PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566

 

President

Peter Birckhead

Vice President

Gary Buroker

Secretary

Michelle Auwaerter

Treasurer

Kathy Boulton

 

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NBLRA Minutes

November 18, 2017  Meeting

The November meeting of leaseholders and residents association met Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Juana’s.  The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President, Gary Buroker.  The quorum was called and then it was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  There were 45 present at the meeting.

 

Approve Minutes – A revision to the October minutes was requested and approved.  Revision requested as follows:

 

Comment: White Sands and Gulf Blvd have lots of sand and standing water and the clean up and maintenance of the roads needs to be more diligent.  The standing water happens even after light rains and this is a safety hazard because it pushes drivers into the oncoming lane.  Pensacola Beach does not have the problem with standing water and sand remaining on their roads (Revision in italics as requested and approved in the November 18, 2017 meeting).

Response: We live on the beach and sand will always be present and not sure what can be done about water after heavy rains. Pensacola Beach’s taxes/fees helped to take care of problems like this (Revision in italics as requested and approved in the November 18, 2017 meeting).

 

Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer presented her report showing checking account balance of $15,388.03 of which $3,117.12 is BBLC Donations.  The money market balance is $11,672.80.  Reference Treasure report, dated November 13, 2017 for further details.

 

Fire Department Report – Chief Howard gave the monthly fire report as shown below.

32 Responses for the month

22 In District Responses

14-Medicals

1-Public Assist

2-Powerlines Down

1-Automatic Fire Alarm

1-Motor Vehicle Accidents

1-Water Rescue

1-Structire Fire

1-Elevator Rescue

 

10-Auto/Mutual Aid

2-Automatic Fire Alarms

4-Structure Fire

2-Medicals

2-Motor Vehicle Accidents

 

YTD 2017 Responses-415

YTD 2016 Responses-408

 

Navarre Master Plan – The President and Peter discussed the plan shown below.  The President had e-mailed to members the Master Plan prior to the meeting.  Peter asked if there were any questions or any items that should be added to the drafted Plan.  Any suggestions may be e-mailed to Peter at peterbirckhead@gmail.com.  Some questions directed to Peter on the Plan were as follows:

 

• Water Quality of the Sound – A member wanted to find out if water quality of the sound was being addressed.  President stated there is a separate project to address this issue.  The biggest contributor of pollution to the Sound comes from the runoff which is being addressed in a separate project.

 

• Water on Island – Rains will cause flooding on the island such as at the Pier parking lot and outside the Navarre Towers condos.  The solution is for drains to be added.

 

• Expansion of 98 – Plan supports FDOT to add 2 roundabouts at the intersection of at US 98 and Navarre Causeway.  Phil Babiak requested to speak about this topic to the audience.  Phil discussed his concerns about supporting the FDOT plan without looking at the broader picture and causes of the traffic issues.  He does not believe the current FDOT will resolve the traffic issues and a lot of money is being spent that will not resolve the issue.  Because Phil has many thoughts on the subject he will be added to the January 20th meeting agenda to present to the leaseholders his concerns for consideration prior to providing our support to the County.

 

MASTER PLAN

 

1. Keep Navarre Beach Zoning Plan in place.

2. All parcels zoned conservation and recreation remain zoned as is.

3. Improve traffic congestion on Navarre Beach.

-Install roundabout at Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Blvd intersection.

- Reduce congestion at US 98 and Navarre Causeway. FDOT Fly over plan on US 98 with 2 roundabouts is an excellent plan.

- Include in plans for sidewalks entire length of Gulf Blvd with pedestrian crossovers well marked with caution lights

- As development on the beach is added then install turn lanes at high traffic entrances such as hotels.  Require all new buildings to provide public sidewalks and landscaping across the front of the property.

4. If property is approved for zoning change/require construction to start within 2 years. If construction does not start in 2 years, then zoning reverts back to original zoning.

5. Zoning should include rules for adjacent mix uses to consider noise. For example do not allow property that will be outside bands adjacent to a residential property.

6. New sign regulations

7. New property regulations – i.e. no more cattle fencing type material.

8. Include plans for landscaping and irrigation on Gulf Blvd.

9. Provide planning and zoning for retail and office in Navarre center somewhere north on US 98 within US 87 and Navarre Beach Causeway that will be connected with sidewalks and bike baths.

- We need an area in Navarre that is like a little Main Street - north of 98 and east of 87 that can become like Navarre Center. Like the old concept they tried to develop in the past.

- With help from the county and tax incentives land can be acquired and developed as a “common center”. If that is not possible, then perhaps the area across from the new hotel on the beach.

- This area could become ground zero for Navarre with public space, restaurants, small shops and entertainment venues

BBLC Report - (Beach Beautification Liaison Committee) –

 

1. Christmas Decorations on 98 sign is scheduled for Sunday, November 26th at 1:00 p.m.  Interested members can come at that time to help with decorating the area.

2. Beach – There is no update on Navarre Park except Genesis has been selected to perform construction and development services.

3. Real Estate Signs – Still patrolling real estate signs to make sure they are in compliance with County rules.  The new REMAX sign was discussed and many members spoke about their objections to the sign as being unsightly.  Members were encouraged to e-mail their concerns to County officials.  Peter stated he would provide the list of County Officials with their contact information which would be included in the minutes.  Information is listed below.  It was brought up by one member who lives next to REMAX, and has been adversely impacted by the sign, that it would be best to demonstrate how the sign does not comply with the code outlined 8.14 of the County Ordinances.  This member stated that based upon his reading of the Code he believes the REMAX sign fits the definition of a billboard versus a sign because it advertises more than one thing.  According to 8.14 County Ordinances billboards are prohibited to be on the beach. A link to 8.14 of the County Ordinances is below.  Another concern was whether the sign was compliant with the Ordinances covering the Preservation of the Sea Turtles.  Another member who already coordinated with the Sea Turtle Patrol stated that the rules apply to the South side of Gulf Blvd and there are no rules for the North side of Gulf Blvd.  However, when Sea Turtle Season comes again the Patrol will make sure the sign does not adversely impact the Sea Turtles and will bring any issues to the County.  One member asked Peter if he had coordinated with REMAX to see if they would voluntarily take the sign down.  Peter explained he had not because this type of issue has come up before and he did not get any good results so thought it best just go straight to the County to hopefully get resolution to the issue.

 

Navarre Signs 8.14 County Ordinances Link https://library.municode.com/fl/santa_rosa_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COCO_APXCLADECO_ART8SI_8.14.00SIAVBE

County contact names and email addresses to send concerns about the REMAX signs are as follows:

Randy Jones

SRC Compliance Officer

randyj@santarosa.fl.gov

 

Danny Collins

Planner II

SRC Development Services Center

DannyC@santarosa.fl.gov

 

Tony Gomillion

SRC Administrator

tonyg@santarosa.fl.gov

 

4. National Seashore Road – Road has been closed for repair of a couple of places that required patching.  Repairs are complete so the road should be reopened any day.

5. New Year’s Celebration – A party is scheduled on January 20th after the Leaseholders meeting to celebrate the New Year.  There will be a few food items along with free drinks including beer and wine.

Fee Simple – Currently the Bill is in the Senate with the Energy and National Resource Committee and will not be addressed unless it has the support of both Senators.  Senator Nelson who had originally given his support has since withdrawn it.  Senator Rubio continues to support it, unless we can get Senator’s Nelson’s support again the Bill will not pass the Senate.  As a result, the focus is to find language that will satisfy all players and hopefully regain Senator Nelson’s support.  Representative Gaetz plans on having a Town Hall meeting with Navarre Beach residents on Monday, November 27th at 2:30 p.m. at the Pearl’s conference room.  The conference room can only accommodate 70 people so it is best to show up early.  To gain entrance people will need to have their driver’s license to show that they are a Navarre Beach resident.

One member reiterated Part of Fee Simple includes a Preservation Clause. Escambia County supports this however; Santa Rosa County commissions are not supporting it.  We should email the Commissioners to support the Preservation clause along with Escambia County.  We need to support this for Senator Nelson to support the Bill.  Nancy Forrester is a point of contact on Preservation and Conservation and can be called if needed.

General Discussion – Reminder there will be no meeting in December.  Our next meeting will be January 20th with a New Year’s celebration after the meeting to include free food drinks (beer and wine). Gary stated this was his last meeting as President and thanked all the members, the board for all their efforts.  Gary passed the gavel to Peter who is the 2018 President. Gary will serve as Vice President and will continue be the main person to work the Fee/Simple Bill issue since he the one most familiar with the issue and the players.

This concluded the meeting which was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

 

Respectively Submitted by,

Michelle Auwaerter

 

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NBLRA 2018 MEETINGS

January 20 • February 17

March 17 • April 21

June 16 • July 21

 

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

January 20 • February 17

March 17 • April 21

June 16 • July 21

 

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