TOWN COMMISSION APPROVES 2014 BUDGET
AND HOLDS TAX MILLAGE RATE SAME
At a special Public Hearing on September 23, the Town Commission voted unanimously to approve holding the fiscal year 2014 tax millage rate at 2.3000% - the same rate levied since fiscal year 2011. In spite of a continued decrease in ad valorem and revenue sharing from the state, the Town continues to find ways to keep expenditures in check and avoid raising taxes on residents. The Mayor is optimistic that local property values have stabilized and will begin to recover. That, along with the addition of new homes in Sunset Inlet, should bring better news by this time next year.
At the same meeting the Commission unanimously approved the 2014 operating Budget. While projected expenditures increased by 25% over 2013, the revenue is also projected to increase at a corresponding level. Both are driven by the new construction at Sunset Inlet as a result of permitting fees and impact fees both collected and paid out to Flagler County (through our Interlocal Agreement for inspection services) and the County School Department (impact fees).
The Commission and Mayor continue to do their part in holding the line on expenditures in voting unanimously at the August 5 Town Meeting to keep their monthly stipends at one-half the level previously established. The Mayor receives $250 per month and each Commissioner receives $125 per month for their services. The stipend issue will be reviewed again next year. To view the 2014 Budget approved by the Commission, please click the link below, or come in to the Town Hall for a copy.
Sunset Inlet is now ready for its first residents to move in! Building upon the success of its boat show in April, the community had an open house on June 22nd. The three model homes are open, and 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. Developer Jim Cullis of Grandhaven Realty is in charge of the project, while John Molyneaux of Emerald Homes is in charge of the specific homebuilding. DR Horton of Jacksonville is the general contractor.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
Throughout 2013 construction activity increased in both Surfside Estates (the County pump station) and on A1A (Sunset Inlet). These projects entail large movements of supplies and equipment that can disrupt the flow of traffic for a few minutes. Residents should proceed with caution and be aware of potential delays.
DUNE PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Spearheaded by former Mayor Gerry Gersbach and Commissioner Frank Gromling, a beach and dune preservation program was implemented by the Town of Beverly Beach. A sand fence was installed on a portion of the dunes, and two local schools helped plant sea oats and prickly pears, which contribute to the strength and stability of the dunes.
These efforts were enough to give the Town 2nd place in the competition for the Florida Environmental Stewardship Award, a contest sponsored by the Florida League of Cities.
PUMP-STATION REPLACES SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Perhaps one of the most understated yet important events to occur in the past five years is the Flagler County initiative to build a pump station in Beverly Beach. This station will replace the old sewage treatment plant. It will be connected to a lift station in Palm Coast and the estimated completion timeframe is now December 2013 or January 2014. Through the efforts of former Mayor Steve Emmett, former County Commissioner Millissa Holland, former Commissioner Nancy Walsh and many others, the construction has been a collective effort to improve the lives of Beverly Beach residents . The initiative came after a substantial upgrade to water quality in the past few years.
Flagler County Shelter Information
The following shelters are designated as official shelter locations for Flagler County residents. Not all shelters will open for every emergency, so it is important to monitor local media, check this website, or call the Flagler County Emergency Services information line at (386)586-5111 to find out which shelters are open at the time of the emergency.
Flagler/PC High School 3265 East Moody Blvd., Palm Coast
SR 100 between Belle Terre Parkway & I-95, across from Airport
Indian Trails Middle School 5505 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast
In Palm Coast, 3 miles north of Palm Coast Pkwy
Bunnell Elementary School (Special Needs Shelter) 800 East Howe Street, Bunnell
In Bunnell, 2 blocks north of SR 100, via Orange Street
Wadsworth Elementary School 4550 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast
In Palm Coast, 1/2 mile south of Palm Coast Pkwy
Old Kings Elementary School 301 South Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach
West of Flagler Beach, just east of I-95 at Old Kings Road
and SR 100
Belle Terre Elementary School 5345 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast
In Palm Coast, 3 miles north of Palm Coast Pkwy
Rymfire Elementary School 1425 Rymfire Dr., Palm Coast
In Palm Coast, just north of Royal Palms Pkwy
Matanzas High School 3535 North Old Kings Rd., Palm Coast
In Palm Coast, 3 miles north of Palm Coast Pkwy
These shelters do not accept pets. For information on disaster shelters for your pet contact the Flagler County Extension Service at (386)437-7464
HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
Areas east of I-95 have been declared a primary hurricane evacuation zone
If you live in a mobile or manufactured home, be prepared to evacuate. These types of homes will not withstand hurricane force winds or wind-blown debris
you evacuate, designate someone who lives away from the path of the hurricane to be your contact person. Keep this contact person apprised of your situation and tell family and friends who your contact person is. Include a phone number and e-mail address.
CAUTION:Be aware that there may be NO fire department or law enforcement services available if a strong hurricane strikes. Choosing to "ride it out" during a hurricane is a major decision that is dangerous and potentially life-threatening, not only for you but for any rescue personnel involved in helping to evacuate you during or after the storm. (Remember Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans!) Be fully prepared by having sufficient food and fresh water for at least a week (including enough for pets). Make sure your vehicle's gas tank is full, as well as having adequate fuel for your generator, if you have one. Check your medications and ensure that you have ten days' to two weeks' supply.
When you evacuate:
Do so early
Board up or shutter windows and brace garage doors
Plan your route
Have a place to stay
Make hotel reservations early
Have valid Florida ID (all family members)
Keep a hurricane supply kit ready including family necessities and medications
The Surfside Estates clubhouse is the emergency relief center for our Town. It is the distribution center for food, water, and current information. It IS NOT a shelter and may not be used for overnight stays.
KNOW YOUR HURRICANE CATEGORIES
Category 1: Winds of 74 mph to 95 mph, 4-5 feet storm surge,
and minimal damage
Category 2: Winds from 96 mph to 110 mph, 6-8 feet storm surge,
and moderate damage
Category 3: Winds from 111 mph to 130 mph, 9-12 feet storm
surge, and extensive damage
Category 4: Winds from 131 mph to 155 mph, 13-18 feet storm
surge, and extreme damage
Category 5: Winds greater than 155 mph, 18 feet or higher
storm surge, and catastrophic damage
PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
This program is designed for people who would need assistance, or who depend on medical assistance, and would need special care should there be an emergency evacuation.
The program is coordinated by the Emergency Management Division with the assistance of Emergency Medical Services, Council on Aging and the School Board.
A dedicated PSN (people with special needs) shelter is established when evacuations occur. This facility is staffed by personnel from the Health Dept., EMS, and local physicians, and is stocked with needed supplies.
Pre-registration is key for PSN's. During an emergency is not the time to get on the PSN list. If you would like to receive a registration form for yourself or someone you think needs to be on the PSN registry, please contact our office at (386)313-4200.
You may also email your request to email@example.com, or write to the address below.
Don't forget to include your mailing address with all communication.
People with Special Needs
1200 E. Moody Boulevard #8
Bunnell, Florida 32110
Tel: (386) 313-4200
Fax: (386) 437-7388
There are forms in the Beverly Beach Town Office for People with Special Needs. You may pick one up at your convenience during office hours. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE QUICKLY - BE SAFE!
2014 ELECTION Two Commission Seats Open for Election
The Town's annual municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Two Commission seats are open to interested candidates, each to serve a two-year term (see the list of current Commissioners below for term expirations). Additionally, should a contested election occur, proposed changes to the Town Charter will be included as a referendum item on the ballot for approval by the Town's registered voters.
To run for office, interested residents must be registered to vote prior to filing and must have been a permanent, legal resident of Beverly Beach for a minimum of six months. The option to qualify by petition will be open in December, giving candidates relief from filing fees. However, candidates may also qualify during January by paying the required fees. Please contact the Town Clerk for more information.
Candidates who wish to qualify by petition must do so no later than noon on Thursday, December 12. For more information contact the Town Clerk during regular hours.
Unregistered residents have through Monday, February 3, 2014 to register. Forms are available at the Town Hall or may be obtained at the County Supervisor of Elections Office, post offices, schools, and local libraries.
LINEUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS THROUGH 2014
Three candidates for Commissioner ran unopposed in March, and one was appointed to fill the remaining term of Jim Ardell (when he took over for former Mayor Gerry Gersbach in December 2012). Jim also ran unopposed for the Mayoral seat in March. Below is the lineup of elected officials along with the month and year in which their current terms expire.
Jim Ardell: Mayor through March 2015
Larry Mathies: Commissioner through March 2015
William Senn: Commissioner through March 2015
Sandy Siepietoski: Commissioner through March 2015
Frank Gromling: Commissioner through March 2014
Debra Wingo: Commissioner through March 2014
IMPORTANT MEETING DATES: NO REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING IN DECEMBER ! Monday, December 9, 2013, 6 p.m.: PLANNING & ZONING BOARD Meeting - Owners of a parcel located at 2514 N. Oceanshore Boulevard have applied for a variance to the lot line setbacks to build a fence on the property. They plan to build a home on the lot and the purpose of the fence is two-fold: (1) to provide security, and (2) to protect the gopher turtles inhabiting the lot. The owner has permission and is working with a specialist to relocate the turtles while construction is under way and the fence is to prevent them from re-entering the lot and being in danger.
All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Details of the application are available for public inspection in the Town Hall office at 2735 N Oceanshore Boulevard. Written comments may be filed with the Planning and Zoning Board, c/o the Town Hall, at the above address, and will be heard and considered.
INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS! Town Hall and Meeting Hall Get New Roofs
Thanks to a generous donation of $9,000 to the Town from Sid Patel, the Town Hall building and the Meeting Hall both received much needed updated roofing. Four contractors reviewed specifications and bid on the job, with Rende Roofing winning the contract. The Commission approved the work in a split vote at its regular Town Meeting in May. The materials used were recommended to the Mayor after consulting with several sources, including Flagler County Building Department officials. Wind rated 130 mph architectural shingles were used. Thanks, Mr. Patel, for making sure we're dry for the next several years!
Grant Application for Repair & Reconstruction of Town’s Beach Walkovers
In October 2013 the Town retained the consulting services of Sallie O’Hara from the Friends of A1A organization to assist in preparation of a grant application. Discretionary funds budgeted of $250 were used for her time and expertise in preparing the final application submission, originally drafted by the Mayor.
The Town made an initial grant request of $12,000 for “coastal access” funding. If awarded, the Town must match the funds and pay the full $24,000 for repairs and construction prior to receiving the grant funds in the form of a reimbursement. Repairs of one walkover and full reconstruction of a second will not begin until and unless the grant is officially awarded.
The full application was submitted on November 5 to the Coastal Partnership Initiative. The Town will not receive notification of the grant application status until July 2014.
The Mayor is looking at other grant funding options for repair of the remaining walkovers. Any citizen interested in assisting with the process should contact the Town Hall.
EVENTS See attached "Beach Buzz" Newsletter at Left for More!
This Year's theme: "Focusing on the Family" Beverly Beach residents stepped forward again in this year and donated many bags of non-perishable foods as well as cash gifts that helped purchase hot meals and frozen Thanksgiving turkeys for Flagler County residents in need. Commissioner Sandra Siepietoski did a great job coordinating the collection and delivery of the food and monetary donations.
For any resident who would like to share a hot meal for the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be four serving locations this year:
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
* Hammock First Baptist Church, 5328 N Oceanshore Blvd.
3 - 6 p.m.
* First AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast
3 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 * Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd.
Bunnell, 1 - 3 p.m.
* Bunnell First United Methodist Church, 205 Pine St, Bunnell
noon - 3 p.m.
Please note: Ordinances 2013-01, -03, -04, and -05 are filed with the County Clerk. (Proposed Ordinance 2013-02 was tabled and will not be voted upon.) Copies are also available for inspection at the Town Hall, or you may request a photocopy from the Town Clerk. A summary of each follows:
On Monday, May 6th, 2013, the Town Commission conducted a second and final reading and discussion for Ordinance 2013-01, an amendment to section 22, Article III, Ourdoor Lighting in Beach Areas. This Ordinance prohibits campfires and bonfires on the beach at night during Turtle Nesting Season from May 1 through October 31. It does not prohibit covered cooking fires on grills or camp stoves. The Ordinance passed unanimously with all five Commissioners voting in favor.
On Monday August 5th, the Town Commission conducted a second and final reading and discussion for Ordinance 2013-03, a revised Construction Working Hours Ordinance(replac-ing Ordinance 2013-02 that was tabled and ruled "dead"). The Ordinance was supported by the Flagler Home Builders Association and passed unanimously with all five Commissioners present and voting. The allowable hours for construction activity per the new Ordinance are as follows:
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday No Construction Allowed on Sunday
This law applies to professional contractors only. It does not apply to those making emergency repairs or homeowners making repairs.
Final approval was unanimously passed on Monday, September 9, 2013, for Ordinance 2013-04 defining Special Activities and Events that will now require a permit, as well as comprehensive guidelines and regulations relative to such events. The Ordinance further defines that a 60-day notice is required, and that public gatherings anticipated to include 100 or more members of the Town or public, as well as those that use amplified sound, must submit an application and pay the applicable fee for permission to conduct the event.
On Tuesday, August 13th, the Town Commission conducted a public hearing to have a second and final reading and discussion of Ordinance 2013-05, an Ordinance in support of the approval and transmittal of the Town's Comprehensive Plan.
CITIZENS' ACTION COMMITTEE On August 5th, the Town of Beverly Beach made its citizens' advisory Charter Committee official by announcing that four residents volunteered to review the Town Charter and recommend deletions, updates or revisions. Those recommendations will be presented to the Commission for a vote and, if approved, for ballot referendum during the March 2014 election.
Former Mayor Steve Emmett, Former Mayor Gerry Gersbach, Former Commissioner David Kunz and Former Oceanside HOA Director Jerry Clark will serve on the committee, which has no voting powers and, as such, is not subject to Sunshine Laws. Committee members will be free to discuss issues and meet in private as they choose.
Town or Beach Clean-up
Commissioner Frank Gromling heads a regular town clean-up extending along SR A1A from the southern town border up to Driftwood Terrace. Citizens who are interested in this effort are encouraged to leave a contact number at the Town Hall, 2735 N. Oceanshore Boulevard, or call 386.439.6888. The clean-ups are held on Saturday mornings and last 2-3 hours.
The Town is also proposing a regular beach clean-up, headed by Commissioner William Senn. The schedule for these clean-ups is to be announced.
Website Volunteers Needed
If you have writing skills, or just some great ideas, this website can use you! We have resumed publication of the e-newsletter "Beach Buzz," to keep residents informed and up-to-date on news, activities, and events happening in Beverly Beach. One of Mayor Ardell's goals during his term is to improve communication between the Town's government and our residents through this web site, the sign in front of Town Hall, and reintroduction of "Beach Buzz." Your ideas and suggestionsfor news items, photographs, a residents' "feedback" forum, or other topics are welcome! Submit your comments or suggestions to the Town Hall or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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