Notice Regarding Construction Easements
The County has asked that the following message is relayed to you ASAP. When returning the Construction Easements please be sure to include all of the following documents:
1. All components of the Construction Easement (the signed and sealed survey, sketch, legal, etc. are all required to be returned along with the signed document).
2. Please also provide contact information, particularly a telephone number for someone who may be contacted regarding any issues with the return of the Construction Easements.
If in doubt please return more not less, and of course, Joshua Revord, Sr. Coastal Engineer with St. Lucie County (772/462-1269) welcomes your call to clarify any questions.
The good news is that the community is responding positively with several already received.
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.
Atlantic Wellness: The May 2019 approval for PNRD (planned non-residential development) and Conditional Use permit for 4 Building / 200 patient Specialty Hospital was extended to July 5, 2021 based upon a request in accordance with Florida State Statutes and Executive Order of the Governor. This extension is independent of any eligible extension due to the appeal and associated tolling period, where applicable. No additional permits requested.
Updated 10/2020. 42’ Height Variance for 2 buildings approved by Board of Adjustment 7/2018. 6/2019 - Dr Cindy Wasserman and Gary Cicalese filed a lawsuit against SLC for authorizing the project site plan. 9/2020 - SLC’s request for Final Summary Judgment on lack of genuine issues of material fact was denied for two counts, granted on one issue, with the fourth allegation administratively dismissed. Non-jury trial is scheduled for 1/21/21.
Baron Island Storage Conditional Use: Project is a self-storage facility consisting of 77 enclosed air-conditioned single-story units within 6 buildings and associated parking, drainage, etc. on west side of A1A. BOCC Meeting on 6/2/2020 approved the Conditional Use permit for the self-storage facility. Updated 10/2020. Corrected / Amended site plan submitted for Administrative staff review on 9/30/20. Anticipate Building Permit application.
Cielo Beach (No Hutchinson Island): Potential 55 bed hotel & restaurant project has presented a petition for change in land use RH to Commercial and zoning to PNRD along with preliminary concept to amend Land Development Code to add “Height Zone C” - up to 65ft. Amendment would follow LDC 11.06.03 Standards of Review. SLC staff is reviewing, with no opinion or recommendation formulated at this time. It is unclear of any potential impact on So Hutchinson Island.
Updated 10/30/2020. PC board members met with SLC staff to better understand the preliminary concept for the Amendment adding a new Height Zone C, and any potential impact this would have on SHI. The Staff will continue to keep PC informed on the progress of the review.
Hutchinson Sands: 28 acres located ¼ mi south of Frederick Douglass park and north of Atlantic Wellness off Terrapin Drive, east of A1A. The 4 building, 92-unit Site Plan approved in 7/2016 is active through 11/25/2025.
Updated 10/2020: 2/2016 Board of Adjustment approved 42’ height variance.
Marisol: Major Site Plan approved in 10/2013 for a 5 building, 106 unit residential development located on 13 acres East of SR A1A approximately 3.3 miles north of Martin County, is active until May 22, 2024. The proposed Major Adjustment to the Marisol Major Site Plan, and renamed “Sand & Sea”, for conversion to a 18 lot single family subdivision was withdrawn in January 2020.
Updated 10/2020. 42’ Height Variance for 3 buildings approved by Board of Adjustment 7/2012. Next step is Construction Plan review (utilities, drainage & parking).
Added 10/2020 Majestic Bay: 10251 S Ocean Drive, just north of Bay Tree / Pepper Lane, west of A1A.
Property Owner: Dap Dhaduk 7 LLC; Agent Matthew Madrazo / Civitella, LLC. Site plan approved in 2002 for 13 single family homes. Pre-Application meeting on 10/15/20 to discuss amended site plan for 23 townhomes in 4 buildings (5-7 units / building) on 11.8 acres (4.7 acres upland). Also included: pool, amenity facility, docks on the river, supplemental storage and a 2002 beach access easement.
Updated 10/15/20 Information from Pre-application meeting: Plan requires zoning change from HIRD to PUD and height variance from 35ft to 42ft through Board of Adjustment prior to site plan submittal. Docks to require wetland impact information.
OceanGlass Residences (formerly Tailers’ Cove/Sailor's Cove/ SeaGlass): PUD Site Plan Amendment proposing 29 townhomes on 14 acres west of S. A1A across from Atlantis submitted 7/2020, where 24 were previously approved as Tailers’ Cove (29 does not exceed maximum allowed).
Updated 10/2020. Board of Adjustment approved 42’ height variance on 9/29/20. SLC planning staff awaiting minor adjustments / corrections to proposed site plan amendment before submitting to BOCC.
Added 10/20/20 Sea Oats / Paradise Villas: Formal site plan application for 4 units in 2 buildings on 0.85 acre south of Island Village west of A1A, is pending with Development Review Committee, requiring action from SLC Planning Director as to approval / denial. Property in the process of being sold with anticipation of design alterations.
Added 10/20/20 - Sopotnick Concept Plan (Formerly Kristen Cove)- 10 acre site on Aqua Ra Drive: During pre-application meeting with Development Review Committee on 10/1/2020, prospective owner proposed project started as 4 single family units (or 4 units via two duplexes), but focused on process and fewer requirements for a single 2 unit duplex (possibly pre-fab on stilts), which would fall under residential building permit requirements, using 1 acre of existing upland and possibly ZERO wetland encroachment as long as set-back is accommodated. Conversation inferred that there is no public comment on approval of 2-unit residential building permit. SLC planning staff awaiting formal site plan application.
Sunset Beach PUD. 32 acres located ¼ mile north of Middle Cove Beach, East of A1A (south of Atlantic Wellness with wooden bridge entrance) being developed into 43 single family lots. Site plan expiring in 2019 has been automatically extended. Updated 10/2020: Road, drainage and utilities required (built or escrowed) prior to plat application to sub-divide lots.
County Port Master Plan. Update included at PlanPortFP.com
*Projects listed in alphabetical order. For further details on any of the projects, go to the St Lucie County website. Information on upcoming meeting agendas can be viewed on the County Calendar website.
Planning & Development Meetings:
Development Review Committee: consists of Engineering, Public Works, Building Code, School, Health, Fire Sheriff.
Federal Beach Project Update. Joshua Revord, SLC Erosion District, provided an update on the final critical steps to securing the 50-year Federal Beach Project. The PPA, one of the pillars of the project, is in its last stages of legal review with USACE and the County expects to receive the final version in the next couple of weeks. The plan is to take the PPA to the November BOCC meeting. The perpetual construction easements are the last element to ensure the success of the project. In the next 2 weeks, beach front property owners will receive from the County the construction easements for signature. Although the due date is not until February 1st, Harvey Alligood emphasized the need to get started early by contacting your attorney to ensure that everything is in order and completed with signatures prior to the deadline. Joshua emphasized the importance of this project due to the increase in storms and sea level rise and offered his support throughout these final steps.
Harvey reinforced the importance of this final stage and highlighted Joshua’s efforts on our behalf to complete the contract with USACE. The perpetual construction easements are critical and are the same as the 2013 temporary construction easements, except that they extend for the 50-year life of the project.
A question was raised regarding the FPL project installing concrete domes offshore the plant to help control erosion. Joshua indicated that he was aware of the projects to dampen wave action off FPL shores and agreed to provide any further information he can gain regarding any impact on those properties south of the plant. PC is also working to schedule a meeting with the FPL engineers to better understand the projects’ impact on us.
Several new projects have been added to the County’s New Development listing. The projects are in various phases and continue to be progressing through the SLC Planning & Development Dept. We will request to be placed on the County Planning & Development meetings agenda distribution list to ensure that we are notified of any development project that is located on the Island. We appreciate all of Kori Benton’s efforts, Sr Planner-SLC Planning & Development, to keep us informed on the progress of these projects. The details for all of the projects are being finalized in the next week, and will be placed on the PC website, Governmental Affairs Committee page.
PC membership renewal notices, invoices and contact information forms will be sent out November 15th. They will be distributed via email to the current primary representative and manager. Please return your check and contact information by January 1st
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