Presidents' Council for Islandia

November 9, 2016

The seasonal residents are returning and many have questions concerning the beach & October's erosion.  At this time, we are part of FEMA's projected repairs which are vast and time consuming for planning & organizing.  In the interim, if you have lost stairs, and people cannot safely get to & from the beach, call DEP Field Permit writer, Jason Spanier at 772.919.5786 & tell him you are just doing a safety related repair.  The request is "reasonable", you are not changing the footprint of what was there, and there shouldn't be a problem.

The November COUNCIL MEETING is scheduled for the 16th, at 2:PM (directors meet at 1:30PM) at Regency Island Dunes.  We will discuss how far we have come, where we presently are, and the Council's ongoing involvement moving forward with ASBPA and the benefit to our S County Project area.  I am very excited about being involved with helping to change the way beach maintenance / nourishment has been handled in the past and "lighting the way" for federal changes.   

Please remember to support CARE & the update meetings they are holding at the Lyric Theater, 7PM on Tuesday &Wednesday.   There is no charge to attend but they do ask you to phone the box office so your tickets can be held for pick-up.  This, I believe will be a turning point for AAF & their present position.

Watch for the Supermoon on Monday, the 14th.  It will definitely impact the tides and the last time it was this large & visible was in the late 1940's. 

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia M French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

October 22, 2016

The erosion impacting all of the Council Member Associations reminds me of 1999 when the parade of storms went up the shipping lanes. That was when Regency's erosion rate was comparable or worse than this current bout and November 1999 is when the Council approved the formation of the Beach & Dune Committee.
   
We have come a long way, but still have a long way to go in an ever changing federal beach process.      This time, 17 year later, I have the American Shore & Beach meeting next week where all policy makers, industry professionals, and representatives from every phase of the beach process are represented.  Our S County Project and the Council is part of creating, growing, and guiding more resilient beaches.

 Thank you for all of your emails & erosion photo documentation.  Not only are they being used for our 3.4 mile FEMA project, they will be used to assist in engineering a beach with a design to last much longer. 

FEMA was here to perform initial information gathering, of damages to beaches all along the FL east coast down to W Palm. 

 Another group of FEMA inspectors will be taking the initial information, visiting and assessing each area.  We are fortunate that we chose to build the project in 2013.  A large part of that decision to proceed was the assurance that FEMA would rebuild the beach to the profile it was the day before the storm hit. 

 At this time, reasonable repair work is allowed to safely get people to & from the beach.  A CCCL permit would only be required if you are doing substantial construction, piling replacement, or anything of a significant nature.  For County approval, call Monica in the Building Department at St Lucie County.  

The PLAN is to gather information as it becomes available and I will pass on everything to you, whether from the ASBPA Meeting or any other reliable source.  When I return from next week's meeting, we will know more about what is being done and hold a special Council Meeting on November 9th. 

In the interim, everyone can perform reasonable repairs to "safely" allow people access to the beach.  The S County Beach Project area is on FEMA's radar, but considering the amount of damages to coastal communities to our north, and what was forecast for the TC area, we fared well. 

Can you imagine what condition our buildings & grounds would be in had we not proceeded with shore protection? 

Sincerely,
Pat

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Patricia M French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

March 8, 2016

The flyer below is being sent out to invite all Council Members to participate in the Rally at the Rails, scheduled for March 19th!! 
We will meet at the Ft. Pierce Yacht Club at 11AM
Thank you Susan!
Pat
 CLICK HERE for flyer
Patricia M French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax
 
 

November 25, 2014

Hello Everyone,

As most of you are aware, the South County Beach & Dune Restoration Project received $50,000 in Federal Funding at the end of 2013.   The money was assigned to identify the project boundaries in the Federal Feasibility Study.  

I have also made everyone aware that we were successful in having Island Dunes and Dollman Park included within the Federal Project boundaries.

Today, word was received from the USACE Senior Project Manager, there was left over funding from elsewhere, and $414K of that money is being applied to our project's Federal Feasibility Study to keep it moving forward!  

I wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Sincerely,
Pat
    
Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

October 26, 2014

Click Here for the lastest correspondence related to the roundabout at the Jensen Beach Causeway.

October 3, 2014

Roundabout Status

Ms. French-Pacitti - Thank you for contacting Martin County regarding the A1A/SR-732 Roundabout Improvements project.

Per Martin County Project Manager, Bobby Byrd, the Engineering Department is still waiting on issuance of the FDOT permit. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) permit was issued on September 15, 2014.

A purchase order will be processed for the apparent low bidder during the first week of October. However, work cannot commence until receipt of the FDOT permit and a Notice to Proceed is issued to the contractor.
Thank you.

 

Hutchinson Island Changes by Jim Hudson

August 30, 2014

The Phase 1 project is continuing and is supposed to be completed by mid-September. Stuart has had a tremendous amount of rain, so the swamp is having a hard time keeping dry to complete the project. Many years ago, the FDOT had cut down many Australian Pines and just left them in the wetland area (including the stumps); which no one knew at the time of the bidding process. So after the first two weeks the contractor had hauled away everything that had been in the bid. Needless-to-say, it took some time for Martin County (MC) and the contractor to resolve that issue - which also slowed the project down. I talked to Kevin Landry, who is the MC landscape architect, and Gene Barnes (HIC landscape architect) and within the last four weeks, they had to redesign Phase 1 so that we would have enough money to complete the project. Sable Palms have been planted. Irrigation pumps are installed. 19 Coconut Palms and several more truckloads of boulders will be delivered soon.

With regard to the roundabout, the bids just have come in in the last two weeks. Martin County should be making a decision by Labor Day to select the successful bidder (it will not be the same contractor that is doing Phase 1). MC is also waiting on an FDOT permit, which the engineering department says should be in by next week too. Bobby Byrd, the MC Engineer, tells me it is his goal to have the majority of the roadwork completed in late November or early December - before most of the snowbirds arrive. For the 26 years we have been on the Island, I would agree that most of the snowbirds do not come back until after Thanksgiving/Christmas. All of the bids for the roundabout came in higher than it was projected, so MC engineering is making adjustments to get as much done as possible with the dollars they have available.

At this time it would appear, between Phase 1 and the Roundabout, we will have over $1 million dollars in improvements to the Island in 2014. I have been encouraged to hear Commissioner Smith tell us that he will continue to support the Coalitions efforts; but we must be patient.
Once Phase 1 is completed, our goal is to send out an update to all Coalition members with pictures.

I will be back to Hutchinson Island the first week of October and hope to be able to be more "hands-on" with what is happening.

If you have any other questions, please let me know and I will try to get you answers. It's a little tough being 1,000 miles away, but M.C. has been trying to keep me updated on what is happening.

Thanks,
Jim Hudson

 

July 15, 2014

Since our last email on June 10, 2014 we haven't had a great deal of construction on our Phase 1 project for the following reasons:

1) After our last update, the contractor let us know that he had exceeded the number of truckloads of material to be hauled away from the project site. There was a great deal more muck, Australian Pines (which had been cut up many years ago by the FDOT and just left in the swamp) and tree stumps that did not show up in the bid package.

2) The water in the swamp was tested and turned out to be brackish and many of the plants which had been proposed in the bid and would be planted where water would remain would not have survived in the brackish conditions.

3) It had previously been determined that the ponds located on the golf course would still need to be corrected so that they do not drain into the newly constructed area. This is still being evaluated as to what needs to be done. I talked with Brad Cochran this week and he tells me he will do whatever is necessary, from the Marriott point of view, to elevate his golf cart path and keep it from being under water.

4) As you will be able to see with the attached pictures, we are in the rainy season and it is hard to do a lot of work when it is so wet and the water is accumulating and not draining quickly enough.

(Click on pictures to enlarge)

Last week Gene Barnes prepared alternate landscape prints, which will help save us enough money to bring in approximately 500 cubic yards of good soil which is needed. Kevin Landry, Martin County landscape architect is also in agreement with the new proposal. Bobby Byrd, who has replaced Erik Ferguson on this project, has met with Don Donaldson last week and he has also approved the changes in the landscape material and bringing in the additional soil. These changes needed to take place in order to work around our limited budget. Should you want to discuss the details of the new landscaping for the "swamp" area, please give me or Gene Barnes a call.

Approximately 25% of the wiring for the irrigation system has been completed and the water meter has been installed. Once the appropriate grade level is obtained, boulders, palm trees and ground cover will be installed (weather permitting). They are still projecting that the project will be completed by mid-August.

I would like to say a special thanks to Gene Barnes, Bobby Byrd, Erik Ferguson and Kevin Landry for their efforts in pushing this project along!! Thanks guys, we really appreciate your efforts!

I talked with Anna Colgan last week about the new Oceanside Resort and she informed me that on July 8th, one of the Board of Commissioner items concerning Martin County utility easements had been approved for the Oceanside project. There are more items which will need to be approved by engineering and the Commissioners, but they are still hopeful that this project should be completed within the next 18 months.

With regard to my letter to the governor, they have asked that I contact Elisabeth Hassett, of the FDOT, so that we can discuss appropriate landscaping for the rest of A1A (Martin County). In talking with Bobby today, I suggest that this meeting take place in the Martin County Engineering department around the end of October.

Thanks,
Jim Hudson
502-489-3880

June 10, 2014

Since approximately 75% of us leave Florida during the summer months, I wanted to provide you with an update on this project. As you know, it has been a long, slow process getting approvals, permits and work started. I received pictures last evening, which are attached, and wanted to share them with you.

We are approximately 40% complete with this piece of Phase 1. The next steps will involve installing the small rock into the wet area of this property. It is projected that this will always be wet due to ground and rain water. But we do not want it to turn into a "swamp" area again. They will finish grading the project, install the irrigation system, installing big boulders, palm and other trees, and ground cover. Gene Barnes, our local landscape architect, will be back to Florida tomorrow to work with the contractor's staff, and Martin County's landscape architect.

I know that we will all be proud to see this area take on a new look. The project completion date will be August, 2014.

Jensen Beach Roundabout, the next HIC project we have been working on with Martin County Engineering and Commissioners, will be starting on the Island later this summer. This project costs approximately $500,000. Their goal is to have the project completed before the majority of "snow birds" return.

Thanks to each of you and with your continued support we will strive to make Hutchinson Island a safer, more beautiful place to live.

Thanks,

Jim Hudson

 

 

March 7, 2014

As many of you were informed two years ago, the S County Beach & Dune Restoration Project's Environmental Impact Study was entered into the Federal Registry in March 2012. 

 

I was informed last night the USACE is receiving $50k in federal funding to evaluate where we are with our S County Feasibility Study.  

This is excellent news as the money, although not a lot, will keep the project moving forward in the Federal Process.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140
fax

February 12, 2014

Starting Wednesday, February 12, St Lucie County will proceed with tilling the beach in preparation for Turtle Nesting Season which begins March 1st.   
Martin County beaches will be completed today or early tomorrow and the contractor will proceed to begin tilling the St Lucie County 3.4 mile beach area.  
 Tomorrow morning you will be notified if the contractor will start at the north or south end of the project. The County has requested that you do not put out unoccupied beach chairs that can block the path of the tiller. 
Please advise all owners and guests to use caution when the tiller is in the immediate area.
Sincerely,
Pat
 Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

November 18, 2013

To the Public Service Commission:

The Presidents' Council represents more than 5000 homeowners on South Hutchinson Island and it is on their behalf that I write this email requesting immediate action and answers.

From 8:00 PM Saturday night, November 17, 2013, through and including this morning, the St Lucie County area of South Hutchinson Island has experienced more than 31 power outages & surges.   These FPL incidents occur each year when salt is allowed to build up on the above ground lines.

The outages are harmful to life safety equipment, emergency generators, elevator equipment, air conditioning units, refrigerators, and other electronic devices necessary for the safe operation of common areas, not to mention the electronic equipment and appliances within each condominium unit! 
Year after year FPL's response is the same regarding the outages.  Phone calls to Florida Power and Light result in responses of, "there's salt on the lines", "it is salt interference", and "we are working on it".   This response is not acceptable and the surge / outage experiences cannot continue. 
After the 2004 hurricanes, the Presidents' Council Membership was informed the electric lines would be buried.  This project hasn't even started!  Why?
FPL is not doing anything to protect the FPL consumers.  Why? 
What is being done to secure the lines underground as we were informed to avoid these constant surges / interruptions? 
What preventive maintenance is being done by FPL to prevent salt build up on the lines & transformers?  Doing nothing is incomprehensible! 
Does the Public Service Commission support this, "do nothing" inaction?
Please provide answers to the questions above and advise as to the long term remedy to prevent continuing losses to the S Hutchinson Island residents.
Sincerely,
Patricia M French-Pacitti

Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

August 17, 2013

 

The Florida Department of Transportation is beginning the Shoreline Protection Project on the WEST SIDE of A1A on August 26th, just north of Island Dunes Country Club

 

The project completion is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2014.  CLICK HERE for information

sheet which can be posted and shared with all of your owners.

 

An information meeting is being held as an Open House on

August 22nd, 2013 between 4:PM - 6:PM at Island Dunes Country Club.  

This is open to all interested parties.

 

There will not be any road work but project-related lane closures will be necessary.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

August 17, 2013

 

CLICK HERE and either modify or just send this letter in opposition to using sand from off-shore of St Lucie County to benefit Miami-Dade's beaches.  The email link to send the letter to is terri.jordan-sellers@usace.army.mil

 

There isn't even one benefit to any county other than Miami-Dade.  I attended both the Martin & St Lucie County meetings and didn't hear one comment in support of this proposed project. 

 

If you have a Master Mailing List for your condominium, please send this sand taking opposition letter (or modify it) with a request that each owner send their comments to the Army Corp, Terri Jordan-Sellers. 

 

Please read this letter and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

 

PRESIDENTS’ COUNCIL of HUTCHINSON ISLAND

8640 S Ocean Drive

Jensen Beach, FL 34957

772-229-0311 office / 772-201-1466 cell / Pattp814@aol.com

 

 

To Terri Jordan-Sellers:

          The Board of Directors of the Presidents’ Council of Hutchinson Island voted

unanimously to oppose the taking of sand, a valuable natural resource, from off

shore of St Lucie County.  I am writing this correspondence as President of the

Council which represents close to 5000 oceanfront owners, in 37 Membership

Corporations, on S Hutchinson Island in St Lucie county.

          The SAND Study’s 50 year needs determination is based on current projects only.  

In St Lucie County, there are approximately 21 miles of coastline of which only 4.7 miles

are included in the SAND Study’s 50 year needs determination.  Between Normandy

Beach and the south end of the Fort Pierce Beach Project area, there are 11 miles

with existing businesses (Condominium Corporations) and several large developments

in various stages of construction.  This area was not taken into consideration for this

study and needs to be.  St Lucie County’s  7 miles north of the Fort Pierce Inlet is not

included as the area has substantial accretion.  

          Sand travels from north to south.  Hurricanes Frances & Jeanne storm

surges in 2004, washed approximately 900k  to 1 million cubic yards of sand over

the dunes into wetlands, where most remains to date; sand completely removed from

the system.

          The counties involved in the study are all to the south of St Lucie and

north of Miami-DadeNot one county named in the SAND Study, other than

Miami-Dade, will benefit from taking this sand.  Please tell me what the benefit

will be to St Lucie County.   Before touching one grain of sand, a full Environmental

Impact Study must be completed as requested by Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson. 

          A St Lucie County property owner who was willing to pay to extend the

S St Lucie County Beach & Dune Restoration project 13 acres north, was informed

he would need a full EIS. He was then told he could truck in sand from an approved

upland mine halfway across the state. 

          If the properties in St Lucie County along the beach cannot use the sand off-

shore of St Lucie County , how DARE you consider sharing this valuable resource 

with other counties; especially to the south and without a completed EIS!.   

          An alternative to taking sand from off-shore of St Lucie County,

the northern most  area of  the SAND Study and placing it on Miami-Dade beaches,

the southern most location in the SAND Study by-passing all counties in-between, is,

each year  place the total volumetric amounts of fill south of the Fort Pierce Inlet

on St Lucie County’s total beach area and create a “Feeder Beach” for the

benefit of all counties to the south as named in the SAND Study.

 

Sincerely,

For the Membership

 

Patricia M French-Pacitti, President

 

 

 

July 9, 2013

 After learning of Hurricane Sandy's ocean floor sand rearrangement, and boulder placement modifications for the two mitigation reefs, as of last night's update, only one day had ocean conditions suitable for placement of boulders just off shore for construction of the Mitigation Reefs.

 

Interesting facts about the Mitigation Reefs are the boulders must be placed 1' apart on the ocean floor.  There are approximately 8200 tons of limestone boulders which will be grouped into an estimated 105 cells; 81 cells are planned for the Blind Creek Reef, and 24 cells are planned for the Ocean Bay Reef.  That equates to approximately 78 tons per cell.  According to the contractor, it takes between 3 to 4 hours for the tug boat to transport the barge from Ft Pierce to Ocean Bay. 

 

As of this writing, I am waiting to hear back from DEP regarding what permits will be required for vegetation installation and dune crossover modifications, after Sea Turtle Nesting Season.  We will pursue obtaining permits prior to the November 15th Nesting Season end, so contractors can be ready to construct crossover mods and install additional / woody type vegetation.  

 

A meeting will be held in August (after the 6th) to discuss ordering additional vegetation at bulk pricing.  Each association will need to know, or have an idea of what type & quantity vegetation they will be needing.  Rob Barron at Coastal Growers has the most knowledge of dunes in this area.  He is learning a new cad program to provide computer generated plans.  Rob is planning Regency's dune with native self-sustaining vegetation and replacement of Sea Oat areas rearranged by Sea Turtles. 

 

Pat Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-229-0140 fax
772-201-1466 cell

 

June 17, 2013

Good Afternoon Everyone,

 

CLICK HERE for the most recent Sea Turtle Lighting Survey completed in May and below is correspondence from Coastal Tech to St Lucie County, Richard Bouchard addressing the results of that survey.

 

Please be aware that Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting compliance is not an option.   Since the beach elevation is much higher than in past years, lights that were not problematic in the past, are now non-compliant. 

 

Ecological Associates Inc does the turtle monitoring and also performs the lighting surveys.   Please feel free to contact EAI, Erik Martin at 772-334-4925.  Erik has met with several of the associations and provides an in depth understanding of what lights are, and are not acceptable. 

 

Regency Maintenance Staff made "turtle shields" for the shoe box fixtures on parking deck light poles (north building) and painted the inside of the globes on the south deck light poles and both worked.  There is a solution, even if it is turning off a light or repositioning the fixture. 

 

NOTE: After being warned several times, in the mid 1990's, two of four Ocean Trail buildings were fined $3600 each for not correcting their non-compliant lights.  

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

Richard:

This email is to notify you that, as required by the referenced FDEP permit, EAI has (a) completed the post-construction lighting survey along the restored South County Beach, and (b) found lighting that warrants action by the County.

Note that:

·         Pasted below is Specific Condition 33 from the FDEP permit, which requires the lighting survey and action by the County.

·         Attached is the May Lighting Survey performed by EAI. General observations and lighting recommendations can be found on pages 1 through 43, and specific findings and recommendations are noted within pages 6 to 56. In general, lighting problems were observed as follows:

o   Interior lighting was observed at over 20 sites.

o   Parking-lot lights or high intensity pole lights were observed at approximately 12 sites.

o   Other observed lights include 5 wall mounted fixtures, 4 flood lights, 3 pole mounted lights, 2 ceiling mounted fixtures, 2 street lights, 2 walk way lights and 1 accent light.

·         EAI recommendations included within the lighting evaluation include:

o   Turning off fixtures during turtle nesting season

o   Closing window coverings during turtle nesting season

o   Replacing fixtures

o   Reduce intensity of fixtures

o   Relocate or reposition fixtures

o   Shield fixtures

·         This week, we will forward the attached report to FWC as required by the FDEP permit.

·         In accordance with our agreement with the County, it is appropriate that the COUNTY:

o   “notify property owners regarding lighting problems and correction recommendations, and provide the documentation to COASTAL TECH”,

o   undertake “Code enforcement actions … to reasonably ensure that no lights or light sources are visible from the newly elevated beach within their respective areas”,

o   provide a “summary report, documenting what corrective actions have been taken provided and all compliance and enforcement actions” – to be submitted to FDEP by December 1,

o   arrange a subsequent “meeting … with the Permittee, FWC and the FWS to discuss the survey report as well as any documented sea turtle disorientations in or adjacent to the project area.”  

If you have any questions, or if we can assist you further with the above, please contact me or Pati Gattis of my office.

Michael Walther, P.E., D.CE

COASTAL TECH

3625 20th Street

Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone: 772.562.8580

    Fax: 772.562.8432

www.coastaltechcorp.com 

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

FDEP Specific Condition 33:

33.          Two lighting surveys shall be conducted of all artificial lighting visible from the restored berm.  The first survey shall be conducted between May 1 and May 15 the first nesting season following construction or immediately after sand placement if construction is completed before April 30, and a second survey between July 15 and August 1.  The survey shall be conducted by the Permittee or local sponsor and should be conducted to include a landward view from the seaward most extent of the new beach profile.  The survey shall follow standard techniques for such a survey and include number and type of visible lights, location of lights and photo documentation.  For each light source visible, it must be documented that the property owner(s) have been notified of the problem light with recommendations for correcting the light. Recommendations shall be in accordance with the Florida Model Lighting Ordinance for Marine Turtle Protection (Chapter 62B-55, F.A.C.) and local lighting restrictions.  Code enforcement actions shall be taken by the Permittee to reasonably ensure that no lights or light sources are visible from the newly elevated beach within their respective areas.  A report summarizing all lights visible shall be submitted to FWC Imperiled Species Management Section at marineturtle@myfwc.com by the 1st of the month following survey.  A summary report, documenting what corrective actions have been taken provided and all compliance and enforcement actions, shall also be submitted by December 1 of that year.  After the annual report is completed, a meeting shall be set up with the Permittee, FWC and the FWS to discuss the survey report as well as any documented sea turtle disorientations in or adjacent to the project area.  

 

Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

 

CLICK HERE for pictures of Martin County and the start of the St Lucie County Beach Projects

Stuart News Beach Renourishment Article April 9, 2013

April 9, 2013 for a super photo documentary of Corridor #3 being towed and submerged from Jim Tutak, the beach contact person from Oceana.

Click below for Pictures of the South Hutchinson Island Beach Project by day: (First click on the date below, then click on "Slideshow" for best viewing)

March 30, 2013 March 31, 2013
April 1, 2013 April 2, 2013
April 3, 2013 April 4, 2013
April 05-06, 2013 April 07, 2013
April 08, 2013 April 10, 2013
April 13, 2013 April 14, 2013
April 15, 2013 April 16, 2013

 

May 18, 2013

 

Council Member Dennis Phelan has requested the 27-80 Paddlers Club event scheduled for May 29th, be shared with his neighbors on the island.  Sounds like a fun event!!

Pat

 ---------------------------------

Hello friends and business associates in the area,

It is exciting to share with you that the 27-80 Paddlers club is sponsoring a day in Jensen Beach with Justin Riney and Expedition Florida 500. 

You are invited to join us! Please forward this information to others who may be interested. Below is

a link to more information. 

Thank you!!

 

Dennis Phelan

phelan.dennis@gmail.com

 

 

CLICK HERE for more information

 

May 16, 2013

 

If your association wishes to proceed with installing vegetation on the dune slope at this time, and they are not on the "Opt In" list, the cut off time is 5:30PM tomorrow, Friday, May 17th.

 

We will be organizing vegetation installation again after Nesting Season so everyone can take advantage of bulk pricing for native woody vegetation.  We should begin to organize this feat in August / September to get types of vegetation, and each association's numbers correct. 

 

Attached is April's Sea Turtle Lighting Survey.  Please take this matter seriously and for any questions, please contact Erik Martin at Ecological Associates 772-334-3729.

 

Remember, if there is an interruption in monitoring / marking every turtle nest in front of your association, vegetating at this time will not be permitted.  Please "Opt In" or "Opt Out" before tomorrow afternoon.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 15, 2013

 

Due to the critical information gleaned from yesterday's meeting with DEP that allows us to vegetate the dunes now, as long as sea turtle nest marking goes uninterrupted, Ecological Associates offered to continue to mark all turtle nests through tomorrow and invoice the Council. 

 

A request has been sent to the Council Directors to approve a not to exceed one week cost of marking sea turtle nests laid on the dune at $45 each.  As of this writing only a partial response has been received for approval. 

 

This will give Council Member Associations time to ask questions, sign up, or opt out.    The nest marking & monitoring cannot be interrupted or the 65 day "do nothing" period kicks in before you can begin planting, and during that time the marking and monitoring still has to be facilitated by EAI at $45 per nest.

 

Although this information came as a surprise, this is the best time to plant vegetation.  The dune face needs the stabilization and we are going into rainy season and ten associations are on board.   

If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 14, 2013

 

Today is the last day to sign up to have your beachfront monitored, marking every turtle nest by Ecological Associates (EAI).  Fish & Wildlife Service has OK'd this proactive measure.

 

If you do not opt in today, there will be a 65 day Sea Turtle Nesting monitoring requirement prior to any dune face planting being permitted unless you wait until after November 15th, the end of nesting season.

 

This effort is being coordinated through the Presidents' Council for their membership associations.  EAI will email information on the additional marked nests and the corresponding association name to me, and that information will be forwarded to the participating association for their payment directly to EAI.

 

Please advise asap. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 13, 2013

 

Today was the last day of heavy equipment on the beach.  The tiller completed its final area and Sea Turtle Nesting Marking of all nests is scheduled to cease tomorrow.  .  .  .    UNLESS - read on

 

Ecological Associates (EA) has been monitoring and marking all sea turtle nests daily, uninterrupted to date.  Normally they mark only a small percentage of nests laid.

 

I spoke with Eric Martin (EA) after today's meeting and he is willing to continue monitoring and marking every nest in front of associations that may choose to vegetate the seaward slope of the dune now.  We have been given the option to proceed to stabilize this extremely vulnerable area.  DEP, Mark Taynton supports this 100%.  The cost for the monitoring is -0- because St Lucie County is paying EA, but any additional nest marking is $45 each. I will have his proposal by tomorrow. 

 

Each association needs to advise if they wish to proceed. If there is an interruption in turtle monitoring, the state requires the 65 day monitoring period to start prior to installing any vegetation.  A nest could have been laid during the time when all nests were not being marked.

 

I spoke with Rob Barron and inquired about the number of available plants.  He is checking his stock and with another grower from the west coast of FL and will have information later this evening. 

 

Mark Taynton was very informative at today's meeting regarding permitting. We are permitted to build stairs and place them on grade to help people traverse the slope.  Mark strongly supports getting the dune slope vegetated to stabilize the sand.  This is the first project he has seen that did not have that area included for vegetation.  He also supports post & rope and reasonable staking with flag tape or rope no less than 36" above grade. 

 

Signage is crucial to deter people from walking on the dune.  Admiral had their signs made by Sign It, located on Baker Road, for $30 each.  Their phone number is 772-692-2866 ask for Allen.  Rob Barron has signs made up and his number is 561-441-1446. Regency's signs, made in 2005 are made of starboard.

 

PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOUR ASSOCIATION WISHES TO BE INCLUDED FOR VEGETATING AND ADDITIONAL NEST MARKING.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 12, 2013

 

Last Friday, per a recommendation from the South Hutchinson Island Presidents' Council my wife and I attended the Sea Turtle Friendly Beaches program sponsored by the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Ft. Pierce.

The keynote speaker was Natural Resources Extension Agent, Ken Gioeli, of University of Florida (ktgioeli@uf.edu) Ken briefed the audience on sea turtle biology, as well as, the code mandated to comply with sea turtle lighting requirements. Knowing and understanding this code is the key to successful compliance. If compliance is consistent throughout our island beaches, propagation of our threatened and endangered sea turtles can be enhanced.

The following is the code verbatim extracted from St. Lucie Code 6.04.02(K)-
"Sea Turtle Protection: Special Lighting Restriction During Nesting Season.

Effective March 1, 1992, throughout each nesting season. Exterior light sources directly visible from the beach or illuminating areas seaward of the primary dune shall be turned off between sunset and sunrise each night ".

Attendees at the meeting all received laminated informational door hangers with the above code reiterated, in simple, easy to reference verbiage. With the many new condo residents, renters and visitors, perhaps each condo association might wish to re-emphasize the above code (perhaps even yearly) to assure compliance. Noncompliance may mean, not only a threat to our sea turtle propagation, but also the potential for fines to be imposed. These fines could involve not only the unit owner, but if warnings go unheeded, could involve the entire condo complex.

Let's work together to assure protection for our beautiful sea turtle friendly beaches!

Thank you....

Jim Withers

 

 

May 11, 2013

 

Dune vegetation installation is complete and the additional installation schedule at each association's expense, will be discussed on Monday with Mark Taynton.  It has been suggested there may be an option to proceed if we pay for continuing turtle monitoring. 

 

Pipeline Corridor #3 will be floated to the surface and relocated today, Saturday, surf conditions permitting.  Once this line is removed, tilling will commence to completion.

 

Mitigation Reef construction is beginning at Ocean Bay and Blind Creek.  Construction is approximately 1000' off shore and the boulders are being placed in about 10 - 12 feet of water.   Anyone interested in viewing this phase of our S County Beach Project should be able to see well from the beach.

 

Several associations have a problem keeping people off of the newly vegetated dune area.   Stake the dune area off but keep the flag tape or rope about 3' above the dune so a turtle can maneuver beneath it. One association's area used PVC pipe lengths, drilled the top of the pipes and ran yellow rope through the openings.  It is well done, aesthetically appealing and will hopefully deter beach goers from perching on the dune and damaging vegetation.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 8, 2013 (PM)

 

Beach tilling will continue until after the pipeline in Corridor #3 is floated to the surface and taken away.  This should occur this week.  Today, Martin County's second pipeline was removed.  

 

Dune planting is close to being finished.  As of 5:30 this evening there was still approximately 3000' of dune still needing vegetation. 

 

Today's meeting with Rob Barron was very informative although there was a technological problem with hooking up the computer presentation.  A huge "Thank you" to Mark Marloff, Operations Manager and Board Member Frank Fisher from Nettles Island. Mark and Frank went out of their way to pick up the necessary equipment so the presentation could proceed. 

 

After the meeting, there was conversation about the ever changing information on what can and cannot be permitted at this time to get across and down the dune.  Welcome to the beach process which is a convoluted bureaucracy. Continual changing information is due to the high number of agencies and multi levels of government involved.   This conversation reminded me of an experience in 1999 when I phoned DEP when waves were rolling over the Regency Dune.  Ralph Clark was the DEP Field Permit Inspector, he came to Regency, and wrote a permit for sandbagging. 

 

Standing on the dune crossover, I showed Ralph how the land beneath the walkway sloped towards the swimming pool.  I requested permission to put a Y shaped sandbag diverter under the crossover so the wash over would go into the dune and not undermine the pool.  Ralph smiled and said he cannot give me a permit to do that.  I asked him, "are you telling me I cannot do this?"  Ralph's response, was a smile the comment, "I can't give you permission", and I said, "Thank you."  The sandbag diverter was installed and worked very well for years.  

 

Mark Taynton, DEP Field Permit Inspector will be attending a meeting on Monday at 2:00 PM.    Mark will be able to answer your beach & dune related questions and concerns regarding permitting and explain how the ever changing permitting process works.

  

Promise, no technology will be involved.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 8, 2013

 

Monday, May 13th at 2:00 PM DEP Field Permit writer Mark Taynton will be at Regency S for a Q & A meeting.  Mark's territory is from Key West to Titusville and Monday's he is in the Treasure Coast area.

 

This meeting is being held for any association representatives who have questions regarding the state permitting process as it relates to your association's dune crossover installation. 

 

Mark will address what can be done under a Field Permit during this time of year (Turtle Nesting Season) and procedures to follow when required to pursue a CCCL Permit through Tony McNeil and FWC Dr Robin Trindell. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 7, 2013

 

Tilling the berm will continue until either Thursday or Friday. 

 

Vegetation installation is close to completion.  Today, I was asked to please remind everyone not to water the newly installed dune vegetation as it can kill the plants and will void the 180 day warranty.  The plants were installed with a special growing gel that eliminates the need for irrigation by man; Mother Nature watering only.

 

The Martin County pipeline was floated up and relocated today.  St Lucie County's Corridor #3 Pipeline should be removed tomorrow.  All of the vessels that submerged the 2500' pipeline will assemble and float it (in its entirety) to the surface to relocate it to another location.  It's quite a process to watch for those of you in the immediate area.

 

Sea Turtles are having a ball nesting on the new dune.  Nesting Survey's have shown that for the first year after a beach project is built, turtle nesting counts are down.  It will be interesting to compare the numbers from last year to this year. 

 

In areas where plants have been disturbed by nesting turtles, nothing can be done at this time.  The present contract does not have the same provisions as the 2005 contract when the installer replaced vegetation re landscaped by sea turtles.   This issue is being pursued.

 

Empress Resident Bob Fedak shared the documentation link below of before (1998) and after (2013) documentation of the beach area in front of Empress. What a difference!

 

Rob Barron will be at Regency's S Building tomorrow at 2PM for a very informative presentation on dune vegetation.  I hope everyone can attend.  Rob also has creative user friendly methods of getting people across the dune and safely to the beach. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat 

 

Before and After Pictures at the Empress

 

May 6, 2013

 

Tomorrow, tilling of the berm will begin at the staging area and till the entire project length.

 

Several people have inquired about constructing their dune crossover at this time.  The beach will equilibrate during the summer and settle into it's natural form.  This is the reason that many associations are waiting until around August to begin the design / permitting process for construction to begin at the end of Sea Turtle Nesting Season. 

 

If your association wants to construct a wooden crossover with stairs going onto the beach, at this time, you need to obtain the required permits.  Permitting contact information is as follows: SLC Building Department, Monica Graziani at 772-462-1599; DEP Field Permit contact, Mark Taynton 561-313-9007; DEP Coastal Construction Control Line,  Tony McNeal at 850-921-7745

 

Any construction during Sea Turtle Nesting Season will require final approval of Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

Wednesday, May 8th, Rob Barron will be able to answer many of your questions and offer creative pathways that can be installed now, to get your residents safely to the beach.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

May 5, 2013

 

Tony requested I send this to everyone to quell any doubts about Shuckers obtaining all required construction permits to install their crossovers.  

 

Pat,

 

Thanks for the input regarding the Shuckers crossovers. FYI a Board from one of the Associations on the Island had heard that Shuckers was building without a permit and actually called the DEP to find out.

 

Please let the Associations on your contact list know that we went through the same tedious/required procedure with both State and County Agencies as did Islandia to obtain the necessary permits before we began construction.

 

Also, Shuckers was not offered any special treatment because we are a busy commercial business.

 

Tony Carpentier

 

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

May 4, 2013

 

Vegetation installation is south to Oceanrise, closing in on Waveland.

 

Two Associations have inquired if vegetation that has been disturbed by nesting sea turtles will be replaced.  If the contract calls for replacement, it will be done after nesting season has ended.  In 2005, vegetation that was dug up by turtles was replaced but this contract may be different.  I will have the answer for all of you on Monday.

 

Another inquiry is about Islandia and Shuckers installing their crossovers.   Islandia began working on their crossover last year and began the permit application at the beginning of February.   Shuckers is a very high volume commercial establishment and protecting the patrons, in addition to the dune, was paramount. 

 

Several new people have joined my email group and have inquired about Coastal Growers / Rob Barron.  Wednesday, May 8th, at 2:00 PM in the Great Room of Regency's S building, Rob will do his February 2013 FSBPA Presentation with a modified presentation for this project.  Each Association has been provided with Rob's phone number 561-441-1446.

 

Regency has hired Rob for an hour of consulting time to inspect the existing dune and design a self-sustaining dune using all native vegetation.  The goal for Regency's dune is to create a compatible intertwining root system that naturally holds the sand in place.   

 

Pat

 

May 2, 2013

 

Several associations are interested in what can be done to get their residents safely down the dune slope to the beach. 

 

I've spoken at length with Rob Barron and he shared the attached picture of a stairway constructed elsewhere (not on the beach) and placed on grade down the dune slope.  Rob has spoken with DEP Field Permit writer Mark Taynton regarding our project and Mark is familiar with the stairs on grade.  This is a reasonable and safe solution to get residents to the beach. Mark's phone number is  561-313-9007.  Rob will be available at Regency 2:PM on Wednesday.

 

The other piece of beach information you need to know about is the state's SAND Study.  The Sediment Assessment Needs Determination Study panel is taking into consideration the 50 year sand needs for beaches in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The state is studying the use of St Lucie County’s off shore sand for all five counties, four of which are to the south of St Lucie so there is no long term benefit to St Lucie County beaches.

 

The developer of Sands End / Marisol, just north of Regency  was informed he could be part of the current beach project and self pay to extend the project approximately 13 acres.  He was told this by the county, state, and USACE. This would have substantially enhanced the current S County project.  He and his consultant met with the Army Corp and followed all necessary procedures. $65000 later, NMFS refused to sign off on the biological opinion so the developer was given the option to enhance the Sands End / Marisol dune by having the sand pumped to the landside of the dune. When he went to FDEP, he was told that he could not use off shore sand because the state “doesn’t have a procedure in place to permit this”.    

 

He would have to truck in sand from an upland source.  If the properties in St Lucie County along the beach cannot use an approved sand source just off-shore of St Lucie County, in state waters because the state doesn’t have a procedure in place to permit it, they need to put a procedure in place, prior to considering sharing the sand off shore of St Lucie with other counties; especially counties to the south.

 

The Presidents Council needs to focus on this matter as the SAND Study’s 50 year needs determination are based on current projects only and have no long term benefit to St Lucie County beaches.

 

Sincerely,

Pat 

 

May 1, 2013

 

Vegetation installation is moving along quickly. 

 

The submerged pipeline corridors that are still in place will be floated to the surface and taken away as soon as the tides subside which is forecast for next week.  Floating the pipeline to the surface and relocating is quite a process to witness. 

 

Beginning as soon as Monday, beach tilling will begin near the staging area and proceed to till the entire project length.

 

Once the tilling is complete, sea turtle nests will not be relocated and the extra monitoring will cease.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

April 30, 2013

 

The last load of sand was discharged from Liberty Island Dredge last night.  Vegetation installation is proceeding quickly and it is crucial that people keep off the dune. 

 

Grading is ongoing and finishing work is being done.  I will have the tilling schedule tomorrow. 

 

Rob Barron from Coastal Growers has confirmed he will be presenting his February FSBPA presentation and discussing our project area's vegetation recommendations at Regency on May 8th at 2:00PM. 

 

Today's Managers' Group met at Islandia and the contractor and engineer that designed their amazing dune crossover were present.   They offered pointers to those of us considering construction after November 15th, the end of nesting season. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

April 29, 2013

 

The last load of sand is being discharged this evening.  Grading and finishing work will continue and then tilling the berm will take place. 

 

This evening's report was that vegetation installation is south of Ocean Towers.  As the planting crew moves south, it's taking more time due to the additional width of the dune.  Sea grass planting will continue tomorrow.

 

Rob Barron is tentatively scheduled to be at Regency on May 8th at 2:00PM.  You will receive a separate email regarding his presentation which he presented at the FSBPA Conference in February .   

 

Two pictures below were taken only months apart from Waveland.   They speak volumes. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2013

 

By mid-morning the South St Lucie project was discharging north of Vistana's Beach Club approaching Island Crest and Oceana S.  The picture below shows tremendous progress.

 

Earth Balance was not scheduled to install vegetation today but will be back at work on Monday. 

 

I have been coordinating a date & time for Rob Barron to provide the presentation he gave at the February FSBPA Conference to the Managers' Group and Council Members. He explains about various dune vegetation methods, the good, bad, and permitting obstacles. 

 

A wedding was performed at the Beach Club Colony crossover pavilion today.  GLD&D had all of their staging moved and the beach clear of equipment for this event.   

 

The Fort Pierce Beach project started and the discharge set up is quite different than our project.  Padre was in for repair today but should be working at Ft Pierce Beach again tomorrow.  She  moors next to the barge anchored in the inlet and hooks up to discharge from that point.  I am really anxious to see this system at work.

 

GLD&D has four of their hopper dredges in St Lucie County.  Terrapin Island, Dodge Island, and Padre Island were all at the Port of Ft Pierce this morning.  Liberty Island is working on our project.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

April 27, 2013

 

By mid-morning the S St Lucie project was discharging north of Vistana's Beach Club approaching Island Crest and Oceana S.  Two pictures are attached showing tremendous progress.

 

Earth Balance was not scheduled to install vegetation today but will be back at work on Monday. 

 

I have been coordinating a date & time for Rob Barron to provide the presentation he gave at the February FSBPA Conference to the Managers' Group and Council Members. He explains about various dune vegetation methods, the good, bad, and permitting obstacles. 

 

A wedding was performed at the Beach Club Colony crossover pavilion today.  GLD&D had all of their staging moved and the beach clear of equipment for this event.   

 

The Fort Pierce Beach project started and the discharge set up is quite different than our project.  Padre was in for repair today but should be working at Ft Pierce Beach again tomorrow.  She  moors next to the barge anchored in the inlet and hooks up to discharge from that point.  I am really anxious to see this system at work.

 

GLD&D has four of their hopper dredges in St Lucie County.  Terrapin Island, Dodge Island, and Padre Island were all at the Port of Ft Pierce this morning.  Liberty Island is working on our project.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

April 26, 2013 (PM)

 

The project has progressed to just north of Vistana's crossover. 

 

Dune planting progressed to approximately the center of the Ocean Towers beachfront.  The contractor will vegetate dune areas that had to be graded around crosswalks where no vegetation was initially installed.

 

If you know of any sandbags, cars, trucks, boat trailers, etc that are buried in the surf zone, please let me know before the bulldozers reach that area so the contractor can be notified. 

 

I spoke with Rob Barron tonight and we are arranging a date and time for him to share a dune educational presentation he did for FSBPA in February.  We are focusing on scheduling this the week of May 6.  DATE & TIME will be sent once set.

 

Sincerely,

Pat 

 

April 26, 2013 (AM)

 

Below is a link to the full press release announcing an event on May 10th that should interest all residents on the beach.

 

The text below is the first part of the attachment. 

 

The UF/IFAS St Lucie County Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Manatee Observation and Education Center will be hosting a brown bag lunch presentation entitled “Sea Turtle Friendly Beaches” on May 10, 2013.  This presentation begins at noon at the Manatee Center in Ft Pierce.

 

Practices such as improper beachfront lighting can imperil our endangered and threatened sea turtle populations.  St Lucie County enforces beachfront lighting codes during Sea Turtle Nesting Season which runs from March 1 – November 15, 2013.  Natural Resource Extension Agent Ken Gioeli will teach about sea turtle biology and how to comply with lighting requirements.  Knowing the code is the key to successful compliance which helps our threatened and endangered sea turtles.

 

Click Here for the full press release.

 

April 25, 2013

 

Fill has been placed north to Turtle Reef Club and the project is on schedule.  Vistana and Island Crest (in that order) will be in the Construction Zone soon.  Fortunately the project has been performing with the 1000' / 2 day estimate for closures.

 

If anyone in the south corridor #4 area is taking pictures and you would be willing to share, please send them!!  I'm sure everyone would like to see the progress. 

 

Planting has progressed to the south end of Dollman Park as of this afternoon.  Ocean Towers vegetation should be installed tomorrow.  Please remember, and remind plant loving owners, not to water the new vegetation.  Each plant is being installed with a growing gel and watering can kill the plants and void the 180 day warranty. 

 

Finishing work has begun at the north end of the project.  Areas that needed further grading are being addressed.

Las Tortugas vegetation will be installed now that their sand piles have been addressed.

 

For those of you who may have read Eve Samples column today, she referenced when she saw water overtopping the dune and roll into a parking lot at a condominium in St Lucie County.  She was at Regency. 

 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

April 24, 2013

 

Liberty Island is discharging just north of DEP R Monument 114 by Venture III beach access. 

 

Pipeline Corridor #4: The area that has been filled where the pipeline is presently moving up the beach, will be graded and smoothed after the pipeline is removed. 

 

Vegetation has been installed from Normandy Beach, south to the mid-point of Dollman Park.  Do not irrigate these plants because if you do, it can void the warranty.  They are planted in a special gel so watering is not necessary.  The warranty period is 180 days.

 

Tilling the berm will be done after the heavy equipment is off the beach.  Tilling will smooth any escarpments and make the sand more turtle friendly.

 

Please remember to remind your neighbors it's Turtle Nesting Season so no light source (bulb / chandelier or lamp) can be seen from the beach.

 

Sincerely,

Pat Pacitti

 

April 23, 2013 (PM)

 

Several questions have arisen about escarpments, tides, grading, and the three design levels  (beach profile).

 

This is a full moon high tide. The week of the FM the tides gradually get higher, the same effect happens with the new moon tides.

 

The beach berm's job is to dissipate waves and eventually, the beach will equilibrate (settle into it's own natural shape).

 

The main purpose of the project was, and is, property protection. The three components of the beach area are; the "beach" is the section that goes into the water and partway out of the surf; the beach "berm" area's function is to dissipate waves to protect the dune; the "dune" protects the land / buildings. The wider the dune, the more property protection you have in place.

 

The last phase of the project, after planting is tilling the berm which will eliminate any escarpments.

 

One of the drag arms on Liberty stopped working this afternoon and is being repaired as the other arm works.  This means things are moving a little slower.  The tides are rougher but the full moon will be gone after Thursday and hopefully peaceful conditions will return.

 

Throughout the summer the beach will change. Hopefully it will build as it does most summers, especially with the addition of more sand at Ft Pierce. Padre may be seen doing that project.

 

As the dune plantings are being installed, please remember the plants are installed with a growing gel.  They do not require watering which can kill the plants by rotting the root system.

 

According to Ecological Associates, Erik Martin, they have relocated more than 20 Sea Turtle nests from the Martin & S St Lucie County project areas.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

April 23, 2013 (AM)

 

Liberty began sand pumping in St Lucie S Corridor #4 working N last night.  This area will go very quickly as Liberty has two times the capacity as Dodge & Padre.

 

Last night Ecological Associates, Erik Martin and I did a Sea Turtle Lighting Survey of Regency Island Dunes.  When you read the lighting ordinance and try to apply it to oceanfront dwelling units, it can be confusing.

 

What I learned from walking and talking to Erik is that no lighting source should be visible from the beach; whether it be a bulb or lamp.  In one instance we saw high hat installations which provide good indirect lighting, but in two of the 4 fixtures the bulb hung lower than the bottom of the can and reflected terribly.  Erik's phone number at Ecological Associates is 772-334-3729 and he will be happy to meet with each association at night, walk the beach, and review your association's conditions. 

 

Due to the full moon high tides, an escarpment has formed.  I am contacting the consultant to make certain the final grade that was referenced during the Precon Meeting is facilitated.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

 

April 22, 2013

 

PM: Sea Grass installation began early this afternoon at Normandy Beach.  They have progressed south, including most of Regency's south building. 

 

The contractor leaves a six foot wide path in front of existing crossovers.  For those of you who do not have existing structures, use stakes to mark where your path will be. 

 

I am meeting Ecological Associates at 8:00 PM to do a lighting survey for Regency.  Like most of you, confusion exists as to what light is acceptable and which lights are not for sea turtle season.   What is the trajectory of a sea turtle?

 

Liberty will begin discharging again this evening.  Tides are getting high as Thursday is a full moon.   Full & new moon = higher than average tides.

 

AM: The Liberty began filling at the south of Corridor 4 last evening. 

 

As of 7:00 AM they have filled from Villa del Sol, north to the Marriott.  Liberty will not pump during the day today, (prescheduled mandatory appointment) but will be back this evening and fill in St Lucie until the project is complete. 

 

Pat

 

Pat Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-229-0140 fax
772-201-1466 cell

 

 

April 21, 2013 CORRIDOR #4 BEGINNING AT SOUTH

 

The Liberty Island Dredge will begin working on the St Lucie County project today at 5:00PM and work from south to north,

 

beginning at Villa del Sol. Please contact Jimmy Sellers regarding the 3 to 1 or 5 to 1 slope in front of crossover areas

 

if you are south of Waveland.

 

Sincerely,

Pat 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

 

April 20, 2013 (PM)

 

The project has progressed south to Waveland as of 5:00 PM today.  I was there at noon and took the attached picture looking north.  Also attached is a photo I snapped November 29th of the same area.

 

If your association is considering installing additional vegetation, Coastal Growers, Rob Barron will be able to provide what native material will work best for your dune area.  I have asked Rob to design a dune that is self-sustaining using native material for Regency's conditions. 

 

Rob is receptive about bulk pricing but we will need to be very organized in this feat.  Rob will need to see the dune at each property to know what plant material will work best for the budget amount your association has to spend, and overall, what your association members want. 

 

The beach will be built by April 30th, and dune grass planting starts Monday.  Once Corridor #4 is underway, we can ask Rob to meet with Council Members, Managers and Association Beach Representatives. 

 

In addition to vegetation, Ken Gioeli from U FL has been asked to provide Sea Turtle Education, a presentation he did for N Beach Association with excellent results. Monday night, I am having a lighting survey done for Regency.  Due to the additional height of the beach, we already modified several lights that were problematic.  We have posted signs, and residents have been reminded to close window coverings at night to prevent light from being seen on the beach.  Monday's survey is to find out exactly what amount of light is / and is not acceptable.

 

Please remind your residents & guests to keep off of the dune. 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents’ Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 20, 2013 (AM)

 

This weekend, grading will begin at Normandy Beach and proceed south to the staging area next to Shuckers.  They will stay just ahead of the vegetation installation which begins at Normandy Beach on Monday.

 

I have received several phone calls inquiring about additional vegetation.  GLD&D included sea grasses for the top of the dune only, in their contract.  If you wish to plant other dune vegetation, it is recommended to wait until after Turtle Nesting Season - but - begin planning on what you wish to install now. 

 

Rob Barron of Coastal Growers has been harvesting seed and cuttings from our project area for the past 30+ years.  He is one of the most highly respected individuals when it comes to planting healthy dunes and is sought out by many oceanfront communities for his knowledge & expertise.  Rob's number is 561-441-1446. 

 

As of this writing, the bulldozers need to catch up with the large volume of fill placed in the S Corridor #3 area.  The same thing happened in front of Regency when massive amounts of sand was placed.  

 

The earlier email regarding the Construction Zone was written due to several unauthorized people ignoring Great Lake's Construction Zone Policy.  Great Lakes takes safety extremely seriously.  If you feel you have to go into the Construction Zone, you can obtain a Safety Training Card after attending GLD&D safety training.

 

I have attached a photo of the construction finishing up in front of the Princess, Empress and Islandia in North Corridor 3. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

 

April 19, 2013

 

The beach is closed if there is yellow tape at the end of your association's crossover. 

 

No one is permitted to access the Construction Zone area unless they are a Great Lakes employee or the individual has gone through the company's Safety Training and has a Great Lakes Safety I.D. Card.  

 

Please comply with these requirements as they are for your & your guest's safety.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Sincerely,

Pat 

 

 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

April 18, 2013

 

Today's progress in S Corridor #3 is down past the Claridge. 

 

Council Board Member, Jim Withers is providing great updates: 

 

To my friends,

 

The dozers are now extending the sand past the  Claridge to the South. A very interesting process. You will see where the pipes are inserted while one of the dozers pushes the pipes together. As the sand dries out, it becomes much lighter in color. After a few days of sun bleaching and being rained on, we will have our old "NEW" beach back. Any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a note.

 

Jim

 

NEW: A boat came ashore around 4:30AM today just north of Vistana Beach Club.  Coastal Tech is working on an expeditious removal. 

 

There is more information regarding vegetation, sea turtle lighting ordinance, signage, and what to do for dune crossing which will be addressed as we proceed.  I am gathering information on these issues and once obtained, will share with you. 

 

Pat

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 17, 2013

 

BEGINNING AT THE COUNTY LINE DISCHARGING TO THE NORTH, at Villa Del Sol, between April 22nd & 23rd, the Liberty Island Dredge, (picture attached) will pump sand onto St Lucie's southern section (Corridor #4 area). 

 

DISCHARGE WILL START IN THIS ORDER, Villa Del Sol, Ocean Dunes, Courtyard Marriott, Windmill Village, Holiday Out, Venture III, Turtle Reef Club, Vistana, Island Crest, Oceana I & II, Hutchinson Island Club, and Beach Club Colony.   When your asociation's crossover has yellow construction tape tied off at the end, it means your beach is in the Construction Zone and temporarily closed.  If you have not contacted Jimmy Sellers about the slope your association prefers, time is of the essence.  His email is jsellers@coastaltechcorp.com, office # is 772-562-8580, or cell is 772-216-6190.

 

The above decision was made at today's weekly meeting.  Martin County's northern pipeline corridor is going to be used as it's immediately south of the county line.  Liberty Island Dredge will fill to the north at the same time that Padre is filling to the south section of Corridor #3. 

 

April 22 - Earth Balance will begin installing Sea Oats and dune grasses beginning at the north end of the project.

April 30 - is the anticipated beach construction completion date.

May 1 - May 5 beach tilling is scheduled.

May 7 - Demobilization   

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 16, 2013

 

The north section of Pipeline Corridor #3 received it's last fill to the north segment early this afternoon.  The north pipeline has been disassembled and discharging to the south segment of Corridor #3 has started.

 

Beach Representatives for Associations in the Corridor #4 fill area (all associations south of Waveland Beach) please email Jimmy Sellers with your phone number & your availability tomorrow afternoon. jsellers@coastaltechcorp.com   He will phone you to discuss your options for the 3 to 1 slope or 5 to 1 slope for your dune crossover. 3 to 1 provides the most sand / 5 to 1 is a gentler slope. 

 

The vegetation contractor will begin planting from north to south on April 22nd. 

 

There will be a more detailed update after the Weekly Progress Meeting tomorrow.

 

Two pictures are attached.  One is of the last load being pumped onto N Corridor #3 and the other is where that sand comes from; this load is from Dodge Island's hopper.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 15, 2013

 

This update is later than usual as FPL just restored power to the area from this afternoon's storm.

 

The northern gap of Corridor #3 should be filled in by morning.  At that time, after disassembling the pipes along the beach, the 90 degree connection to the discharge pipe will be turned to the south and sand will begin filling that area. 

 

Yesterday it appeared the vessels were assembling to remove pipeline in Corridor #1, however, that was delayed until today.   Pipeline in Corridor #1 was floated to the surface and removed for disassembly - or possibly for use, elsewhere. 

 

I received questions about the Pipeline Corridors, their locations, etc.   

Corridor #1 was located at  DEP R Monument  100,  just to the south side of the Admiral.  It filled north to DEP R Monument 98 and south to DEP R Monument 104.   It was floated to the surface and removed today.

Corridor #2 was eliminated.  It would have been located at DEP R Monument 104 just to the south of Ocean Towers. 

Corridor #3 pipeline discharge is located at DEP  R Monument 108, south of Miramar Royale.  This corridor is in use pumping sand north to DEP R Monument 104 and will remain in place until the south fill area is completed which will begin tomorrow.  It is expected to take approximately one week to fill down to Waveland, DEP R Monument 111.

Corridor #4, if required, will be at DEP  Monument R 114.  All association beach representatives for associations south of Waveland Beach need to phone Jimmy Sellers at 772-562-8580 on Wednesday.  It is necessary he hear from you regarding the 3 to 1 or 5 to 1 slope.  Another email will be sent to the individuals appointed as Beach Contact Reps from each association in that area.

 

Sea Turtle Nesting Season began on March 1st.  As in years past, please remember to close window & sliding glass door coverings so light doesn't spill onto the beach.  Sea Turtle Monitoring is ongoing and lighting problems are being noted. A great resource is the University of Florida link http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu/seaturtle.html  The Council will address this issue once the project is completed.  Lighting modifications may be required due to beach / dune elevation height changes. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents’ Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 14, 2013

 

It appears that Corridor #1 is going to be removed today.  Vessels are assembling and the end float tank was placed in front of the discharge pipe by the Admiral yesterday.  From what I am told, the 2500' pipeline will be floated to the surface and either relocated (possibly to #4?) or brought to a location and disassembled.

 

I received a report of a pipe joint leak which was immediately followed up on by Jimmy Sellers, and it is being monitored.  Anything which appears abnormal, please report.  It can be critical.

 

According to Jimmy Sellers' most recent report, Islandia's beach fill will be ongoing through tomorrow morning.  That will complete the area from north of Normandy down to DEP R Monument #108 in front of Miramar which is all of Corridor #1 and the north section of Corridor #3 (Corridor #2 was eliminated). 

 

Mobilizing equipment to the south area of Corridor #3 will begin on Monday.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

 

 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

April 13, 2013

 

Progress has been terrific.  Yesterday the discharge was just south of Shuckers and when I left today at 1:00 PM, the project was in front of the Princess and moving north.

 

GLD&D anticipates having all of the northern end of Corridor #3 filled in within a day or two and predict they will begin filling the Corridor #3 south section by Monday. 

 

I am trying to get confirmation dates on removal date for Corridor #1 and installation of Corridor #4. All association beach reps will be notified in the Corridor #4 fill area at the beginning of the week to contact Jimmy Sellers.  Today, it appeared as though Corridor #1 was being staged for removal however there has been no confirmation as of this writing.

 

Sincerely,

Pat 

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 12, 2013

Both dredges are in sync and are putting down massive amounts of sand.  Progress in Corridor #3 north is up to Shuckers as of 5:00 PM, and by Saturday morning, the crew should be in front of the Princess and Empress.

Remember, the beach is closed in 1000' segments; 500' to the north of discharge and 500' to the south.  No one is permitted in the Construction Zones so if you see yellow construction tape tied off at the end of your crossover, you are in the "zone". 

The Corridor #1 pipeline will be removed after all sand volume quantities are surveyed and approved. 

Association that will be serviced by Pipeline Corridor #4 will receive information at the beginning of the week of the 15th. 

GLD&D was just awarded the Fort Pierce Beach contract.  Two emergency restoration projects were approved in Florida; one in Ft Lauderdale where A1A is damaged from Hurricane Sandy and the other is South Beach in Fort Pierce. Both are Federal Projects.  More information will be available on the South Beach project after the Pre Construction Meeting is held next week.  We need to keep sand on South Beach as it is a feeder beach for all of us to the south by keeping sand in the system.

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 11, 2013

“Dodge Island” Dredge arrived about 9:00 PM last night, had to perform required calibrations and then began working with “Padre Island” pumping large amounts of sand on the beach.

As of today the base / foundation has been created and the project is moving quickly north.  As of 4:00 PM the fill was north of Oceana I, rapidly approaching Oceana II. 

If you saw the picture of the dark sand in today's Stuart News, that is the sand from a different borrow site and in Martin County.  Their borrow site is further off shore than St Lucie's. 

When the slurry comes out of the pipe it's dark.  Today, I went to the north end of Regency and took a few photographs which show the natural beach adjacent to Normandy which has been filled with new material.  Two of those photos are attached.  You can hardly tell where the native material leaves off and new material begins. The color and grain size is close to perfect. 

Keep me posted on what's happening in front of your association and any information you think is pertinent, please let me know.  The contractor removed two old cars from the surf zone today.

 

Sincerely,
Pat
 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

April 10, 2013

The weekly project team meeting was held today. 

The latest update is: 
~~Dodge Island Dredge should be arriving between tonight and tomorrow. 
~~Corridor #1 will remain in place until the sand fill volume readings have been completed and quantities approved for that area.
~~Corridor #3 is anticipated to take approximately 8 days to fill both the north and south fill areas.   
~~Corridor #4 will immediately follow.  Specifics are being worked out at this time.  Beach Representatives for associations in the Corridor #4 fill area will be notified shortly.
~~The vegetation contractor will gear up April 20th.  This may mean they will set up staging areas or begin planting. 
There will be more specific information on plantings once details are worked out.   

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

April 9, 2013

Corridor #3 is pumping to the north.  When the pipeline first starts in a new area like Corridor #1 did at Admiral, it seems slow at first.  The sand base / foundation has to be created.  Tomorrow is when the Dodge Island Dredge is due back. In the past, the dredges have arrived late in the day or early evening.

It was March 30th at 7:50PM when the first sand hit the beach.  9:PM on the 31st Dodge Island arrived, worked Monday & Tuesday, then left at 7:AM Wednesday.  The project area completed in 10 days with basically one dredge is from (DEP R-98) Normandy south to (DEP R104) Ocean Towers and start-up at (DEP R108) Miramar pumping north.  The two dredges working in a round robin will have sand on the beach faster than dozers can keep up.

Several questions have been asked about where Martin County's dredge Liberty disappeared to.  It is in port in Ft Pierce.  I do not know if it's refueling or maintenance. 

The timing for dune planting, or at least a schedule should be known after tomorrow's weekly meeting.

The added elevation of the sand is creating sea turtle lighting problems.  Regency just painted the east side of every parking deck pole light globe on the south parking deck and we installed turtle shields on every light pole fixture on the north parking deck. 

Ecological Associates is more than willing to work with every association to assist with lighting compliance.  Fines for non compliance are steep.  Two of four buildings in Jupiter were fined $3600 apiece for lighting violations and that was in the late 1990s.

Please be my eyes as the project progresses in front of your building.   If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to phone or email.  Please keep sending your pictures!! 

Sincerely,
Pat

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

April 8, 2013 3:20 PM

GLD&D just confirmed there will be one more load of sand this afternoon on Corridor #1 which was extended south, to include the north area that originally would have been filled by Corridor #2. 

Corridor # 3 was put in place this morning coming ashore near Miramar Royale. Plans have changed and now this corridor which will become active today, and will discharge directly onto the beach and then proceed to pump northward to DEP Monument R 104 (just past the Islandia buildings).

AT THIS TIME, Corridor #2 will not be utilized.   

In this order, Miramar Royale, Oceana I & II, Nettles, Island Beach Resort, Princess, Empress, and Islandia I & II, crossovers will be closed by GLD&D when construction areas get closed, and your beach area will be filled by the Corridor #3 pipeline.  

Please advise your neighbors when they see yellow tape tied off at the end of the dune crossover, the area is a "Closed Construction Area" and no one is permitted on the beach.  Closings are approximately for two days.

Sincerely,
Pat   

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

April 7, 2013

The project has progressed to just north of the Ocean Towers crossover. 

Sand placement was going quickly but the pipeline feeding south off of Corridor #1 pipeline is close to the limit the dredge's (Padre) sand pump can handle.  The load I watched getting pumped this afternoon took in excess of 2 hours. The efficient emptying of the hopper should take 45 minutes.  A delay occurred yesterday when the cable broke that hooks onto the floating pipeline.  Fortunately the repair could be facilitated at sea.

It is anticipated the lengths of pipe going along the beach from Admiral down to close to Ocean Towers will be removed and grading of the dune, berm and beach will be addressed the first part of this week.  There is a lot of grading that needs to be done along that area. 

The latest information for the eta for the second dredge (Dodge) is Wednesday.  There was a hole in the hull and the Coast Guard mandated a permanent repair requiring it set in dry dock.  Various arrival times have been communicated and today's eta is Wednesday.

Corridor #2 pipeline will be set in place when the seas calm down.  It is possible GLD&D will place a newly constructed pipeline in place in #2.  If you have an opportunity to watch the pipeline maneuvering from your balcony - it is fascinating.  Yesterday & today, numerous people at Dollman from the north section that witnessed this process were talking about how much they were in awe of this process. 

When your crossover has yellow tape tied off at the end of the walkover, it means the beach is in the construction zone and is closed.  Once the next pipeline Corridor is set, the project pace will pick up quickly.  It is important to inform association members so they are aware not to go past the yellow tape. 

REMEMBER:  Although the permit conditions allow work on the beach through April 30th plus if required, it is still Turtle Nesting Season.  The lighting ordinance is in effect and inspections are being done.   The additional sand elevation will have an impact and state inspectors, in addition to Ecological Associates are currently doing lighting inspections.

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

April 5, 2013

The project is moving along well.  Sand has been placed from just north of Normandy Beach down to north of the Dollman Park beach access. 

At this time, GLD&D is planning on moving pipe from Corridor #1 to Corridor #2 on Monday.  Padre will continue to pump to the south throughout the weekend.  Dodge will return by Monday at the latest.  Once Dodge returns, weather permitting, the project will go quickly.

Grading, shaping, and dressing the beach, berm, & dune areas are ongoing.  Regency hired two laborers to shovel the piles of sand around and under the crossover.  GLD&D will bulldoze a sand pile up to the structure

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  I spoke with Ecological Associates that provides Sea Turtle Monitoring for this area.  Due to the additional height of the beach, several lights that were not problems in the past, can now be seen from the beach.   Those lights will need to be turned off, or the light blocked so it cannot be seen from the beach.  A property in Jupiter that ignored the lighting problem was fined $3600 per building and they still had to modify their lights. 

Sincerely,
Pat
   

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

April 4, 2013

Several of you have inquired about where the second dredge is.  Dodge Island had to go to Jacksonville (left yesterday early morning) for a repair which requires two days in dry dock.  It will return by or on Monday. 
The south area of pipe corridor #1 is close to completion.  When I hear from the contractor concerning his schedule for the next area, I will update everyone.
Sincerely,
Pat

Pat Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-229-0140 fax
772-201-1466 cell

April 3, 2013

Regency just opened the beach access. 
The project from Corridor #1 is down to Dollman Park. 
Due to the weather forecast for the next two days, GLD&D made alternate plans to continue pumping sand.
They may not be able to float the submerged pipeline in Corridor #1 to #2 so they may go directly to Corridor #3 and begin pumping to the north.  Beach Project Reps for all associations in both Corridor #2 & Corridor #3 have been notified. 
With a huge thank you to Islandia & Bert,  click on the draft Presidents' Council web site below for a photo adventure of this projec.  You will see dates when the project began and all the steps taken along the way.   I photographed every phase, movement and detail.   If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
http://www.islandiai.com/PresidentsCouncil.htm . As soon as I have word from GLD&D about the next Corridor, you will be notified.
Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

April 2, 2013

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLD&D) are past Regency and now at Normandy Beach.  24 hours ago, they had just begun Regency's southside.  In the past 24 hours, more than 875' of beach has been filled. 

Additional excavating and finishing will be done by the bulldozer crew as they disassemble pipe and move to the south where they will begin filling the south 2080' area being serviced by pipe corridor #1. 

The pile of sand for laborers or employees to push or shovel under the crossover and / or onto the stairs to even the sand out will be done once Regency is out of the closed construction area. 

Completion of the north section of corridor #1 should be this morning and discharging to corridor #1's south 2080' will begin today.

Sincerely,
Pat

 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

April 1, 2013

The second dredge, Dodge Island arrived at 9:00 PM last evening.  The project has proceeded to just south of Regency's crossover.

The contractor will place sand up to the crossovers and will leave a pile of additional sand to be placed under the existing structures.  GLD&D will not take the chance of breaking the stairs or structures that presently exist.  After lengthy discussion, the guesstimate is it should take two association employees about an hour to shovel sand close, under or where it can fill in openings that are near the existing walkways.

Every Beach Point Person for the associations that will be serviced by Pipe Corridor #2 have been contacted to discuss the 3 to 1 or 5 to 1 slope for your crossover areas.  3 to 1 provides the maximum amount of sand. 
 
Another update will be sent later today.  Now there are two dredges, at least until Wednesday, there should be considerable progress.

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

March 31, 2013

The first load of sand was pumped onto the beach at 7:50PM last night.  Padre Island dredge is actively working our project and Dodge Island dredge is expected today.  A repair had to be made and the wrong part was shipped.  The correct part was received this morning at 2:00 AM. 

Yesterday's precision orchestration of large equipment was fascinating to the majority of people who were watching from their balconies.  Building and floating 2500' of pipe and getting it into place before sinking it accurately into  designated Corridor 1 was amazing to watch.  See photo below.

Tomorrow's projections and today's actual work done will be sent at the end of the day.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

 


Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

March 30, 2013

Submerged pipeline is ready for installation in front of the south side of Admiral.  CHANGE:  Originally the pipeline was going to be installed on the beach 2080' north prior to pumping sand.  The change is NOW the contractor will begin discharge at the Admiral, shape and build north adding pipeline as they progress.  Pumping may begin late this afternoon.
Jimmy Sellers from Coastal Tech is on site and I am at Regency.  For any questions, please phone my cell #.

Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

March 29, 2013

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock will begin laying pipe either later today or first thing Saturday morning. They are waiting for the waves to die down before they can place the pipeline in the ocean.   

The pipe corridor comes inshore directly in front of the Admiral's south end; in front of where their pool is located.  From there it will run north  2080' which is 300' north of Normandy Beach where discharge will begin.

The first 1000' segment goes from that north end point to just south of Regency's crossover.  It is guesstimated, according to previous predictions, each 1000' section will take about two days.

I plan on being onsite at Regency when this process begins and progresses during the next several days. 

Sincerely,
Pat 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

Status of Beach Renourishment Project from Martin County

March 25, 2013

Hello Everyone,
 
Today's update on our S County Beach & Dune Restoration Project is the first dredge for our area should be arriving early tomorrow.  The second dredge left NC this morning and should arrive early Wednesday.  Dodge Island & Padre Island should be pumping sand by late Wednesday / early Thursday. 
 
Liberty Island Dredge arrived at  Martin County today. 
  
I have attached two pictures of project activity to this email. 
1.  Yesterday there was staging going on in front of Shuckers. One of my Regency residents shared this picture of the bulldozer activity.
2.  Heading to Martin County, the Liberty Island Dredge passed by the S County Beach Project around 1:00PM today.
  
Please forward any pictures you or your neighbors take of this project process. I planned on doing a lot of the photography at various locations but as most know, I broke my leg. I need to rely on you sending pictures; preferably before & after if possible.
 
If residents wonder why the 4 wheeler is patrolling the beach throughout the night, it is the additional Turtle Monitoring required in our permit.  If the monitor notices that a turtle crawled onto the beach, the monitor checks to see if she made a nest.  If so, the eggs are relocated to an area outside of the project area.
 
An update will be sent when equipment has arrived to the north end of our project and is ready to pump sand. 
 
Sincerely,
Pat
 (Click on pictures to enlarge)
 
Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

March 22, 2013

Liberty Island Dredge will be arriving for Martin County this weekend.

Dodge Island & Padre Island dredges will be arriving and begin pumping sand at the north end of the project the first part of this coming week.

Delray Beach project is just finishing up and their local newsletter, The Coastal Star  has a terrific photo documentary of what to expect during a project. http://thecoastalstar.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=1dwsd6fi04bjb   The sand coming from the bottom of the ocean is gray and ugly until it dries out and bleaches from the sun. 

NOTIFICATION: After speaking with the consultant, as the project progresses, we can do a phone call "heads up / phone call brigade" to the next property to the south.  For instance, when the contractor progresses to the south of Regency's crossover, I will phone Lisa at the Admiral so she can notify her people.   When the contractor gets half way past the middle of Admiral's frontage, she can phone Ted at Island Dunes Oceanside.  Since this project will move quickly, and many contacts did not provide phone numbers, the most efficient way of notification is through the Management Office of each property.   Email updates will be send daily.  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to phone my cell #772-201-1466.  

Sincerely,
Pat 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

March 19, 2013

This morning, St Lucie County Commissioners approved the additional funds of $998,945 to cover the cost of replacing sand losses between the time the original South County Project template was designed, to present. 

Originally, 486,590 cubic yards of sand were proposed for the South County Beach & Dune Restoration Project.  Including sand lost from Hurricane Sandy, 172,754 cubic yards of sand are needed to bring the design template to the 1972 design profile.  The total amount of sand which will be placed on our beach for protection of the associations, is 658,654 cubic yards.

Fish & Wildlife also signed off on the Biological Opinion to permit Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to work past April 30th if necessary.   The permit modification just needs to be formalized regarding the extended time.

I will keep everyone up to date as this project progresses.

Sincerely,
Pat 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

March 19, 2013

Below is a link to the front page article from Saturday's St Lucie News Tribune as written by Susan Burgess, the same reporter as Friday's Martin County article in the Stuart News.
As most of you know, the pipes that deliver sand to the beach have been coming in to the staging area just north of Shuckers.  Today, staging is happening in Martin County.  The dredges are scheduled to mobilize from North Carolina this coming weekend.
If you received more than one copy of this email, it is due to my sending this to several email address groups.   
If you have any questions, comments, etc., please don't hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

CLICK HERE for Stuart News article

January 29, 2013

 

The S St Lucie County Beach & Dune Restoration Project's Preconstruction Meeting was held this afternoon and all interests were represented.

 

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock will begin mobilizing the pipeline in approximately three weeks.  There will be two dredges working a round robin for the St Lucie County Project and one dredge for Martin County.  Dredges will mobilize in March.  Both projects have a completion date of April 30. 

  

Depending on your beachfront, closures should only be for a couple of days with construction being in 1000' increments.  The main staging area will be at Dollman Park and the project will be constructed from the north end to the south end.   Additional fill volume amounts due to losses from Hurricane Sandy have been calculated.

 

There is a lot of detail which you'll be able to check on the St Lucie website .

 

Also, you can phone or email me anytime.  A Beach Update Meeting with Richard Bouchard is scheduled for 2:00PM on February 6th at Regency's south building. 

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island


772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

December 22, 2012

 

Hello Everyone,

 

This past week was a culmination of many steps which are required in the beach process and a lot of what is happening concerning FL beaches behind the scenes.

 

Monday, December 17th, I spoke of the importance of beaches, property protection, and especially our project area, to the  St Lucie County Legislative Delegation.   I used several association real estate tax totals, and stressed the importance of being able to protect the tax base in a reasonable amount of time. There has been good feedback on this critical issue. 

 

I need assistance in the time consuming task of adding up each association's tax amount for every property owner.  The information is listed under the name of individual associations on the SLC Tax Assessor's website.  Several volunteers and I performed this task in 2005, but as we move forward and segue into the federal process we need every bit of accurate information possible.  If you can assist with this matter, please contact me.  Several totals calculated thus far (per year) are $1,275,199.14 , $555,586.56, $1,127,117.29. We need every association in the project area included in this study.   

 

Richard Bouchard, Representative Larry Lee, with his Legislative Staff, and I met on Thursday to further the discussion of shore protection needs. Prior to his election, Mr. Lee told me that if he was elected, he wanted to learn everything possible about Florida's Beach Management Program and especially, St Lucie County's projects.  Richard provided Representative Lee with a broad brush education of inlets and jetty impact and I provided him with the "process" details which need tremendous improvements.  

 

There are changes in the works at a state level.  For the first time in 50+ years, FDEP's new organizational framework does not include a single beach program entity.  St Lucie County spoke to this issue, as did I at Monday's Delegation Meeting.  In Tallahassee, FSBPA is addressing this critical movement of the beach program.

 

A FDEP webinar / workshop was held this week. There is a proposed rule amendment to Florida Administrative Code  to include language pertaining to inlets and beach qualifying points.  Proposed amendments to Florida's Beach management Chapter 161 will provide changes in qualifying points for proposed beach projects.  The FDEP webinar was informative and a great many changes are occurring that FSBPA is monitoring closely.

 

The state is requesting that Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St Lucie Counties work together in a Sediment Assessment Needs Determination (SAND)study. Thus far, each county has identified its 50 year needs and several areas are being investigated in state waters.  Commissioner Hutchinson is very much on top of this cooperative effort and very involved with the study. 

 

Friday, after a lot of team work, St Lucie County has our S County Project information on its website.  Richard had it posted yesterday.   Please go to the upper right hand corner of the County’s main website www.stlucieco.gov and click on the link. 

 

I would like to wish everyone a very safe, healthy, and Happy Holiday Season.

 

Sincerely,

Pat

 

Patricia M Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 Office
772-229-0140 Fax
772-201-1466 Cell

 

 

December 7, 2012

Dear Beach Project Resident:

This is a brief update on the South St Lucie County Beach & Dune Restoration Project. 
First let me say the project will definitely be completed by no later than April 30th, 2013.  The contract was entered into with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock prior to Hurricane Sandy. 

Permit conditions include this completion date.  Environmental / Endangered Species agencies have approved with a Permit Clause which mandates daily Sea Turtle Monitoring from March 1 to April 30.

The beach building process is fluid. When the majority of people try to make sense of it, (i.e. like any major personal or association project) they can't, because  so much depends on Mother Nature and the expertise of the dredge company.   Dredging companies know each county's working window, weigh the area's historical weather events, know each area's historical wind data, have individual areas' endangered species windows, have tidal histories for each specific area, etc etc etc and get the projects built.  If they didn't - they would not be in business. 

There is  a 90 day completion window, from the time the county issues the Notice to Proceed.  There are very high penalties for non performance. 

We WILL have our buildings protected with a beautifully wide beach by April 30th.  Please feel free to phone or email regarding this project at any time.

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

CLICK HERE to print the above letter

November 16, 2012

Due to an amendment to the Martin County Beach Project Scope of Work, which increases the quantity of sand being placed on the Martin County Beach, the USACE determined the fill quantity significant enough to warrant increasing the time which bids are due.
The bids are due on November 27th and the contract should be awarded by December 14th.
The St Lucie Permit conditions specify project work through April 30th, with Sea Turtle Monitoring beginning March 1.
I will keep all of you informed as this process progresses.
Pat
Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

November 5, 2012

Hi Everyone,
As you know, Governor Scott made an Emergency Declaration for FL.
At this time, St Lucie is seeking federal aide for $4.2 million in Hurricane Sandy damages, which includes 70,000 cubic yards of sand trucked in from inland mines. If obtained, it would be similar to the truck haul project in 2005 but some details may be different.
Hopefully we will know more of the specifics next week. The request is in the process. . . . . . . . Several county beaches had severe damage.
This will act as a buffer against northeast storms until the S SLC Beach & Dune Project is constructed between now and April 30, 2013.
Pat
Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

September 6, 2012

Hello Everyone,

At yesterday's Public Meeting, the St Lucie County Board of County Commissioners set the Special Assessment for the S County Beach & Dune Project.

By September 14th, St Lucie County will send every Parcel Owner in the project area a letter which will inform them of their assessment amount and payment options.

Please advise your members to watch for this correspondence so they do not miss the cost savings associated with the Pre-Payment option which has a deadline of October 15th.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact St Lucie County, Barbara Guettler, (772) 462-2568.

Sincerely,
Pat

 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

May 7, 2012

CLICK HERE to read the article about the beach project in Shoreline magazine

April 18, 2012

Dear Membership,

Today, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved staff's recommendation to advertise a public hearing to consider the creation of the S Hutchinson Island special assessment district.

The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 5th, 2012 and the notice will be sent by mail to everyone in the S St Lucie County Beach Project area.

The weighted ballot approval is 55.02% and popular vote is 67%.

Sincerely,

Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

April 11, 2012

Below is an email from the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Association (FSBPA) which is terrific news for streamlining the state permit process for Florida Beaches. Governor Scott signed House Bill 691 and incorporated it into FS Chapter 161. Senator Jones has been a driving force for beach projects, a fighter all the way.

Governor Scott is due to review the House & Senate approved projects the week of the 23rd. That is when we know for certain the state funds are secure.

As always, I will keep everyone posted on beach related information.

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

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It is official! The Governor has just signed HB 691- Beach Management. Despite the political challenges of the 2012 legislative session, this FBPA initiative sponsored by Senator Dennis Jones and Representative Jim Frishe is now part of Chapter 161. The benefits of this regulatory reform/permit streamlining bill should be immediate and universal for permits for beach nourishment and inlet management projects, especially in terms of reduced regulatory and processing costs as well as saving valuable time. The select number of new statutory provisions are strategically targeted and provide extended permit life, permit sequencing with biological opinions, reasonable assurance, mixing zone variances, RAIs (Requests for Additional Information), limitations on agency guidelines, streamlining previously constructed projects, increased accountability and oversight, and permit exemptions for certain exploratory tasks.

FSBPA, with your involvement, will now turn our attention to DEP’s timely implementation and rule-making of these program enhancements.

There are so many of you to thank for your active support of this bill throughout the successful legislative process, and its subsequent review and consideration by the Governor and staff, that I would not dare try to individually identify you. Just know this legislation makes a significant contribution to the sustainability of our statewide beach management program and you individually or through FSBPA where a major part of the effort. HB 161 also retitles Chapter 161, a very rare occurrence, as the Dennis L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act, to recognize the “Sandman’s” contributions to Florida’s successful beach program. Nothing more needs to be said. What was especially encouraging that does need mention was the extent and level of involvement of other House and Senate members in support of this bill and statewide beach funding. Let’s not forget to thank those lawmakers that stepped forward on behalf of Florida’s beaches. It bodes well for the future.

As to the budget (Conference Report for HB 5001), it was transmitted today to the Governor (4/6) so we may have to wait a few weeks, but should be encouraged by the widespread political and constituent support that specific project funding has enjoyed. We should also appreciate Governor Scott and his staff’s recognition of the linkage between healthy beaches, tourism, economic recovery, and Florida’s future. It is really quite notable how often the Governor mentions beaches in discussing his economic development initiatives. The result may be an enviable year-to-year increase in beach project funding, indicating a return to levels that were justified when dedicated funding for annual beach funding was a certainty. Quite an accomplishment when we consider it will likely occur despite the absence of an measurable recovery in our funding source, the documentary stamp tax. Trust me, it is not easy to secure General Revenue under the current fiscal constraints.

I believe in the very near future, we will all have reason to celebrate a very successful legislative session, especially given the political perils of the early reapportionment session.

Thank you for supporting our mutual efforts.

Debbie Flack, President

Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Association

850.906.9227 (Office)

850.510.5409 (Cell)

 

March 12, 2012

From Pat Pacitti (PattP814@aol.com)
3/12/2012

Hello Everyone,

At the end of last week, both the House and Senate approved the funding for our project!  Now it's in the hands of the Governor, and we should have that confirmation in about two weeks.

More than 51% of the people in the project area have approved the project, which means the project will be moving forward.  Coordination of the bidding process with Martin County is being worked on at this time.

If you read "Coastal Voice" the newsletter sent out today, it mentions the federal process and the value of beaches overall.  It also speaks to projects in the federal system that do not have non-federal sponsors.  There are many proposed changes, all of which we need to monitor.

Until the "official" announcement of the vote at the May 15th Public Hearing, I am being guardedly optimistic.

Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

Below is the link to ASBPA Coastal Voice (federally geared information).  Pages 20 & 21 help answer very popular questions concerning beach projects.

2012 ASBPA Membership:

This is your link to the March 2012 ASBPA e-newsletter:
http://www.asbpa.org/0312asbpa.pdf

March 5, 2012

Hello Everyone,

I have been getting many inquiries as to the outcome of the straw poll. At this time, I have a call into the county to find out the present status, now that Windmill Village ballots are due today.

Many of you received a CD of the Final Environmental Impact Study. This Study has been successfully entered into the Federal Register. This is a huge step in the future Federal Beach Process!

The county is meeting all deadlines for the project to proceed. The largest and most important obstacle, is obtaining the necessary state funding. We will hopefully know about the success or failure of that component, this month.

Saint Lucie County's official announcement of whether the project moves forward to construction is tentatively scheduled for April 17th.

Pat
Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

February 1, 2012

CLICK HERE to print the letter from the Islandia I board to the owners of Islandia I.

January 31, 2012

If anyone has not received a ballot for the beach project or has lost one, you can get a new ballot from Barbara Guettler. 772-462-2568 or e-mail her at guettlerb@stlucieco.org.

January 26, 2012

The ballots for the proposed beach protection project have been sent to the owners of record for all affected in the project impact area. Two of the links below are pdf files from this mailing and the last is the most current summary sheet of the maximum cost of the project to each owner.

You are encouraged to take the time to read and understand what this project is all about and understand the costs and benefits associated with it should it pass with a 51% majority of people casting ballots.

A meeting is being scheduled in the Islandia I Social room to discuss the project next Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 7:00 PM. All ballots are due to the county by February 24, 2012.

CLICK HERE for the letter from Barbara Guettler, the project manager, about the South Hutchinson Island Beach and Dune Restoration Project.

CLICK HERE for the South Hutchinson Island Beach and Dune restoration Project Fact Sheets.

CLICK HERE for the latest beach project amounts by owner within parcel, includes new early payment discounted amount of $1,002.86.

CLICK HERE for the Stuart News article about the project, January 26, 2012. Note the cost in the third paragraph should be an average cost of $1,500 total per owner, not per year. This is corrected later in the article.

 

January 21, 2012

There have been many requests for additional information concerning the proposed property protection / beach project.  Numerous 'one on one' conversations have taken place, in addition to several group sessions and email questions answered. 

There are two beach information meetings on Monday, January 23rd. 
A 10:00AM meeting is being held at Island Crest, 10680 / 10600 S Ocean Drive in the Recreation Center.

The afternoon meeting is being held at 1:00PM at Regency Island Dunes, 8600 S Ocean Drive. 

Saint Lucie County personnel will be at each meeting to inform everyone the facts of this project so each owner will be able to make an educated decision when voting their ballot. 


All questions will be answered and concerns addressed. 

County staff has been extremely responsive to attending individual association meetings in addition to Presidents' Council Meetings.  It is crucial that each property owner receiving a ballot have the necessary facts of this project  to make an educated vote.

Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

January 20, 2012

The link below is a factual document we ask that you pass out to your neighbors and membership.

Property owners in the project area need the facts of their proposed property protection / beach project, to know what they are approving or not approving when they vote their ballot.  Ballots will be sent out in the next several days.

CLICK HERE to read/print general information about the beach project.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Sincerely,
Pat

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

January 19, 2012

Attached is a response to me from Jim David that answers several questions we had.  It also contains updated proposed assessment amounts and other important Information. 

Dennis Phelan


Begin forwarded message:
From: Jim David <davidj@stlucieco.org>
Date: January 17, 2012 11:47:25 AM EST
To: 'Dennis and Donna Phelan' <phelan.dennis@gmail.com>

Q.   When will notification of a SAD vote be mailed to all affected taxpayers? Will this mailing also include the ballot for voting? Will all affected taxpayers including county residents and non-residents (both out-of-state and out-of-country) be able to vote? When are public meetings scheduled? What is the deadline for voting? If there is a separate mailing with the ballots, is there a sign-up for absentee balloting? 

A.   Project information including ballots will be mailed out this week (Week of Jan 17). Every parcel owner with in the proposed SAD boundary will receive a ballot and back up information. Ballots are mailed to the mailing address (both out-of-state and out-of-country) as listed with the Property Appraiser (same as property taxes).  The informational meeting will be held February 1, 2012 at 6:00pm. Ballots must be submitted by February 24, 2012. The ballots are all to be mailed to us; there will be no other form of voting other than the mailed-in ballots.

Q.  Is the funding model for this project final or are alternative funding proposals still under consideration? The numbers I have were provided by the county for their December 20th vote and show the proposed assessment for Islandia to be $1052.23 one time or $178.58 per year for ten years.

A.   As directed by the Board, staff is moving forward with the funding plan as presented on 12/20/11.  The current draft has the Islandia one-time assessment at $1002.77 and the annual assessment for 10 years at $170.29 per year.

Q. If the ‘weighted’ vote is not based directly on property valuation could you explain what method is used?  Are the votes weighted based on the proposed assessment?  For example, an Islandia vote would be weighted 63x more than a Nettles Island vote?

A.   Ballots are weighted based on the proposed assessment amount. Therefore, each vote represents the dollar amount of your proposed assessment and one Islandia vote would be weighted 63x more than a Nettles Islander vote based on the current assessment.

Q. If state funding is approved for a regional project with Martin County, does this mean that the South Beach St. Lucie County project will be done under                    the US Army Corps of Engineers? What about Federal funding options comparable to those provided to the Martin County project you are petitioning to join?

A.   Our one-time non-federal project will be bid-out by the County and not under Martin County's Federal project bid.  The same contractor may or may not be selected, but we may incur a cost savings if the same vendor is the low bidder on both, because of savings on mobilization costs.  St. Lucie County is continuing to pursue a federally authorized project which is most likely several years out.  It is too early in the Federal process to know what the Federal funding options might be for our project.

Q.  When will the public documents be modified to reflect the new scope of the project defined as R-88.5 to R90.3 excluding the north section? In particular, what is the extent and specific location of mitigation reefs that will be built? Are alternative design proposals still under consideration, or is ‘Beach Fill to Restore the 1972 Dune with a 35-ft Berm’ the final decision?

A.    Official letters have already been sent out to the State (FDEP) and the Feds (Corps) notifying them of our intent to remove the north segment.  Acknowledgement will probably be forthcoming.  The revised mitigation reef size has been established at 0.97 ac.  The Ocean Bay Park area has been identified as the proposed reef location.  We are still moving forward with the original submitted dune and beach design, which is contingent on receiving state and federal permits, which will exceed the 1972 dune and beach profiles.

 

 

December 29, 2011

Dear South Hutchinson Island owners, 

The purpose of this is to request all of you to write three notes, one each to Governor Rick Scott, Senator Joe Negron, and Representative Debbie Mayfield requesting their help to regionalize the beach project and support the project with State funding. This is the first email to three critical contacts to obtain State money for our Associations' protection from future flooding. 

We are asking that everyone in the proposed project area contact these individuals requesting the state to cost share their full amount.  

In order to protect our buildings and property, and help to secure our project's place in the Federal process, it is critical we proceed with the best property protection available; the S St Lucie County Beach Project proposed for construction in November 2012. 

Pat Pacitti, President Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island

772-229-0311

772-201-1466 cell

772-229-0140 fax

PattP814@aol.com

 

To email Governor Scott, do the following:

1) Copy the letter below

2) CLICK HERE to go to GovernorScott's e-mail site: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

3) Paste the copied letter into the body of the form on this web site

4) Add the required information including the drop down list for St Lucie County.

5) Enter your name and address information at the bottom of the pasted letter

6) Click on the "send" button    

 --------- Copy the letter to Governor Rick Scott below this line --------------

Dear Governor Rick Scott

As an owner of property in the South St Lucie County Beach Project
area, we are looking to you for assistance at the State level, to
obtain Regionalization of the two adjacent beach projects. One area is
south St Lucie County and the other is north Martin County. The St
Lucie project studies have been geared toward this goal and both
projects will be ready to go to construction at the same time in 2012
after Turtle Nesting Season.

Proceeding with this cooperative effort of both counties, into one
Regionalized Beach Project, will save both counties money, prioritize
the project’s scheduling, and provide a healthier, longer lasting
project. Regionalization reduces the cost share for St Lucie County
and the local interests when economic times are felt by all. In addition,
homes sit one storm away from sand filled interiors again. This past
weekend was a strong reminder as dune vegetation was washed out to
sea.

When the legislature opens their 2012 session in Tallahassee many
of us will be there to lobby and advocate for this worthwhile and
essential project and to visit with you and other legislative house
and senate representatives.

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your Florida Addresses)

 

---------------------------- Copy above this line ---------------

 

To e-mail Senator Joe Negron, do the following:

1) Copy the letter to Senator Negron, below

2) Bring up your e-mail system and go to "new e-mail" (Will be different depending on your e-mail system).

3) Paste the copied letter into the body of the new e-mail note body. Enter "MARTIN & ST LUCIE COUNTIES’ BEACH PROJECTS – REGIONALIZATION" as the subject.

4) Enter your name and address information at the bottom of the pasted letter

5) Enter Senator Joe Negron's Email: negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov  

in the "To:" field. Click on the "send" button   

 --------- Copy the letter to Senator Joe Negron below this line --------------


Dear Senator Joe Negron,

As an owner of property in the South St Lucie County Beach Project
area, we are looking to you for assistance at the State level, to
obtain Regionalization of the two adjacent beach projects. One area is
south St Lucie County and the other is north Martin County. The St
Lucie project studies have been geared toward this goal and both
projects will be ready to go to construction at the same time in 2012
after Turtle Nesting Season.

Proceeding with this cooperative effort of both counties, into one
Regionalized Beach Project, will save both counties money, prioritize
the project’s scheduling, and provide a healthier, longer lasting
project. Regionalization reduces the cost share for St Lucie County
and the local interests when economic times are felt by all. In addition,
homes sit one storm away from sand filled interiors again. This past
weekend was a strong reminder as dune vegetation was washed out to
sea.

When the legislature opens their 2012 session in Tallahassee many
of us will be there to lobby and advocate for this worthwhile and
essential project and to visit with you and other legislative house
and senate representatives.

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your Florida Addresses)

 --------- Copy the letter to Senator Joe Negron above this line --------------

 

To e-mail Representative Debbie Mayfield, do the following:

1) Copy the letter to Representative Debbie Mayfield, below

2) Bring up your e-mail system and go to "new e-mail" (Will be different depending on your e-mail system).

3) Paste the copied letter into the body of the new e-mail note body. Enter "MARTIN & ST LUCIE COUNTIES’ BEACH PROJECTS – REGIONALIZATION" as the subject.

4) Enter your name and address information at the bottom of the pasted letter

5) Enter Representative Debbie Mayfield's Email:

debbie.mayfield@myfloridahouse.gov

 in the "To:" field. Click on the "send" button   

 ---- Copy the letter to Representative Debbie Mayfield below this line ------


Dear Representative Debbie Mayfield,

As an owner of property in the South St Lucie County Beach Project
area, we are looking to you for assistance at the State level, to
obtain Regionalization of the two adjacent beach projects. One area is
south St Lucie County and the other is north Martin County. The St
Lucie project studies have been geared toward this goal and both
projects will be ready to go to construction at the same time in 2012
after Turtle Nesting Season.

Proceeding with this cooperative effort of both counties, into one
Regionalized Beach Project, will save both counties money, prioritize
the project’s scheduling, and provide a healthier, longer lasting
project. Regionalization reduces the cost share for St Lucie County
and the local interests when economic times are felt by all. In addition,
homes sit one storm away from sand filled interiors again. This past
weekend was a strong reminder as dune vegetation was washed out to
sea.

When the legislature opens their 2012 session in Tallahassee many
of us will be there to lobby and advocate for this worthwhile and
essential project and to visit with you and other legislative house
and senate representatives.

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your Florida Addresses)

 -- Copy the letter to Representative Debbie Mayfield above this line -----

 

 

December 20, 2011

The note immediately below is from Dennis Phelan and highlights the expected costs per Islandia I and II owners should this proposal go forward in its current form. The cost apportionment methodology is the same as the original one in the first drafts (considers water front footage, inland acreage, and number of owners), the only thing that has changed is a reduction in overall costs related to reduction of scope of the project.

I would point out that the methodology being proposed has the Islandias paying for 9.46% of the total project, and in fact if you consider the four “Oceana buildings” and our two, we foot more than 25% of the project while two west of A1A properties pick up 2.5%.

I would recommend, if you have not already, that you take some time to understand the documents on the web site below, understand the cost apportionment being proposed and if you have any concerns, contact Pat Pacitti and/or the St. Lucie County Commissioners, e-mails are listed below.

If you are having trouble reading this small font, click here for a pdf version that you can also print.

Bert McConnell golphinut@gmail.com

---------- From Dennis Phelan --------------------------------------------------------------------

Below are links to two documents just received from St. Lucie County Erosion District. The first is a summary of funding required from all properties in the special assessment district for the South Hutchison Island Beach and Dune Restoration project assuming partial state funding. The second is a cost summary for the project showing the breakdown of state, county, and local funding.

Islandia residents would be assessed $1052.23 as one-time payment, or $178.58/year for 10 years. This funding proposal will be voted on tomorrow, 12/20/2011, at 2pm, by the St. Lucie County Commissioners.

If approved, each owner will have the opportunity to vote on this proposal in the Jan-Feb timeframe with 51% of ‘weighted’ ballots being required to pass. If passed, the project would be contingent on receiving the $5.34M in State funding in the March timeframe.

Regards, Dennis Phelan Director, Islandia I

Click Here for the spreadsheet for the methodology

Click Here for the project cost summary

---------------------- From Pat Pacitti ------------------------------------------------------------

As we discussed at Friday's meeting, attached is the updated Proposed Funding Plan which includes a substantial savings from elimination of the north project, and 43% state cost share.

I just received the attached information tonight. So far, I have a question about one property's amount which will be addressed with the county tomorrow morning. Please note your association's cost share and if there is any question, don't hesitate to let me know.

Additional project information meetings will be scheduled after the first of the year, so as people return, their questions can be addressed.

Pat Pat Pacitti, President Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island

772-229-0311 772-201-1466

cell 772-229-0140 fax

PattP814@aol.com

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St Lucie County Commissioners

District 1 Chris Dzadovsky dzadovskyc@stlucieco.org

District 2 Tod Mowery moweryt@stlucieco.org

District 3 Paula A. Lewis LewisP@stlucieco.org

District 4 Frannie Hutchinson hutchinsonf@stlucieco.org

District 5 Chris Craft Craftc@stlucieco.org

December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone, below is a link to a summary of Friday's meeting (December 16, 2011) held at Shuckers.    The document was put together by Mike Morin and me. As you will read, this is good news for your property's protection.  We will be scheduling more informational meetings after the first of the year so everyone in the proposed project area will have the availability to attend. I just want to wish everyone a very Happy & Healthy Holiday.    Sincerely,
Pat
Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

Click Here to read/print the summary of the December 16th meeting from Pat Pacitti

December 16, 2011 

I attended the beach funding update at Shuckers this morning.  The meeting was opened by Patti Pacitti, then turned over to Jim David from the county. This is a summary of the pertinent facts.  The “opt-out” of Sand Dollar Shores has been accepted by the county’s committee.  A formal ‘opt-out’ request is anticipated to be received by Dune Walk this Monday and is planned to be accepted.  A similar request is not required by Ocean Bay Villas as they only have an easement to the beach and do not own oceanfront property.

  • The project has been redefined to exclude the north section (R-88.5 to R90.3).  This reduces the impact to hard bottom communities, which require mitigation, from 2.73 acres to 0.6 acres. The project has been re-estimated at a cost of $12.5M including initial beach restoration, mitigation reefs, monitoring, finance and administrative costs.  A funding request has been submitted to the State based on cost sharing as a regional project with Martin County.

  • The county committee evaluated 4 different funding alternatives and will make a recommendation this Tuesday, 12/20/2011, to the Commissioners.  Charles Grande’s proposal was rejected because it would require a countywide referendum.  Their recommendation will be to do a special assessment of all property owners in the project area east of A1A based on the same formula of beach frontage, property depth, and number of units as originally proposed.

  • If the Commissioners accept the committee’s funding recommendation, here are the specifics of how it will proceed.

    • A ballot vote of all affected residents will be conducted. Ballots will be mailed in January to each taxpayer east of A1A in the project area showing what their individual assessment will be.  Public meetings will be held and voting finalized by mid-February.

    • Approval of 51% by weighted ballot is required or the project will be dropped.  The ballot will state that final approval is contingent on receiving the required state funding which is anticipated in the March timeframe. If funding is finalized, the project would begin in November 2012 as a joint regional project with Martin County.

    • The funding breakdown is $5.3M (State) + $2.9M (County) + $4.3M (Local) = $12.5M Total

    • The “average” cost per owner is $1447 or $228/year over 10 years

    • Specific costs per property will be available on Tuesday and emailed to me.  Recall that the costs at Islandia were almost double the average cost.

  • FEMA guidelines were reviewed that say a beach must be routinely maintained at least every 5 years to qualify for federal assistance. The project area as defined was last re-nourished in 2006.

 Best regards, Dennis Phelan, Islandia I Board of Directors

If you want to print the above summary, CLICK HERE

 

December 14, 2011

 

This past Wednesday, December 7,  Pat Pacitti and Charlie Grande held an information meeting on the beach project.   

Charlie passed out the e-mail on the funding. He was questioned on whether voting in a 2nd Erosion Control District even to cover a small portion of this expense would not give the commissioners a vehicle to charge future renourishment projects to.

Charlie conceded that it could but he trusts the commissioners.  He ended up agreeing that the wording would have to preclude future charges.

Mike Morin (President of Island Dunes, Oceanside Building #1) spoke to the recap he prepared.  I think he sees value in the project with the larger berm and over 200 feet of beach.  We need to see if we fully understand the scope of the project and its environmental impact.

I asked Pat if she might be available to hold an East meeting for both of our buildings in January and try to bring everyone up to speed, and she agreed to do so.

CLICK HERE for the link to a pdf file which has a scanned copy of a summary of the meeting, Mike Morin’s recap and Charles Grande’s funding letter.  Also distributed was the 40+ project description which was a repeat of earlier postings on this site under other days and is not included in this pdf to reduce its size..  

 Tom Gilson

NOTE: All of the pdf files related to this project are very large so if you want to read them, they could take several minutes to load, depending on the speed of your computer’s connection to the internet.

December 5, 2011

Wednesday, December 7th, at 2:00PM in Regency's south building, there will be a beach project educational session. 

 

It will address the process of what it takes to get a sustainable shore protection project; where we are now; and what direction will the future hold.

Pat

 

Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

Below is a link to the December edition of Florida Shore & Beach Preservation's monthly newsletter called "Shoreline".  The first part of the Newsletter is about the upcoming National Beach Technology Conference in February.  MOST IMPORTANTLY is the article beginning on Page 8 which goes into Florida's funding appropriation's outlook for 2012 followed by the article about law changes by DEP, etc.  This information has a direct impact on what happens on every Florida beach, including this area.  $92 million in beach funding requests have been received for projects throughout the state.  $21 million was allocated to be divided according to project priorities.

http://www.fsbpa.com/documents/1211Shoreline.pdf

 

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association e-newsletter (ASPBA)

This is your link to the December 2011 ASBPA e-newsletter: http://www.asbpa.org/1211asbpa.pdf

In this issue:

Call on Congress to support our coastal infrastructure. Coastal Summit 2012: "America's Coastal Future." Nominations for Summit 2012 awards deadline Jan. 6.Contributed funds authority gains traction in Congress. We need your feedback through our online communications survey. Beach News Services articles for November.

EVERYONE who lives on the beach should have an interest in what the outlook is for beach building since healthy beach & dune systems are the only protection from your property's largest threat - the Atlantic Ocean.

Pat

Patricia M Pacitti, ARM, LCAM

Property Manager
Regency Island Dunes Association, Inc.
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

December 4, 2011

The Department of the Army, Jacksonville Corps of Engineers has published a public notice related to the proposed beach work on Hutchinson Island. Click on the link below to see this notice.

http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Regulatory/pnwebshare/Florida_Public_Notices/20111201-SAJ-2009-03448.pdf

December 3, 2011

Please read the below email informing everyone of the Erosion District Board Meeting scheduled for December 20th at 2:00PM.  This is an important meeting if you wish to find out what direction the Erosion District is recommending to the Board of County Commissioners for the South St Lucie County Beach Project. 
The meeting is for informational purposes only.

 

Pat Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

From: Barbara Guettler
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 2:13 PM
To: Liz Martin; Richard Bouchard; Jim David
Subject: SHI SAD “South Hutchinson Island Beach and Dune Restoration
As an effort to keep you informed:

 

On December 20, 2011 at 2:00pm, the St. Lucie County Erosion District Board will meet in the Board of County Commission Chambers regarding the proposed South Hutchinson Island Beach and Dune Restoration project. This is not a public hearing or regular Board meeting and no formal action will be taken. This meeting is being held to simply update the Board on the status of the project; therefore, your attendance is welcome but not required. We are anticipating the informational meeting involving all parcels owners to be held in January. Each parcel owner will be notified my mail of the informational meeting at least two weeks prior to the meeting being held.
Thank you for your continued patience in allowing St. Lucie County time to investigate all options with regards to this project. “ Barbara Guettler
St. Lucie County BOCC
Engineering - MSBU Project Manager
772.462.2568

December 2, 2011

Please take some time and peruse the information in the two links below.  As you will see in the first document, there is tremendous support for the project from many of you and your neighbors. 
The cost share is being worked on with the county.  Charles Grande is head of the funding committee and as soon as there is information (expected after 12/9/11), it will be shared with all of you. 

http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Regulatory/DOCS/interest/StLucieCo/Draft-EIS/AppendixA.pdf

· This 229 page document shows local support & participation in -
      ~  the St Lucie County Planning Charette held April 30, 2007,
      ~  the state Pre-Application Meeting held February 7, 2008,
      ~  the local St Lucie County Planning Charette Summary of
                 Public Comments  April 29, 2009, 
      ~  federal Scoping Meeting Public   Meeting May 19, 2010, and
                 environmental agencies' comments.


     http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Regulatory/DOCS/interest/StLucieCo/Draft-EIS/201105_SLC-DEIS.pdf

· This link is to the Federal Army Corp's presentation of the scientific, biological, and environmental tests, which were required to minimize the impact the proposed project will have on the area. This is a substantial document and answers concerns raised by numerous environmental agencies.

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving.  The November / December Meeting will be scheduled shortly.

Sincerely,

Pat  Patricia Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island

772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

October 13, 2011

Click HERE to view the letter in the local papers today related to the Beach Project being considered on Hutchinson Island.

Click HERE for the full discussion on the TCPALM web site.

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October 12, 2011

Dear Membership,

Below is a letter to Senator Joe Negron. The Senator's correct email address is also below. 

In order to obtain a lesser cost share amount, we need everyone to write to him to get the State of Florida's participation in Regionalizing the S. St Lucie County Beach Project with Martin County's in 2012.

This will mean up to a 66% reduction in the one-time per unit cost. 

Senator Negron’s email address is: negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov

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October 11, 2011

Senator Joe Negron
3500 SW Corporate Parkway, Suite 204
Palm City, FL 34990

RE:   MARTIN & ST LUCIE COUNTIES’ BEACH PROJECTS – REGIONALIZATION

Dear Senator Negron:

As an owner of property in the South St Lucie County Beach Project area, we are looking to you for assistance at the State level, to obtain Regionalization of the two adjacent beach projects. One area is south St Lucie County and the other is north Martin County. The St Lucie project studies have been geared toward this goal and both projects will be ready to go to construction at the same time in 2012 after Turtle Nesting Season.

Proceeding with this cooperative effort of both counties, into one Regionalized Beach Project, will save both counties money, prioritize the project’s scheduling, and provide a healthier, longer lasting project.  It is a “win win” situation for both counties.  Regionalization reduces the cost share for St Lucie County and the local interests when economic times are felt by all. In addition, homes sit one storm away from sand filled interiors.  This past weekend was a strong reminder as dune vegetation was washed out to sea.

Ken Pruitt helped to begin Regionalization and was a strong supporter of this goal. We now ask that you carry the torch to achieve it.

Sincerely,

 

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September 26, 2011

The letter below was sent to Senator Joe Negron regarding regionalization of the Martin County and St Lucie County beach projects. Pat Pacetti is encouraging all owners of properties on the beach on Hutchinson Island to send a similar letter to Senator Negron to encourage his leadership on this matter.

Senator Negron's web site is http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/s28.

Senator Negron's e-mail address is negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov

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September 25, 2011

Senator Joe Negron

3500 SW Corporate Parkway, Suite 204

Palm City, FL 34990

RE:   Martin & St. Lucie Counties’ Beach Projects – Regionalization

Dear Senator Negron:

We write to you to ask for your full support to represent our best interest to push Regionalization of the two adjacent beach projects.

Regionalization will save both counties money, prioritize the project’s scheduling, and provide a healthier, longer lasting project. Regionalization reduces the cost share for the counties and the local interests when economic times are felt by all; and our homes sit one hurricane away from sand filled interiors again.

Ken Pruitt helped to begin Regionalization and we ask that you carry the torch for us to achieve it.

Sincerely,

Pat Pacitti, President
Presidents’ Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
773-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

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September 26, 2011

Hi Everyone,
Please send the information below to your members so any new residents can be brought up to speed on the beach project. It is critical that owners make an educated decision as the outcome will impact this area for years to come.

Due to several errors in data, accurate information will be obtained and a new calculation brought forth.

We need to write to Senator Negron joe.negron@flsenate.gov
and push regionalization with Martin County. I am obtaining several other email addresses and will send those out with respective letters.

The most important part of the information below is the fact that the process we have made to get into the 50 year Federal Program will cease. If we do not proceed, the area will be forever vulnerable to the costs related to building the dune back after a storm surge (not to mention revisiting the interior damage).

Let us unify and get the ONE TIME cost down to protect our associations.


Pat

 

SHORE PROTECTION UPDATE – CRITICAL INFORMATION
September 25, 2011

Prepared by: Patricia M French-Pacitti, Presidents Council of S Hutchinson Island

HISTORY:

  • In fall of 1999 one of the worst erosion waves impacted the southern St Lucie County beach area. An erosion “hot spot” was directly in front of the Regency buildings.

  • The high tides took dunes at a rapid rate.

  • The tides damaged property and washed over the dunes. There was damage to dune crossovers and thousands of dollars of lost landscape material.

  • This resulted in DEP Emergency Field Permits being issued for several buildings to sandbag with Regency’s out of pocket costs close to $30,000.

  • At the request of Regency’s BOD President, I attended a Presidents’ Council Meeting (11/99) and requested support for a Beach & Dune Committee, which the Council Members unanimously approved.

  • Senator Ken Pruitt was informed, as was Richard Bouchard, DEP, USACE, Coastal Engineering firms, and the Governor. At that time, no one, including me had any knowledge of the beach permitting process to obtain storm protection.

  • In 2000, due to the severity of the situation, DEP was ready to issue another permit to do a one-time beach scraping but all five Island Dunes buildings had to be involved. Admiral & Island Dunes joined with Regency in this project. The engineering and construction costs in the tens of thousands of dollars were borne by the unit owners in the five buildings.

  • In fall of 2001 we had DEP Field Permit Writer back again and the five Island Dunes buildings needed another permit to scrape the beach. It was DENIED. We were approved to do a one-time truck haul to enhance the dune. This required a Coastal Engineering firm oversight, sand source, truckers, and bulldozers. The tens of thousands of dollars cost of the project was again borne by the unit owners of the five buildings.

  • In the meantime, phone calls were received from other PC Membership associations being threatened by the erosion wave which was working its way south.

  • The State of Florida and St Lucie County were working on studies to see if this area (Martin County line to Sand Dollar Shores / Dunewalk), could be considered a “Critically Eroded Shoreline”. It met the criteria. Senator Pruitt found $3 million dollars in state money (no matching requirements) to apply to this project.

  • In September 2004, Hurricanes Frances followed three weeks later by Hurricane Jeanne, decimated this area. Numerous oceanfront associations had sand in their first floors, throughout the property, onto A1A. FEMA was activated and due to the fact this area was actively pursuing shore protection and maintaining the beach area in front of our associations, a one-time dune was permitted and paid for by the federal government.

  • Since that time, several more associations & businesses have reported severe erosion. Now we begin the fall months when erosion starts its most active season, just hoping the fall high tides & winter months do not bring any nor’easters.

Throughout the past 12 years, many Beach Update meetings were held and now, FINALLY, we have the information on which to base an educated & intelligent decision to begin the long term protection of each unit owner’s investment.

 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Do we NEED TO PROCEED with this project?

  • YES. Every association in the south St Lucie County Beach Project area sits exposed; one hurricane away from sand and salt water inside of the first floors.       

  • This project will provide property protection which is designed to last 10 years.

  • This is a ONE TIME EXPENSE.

  • This one-time expense provides protection during the time necessary for this project to get into the Federal Government’s Beach Program. (presently between 2018 - 2020).

  • DUE TO VERY FORTUNATE TIMING, we can proceed with a unified push to Regionalize with Martin County, further reducing each owner’s cost.

  • If there is a hurricane that results in a storm surge that washes away the beach & dune, The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT will rebuild THE PROJECT AREA AT NO COST TO UNIT OWNERS BECAUSE WE ARE ACTIVELY MAINTAINING THE BEACH AREA IN FRONT OF THE PROPERTY. That is the law.

  • The state & county will continue to work with the Army Corp in the best interest of the oceanfront associations to proceed to the next renourishment and will then be in the 50 year Federal Plan with Martin County.

  • Healthy beaches bring increased real estate values and higher turtle nesting counts.

  • It is the fiscally responsible decision to make as it is a one time expense to protect your investment.

What happens if we do not proceed?                            

  • The federal government (FEMA) will not help after another storm. The law is that oceanfront owners must maintain their beach area.

  • Your association will be waiting for permits and paying for years to come to protect your property.

  • The condominium buildings would be without a beach and protective dune until each association navigates the quagmire of bureaucratic permitting process for any storm protection which involves the beach or dune areas.

  • The continual COSTS.

  • If we are in violation of the law by not maintaining the beach in front of the buildings, the Federal Government (FEMA) will not provide any further assistance or studies to this area.

Why can’t we just each protect our own buildings when the beach gets really bad and the state of the economy improves?

  • The state & federal government do not permit one property to do a beach project unless the entire cost is absorbed by the land owner and still – authorization is questionable. The cost will never be cheaper and can be paid over a ten year period.

Why can’t we install a sea wall?

  • The state will not permit sea walls on the ocean as they eliminate beach areas and cause erosion directly to the south of the structure.

Have Pep type reefs or off shore breakwaters been considered?

  • Yes. If we were to build a Pep type reef (helps build up sand on the beach), Jim David said he received an estimate of approximately $54 million and it’s highly doubtful it would get permitted.

Who has been paying for these studies you’ve referred to?

  • At the request of the Presidents’ Council Membership Associations’, the county & state worked together fiscally on whether or not a beach project for our area was justified. There are many areas investigated in each part of each study.

  • Now it has been proven the area is “Critically Eroded”. It is each unit owner’s time to be a part of that large cooperative affect as each oceanfront owner is a major beneficiary of the work.

  • Proven responsible oceanfront owners get cooperation of all governmental levels to synchronize the required environmental studies. No beach project can proceed without mandated studies which have cost the state & county $3.2 million.

Do we have to pay the state and county any of the $3.2 Million they have spent?

  • No. The $3 million that Senator Pruitt applied to the S St Lucie County Beach Project area did not require matching funds.

In unity, what can we do to lower the per unit cost?

  • Strongly promote regionalization by writing to Senator Negron, DEP, & County Commissioners. Stress the benefit of project sustainability; cost savings to both counties, and local residents support. The regionalization can save the per unit and county cost share up to 66%. THIS IS A ONE TIME EXPENSE.

Pat Pacitti, President
PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL OF S HUTCHINSON ISLAND
772-229-0311 office
773-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

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September 22, 2011

Dear Membership,

Yesterday's meeting was very informative. Now we have the worse case scenario as far as the per unit cost share for the South St Lucie County Beach Project. We all know we need the project.

Now, what we need to do to make this project happen at a reduced per unit cost is flood the state with "regionalization of Martin & St Lucie County Projects" requests. I will work on that letter over the weekend and send it out to everyone so we can get every unit owner's participation.

The next Special Meeting of the Council is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00PM, at Regency Island Dunes South Building. This will be a Special Meeting to address all of your questions and concerns regarding the South St Lucie County Beach Project. Please invite other interested unit owners from your respective associations to attend.

Commissioner Hutchinson will be present with several county staff. Senator Negron is being invited to attend. We will have a forum present to address all aspects of the project to enhance your unit owners' understanding of the beach situation in the state and the future of the federal government's involvement.

At this time, the "draft" bottom line is a worst case. What we all need to do is pull together to see what we need to do in unity, to get that amount reduced. If you would like to volunteer your time and energy to this matter, please email or phone me. I need your help.

Sincerely,
Pat
Patricia M. Pacitti, President
PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL OF S HUTCHINSON ISLAND
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

September 21, 2011

Below is a link to the DRAFT "Local Funding Plan" for the South St Lucie County Beach Project.

The information contained within, is not the final figure. It is the worse case scenario with only the county and local interests paying, with the island residents paying the lion's share.

Now, we will need to push the Regionalization of Martin & St Lucie Counties.

If you have questions, please write them down. The next Presidents' Council Meeting will be to address your questions with Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson, Coastal Tech, and Richard Bouchard. That date will be sent to you as soon as Commissioner Hutchinson lets me know her availability.

The County has spent $3.2 million on our project studies to get us this far. Now, each owner / resident needs to become active.

I hope to see you at today's meeting.

Sincerely,
Pat

 

Patricia M. Pacitti, President
PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL OF S HUTCHINSON ISLAND
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

CLICK HERE to read/print the letter from the county

CLICK HERE to read/print the DRAFT proposal

 

 


June 14, 2011

June 8th,  I sent an email informing everyone  of a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the South St. Lucie County Beach Project.

That hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 29, County Administrative Bldg, 2300 Virginia Ave on the 3rd floor.  (County Commission Chambers).  All PC Membership Associations need representation at this meeting.  

This is a critical project for all associations as it restores the beach and berm to their 1972 condition.  This project has significant benefits for residents and visitors, including improved property values, recreation, esthetics, storm protection and wildlife habitat. 

If you will not be available to attend the hearing, please send your supportive comments to be read into the minutes of the meeting.  You can send your comments to me via email or to your Manager or other Association member who you know will be attending.   We need as many people present as possible.  This is the time when nay-sayers come out.  If you do not want to speak, that is fine as your presence speaks volumns.  

The South St Lucie County Beach Project is now in its final studies before going to construction.  The final Environmental Impact Study is due this fall.  WE NEED TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM MOVING FORWARD.  In 2008 residents in the Project area paid more than $30 million in taxes.  Now it's time we have our voices heard to protect our properties, environment, tourism dollars and quality of life here on the beach.  

 

Patricia M. Pacitti, President
PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL OF S HUTCHINSON ISLAND
772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 29th from 6:00PM to 8:30PM there will be a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the South St Lucie County Beach Project which is our area.  The meeting is being held at the County  Administrative Building, 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.   The meeting will be in the Commission Chambers located on the 3rd floor.  It is crucial that as many people as possible show for this meeting. 

I know some of you have received the USACE CD and it is very scientific.  The main thing we need to do is keep pressure on at the county, state and federal levels to be able to get sand on the beach. 

We are fortunate there haven't been any hurricanes impacting this area since the 04 & 05 storm but should one take aim, we all sit vulnerable, without protection.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Pat

 

Patricia M. Pacitti, President

Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island

772-229-0311 office
772-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

May 22, 2011 From: Pat Pacetti (PattP814@aol.com)
Date: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 9:25 AM
Subject: Critical Beach letter writing campaign

Hi Everyone, below is a copy of a letter I sent to the St Lucie County Board of County Commissioners.  Please send your own version, personalize this, or just change the signature.  It is now time to kick the letter writing campaign into motion.  The email link to all commissioners is below. http://www.stlucieco.gov/bocc.htm

Sincerely, Pat  

----------------------------- Letter follows -----------------------------

May 20, 2011   

Subject: South St Lucie County Beach Project  

Dear St Lucie County Commissioners,  

Congratulations on obtaining the much needed Federal money for the South Beach renourishment in Fort Pierce.  This correspondence is to keep the South St Lucie County Beach Project in the forefront; a state, county and local project.  The Presidents’ Council Members have been extraordinarily patient as necessary tests, permits, categorizations (Critically Eroded), and many other mandated steps have been performed.  Patience is wearing thin.

Back in 2001 marrying the Martin and St Lucie County beach projects was agreed upon as a “win win” for both counties.  Commissioner Hutchinson was extremely instrumental in formulating this agreement ten (10) years ago.  Ten years!  The Regionalization of the two projects was reaffirmed when Charles Grande, during his four years of service, met with Martin County officials.   One Regional Project has a longer life, provides additional cost share dollars from the state, and both counties share in the mobilization and demobilization costs. 

We need to make this project happen. Please provide the funding mechanism for the South County Beach Project, schedule the public meeting, and let’s keep this critically needed project moving forward.  The beach management process which is in place to “protect upland structures”, along with the environment, etc. is denying protection to owners along the proposed South St Lucie County Beach Project area. 

St Lucie County’s huge tax base sits exposed for disaster as another Hurricane Season approaches.  Protection delayed is protection denied.  

Sincerely, Patricia M. French-Pacitti, President Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island

 

April 12, 2010

Florida Department of Transportation has let the contract to resurface A1A. 

AT THIS TIME the projected start date is May 7th.  There are two phases within one project.  Each phase will be worked simultaneously. 

The southern phase is from Martin County Line to MM 3.08.  The next phase is from MM 3.08 to MM 5.7.   

I will be attending the Preconstruction Meeting next week and will have more concrete information at that time.

 

Pat Pacitti, President
PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL OF S HUTCHINSON ISLAND
772-229-0311 office
773-201-1466 cell
772-229-0140 fax

 

 

October 8, 2009

The news came from our St Lucie County Lobbiest in DC that our beach project received $448,000!!!  This represents close to 50% of the amount lobbied for which was $1 million. 

Just thought I would share that news!!!

Pat

Patricia M. Pacitti, President
Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311
772-229-0140 fax
772-201-1466 cell
pattp814@aol.com

October 7, 2009

 

You will see the Agenda for this coming Tuesday evening, October 13th, at 7:00PM.  Commissioner Chas Grande is the special guest Commissioner to answer questions on a number of topics.  In addition to Commissioner Grande, I will also be bringing everyone up to date on what is going on behind the scenes with Beach Nourishment and the South St Lucie County Beach Project.

Nettles is inviting anyone who can attend to please do so. 

Fondly,

Pat Pacitti, President

Presidents' Council of S Hutchinson Island

St Lucie County Chapter Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association

772-229-0311 office

772-201-1466 cell

772-229-0140 fax

First NICAA Meeting of the season  

The First NICAA meeting of the season will take place on Tuesday, 13th of October in the snack bar.  Cookies and coffee at 6.30 pm and at 7.00 pm will be a presentation by Commissioner Charles Grande with a question and answer period afterwards.  Topics to be covered by Commissioner Grande are beach re-nourishment and taxes.

 

Day:   Tuesday

Date:  13th of October, 2009

Time: 6.30 pm – coffee and cookies

          7.00 pm – SLC Commissioner Charles Grande