PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566

 

President

Peter Birckhead

Vice President

Gary Buroker

Secretary

Michelle Auwaerter

Treasurer

Kathy Boulton

 

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September 22

October 20

November 20

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NBLRA Minutes

August 18, 2018 Meeting

The August meeting of leaseholders and residents association met Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Juana’s.  The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President, Peter Birckhead.  The quorum was called and then it was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  There were 31 present at the meeting.

 

Approve Minutes – The July minutes were

approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer presented her report as of August 18, 2018.  The current checking account balance is $21,722.51 of which $7,319.01 is BBLC Donations.  The money market balance is $11,760.43.  The treasure report was approved.  Reference Treasure report, dated August 18, 2018 for further details.

 

Fire Department Report – Captain Hall provided the July fire report.  There were 78 calls in July.  July was the busiest month this year. It was 22 calls higher than 2017.

 

Other items highlighted as follows:

• Performed 6 month evaluations of Captains.

• Ski 49 motor mounts broken, parts ordered.

• Switched online training program from $1174 a year reduced to $825; saving $349.

• Received new mattresses from Sleep Center

• Structure fire 7667 Gulf Blvd

• Finalized and submitted to Dan Schebler Beach Safety Proposal

• Ordered new ladder rack for Beach 49. Installed

• Scheduled ground ladder testing

• Awarded Fire House Subs Grant 47k worth of new battery powered extrication equipment to be delivered first week of August.

• Attended the Florida Chiefs Assoc. Conference July 13-17 on a scholarship

• Became a learning partner with Columbia Southern University reducing rates for college classes and degrees for members.

• Picked up loaner extrication equipment from Skyline Fire.

• AC system repaired in station

• Attended NBLRA meeting presented Brenda Stokes with Life Saving Award

• Created PowerPoint critique for structure fire.

• Contacted TJ Goulet with New Chamber regarding Concert on Oct 13th.

• Contracted with Life Scan to do annual physicals at the station.  NFPA compliant and $150 savings per member. $1650 savings.

• Emailed Brad Baker quote for new Air packs being purchased Oct 1st with LOST funds

• Down payment for concrete repair issued

• Conference call/webinar with ESCI Consolidation group

• Contacted Mr. Noack at Navarre High School to verify hurricane plan.

• Attended meeting at Coast Guard station in Destin regarding 2 upcoming Poker Runs

• Meeting at Centennial Bank to set up account access with Key Fob.

• Attended Lunch with Chief Kanzigg and Chief Norton.  All 3 departments going together on Life Scan physicals.  Also, creating a Technical Rescue Team to handle High Angle/Rope Rescue, Swift water, and Confined space incidents.

• Spoke with 2 candidates for Beach Safety Director Position.

• Signed up with SUN COM to provide 2 phone lines and WIFI through County reducing bill from $129.00 to $70.00 monthly.

 

August 30th will be hosting Water on the Fire Conference at our station.  Instructors and participants from all of the U.S. will be at our station receiving training.  We received 4 slots for this conference for free.  Cost $350 per person.

 

Special thanks to C-Shift for refurbishing

generator.

 

Mr. Lewis provided some updates on the following items:

• Consolidation Feasibility Study – A copy of the study is expected this coming week.

• Fire MSBU – The MSBU rate increase Final hearing has changed from the originally scheduled August 29, 2018 to Tuesday, September 11, 2018, beginning at 6:00 PM.  The hearing will be held at the County Administrative Center in Milton located at 6495 Caroline Street.

 

Legislative Update -

• Navarre Master Plan Update –.The August 9th meeting was an informational presentation to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board for the District 4 Master Plan. The presentation focused on public input received on the preliminary land uses and plans for District 4, with an opportunity for the Zoning Board to provide comment and feedback. There were no changes to the proposal at this meeting.  It will go back to the Zoning Board on October 25th with BOCC at Tiger Point starting at 6:00 p.m.  Zoning Committee will follow but date has not been set yet.

 

• Navarre Beach Park Gulfside Walkover Complex – The improvements include constructing an entrance, driveway and parking area; constructing a restroom facility; constructing picnic pavilions with boardwalk connections; constructing an observation tower; and constructing a dune walkover that will provide access to the beach. The County approved $ 500,000 to build three picnic pavilions at Navarre Beach as part of a walkover complex. Commissioners plan to allocate $500,000 of Tourism Development Council funds to supplement the nearly $1.5 million in Natural Resource Damage bringing the total cost to approximately $2M.  Recommended source of funding is half from Local Option Sales Tax for FY 2019 and half from tourism development tax reserves.  Construction is anticipated to begin after Labor Day weekend.

 

• Navarre Beach Park Coastal Access and Dune Restoration – This project will improve access for the public seeking to access the beach and water of Santa Rosa Sound from the existing pavilion/parking lot areas.  The improvements include construction of two new beach access boardwalks from existing pavilion/parking lot areas to the Santa Rosa Sound.  Additionally, a new kayak/canoe launch and boardwalk will be constructed to increase opportunities/access for recreational boating in the water of the sound.  The project will also restore a roughly 1-acre area of degraded dune habitat to enhance the recreational experience by helping return the area to a more natural state.  The restoration will involve planting gaps in existing dune within the project area.

 

• Artificial Reef Deployment – The reefs will be installed in the permitted artificial reef area located approximately one mile off Navarre Beach.  More than 500 modules will be deployed to create 27 individual reef sites, or patch reefs.  The reefs will provide enhanced long-term recreational fishing and diving opportunities.  The entire project is estimated to go through December 2018.  The cost of the project is approximately $1.2 million funded with the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration funds (NRDA).

• It was brought up that while there is money being spent on the Gulf side areas that the County needs to be aware of the need to invest in the area off White Sands.  This area has been growing with visitors and there is a need to improve this area.

 

• 501 (c) 3 Opportunity – Peter presented the cost to convert to a 501 (c)3 would be approximately $2,500 (accounting and legal fees).  Last year NBLRA paid $1,600 in Federal taxes so members wanted to move forward with converting to a 501 (c)3.  A motion was proposed and passed to move forward with converting NBLRA organization to a 501 (c)3.

 

• Fee Simple Legislation – Peter had the opportunity to talk to Candidate Rick Scott and provided him background and details of the fee simple legislation.  Mr. Scott indicated if elected he would further examine the legislation.

 

Beach Beautification Liaison Committee

Update –

• Fishing Pier Decking Material – Deck material is being priced for an engineering task order.

•  Renovation of Navarre Park – Navarre Park design by Genesis Engineering is at approximately 60%.

• Turner House Update – the Turners were expected to be in town this past week to sign renovation contracts for work on both of their houses at the far west end of Gulf Blvd.  Peter indicated he is continuing to follow up on this issue.

• Gulf Blvd. Irrigation Project Update – Peter indicated he is still waiting on final and formal power point presentations from the landscaper and the irrigation company.  Once these are received a date will be set to present to the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners.

 

Meet Your Neighbor: – Courtland Gray introduced Pam Murfey, President of the Panhandle Butterfly House.  The Panhandle Butterfly House was built in 1997.  Its mission is to increase the public’s awareness of butterflies and their important role in the environment. The Panhandle Butterfly House provides an educational and interactive exhibit that enables a better understanding of butterflies and the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive.  Panhandle Butterfly House is a non for profit which currently operates with 80 volunteers.  Everything is on a volunteer basis (no pay). The new facilities will be significantly larger (one building around 2000 sq/ft and second building around 1500 sq/ft) and therefore will need more volunteers and sponsorship.  There are four levels of sponsorship and anyone interested in donating can do this on their website at www.pandhandlebutterflyhouse.org.  All donations are tax deductible.

The Center will operate until October’s Monarch Madness and the Monarch Release, at which time it will close while new facilities are constructed at a different location in Navarre Park.  The Monarch Madness Festival is scheduled on Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Neighborhood Watch Update – Robin Otto provided the following highlights:

• Nextdoor app – people who have joined increased from 125 to 195.

• Neighbors noticed on August 9th suspicious persons entering unlocked vehicles at SunDunes and marked it as urgent on the APP.  She advised that anyone seeing this should report it to the police.

• Posted slides prepared by Larry Hoffman on safety concerns on White Sands Blvd and received positive replies.  Larry’s efforts to gain support for a ped/bike path along the north shoulder of White Sands was highlighted by Channel 3 news last week.

• Sherriff Johnson was at the last Neighborhood Watch committee meeting.  They discussed having a dedicated patrol zone for Navarre Beach.  They were informed by Sherriff Johnson that it is not a matter of if but when.  Resource issues but informally he expects this to happen sometime late 2019.

• Crime Stats:

Traffic Stops - 251

Citations - 50

Warnings - 189

Parking Citations - 12

 

• Meeting with Terry Wallace at the Water Department on Tuesday to discuss what we can do as a community to help with enforcement of the “Leave No Trace Ordinance.”

• Working with Caroline Stahala with Florida Audubon on a guided nature walk in the Marine Park area and to hopefully include the north shore of the island sometime during third week of October.  Also contacted Jennifer Mannis, Biologist with Florida Fish and Wildlife to request she partner with Caroline on this event.  According to Jennifer, Skimmers are beginning to nest along the north shore as well as Wilson Plovers who are soon to be added to the threatened species list.

• Robin thanked everyone for their support and encouraged everyone to post things on the Nextdoor App that they feel are important to the community.

 

General Discussion –

• Next Meeting is September 21st at Juana’s.

• Nomination Committee - PJ Julian will be leading the Nomination Committee to obtain nominees for 2019 NBLRA Board.  The committee will consist of at least three members.  At the October meeting the committee will present a list of nominees for each position.  Elections will be held in November and newly elected officers will begin January 1, 2019.

This concluded the meeting which adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

 

Respectively Submitted by, Michelle Auwaerter

 

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NBLRA 2018 MEETINGS

September 22 • October 20

November 20

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 2018 MEETINGS

September 22 • October 20

November 20

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