Town moves forward with erosion plans

 

Town moves forward with erosion plans

 

Date: December 17, 2009
by: Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

 
 

The Longboat Key Town Commission is moving forward with plans for breakwaters on the north end of the island even though Longbeach condominiums may not sign an easement necessary to permit two of the four structures to hold sand.

Town Manager Bruce St. Denis received permission to move forward even if only two of the structures are built. The town’s beach engineer told commissioners two breakwaters are better than nothing.

The town also will move forward with an inlet management study and a possible emergency sand project. And, in the next couple of years, the town discovered a Longboat Pass dredging project being performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could bring the town some sand for its eroded north end.

Also at its meeting, the commission:

Forwarded to its Monday, Jan. 4 regular meeting:
• An ordinance that transfers $30,000 from the beach fund balance to the North Shore Road erosion control structure construction project.
• A resolution that makes funds available for the preliminary election required on Jan. 26.
• A proposed ordinance that requires newly seated commissioners and all board and committee members to receive mandatory training in public records, the state’s Sunshine Law and ethics.

Reviewed:
• Additional information regarding investment return assumptions for its three pension plans.

Discussed:
• The possibility of having joint meetings with the town’s three pensions boards with Finance Director Tom Kelley.

Contact Kurt Schultheis at kschultheis@yourobserver.com.

 

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Currently 2 Responses

  • 1.
  • "Town Manager Bruce St. Denis received permission to move forward even if only two of the structures are built. The town’s beach engineer told commissioners two breakwaters are better than nothing. "

    Of course 2 would be better than none because as a consultant you still get paid whether its 2 or 4, but get paid NOTHING for zero/NONE!

    More town funds spent on Consultants - rather than someone who would do some REAL WORK.
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  • Jeff Carman
    Thu 17th Dec 2009
    at 11:37pm
  • 2.
  • Longbeach Condominium residents believe that Commissioner Jaleski's plan for inlet management is the way to go contrary to what our so called highly priced consultant recomends.. After all, the Condo Owners live there and want to control their destiny. They refuse to grant the town an easement to erect a series of Breakwaters which they feel will create further erosion.
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  • Lee Pokoik
    Thu 17th Dec 2009
    at 9:33pm
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