The Mayor, Town Commission, and staff express deepest sympathies to Code Enforcement Officer Dan Rodger for the loss of his wife of over 21 years, Karen Siefken. As many residents know, Karen has been battling terminal cancer for quite some time. Dan has been at her side throughout as her caregiver and was with her when she passed away on Monday, June 16, at about 9:30 in the evening.
Karen was well-known to many residents after working for Mr. Patel at Camptown for several years. Karen will be cremated and her ashes scattered in a private ceremony. Expressions of sympathy for Dan may be left at the Town Hall, or call the Town Clerk for his home address.
Dan wishes to express his deep and sincere appreciation to several people in town who have helped him emotionally and financially at this difficult time.
Click on the link below to view the June/July issue of the Town's"BEACH BUZZ" newsletter, including a list of current and upcoming events, festivals, and activities in the area, plus lots of useful information and Commission Meeting updates!
Lawn watering throughout the area is restricted to certain days AND
times of day. In Beverly Beach the guidelines are as follows:
During Daylight Savings Time you may water twice weekly.
For odd-numbered houses the days are Wednesday and Saturday.
For even-numbered housed the days are Thursday and Sunday.
Businesses can water on Tuesday and Fridays.
During Standard Time watering is restricted to ONE day per week as follows:
For odd numbered houses that day is Saturday.
For even numbered houses that day is Sunday.
Businesses may water on Tuesday.
You may not water after 10 AM or before 4 PM.
Each zone can be watered for no more than one hour.
There are exceptions for newly planted lawns and
application of fertilizers and pesticides.
2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET
It is that time of year again! The Town Clerk is currently in the process of working on the millage rate and TRIM certification process. For the first time in a few years the Town received good news from the Property Appraiser's Office regarding our projected Ad Valorem tax revenue.
Halting a slide in revenues that has occurred for the last four or five years, property values in Beverly Beach INCREASED by about 4.5% and will net the Town nearly an additional $1,000,000 in taxable property for fiscal year 2015. This is very welcome news and will give the Town access to funds badly needed to do walkover maintenance, road maintenance, and other necessary infrastructure repairs and upgrades.
The proposed budget and millage rate will be up for approval in September. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the meetings. To view a line item copy of the current Fiscal Year Budget, please see the Town Clerk.
SUNSET INLET – INFORMATION
Sunset Inlet is growing! Some residents have moved in, and others are waiting for their homes to be finished. Progress is measurable every day. The community boasts an ocean view, an Intracoastal Waterway view, and each home has its own boat slip. A total of 31 lots are available, and homeowners have a variety of models from which to choose. DR Horton of Jacksonville is the general contractor. The site manager is Darin Dahl.
CODE OFFICER "SAVES THE DAY" FOR BEACH-GOERS
Over Memorial Day Weekend a large Tarpon fish washed up on the sands in Beverly Beach. The Town Hall began receiving reports of a foul smell and the Town Clerk contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to report the incident. Because the Tarpon is one species being tracked by the "Fish Kill Hotline" the FFWCC requested assistance in collecting samples of fish scales and advised the Town to bury the fish on the beach. They did not have the necessary personnel to do so when contacted.
Enter Code Enforcement Officer and Jack-of-all-Trades Dan Rodger! It was not a pleasant job by any means. The smell of the decaying creature could be picked up a hundred yards away, and with the size being so large, Dan had to dig a very deep hole in the sand to ensure it did not resurface.
Dan commented that it was not one of the better things he had done in Town, but he was a good sport about it, adding that he wasn't sure if he would get the smell out of his clothes! The Town Hall appreciates Dan's willingness to entertain requests for all kinds of tasks, and this was one for the books. Pictures below compliments of the Town Clerk:
Tip to tail it looked to be nearly 6-feet and may have been hit by a boat.
Code Enforcement Officer Dan Rodger
facing the heat while disposing of the uninvited guest.
Please Note: The Town Hall Will Be CLOSED
on Friday, July 4, in Observance of Independence Day
Click on the links below to review the official Minutes of the Commission's May 5 Meeting and the Summary and Minutes of the Commission's May 5 Zoning Workshop Meeting. Official copies are available for examination at the Town Hall. Minutes for June will be available before June 30.
Thanks to a lot of hard work by Commissioner Larry Mathies, the Town was awarded two grants recently for the purpose of repair, renovation, and reconstruction work on the beach walkovers maintained by the Town.
Commissioner Mathies, a retired engineer, has been a great source of information and expertise in assessing the work needed, preparing diagrams, and compiling the materials lists for the work. After his presentation before the Tourist Development Council of Flagler County, a $15,000 award was granted to the Town, later approved by the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners.
Following the guidelines of that grant application, a second application was submitted to the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust for a $3,000 "matching funds" safety grant to supplement the repairs of the Town's beach walkovers.
The grant funds are critical to the Town in light of the cost of repairing or replacing a beach walkover, not only in terms of supplies, but labor costs. As you may have noticed, Town officials made the decision to close a walkover on the south end of Beverly Beach when the local building official warned that its condition was not up to par. While inconvenient for beach-goers, safety is first and foremost to the Town!
Work on the walkovers will be delayed until the end of turtle nesting season, which ends on October 31 each year. Thank you, Commissioner Mathies, for your hard work on behalf of the Town!
Turtle tracks leading to the dune nesting area on Beverly Beach. The tracks appeared over Memorial Day Weekend, emphasizing that it is the time of year to protect these valuable marine life creatures. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Debra Wingo.
UPCOMING MEETING DATES:
Town Commission Public Hearing; Second and Final Reading of Ordinances 2014-01 and 2014-02 and Commission Vote:
MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014, 5 p.m.
involving "administrative" rezoning of property located at 234 Starboard Drive in Surfside Estates. The Commission unanimously passed the first readings of both referenced Ordinances on June 2nd after addressing the issue at two previous Public Hearings.
Regular Town Commission Monthly Meeting - MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014, 6 p.m.
in the Meeting Hall, 2735 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Beverly Beach. An Agenda for the meeting will be available in late July.
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE RESOURCESPAGE! IT CONTAINS LOTS
OF INFORMATION THAT IS USEFUL REGARDING TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR LOCAL AND COUNTY OFFICES AND INFORMATION ABOUT PERMIT REQUIREMENTS, VARIANCE HEARINGS, AND SPECIAL EVENT APPROVAL.
LINEUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS
Jim Ardell: Mayor through March 2015
Gerry Gersbach:Commissioner through March 2016
Larry Mathies: Commissioner through March 2015
William Senn: Commissioner through March 2015
Sandy Siepietoski: Commissioner through March 2015
Debra Wingo: Commissioner through March 2016
Do you have ideas you would like to see incorporated into the Town's Web site? Would you like to see YOUR pictures on the site for everyone to enjoy? If so, please talk to the Town Clerk!
STATE BURN ORDINANCE
The Town often gets calls asking about burning regulations. Overall, we are guided by the state's ordinance. For a burning permit, contact the Division of Forestry at 575-5737.
In general, you may NOT burn household garbage, household paper products, treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint, and aerosol containers.
With proper authorization you may burn yard waste or household paper products under certain circumstances. For a full list of requirements call the number above or see the Town Clerk.
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