Beverly Beach will have a new development in the near future. It is called Sunset Inlet. Please stop by the Town Office to see what the property will look like when it is finished. The development entails the construction of 31 town houses, each with a boat slip. Groundbreaking for this much anticipated project was on December 6th, after multiple postponements due to inclement weather. Jim Cullis of Grandhaven Properties is in charge of the project, while John Molyneaux of Emerald Homes is in charge of the specific homebuilding.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
In the last quarter of 2012, construction activity has 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, and 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 work is estimated to be completed in approximately 10 months to 1 year. Through the efforts of former Mayor Steve Emmett, former County Commissioner Millissa Holland, 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 Caoast 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
If 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.
If you plan to 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. It should include all
family necessities to include medications
If you do not plan to evacuate:
Board up or shutter windows and brace garage doors
Designate an interior room as a safe room
Have mattresses and pillows available in the safe room
They will provide additional protection
Know where the designated county shelters are located
and how to get to them
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 96mph to 110mph, 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 form 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 convience during office hours. (10am to 2pm)
BE PREPARED - BE SAFE
May 13, 2013, Monday, 2pm. : Comprehensive Plan Transmittal Hearing - Review of Goals , Objectives and Policies before sending them to the State of Florida
June 3, 2013: Public Hearing on Granting a Variance followed by the monthly Town Commission Meeting
ALL MEETINGS ARE AT 6:00 p.m. UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, and are open to the public.
MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION AT THE TOWN HALL
On Saturday, May 25th from 4 pm to 7pm, the Town of Beverly Beach, in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project and Beverly Beach Camptown, is sponsoring a Memorial Day celebration. We welcome all who would like to attend this event, in honor of fallen veterans, police officers and firefighters, and all who have given their lives in the name of public service.
There will be a military marching band, speeches and light entertainment. Food will be provided by BBQJAX for a donation. All proceeds are going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
On Monday, May 6th, 2013, the Beverly Beach Town Commission passed Ordinance 2013-01, an amendment to section 22, Article III, Ourdoor Lighting in Beach Areas. This Ordinance prohibits bonfires on the beach during Turtle Nesting Season from May 1 through October 31. It does not prohibit covered cooking fires on grills or camp stoves.
Construction Working Hours/Noise: This Ordinance had its first reading on May 6th, on which date it was tabled. It must be officially brought "off the table" for further action.
APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FRIENDS OF A1A
Commissioner Sandy Siepietoski has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Friends of A1A. The Friends of A1A evolved from a citizen's advocacy group in 1997 to a sophisticated non-profit organization today, tasked with the promotion of conservation, preservation, beautification, and positively managed development of the A1A corridor.
This appointment represents an opportunity for the Town of Beverly Beach, not only because A1A is our main conduit through the Town, but because it promotes the development of other regional alliances that can also benefit Beverly Beach.
On February 4th, the Town Commission appointed Ms. Debra Wingo to the position of Commissioner after having a workshop on January 22nd. Ms. Wingo will be appointed until March 2014, at which time she will need to run for election to maintain her position. Ms. Wingo is a realtor, and the Town welcomes her expertise on those issues. LINEUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS THROUGH 2014
With some candidates running unopposed, and some being appointed, the Town of Beverly Beach now has five Commissioners and a Mayor. Below is the lineup of elected officials along with the month and year in which their terms are completed.
Sandy Siepietoski: Commissioner through March 2015
Larry Mathies: Commissioner through March 2015
William Senn: Commissioner through March 2015
Jim Ardell: Mayor through March 2015
Frank Gromling: Commissioner through March 2014
Debra Wingo: Commissioner through March 2014
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: TOWN or BEACH CLEAN-UP
Commissioner Frank Gromling heads a regular town clean-up that extends between the southern town border and Driftwood Terrace along A1A. Citizens who are interested in this effort are encouraged to leave a contact number at the Town Hall, 2735 N. Oceanshore Blvd, or at 439 - 6888. The clean-ups are held on a Saturday morning 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.
In a series of public hearings, the Beverly Beach Town Commission unanimously adopted a millage rate of 2.30000 and an operating budget of $209,861 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. Despite the ongoing economic downturn, the Town has managed to hold the millage rate steady at 2.3000 for the third straight year.
The Mayor and Town Commission are obligated to provide residents of the Town with the best possible services at the lowest feasible cost. Cost of services provided to residents is reflected in the millage rate and the subsequent taxes levied on the residents each fiscal year. Because of the economic downturn, the Town's income has decreased significantly since FY 2011. We have been able to offset this decrease in revenue by implementing financially feasible cost-cutting measures and by deferring all expenditures that were not essential to Town operations. We reduced the Mayor's and Commissioners' salaries by 50% and eliminated the Office Assistant position from the Town's administrative staff. These and other administrative cost-cutting measures have resulted in a fiscally sound FY 2013 budget that provides all essential services without a millage rate increase.
The 2012 budget will require close and continuous monitoring by the Mayor, the Commission and the Town Clerk to ensure that budgetary constraints are met and that all expenses are controlled and scrutinized. Hopefully, the current economic downturn will show an upward curve in the near future, and the Town's income will return to pre-FY 2011 levels. Until that happens, the Town will continue to do everything possible to hold the millage rate steady.
VOTING LOCATION CHANGE
Please Note: As of 05/07/12, voting will no longer be held in the Surfside R.O.C. Clubhouse at 2847 Ocean View Blvd., Beverly Beach FL 32136. Voting will now be held at Precinct 33, the Flagler Beach City Hall, Flagler Beach City Commission Room. The location is at 105 South 2nd Street, Flagler Beach, FL 32136, which is in the middle of the town, adjacent to A1A and the town square.
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