Attached document provides the latest information and prior correspondence about the project funding (CLICK HERE)
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:
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.
Federal Beach Project
Construction Easements - Concerning the last two remaining Construction Easements. Good news! The project regains its forward momentum. Our most recent understanding, as of May 7th, is both construction easements are “acceptable and in the mail" back to the county. Pending is confirmation of their receipt, complete with all signatures and required documents, so they may be accepted and recorded with all the others closing out this required important milestone with the USACE! All thanks to much effort by Congressman Mast, his office, and the county, particularly Commissioner Hutchinson and Joshua Revord.
Funding: Efforts continue to encourage significant county-wide funding sources are committed to the project's construction and post-construction monitoring costs in this year's forthcoming county budget. The next BOCC informal meeting, May 11th, includes discussion on county-wide funding for the project. Further meetings with County Commissioners and staff are anticipated. Your e-mails and letters to Howard Tipton, County Administrator with copies to the County Commissioners are helpful, as outlined on the website (https://www.pcofhi.com/news). All letters sent up to the end of June, before July budget meetings, will support this effort.
Timeline: The project timeline is on track and bid packages will be sent out in July/August, with placement of sand on the beach to begin November 2021. Project duration is about 45 days and will be completed before turtle season begins in March 2022.
Federal Beach Project– Alert
Construction Easements: Presently, the Corps continues to indicate that for the project to proceed nothing less than 100% participation is acceptable, despite efforts to convince them 99%+/- of the beachfront is more than sufficient. We understand a Corps only, multi-committee meeting to further evaluate the matter is next Tues., April 13th. Please see the attached email & letter to the USACE for additional information and join us in sending your own letter to the Corps. This is in addition to an all-out, multi-prong effort underway by the County as well.
Costs: Good news! $4.3M less! The Corps now estimates project costs at $18.5M instead of the prior $22.8M. It is expected most of it will fall to the bottom line, reducing the amount required from the “local share” after adjustments in Federal and State funding. An updated official summary is pending.
Funding: Efforts continue concerning county-wide sourced funding. Please see attached email & letter to SLC and if you have not already, please join other PC members with your own letter or e-mail. Project funding may or may not be part of the discussion at the next Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Informal Meeting (9 am also next Tues., April 13th) as part of agenda item “A. St. Lucie County FY 2021 ‐ 2023 Strategic Plan Strategic Initiatives Review”. Public comment is typically only part of “Formal” NOT Informal BOCC Meetings. Meeting Notices and agendas can be followed at: https://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/board-of-county-commissioners/meeting-portal-page
Lastly if you haven’t already, please post this and the attachments on your bulletin board and if possible, forward it to your residents. Thank you!
Harvey Alligood, VP & Chair of the Beach & Dune Committee may be contacted at
414/202-4278 or via e-mail via email@example.com or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder - Beach Funding Letter to SLC
As Harvey Alligood, B&D Committee Chair, explained at the meeting this week, a mailing went out on Wednesday asking Associations and individual members to send letters to the Commissioners in support of County-wide funding for the Federal Beach Project. Currently the State and Federal governments provide 2/3 of the project funding. The remaining amount, “local share”, will be funded by the County and local owners. To date the County has not indicated that there will be any “County-wide” funding provided and will rely only on the SHI MSTU, with the local property owners paying the total “local share” portion. We need to voice our view to the SLC Commissioners, that county-wide funding is warranted. If you have not already done so, please ensure that your letter is sent to the County by the end of March.
Joshua Revord joined the 2/17/2021 meeting to provide an update on the status of the Perpetual Construction Easements (CE), the last milestone to complete before a successful “initial start” for the Federal Beach Project.
· Only 1 Association and a couple of landowners have not yet returned the signed CE. PC will continue to support the County to acquire all of the CEs from the property owners. We hope to build on the 90% participation rate to date, to over 95% participation.
· Expect USACE to bid the project in June/July and award contracts September/October.
Placing sand on the Beach will occur after turtle season, November through March.
February 1st 11:00am at Island Dunes Country Club. St Lucie County hosted - informational outreach meeting regarding the Federal Beach Project Construction Easements. SLC encourages interested property owners who have yet to execute and submit required easement documents to attend. (SLC letter dated January 15th attached)
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.
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