PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566



Peter Birckhead

Vice President

Gary Buroker


Michelle Auwaerter


Kathy Boulton



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NBLRA Minutes

 March 16, 2019 Meeting

The March meeting of leaseholders and residents association met Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Juana’s.  The meeting was called to order at 10:01 a.m. by President, Peter Birckhead.  The quorum was called and then it was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  There were 51 present at the meeting.


Opening Statement – Peter welcomed new members to the meeting.  He then turned it over to Gary Buroker who stated that he missed the February meeting where a motion was made to begin the meeting with prayer but had an alternative motion to make that was provided by a reputable member.  This motion would be to have a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting which would allow each member to decide how they would like to spend that moment since the membership is made up of different faiths.  Gary made the following motion.


Motion:  I make a motion that we open our meeting with a full moment of silence so that each person is able to decide for themselves how they would like to spend their moment of silence before our meeting starts.”


The motion was seconded however before a vote was taken on the above motion a member asked why the prayer motion was not considered as passed.  The prayer motion did not pass because at the last meeting we did not request that only members vote.  The vote was close at 19 for the prayer motion and 16 against.  For this reason, it was not considered passed.  The member then requested if we revote on the prayer motion.  It was stated that it would have to be brought forward again in a motion.  The member put forth again the prayer motion but there was no second on that motion.  Therefore, a vote was taken on the moment of silence motion and it was requested that only members vote.  The moment of silence motion passed 25 for and 2 against.


Approve Minutes – The February minutes were approved.


Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer presented her report as of March 11, 2019.  Membership dues were $1,005.00 and BBLC Donations were $2,815.00.  Total disbursements were $6,923.00.  The current checking account balance is $24,089.41 of which $7,336.75 is BBLC Donations.  The money market balance is $11,848.72.  There were 305 paid members. The treasure report was approved.  Reference Treasure report, dated March 11, 2019 for further details.


Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Report – The February fire report was presented.  There were 32 calls in February.  The main items in February are as follows:

• Picked up donated 2006 Ford F150 from South Walton Fire Dept.

• Dropped off ATVs from county at Lucky 7 ATV.

• Met with Chief Whitfield Pace Fire Chief RE: Special Fire District

• Met with Chief Kanzigg and Chief Norton on       consolidation

• Met with company for Bunker gear extractor

• Deposited $725 refund check from workers comp.

• Attended TDC in Milton

• Registered Beach safety truck

• Called ACE overhead doors to perform repair and maintenance on bay doors

• Ordered and received new fuel tank for regular gas. ½ Beach Safety and ½ fire accounts

• Met with Dave Strohmeyer from United Healthcare on insurance renewal

• Met with TDC Julie White, John Lewis and Austin Turnbull on toy recycle

• Forwarded impact 100 grant inform to Georgie

• Contacted workers comp for Beach Safety division

• Attended Mardi Gras Safety meeting

• Assigned SOGs to Captains.

• Checked on new Wave runner trailer

• Met with Texas construction on addition

• Received check from NBLRA for a rescue board

• Met with Tran Huy who owns property behind Fire Dept for possible 5 year lease

• Scheduled electrician to wire new fuel tank

• Attended BOCC meeting, approval for towers and toy recycle

• Followed up on county disbursement for Beach Safety, 1 month late.  $105,000

• Attended Consolidation meeting

• Spoke with USLA possible certification mid year


Mr. Lewis provided some updates on the following items:


• Life Guards Stands and Toy Bins – TDC gave $20,000 towards Life Guard stands and also made another contribution towards the recycle bins.  Beach Colony HOA also made a contribution.


• Rescue Boards – The Fire Department purchased five rescue boards.  The NBLRA contributed towards one of the rescue boards.


• Preventive Maintenance – Life Guards have made approximately 5,000 contacts with people on the beach assisting and educating them on beach safety such as what the different colors of the flag mean.  A comment was made that rule of dogs on the beach is not being enforced.  Life Guards are not responsible for enforcing the rule that dogs are not allowed on the beach.


Program Committee: – Courtland Gray introduced Charlene Mauro who is the Director of Navarre Beach Marine Science Center. She has received several notable awards for her work.  The Marine Science Center was founded at a former ranger station on the Sound. This center is known as the Navarre Beach Marine Science which is a 501(c)3 non profit.  Having the Marine Science center as a 501(c)3 helps to obtain grants.  She has been successful in funding the Marine Science Center through grants and school field trips.  The Navarre Beach Marine Center has several camps and events such as the Guy Harvey fishing camp, Autism OdysSea, and Snowbird camps.  Charlene teaches Marine Biology and Oceanography to area dual enrollment students through Pensacola State College who in turn educate young children that attend programs on site.  She encourages the students to find their passion, seek opportunities, make a difference, and always continue to learn.

She showed a drawing of what the new Gulf Coast Discovery Center will look like.  It is planned to be built on County land off of Utility Drive.  The Discovery Center design will have many education and fun things to offer such as teaching stations, an outdoor event area, freshwater pond habitat, outdoor amphitheater areas, marine station pier, kayak outpost, etc.  She stated the new Discovery Center should be good for Navarre Beach visitors and residents because it will give them fun and educational things to do.

Legislative Update -

• Cleaning Up the Sound – The County requested another 5-year State permit to dump effluent into the Sound. However, the County has reached an agreement with Eglin to dump sewage effluent on Eglin.  There are other steps that need to be completed before the County can transfer the dumping of effluent sewage from the Sound to Eglin.  The County Commission Committee will meet on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Administrative Center Board Room in Milton for anyone who is interested in attending.

• Fee Simple – The bill must start from scratch since we have a new Congress.  There are a number of opponents to any Fee/Simple bill in Escambia and Santa Rosa County because they believe it would privatize the beaches.  However, the bill that was previously before Congress had language which would have protected the Conservation areas and thereby protected the beach from becoming privatized.  We have challenges before us that will need to be addressed in order to move forward.

• Master Plan –It has been accepted.  Primary focus and discussion is reviewing and then recommending the land/use codes that would be provided to the County Commissioners for their review and approval.


Beach Beautification Liaison Committee Update – Julie White from TDC addressed members regarding the Gulf Blvd Irrigation Update.  Julie explained that for her to fund the irrigation project she must use their logo.  Her department is responsible for promoting the area for tourism so legally she must replace the benches and trash cans with the approved logo. She empathizes and understands the leaseholders concerns over the benches they purchased but cannot legally spend money without having the logo on it.  She stated the County is willing to move the first three benches wherever the Leaseholders or owners decide.  The Leaseholders did not understand the restraints on the TDC money but did have concerns over the white benches since there was doubt they would remain white given the beach environment.  She wants to work with the Leaseholders so has put the Irrigation on hold until she knows the Leaseholders approve.  Instead, the TDC has decided to update the crosswalk area next to the pier with the TDC proposed design and will review with Leaseholders their opinion of the area before moving forward with the Irrigation plan.  She did state that the County would be responsible for maintaining the area.


Neighborhood Watch Update – Courtland provided an update on the two new speed signs.  The signs have arrived and have been programmed.  They are expected to be installed soon by the County on White Sands.


Meet Your Neighbor Program – Did not address.


Community Relations Update – Did not address.


General Discussion – Next Meeting is April 20th at Juana’s.

This concluded the meeting which adjourned at 11:23 a.m.


Respectively Submitted by,

Michelle Auwaerter


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April 20

May 18 | June 15 | July 20

August 17 | September 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



April 20

May 18 | June 15 | July 20

August 17 | September 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