Ad Hoc Committee on Beach Restoration

​On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Alligator Point\St. Teresa Annual (APST) Membership meeting was held at the Mission by the Sea Church on Alligator Drive.

The outgoing president made his annual “President’s Remarks” and the annual elections of officers and directors was conducted.

Also, during the meeting a “town hall” type discussion was held regarding a pending motion to “approve pursuing the Alligator Point Beach Restoration Project Joint Coastal Permit No. 0269516-001-JC Permit Extension. This motion included the understanding that the project would not entail or result in costs to or financial expenditures by the property owners directly or indirectly impacted by the project, by way of special assessments, significant tax increases or the like. Preliminary information obtained by the proponent of the motion was that there might be available BP settlement monies or other funding sources that could be directed to the project if there was interest in pursuing the permit extension.

The motion had been discussed at the APST board meeting in August and tabled because the board felt this issue should be presented to the membership at the Alligator Point \St Teresa Association annual meeting.
Those present  had the opportunity to share their thoughts both for and against the motion and the general concept of beach restoration at Alligator Point, and ask questions. There appeared to be a number of questions that did not have a factual answer. Ken Osborne, who had been very involved in the original beach restoration project efforts over 10 years ago, offered his files as a resource of information.   After more than an hour, and everyone wanting to speak having been able to do so, a straw poll was taken to determine the sentiment of those attending regarding further discussion and research of the viability and desire for beach renourishment as a possible option to protect sustainable access to Alligator Point properties and to prevent further loss of those private properties. A majority of those persons in attendance at this meeting favored further research with a few totally objecting to use of or further inquiry into beach renourishment. The Annual Meeting was then adjourned.

The new APST board convened following the annual meeting and discussed the issues on the published agenda.

During the meeting, the motion to approve pursuing investigation into the beach restoration project was taken up. On a substitute motion the board voted that the president of APST appoint an ad hoc committee to look at the facts regarding the permit extension and to evaluate options for using beach renourishment and the permit extension opportunity as a tool to manage the coastal erosion that continues to create property owner access challenges and the loss of homes. The committee was tasked to submit a report to the board in  90 days. That report should include the evaluation of options, and make a recommendation(s) including possible alternatives. It was strongly emphasized during this discussion and in the approval for the president of APST to appoint an ad hoc committee, that APST was not taking or advocating a particular position, that the ad hoc committee was not being directed to come up with any preordained recommendation, agenda or conclusions, but rather that, given the possibility that there might be options to protect Alligator Point properties from further significant erosion and potential funding sources to do so other than by the imposition of significant costs on property owners, that it would be appropriate and consistent with the purposes of APST that we at least educate ourselves on these options and possibilities. APST’s interest is to try to protect the best interests and property values of our community.

If you are interested in working  with or on this ad hoc committee, please contact Bert Boldt at 850-519-4966 or email him at . The APST board solicits participation on this ad hoc committee by any persons (APST members or nonmembers) whether they are now for, against or completely open-minded about these possibilities, who are concerned, interested and willing to commit time and effort to the appropriate investigation and inquiry in order to come up with recommendations to APST,