Update on the A1A crosswalk at Island Dunes. After some delays, FDOT has advised that the construction of the crosswalk will be completed by the end of November. This is most welcome news for all of those in the Island Dunes area.
Summary of the Membership Meeting June 17th
Senator Gayle Harrell, Florida State Senator District 25, provided a very informative presentation identifying some of the key legislation passed in the last session and other issues currently impacting the state. Highlights of the discussion:
· The opening of the 2020 session in January was filled with optimism and plans to continue the focus on education, clean water and Everglades restoration.
· Covid-19 changed that. In February, Senator Harrell, Chair Health Policy Committee, met with committee members to review the budget in anticipation of the impacts of the virus. Additional funds were placed in the current year budget ($58M) and next year’s ($300M). However, the impact has been greater than anticipated at the time.
· Current initiatives in the budget: education including funds for safe schools and mental health resources in the schools; record funds focused on environmental issues including Legacy Florida funds for the Everglades to stop releases, Forever Florida funds for land conservation efforts including land buying programs, such as rights of way for public beach access points.
· State revenue is reduced dramatically ($878M in April), mostly due to reduction in sales tax receipts.
· The Governor will be reviewing the budget, but at this time it is not anticipated that a special session will be called.
· Bills passed in last session impacting Condo Associations: SB#476 cannot prohibit law enforcement vehicles parking on property; SB#1084 Emotional support animals must be permitted provided required documents from a physician are presented.
· CARES (Corona virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) has dispersed federal funds to counties with a population over 500,000. However, local counties are less than 500,000 and do not qualify for these federal funds. Local counties may submit separately to gain additional funds.
· The State has addressed the virus through many initiatives primarily protecting the most vulnerable individuals: five Covid-19 only nursing homes have been set up throughout the state; established testing criteria for nursing home admittance; ensured adequate hospital beds and equipment; prepared to address “hotspots” when they develop, as demonstrated in Indiantown. The basics are essential: wear masks and wash hands.
· Discussed the killing of George Floyd and the response throughout the country. The senator indicated that we must engage in deeper conversation and listen to each other to come up with solutions to increase our cultural awareness. Major conversations in the state will continue.
We thank the Senator for her time with us and appreciate her efforts on our behalf in the State government. We gained increased awareness of the issues impacting our area, which were made apparent as Senator Harrell was asked to leave the meeting early to address the Roosevelt bridge closure.
Presidents Council member takes action opposing the Atlantic Wellness project. (October 2019) Read all about it here.
Draft position paper regarding Lake Okeechobee management. (November 2019)
Email to Commissioner Dzadovsky dated December 6, 2019 requesting support in solving the drainage problems on the west side of A1A.
Dear Commissioner Dzadovsky,
It has come to the attention of the President’s Council that there is a continual drainage problem on A1A between Waveland Beach and just south of the Holiday Out residential area. The problem arises when we get prolonged periods of rain causing the sidewalks to beunusable on the east side by Waveland and on the west side north and south of Holiday Out. The cause of the problem at Holiday Out appears to be A1A’s road height; observation shows a dramatic drop from the road to the residential area.
The issue is two-fold. First, the pooled water increases our insect problem—mainly mosquitos—but also other creatures growing in the stagnant water, thus resulting in a possible health problem. Second, the pooled water means that citizens must walk on A1A several hundred feet in the bicycle lane to avoid the water, thus resulting in possible automobile and bike accidents. I have been told by an “old-timer” that the area once had a pump that drew water from the swale, but I have not been able to verify this and I doubt that it would meet environmental regulations.
We are asking that you check into this problem. We are not sure whether it is a county or state problem. We have had numerous complaints about it and hope that you can help us with solving the problem.
Don W. Stacks
PCHI Board of Directors
SLC Utilities – Reclaimed Water As you were advised in October, after discussions between the County and the PC, the District agreed that reclaimed water distribution was part of our plant process and there would be no charge to customers for reclaimed water usage. In addition, the District claimed that based on identified repair and maintenance projects, there is a funding shortfall at the plant that will need to be covered by a rate increase.
After further discussion, the District agreed to spread this increase over 7 years, effective February 2020. The PC and the Utility District have agreed to continue the dialog regarding the plant funding requirements and rate schedules to ensure a better understanding of the needs of the SHI plant. The Utilities District has also agreed to schedule small tour groups (4-5 max) of the plant after the first of the year. If you are interested, you may send a request to email@example.com to be placed on the list.
FEMA denies St. Lucie County'S $9.5 million claim for beach repairs after Hurricane Irma CLICK HERE
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