Seawalls, Geo-tubes, Beach Scraping and Beach Nourishment. What is the answer?

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  1. Amp22

    Amp22 Beach Fanatic

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    :clap_1: :welcome:
     
  2. SHELLY

    SHELLY SoWal Insider

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    I understand the sea turtles have a similar belief about the humans that build their houses on the beach. They believe when the waves pound their homes' foundations into dust, the government should be called in to haul these folks and their soggy belongings to a more "respectful" distance from the beach...say Toledo, Ohio. :D
     
  3. Amp22

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    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Dear WaterColor Property Owners,[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Last September we presented a dune restoration plan at the annual meeting that we felt offered a long-term solution to the beach erosion issue that we have battled with for the last two hurricane seasons. At that time we introduced the ProTecTube system, a system designed to withstand high storm related wave action and maintain the natural esthetic look and feel of the existing dunes. Subsequently, the Property Owners approved a special assessment for 2005 hurricane clean up, replacement of stairs to the beach and for installation of the ProTecTube system.[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The St. Joe Company, in unison with the WaterColor Board of Directors, has not changed our support of this system. We still strongly believe that the ProTecTube offers great promise against the storms that may hit our area and yet, does not endanger the habitat of the beach and dune area that is vital to WaterColor.[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In our efforts to move forward with this installation, we are required to obtain the proper permitting by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). St. Joe submitted the application for this permit in October of 2005. Despite our best efforts and after several meetings and discussions it is now clear that we will not receive the necessary agency approvals prior to the turtle season which begins May 1st. The FDEP has over 150 applications for beach protection in front of them and have moved very slowly in their reviews. They are being very deliberate in their considerations given the precedent implications associated with what they may approve for dune protection. Our development team continues to vigorously pursue this permitting process to ensure that the installation of this product will be completed as early as possible. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]While there is no way to predict the impacts of the upcoming storm season on our dunes this summer, we believe doing nothing exposes us to the risk of more erosion of the dune system. The only alternative option we see possible that provides some sort of protection is to bring in more sand as an interim buffer until the ProTecTube system can be installed. The sand would be placed via a conveyor system over the dunes and would be shaped with construction equipment. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In order to complete this work we need to purchase and place the sand prior to the end of April. We did not feel it appropriate to divert the money from the approved ProTecTube assessment to pay for the interim sand buffer protection and believe the best approach is to seek a separate assessment to fund this solution for the 2006 hurricane season. In the event that some or all of the sand remains at the end of the hurricane season it may reduce the monies needed to install the ProTecTube system.[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Therefore, we are asking that each of you join with us in approving an additional assessment to each owner of $1,064 to obtain and place sand against the dunes as a protective measure until the ProTecTube system can be installed in the fall after turtle season. This amount has been computed assuming that the company will contribute funds associated with the units it controls (representing 23% of the assessment amount). The board will not seek the collection for the original $2,484.61 assessment until all permits are received from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and United States Fish and Wildlife Service and resources have been reviewed.[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Be assured that every effort has been expended to bring this project to completion and we will continue to work diligently to see this project through to the end. We have begun the permitting process with the agencies for the sand conveyor to ensure installation before May 1st. Therefore, it is imperative that this vote be completed and returned no later than April 7th, 2006. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]If you have any questions or would like to obtain additional information please contact Jack Wolfe, President of the WaterColor Homeowner?s Association at jack.wolfe@joe.com, Sandy Matteson-Pierson, Regional Property Manager at sandy.matteson@joe.com or any of the other Board of Director members.[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]We are grateful for your support and promise to update you as we move forward on this endeavor. Thank you for your patience and for your willingness to work with us to protect our beaches and our community.

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    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sincerely,[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]WaterColor Board of Directors[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Bob Bolen
    John Carr
    Jack Wolfe
    Mary Rosenheim
    Kent Findley
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    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Town Hall Meeting[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]We will hold a Town Hall Meeting in order to provide a forum for WaterColor Homeowners to discuss the proposed new assessment for the additional dune protection system for WaterColor beaches. Our hope is that this forum will allow for any and all questions to be discussed and answered so that we may all work together to protect our beaches that are so important to our Community. Please mark your calendars for one of the following dates and times: [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Town Hall Meeting[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Wednesday March 8th [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]6:30 PM to 8:30 PM [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Room #1 WaterColor Inn

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    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Town Hall Meeting[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Saturday March 25th [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]3:00 PM to 5:00 PM [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Room #1 WaterColor Inn[/font]
     
  4. Miss Kitty

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    :eek: I received this today. I am not sure what to think. First I hear they closed the WC Market and now they want more $$$. I need to sleep on this one.
     
  5. Buckhead Rick

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    There is a growing disenchanment with the Watercolor comm. association / rental management and St Joe. This last e-mail from Joe only came about after a small but very vocal group continued to demand answers. Joe feels silence in golden. Owners might consider voting no until ALL cards are on the table, remember Joe has the most to lose, we have the Inn as our dune of last resort (no pun intended)
     
  6. BlueMtnBeachVagrant

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    Buckhead Rick,

    Could you or anyone else at WC please answer the following questions:
    1. Are any structures at WC in "emminent danger of collapse"?
    2. How high, roughly, were the ProTecTubes proposed to be above sea-level?
    3. What is the elevation of the structure(s) that WC is trying to protect?

    Thanks!
     
  7. Smiling JOe

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    No structures in WC are in emminent danger of collapse.
     
  8. Miss Kitty

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    We (WC property owners) have been asked for another assessment in addition to the earlier ProTecttube one to bring in sand before turtle season. Time ran out to get the tube started and it is felt sand will be our next best defense until the tube can be installed.
     
  9. TooFarTampa

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    But are they in imminent danger of losing tourists? Why else bring in sand?
     
  10. Miss Kitty

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    Good question. It does sound like a "beauty" fix to me.
     

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