Funding: Of the three funding options for the Federal beach re-nourishment project before the County Commission on Dec. 17th option “A”
Link to December 2019 communication to SLC Commissioners Click Here> (pdf attached in email)
Access for additional Federal funding: The PC has been and is encouraging the County to develop and earnestly pursue a viable plan “B” for acquiring the 3 strategically located access points necessary to increase the federal funding by as much as +/- $6.2MM. Dec. 16th we were advised the County has been and is investigating alternatives that may be available with undeveloped property. As you may have seen, Gil Smart wrote an opinion column dated December 6th (updated on December 9th) on the beach access issue and options. (link to article) https://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/columnists/gil-smart/2019/12/06/st-lucie-county-being-penny-wise-pound-foolish-beach-project/2589349001/)
Project Costs: The County continues to question the prospective agreement or "contract" with the USACE and hopeful that reductions may yet be forthcoming from the USACE's review and sharpening of their pencil. USACE Beach Project Costs. Includes the Presidents Council letter to USACE Col. Kelly (October 13, 2019) regarding Federal project inquiries, along with the USACE reply (November 6, 2019).
Gil Smart's TC Palm Article (Updated & Corrected December 9, 2019) - "Should St. Lucie County spend millions to save millions on beach project? "
PRESIDENTS COUNCIL OF HUTCHINSON ISLAND | MISSION STATEMENT
The President’s Council, working together, seeks to maintain and enhance the lives of the owners and residents of Hutchinson Island. President’s Council serves St Lucie County, Hutchinson Island resident concerns, such as beach & dune, island safety & beautification, roads, future development and County services affecting us.