PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566

 

President

Gary Buroker

Vice President

Peter Birckhead

Secretary

Phyllis Kinzie

Treasurer

Kathy Boulton

 

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MINUTES FOR NAVARRE BEACH LEASEHOLDERS AND RESIDENTS

May 2017 Meeting

The May meeting of leaseholders and residents association met Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Juana’s Pagodas.  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 52 present at the meeting.

 

Approval of Minutes – The April minutes were approved as written with no corrections or additions.

 

Commissioner Rob Williamson County Updates

President, Gary Buroker, introduced Commissioner Williamson citing several items that were passed by the County because of the Commissioner’s support.  Some of the items are:

• Reduction in lease fees to a maximum of $250

• Completion of the Beach Restoration before summer

• Allocation of $7.5 million dollars for the Beach Restoration from the State and County paid the remaining balance.

• Right lane added to improve traffic flow

• Sign reduction

 

Commissioner Williamson opened it up to the audience for topics they wanted to discuss.  Topics discussed as follows:

• Fee/Simple Bill – There was a question regarding the difference between the current Bill and past Bills.  The Commissioner explained that the current Bill was started in the Senate and introduced by Senator Rubio.  The challenge will be getting it through the Senate’s Subcommittee on Energy.  Both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties agree on the Bill’s language.  There is a good relationship with the Alaskan Senator who is the Senate’s Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee and will be a good advocate for the Bill.  The current Bill is silent on the Pass so there is a good chance that the National Park Service will let the Bill go through.  Around July 4th there will be more information which will give us a better indicator on whether the Bill will pass.  There was also a question on changes regarding any land use restrictions.  The Commissioner stated nothing in the Bill will change the County’s authority regarding land use or restrictions. In other words, the County will have the same authority as it currently has.  The current Bill is focused on Simple/Fee only.  The Commissioner did comment that the Navarre Beach Master Plan is old and could be updated.

• Pass – The Commissioner was questioned on his position on the Pass.  The Commissioner is in favor of the Pass because he believes it will improve the sea grass acreage and water quality.  He stated the major contributing factors to poor water quality is:

- Pumping of Nitrogen Liquid

- Septic Tanks and

- Untreated storm water.

The last study performed was completed in the 1970s so he thought having another study performed would be a good idea to provide the County with more current information on the water quality and the type of improvements that can be accomplished.

Escambia County is against Navarre Beach getting a Pass because it believes it would have an adverse economic impact on them.  However, if the Simple/Fee Bill is passed and we own the land, then this will give Residents and the County more leverage.

• Beach Restoration Funding – The County is working on funding for the next beach restoration.  The County is looking into Federal and State grants available for beach re-nourishment to pursue for the next Navarre Beach restoration project.  Debbie Flack is an expert in this area.  She is with the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association and has raised $58 million to be used for restoring Florida beaches and therefore is a good point of contact.

• Traffic Issues – There was a concern expressed about the amount of traffic the island experiences and only having a two lane road with one way to get on and off the island.  The participant asked the Commissioner on the likelihood of adding a bridge at Highway 87.  The Commissioner stated this would take a while because of the process it must go through.  There would need to be a feasibility study both for location and cost which takes time so would be more of a long-term initiative.

• Fire Department Tax Dollar Allocation – There was discussion on the lost expenditures allocation to the Fire Department.  The Commissioner explained that the County received a list that was put together by all the Fire Chiefs which covered the requirements they needed.  The expenditures totaled $1.5 million which were approved and moved to the County Administrator who should distribute the funds to the fire departments.

• Public Restrooms – There was a suggestion of adding public restrooms along the bike path because they are needed.  People have been using the portable bathrooms.  The Commissioner knew of only one public bathroom currently being worked and that is located next to the Pier.  It was suggested that it could be added to the current County project of improvements to the bike path.  Peter Birckhead will discuss the possibility with the Commissioner.

• Transient Food Vendors – There was a concern brought forth regarding having transient food vendors versus an established business.  There was a question if the food vendors were in compliance with County rules. Commissioner Williamson stated that residents should reach out to the County Code Enforcement if they believe there is a violation.  Both the President Gary Buroker and Peter Birckhead stated they had investigated the vendors and they are in compliance with County rules.  The Commissioner stated his vision for Navarre Beach is visitors and residents to have a “World Class” experience.

• Allowance of Turner House – The County is working on options.  The next step will be to strengthen the maintenance standards.  There was a question on whether the County could require the house to be knocked down but the Commissioner stated they must be careful in this area so he would rather look into pursuing strengthening the maintenance standards.

• Funds for Cleaning the Sound – There was a question of whether any of the clean-up funds the National Park Service received would be used to clean-up the Sound.  The Sound has black residue that has accumulated and should be looked into for clean-up.  President Gary Buroker and Peter Birckhead stated they would look into the problem and coordinate with the Commissioner about this issue.

This concluded the Commissioner’s discussion and President Gary Buroker thanked the Commissioner for his time to come and talk with NBLRA members.

 

Fire Department Report – The Fire Chief gave the monthly fire responses report.  There were 46 responses in the month of April.  There were 22 in district and 24 were mutual aid responses to assist other stations (Reference Attachment for full report).  The number of responses has grown from 2016 to 2017 for the period of January through April.  The number of responses in 2017 for the period of January through April was 140 and in 2016 were 112.  Also, the mile markers have been replaced with virtual mile markers which will assist the responders in finding the exact location of the emergency quicker.  The consolidation of the three districts will take time.  The Navarre Beach Fire Department building is paid off.  However, at this time, Navarre Beach Fire Department requires a new fire truck which cost approximately $700k and some maintenance to the building.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer presented her report showing checking account balance of $14,466.98 and money market balance of $11,643.13.  Of the checking account balance $3,036.58 is for the Beach Beautification Liaison Committee.  Recent expenditures include:

Newsletter  - $284.85

UPS Store:          15.41

Office Supplies   45.13.

There are 318 paid memberships.

 

There was a motion to move the money market to a 28 month CD at Region’s bank.  The CD interest will be 1.25%.  The motion was passed. The President will take the action to move the money market funds to a CD at Region’s Bank.

Fee Simple Legislation Update – In closing the meeting, President Gary Buroker provided additional information on

 

 Fee Simple bills before the House and Senate.

o Senate Bill – S1073

o House Bill – HB2370

He encouraged everyone to write Senator Nelson to support the bill.  He also stated it was important to reach out to the Senators on the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee to encourage their support of the bill.  Therefore, if anyone owns property in states of Senators sitting on the aforementioned Subcommittee, then he encouraged them to contact the Senator requesting their support of the bill.  For example, Senator Luther Strange is from Alabama so anyone who owns property in Alabama could contact him requesting support of the bill.  Other Senators on the Subcommittee close by are:

o Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)

o Senator Bill Cassidy (LA).

 

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

 

Respectively Submitted by,

Michelle Auwaerter

 

 

Fire Department Report

April 2017

 

46 Responses for the month of April

In District Responses-22

Medical-15

Automatic Fire Alarm-1

Motor Vehicle Accident-2

Water Rescue-2

Fuel Spill-2

Auto/Mutual Aid-24

Automatic Fire Alarm-5

Medical-2

Structure Fire-12

Gas Leak-1

Brush Fire-1

Water Rescue-1

LZ for Helicopter-1

 

 

 

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 September 16 • October 21

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