meetings.
New Developments on Hutchinson Island
As you can see by the number of new signs up and down A1A, the island appears to have a flurry of residential development activity. PC Board members are meeting with the County Planning Staff and the Commissioners to help ensure that the needs of both the developers and island residents are understood and addressed. We are now also receiving information on development concepts earlier in the process, so that public input can be presented at the most effective time. The goal is to help ensure that the unique characteristics of the island are incorporated with all future growth plans.
At the SLC BOCC meeting December 15th, the Commissioners discussed the need to ensure appropriate consideration of the evolving environment, especially in light of climate change and the impact on sea level rise, as well as design requirements based on changing customer demands, when reviewing the plans. Commissioners plan to have further discussion at a future BOCC Informal Meeting.
We are also pleased to announce that representatives of the SLC Planning Staff, in addition to Commissioner Mitchell, will be among the guest speakers at the PC member meeting in January, which will provide another opportunity for SHI owners to learn more about the new development review process (see below for more details).
Development project updates are shared on the website (https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/governmental-affairs). The next update will be in January.
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