Alligator Point-Saint Teresa Association
Board of Directors Meeting
December 8, 2018
The December meeting of the Alligator Pt-St Teresa Association Board of Directors was called to order by President Jim McCloy at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Mission by the Sea Church on Alligator Drive. Board members in attendance: McCloy, Murphy, Heymann, Boldt, Feifer, Hambrose, Kearns, Lester, Lewis, McCord, McMillan, Metts and Novak.
Approval of Minutes:
Motion by Feifer, seconded by Novak to accept the November Board of Directors minutes as distributed. It was adopted without objection.
Approval of Treasurer Report:
Motion by Boldt, seconded by Novak to accept Treasurer's report. It was adopted without objection. Current balance of $45,811.
Alan Pierce, RESTORE coordinator for Franklin County gave an update on the status of Alligator Drive repairs. He first addressed the location of fill sand currently being stored along the Alligator Drive right-of-way north of Pine Street. At some point he hopes to find a more inconspicuous location. Perhaps on property owned by Bald Pt State Park or the Alligator Pt Water Resources District. Pierce next explained a recent letter sent by the County to 99 property owners in the areas most affected by erosion. There is an opportunity for FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to purchase those properties with the intent of moving the road further north, away from the eroding coastline. At present, beach renourishment is not included as part of this plan. Also, there is no indication on the part of the State to have DOT assume ownership of Alligator Drive. In order for the road to be relocated, all affected property owners would need to be willing sellers. Franklin County will not use eminent domain to acquire any properties.
Feifer remarked that even if this plan goes forward, the damaged portion of Alligator Drive will remain in its current state for many months. He suggested that time could be shortened if federal waivers were to be granted. Feifer noted several lawsuits and lobbying efforts already underway by independent parties to affect a solution to the road situation. On a more sanguine note, Feifer announced Alan Pierce has agreed to stay on as RESTORE coordinator until the Alligator Drive situation is resolved.
McCloy suggested another public meeting be held in early 2019 to keep residents informed on the progress of the road relocation proposal.
Pierce noted the Alligator Pt VFD has already agreed to sell the County its two lots located at the intersection of Alligator Drive and Harry Morrison Road. Two other locations are being considered for the construction of a new firehouse.
Social - McCord announced a holiday dinner at Angelo’s at 6:00pm on Saturday, December 15. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Membership – Metts reported membership renewal notices would be mailed in January.
Beautification – Parker noted December 10 as the final day to place storm debris at roadside.
Fire Department – Parker announced a CPR class to be held at Mission by the Sea at 11:00am on Saturday, January 10. There is no charge and it is open to all. Parker also gave some pros and cons regarding the two lots being considered for placement of a new firehouse.
Road Committee – Novak recognized the members of the committee for their efforts. The committee has met once since Hurricane Michael to assess the current status of Alligator Drive.
President McCloy gave the following prepared remarks:
Following the Special Meeting on Hurricane Michael Recovery held here at the Mission by the Sea on October 20, 2018, it occurred to me that we are constantly working on solutions to our infrastructure and public service problems. Solutions that must be initiated and funded by Alligator Point property owners because the county has made it clear that they will not support solutions where they have to spend any money or effort.
It is apparent that many property owners are frustrated with the lack of effort and financial support from Franklin County Government.
It is also apparent that the Franklin County Commission does not want to deal with the property owners at Alligator Point and the property owners do not want to deal with the Franklin County Commission.
Over the past several years it is clear that:
· the commission does not want to deal with our complaints about law enforcement and ambulance response times,
· our lack of services for the taxes we pay,
· the lack of backup wells for the water system,
· the indifference to our requests for permitting,
· the lack of active participation in finding solutions to our infrastructure problems,
· the county’s attitude that we find our own solutions and get a majority to support it, and find a way to pay for that solution,
· their indifference to our beach parking and dogs on the beach problems,
· their lack of political will to stop the bleeding in terms of financial loss every year relating to the hospital,
· their lack of effort or communication regarding the previous damage to the road (and their solution “to have the State of Florida take it back”.
· We find ourselves in the untenable situation for numerous reasons to be in a toxic relationship with Franklin County Government.
· The recent full page add in the Tallahassee Democrat summarizes our current political situation, the headline reads “Franklin County’s Forgotten Citizens, A Tale of Broken Promises & Abandonment by Government”.
So, as a property owner I decided to quietly investigate the possibility of having Alligator Point/Bald Point annexed from Franklin County to Wakulla County.
Beginning on October 20, I contacted the Florida Legislature to determine if this was possible legislatively and if so, how. It requires a bill be filed and passed by the Legislature.
Once that was determined, I contacted officials in Wakulla County to determine their interest in annexing Alligator Point to Wakulla County. After lengthy discussions and due diligence by the county, they unofficially would not oppose an annexation.
I have recently communicated with the appropriate legislative offices and they are considering the possibility of moving forward on this issue.
I would emphasize that I have been working on this as private citizen/property owner as an exploratory possibility; it is time for all Alligator Point/Bald Point property owners to be made aware of this possibility.
I believe there is support for this unique approach to solve what appears to be a hopeless disconnect between property owners and Franklin County. I further believe that all property owners should have an opportunity to weigh in on this important step.
I am making this statement today to inform the board of the possibility of annexing into Wakulla County and ask for your support to pursue this possibility going forward.
Motion by Heymann, seconded by Kearns that APSTA should explore the option of annexation of Alligator Point/Bald Point by Wakulla County was adopted.
Heymann made a motion to adjourn that was adopted without objection. The meeting adjourned at 11:19 AM.
John Murphy, Secretary
Jim McCloy President, Marvin Heymann 1st Vice president, Bert Boldt 2nd Vice President,
John Murphy Secretary, Carol Rippee Treasurer
Board of Directors
Allan Feifer, Joe Hambrose, Sean Kearns, Mike Lester, Judy Lewis, Kay McCord, Jerry Metts, Bill McMillan, Andrea Novak, Ken Osborne