PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566

 

President

Gary Buroker

Vice President

Peter Birckhead

Secretary

Phyllis Kinzie

Treasurer

Kathy Boulton

 

NBLRA 2017 MEETINGS

November 18

(at the Pearl)

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

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Donors Recognition Arch

engraved plaques available!

Looking for a way to donate to Beach Beautification Liaison Committee and the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residence Association? Here is another way you can help make Navarre Beach be the Best It Can Be!

 

We have 4 inch by 4 inch and 4 inch by 8 inch engraved plaques available to be placed on the Donors Recognition Arch at the east end entrance to the walking/biking path and just behind the Tom Thumb. You can dedicate your plaque to a loved one or a friend. Our perhaps list your own name or family or even your organization can be recognized.

 

4” by 4” plaques are $250 and 4” by 8” inch plaques are $500

Your donations are used to help maintain our palm islands and doggie pots along Gulf and White Sands Blvd. and provide needed funds for seasonal decorations during holiday periods.

Please contact Peter Birckhead for more information or to make your donation, 713-819-1980 or peterbirckhead@gmail.com

Help make Navarre Beach  the best and recognize a loved one or a business.

We are replacing all metal benches with composite benches.

For more information and specifics, contact Peter Birckhead at

713-819-1980 or peterbirckhead@gmail.com

 

There are still several  good locations available on White Sand Blvd. for those that are interested

 

BEACH BEAUTIFICATION LIAISON COMMITTEE (BBLC)

Provided By Peter Birckhead

 

The following is a monthly update on the activities of the Beach Beautification Liaison Committee.

I FISHING PIER, BEACH AND BEACH AREA IMPROVEMENTS

A.   Renovation of Navarre Park -

Navarre Park Update – at this time funding has been approved for Phase I A and IB for the Navarre Park Improvement Plan. Phase 1 A and I B include the following items; Site Preparation, Fill Duck Pond, Parking Expansion, Walkways and Waterfront Improvements, Butterfly Vivarium, Interactive Water Playground, Restroom and Playground.  The cost for Phase 1A and 1B is $3.6 million. Funding for Phase IA and IB will be $1.2 Million from District #4 Recreation Funds and remaining $2.4 million from $500K in Tourism Development Council Reserves and borrowing $1.9 million using ½ cent of the 5 cent tourism tax to fund the debt service.  The remaining improvements for the Navarre Park and appropriate funding are still being discussed at this time.

B.   New Restrooms and Shower Facility on Navarre Beach - Santa Rosa County BOCC has set aside a total of $360,000 for the cost of a new stand along restroom and shower facility on Navarre Beach in  the tentative FY18 LOST and TD budget. This project was approved but there is no update on a start date.

UPDATE -There is no project timeframe developed at this time. We anticipate advertising for the RFQ for a design consultant this winter.

C.   Fishing Pier Decking Material - $300,000 has been set aside in the FY 2018 budget for the replacement of fishing pier decking material. As I am sure many of you have noticed the fishing pier wooden planks you walk on are beginning to show significant wear. This project was approved but information is available on a start date.

UPDATE - Construction plans and specifications bid package are being developed for construction early next year.

D.   Multi-Use Path Along Gulf Blvd. Improvements -

Just within the last several weeks Commissioner Williamson invited me to meet with him to discuss his plan to approach the improvement of Multi-Use Path along Gulf Blvd. The plan of attack now by the Commissioner is to try to access monies from the Navarre Beach Water Department with the approach that we can us affluent to provide the water for irrigation. Williamson is working through the process with other country officials on this.  Once irrigation is provided landscaping concepts can be developed along with other improvements for the path.

UPDATE - the county is awaiting a study on effluent by consultant CH2M Hill.

E.    Restroom on half down Fishing Pier - projected approved by State of Florida - details forthcoming. No start date is available at this time.

UPDATE - This project is part of the new pier provider contract and updates will be coming after the new provider is in place.

 

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT SINCE COMMISSIONER WILLIAMSON WILL NO LONGER PROVIDE ME THESE UPDATES (items A thru E), DUE TO THE FACT HE DOES NOT CARE FOR MY CONSTANT FOLLOW UP WHEN HE DOES NOT RESPOND TIMELY,  I WILL BE GETTING THEM FROM  BRANDI THOMPSON, SANTA ROSA COUNTY PUBLIC

INFORMATION OFFICER ***

 

F. RFP’s for Fishing Pier Concessions ­ Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC, the owners and management of Ye Ole Brothers Brewery on Route 87, where chosen amongst the final four bids to begin negotiations with Santa Rosa County for the management of Navarre Fishing Pier Restaurant and Concessions.  Negotiations are expected to be underway very soon. Once successfully completed Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises could commence operation of the fishing pier as early as next month or as late as January 1, 2018.  Improvements call for: 1) Installation and upkeep or a new restroom on pier, 2)Food Cart and a bait and tackle cart to go down pier, 3)Paid “Fishing Coach” to educate visitors on the pier 4)Sand Dollars Gift Shop, 5)Foxtails BBQ and Raw Bar, 6) Expansion of the restaurants beer menu including a special “Pier Beer”, 7)Surf Rentals and lessons, volleyball lessons and 8) Gated family play area (within the first year of operation)

G. NEW ITEM Real Estate Signs - I hope that some of you have noticed the removal of many out of compliance real estate signs around the island. The Beach Beautification Liaison Committee has been working hard to contact each and every real estate agent who has a real estate sign that does not comply with county regulations.  The following is an excerpt from county regulations concerning real estate signs on Navarre Beach:

Real Estate Signs - Signs on offered property shall not exceed eight (8) square feet per face for residential property and sixteen (16) square feet per face for commercial property. Real estate signs shall be located only on the property offered. Only one (1) real estate sign per piece of property is permissible.

 

Any real estate sign that does not conform to these regulations is being removed or downsized at this time. This is a process and will take time.

 

Should anyone see any real estate signs not complying with this code please bring it to my attention.

 

UPDATE - 19 signs from 8 different real estate agencies or home builders have been removed or downsized since this initiative was started. There is one real estate agency that has failed to comply with our requests and is now being pursued by the county to comply with county ordinances.

 

I would like to thank Jerry Smith for all his help with this project.

 

II LOCAL ADOPT A SPOT PROGRAM ANNOUCED FOR NAVARRE BEACH

Lynn Steinhilber, Lisa Cichy and I continue to monitor the island looking for trash, debris and anything that looks out of place.

Should you come across any of this while you are out and about on the island please let me know so it can be dealt with right away.

If you are interested in serving on this committee please let me know. We can always use extra help.

 

III WELCOMING COMMITTEE

Michelle Auwaerter and Justine Ward continue to do a great job growing our membership. If you are interesting in helping them out please let me know.

 

IV DONORS RECOGNITION ARCH

Looking for a way to donate to Beach Beautification Liaison Committee and the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residence association? Here is another way you can help make Navarre Beach be the Best It Can Be!

We have 4 inch by 4 inch, 4 inch by 8 inch and 6 inch by 8 inch engraved plaques available to be placed on the Donors Recognition Arch at the east end entrance to the walking/biking path and just behind the Tom Thumb. You can dedicate your plaque to a loved one or a friend. Our perhaps list your own name or family or even your organization can be recognized.

4” by 4” plaques are $250, 4” by 8” plaques are $500 and 6” by 8” plaques are $1000.

Your donations are used to help maintain our palm islands and doggie pots along Gulf and White Sands Blvd and provide needed funds for seasonal decorations during holiday periods.

 

V MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

 

Highway 98 and West End Entrance Signs

Jerry Smith and I will be decorating the entrance signs for Veterans Day on November 8. So look for many US Flags to be proudly flying for Veterans Day November 11.

 

Landscaping

In a recent BOCC meeting GCEC of Pensacola was selected as the new vendor to provide landscaping services for the Navarre Beach Island and the Highway 98 Tourism Corridor.  GCEC’s contract will begin October 1. I am sure this will be a welcome change for all of us.

Update – Landscaping is beginning to look a little better.

 

Abandoned House on West End of Island (7315 Gulf Blvd.)

The attorney representing the owners of the abandoned house at 7315 Gulf Blvd. has disputed the county’s claims of the house being in non- compliance with the convenes stated in the lease for the property which the house is on. As a result, the case is now in what is called the “Discovery Stage”. There is when both sides are allowed time to prepare a presentation as to why they feel they are right and other side is wrong.  The discovery stage can take months. I will continue to check court documents and inquire with our County Attorney’s office for further updates.

 

Former Rocco’s Restaurant

Broussard’s is Open.

Go check it out!

 

 

Thank you.

 

Beach Beautification Liaison Committee

Peter Birckhead, Chair

Gary Buroker, Member

Dave McPherson, Member

James Calkins, Member

Lisa Cichy, Adopt a Mile

Joni Johnson, Member

Lynn Steinhilber, Adopt a Mile

Justine Ward, Chair, Welcoming Committee

Michelle Auwaerter, Co-Chair Welcoming Committee

 

peterbirckhead@gmail.com

713-819-1980.

 

 

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NBLRA 2017 MEETINGS

November 18

(at the Pearl)

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

PO Box 5003 • Navarre Beach, Fl 32566

NBLRA 2017 MEETINGS

November 18

(at the Pearl)

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

PO Box 5003 • Navarre Beach, Fl 32566

Donate to the Beach Beautification Liaison Committee (BBLC)