Town prepares beach project review


Town prepares beach project review


Date: July 23, 2013
by: Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor




Time’s they are a changing — at least when it comes to the town’s beach management plan.
In a July 19 email to the Longboat Key Town Commission, Town Manager Dave Bullock announced the town will get a second opinion about its current Beach Management Plan, which hasn’t been updated since 2008.

The town is paying Jacksonville-based Olsen Associates Inc. $121,800 to perform the assessment. During the next six months, Kevin Bodge, of Olsen Associates, will review the town’s coastline and make recommendations that include whether he believes the town needs a sand project at this time and, if so, how big that project should be.

A shoreline survey of the entire Key’s coastline, complete with digital aerial photos, will also be performed in the next 30 days.

The new study is the latest shift in the town’s beach project strategy.

At the Town Commission’s June 17 workshop, Bullock needed and received direction from his seven commissioners to nix a summer beach project that was 40% more than town staff expected.

For more information, pick up a copy of the July 25 Longboat Observer.

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  • Why do I feel troubled by our Town Commissioners and Town Management that when there is an issue the first course is Consultants - $120k for telling us what we want Longboat to be in the future and now $120k to tell us what beach we want. A cool $250k of taxpayers money which I belive will in the 1st instance the report will gather dust and in the 2nd will be too expensive to do, wasted tax payers $ ?
  • s manley
    Wed 24th Jul 2013
    at 7:14am
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