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CEPD approves beach vehicle purchase, reviews project drafts

January 11, 2019
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District moved closer toward purchasing its first-ever beach monitoring vehicle and the board reviewed drafts of the beach project's benefit analysis and tentative apportionment at the recent meeting.

On Jan. 7, the commissioners approved a resolution to buy the vehicle in a 3-0 vote. The purchase price cannot exceed $20,000, which includes $12,000 from the Lee County Tourist Development Council.

Prior to the vote, Administrator Carolyn Weaver reported that the CEPD had received quotes from a handful of companies. They included $11,655 or $14,648 for a two- or four-seater Kubota; $10,745 or $12,975 for a two- or six-seater Polaris; $8,397, $9,612 or $15,968 for a two-seater John Deere or two models of a four-seater John Deere; and $11,345 or $12,845 for a two- or four-seater Honda.

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The Captiva Erosion Prevention District's board reviews drafts of the 2020-2021 beach renourishment project's benefit analysis and tentative apportionment at its Jan. 7 meeting.

She told the board that the Lee County Sheriff's Office recommended buying a John Deere over a Polaris because a Polaris might rip up the beach. Weaver added that the figures were not far off.

"The prices are really close," she said.

Weaver reported that the vehicle will be housed in a storage area under the building.

The board asked her to bring back a contract on one, with the warranty details and service costs.

Also at the meeting, drafts of the 2020-2021 beach renourishment's benefit analysis and tentative apportionment were provided by economists Drs. William Stronge and Gary Jackson for review by the commissioners. The board discussed the outlined changes, along with some possible corrections.

Weaver noted that the consultants are currently working on generating a list of assessments for each property with the aim of comparing the 2014 project's final figures with the new tentative figures.

The board also voted 3-0 to schedule a town hall meeting on the project.

It is tentatively set to take place on Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

During the meeting, the commissioners voted 3-0 for consulting firm Hans Wilson and Associates to proceed with contract negotiations for one candidate to fill the deputy administrator position.

Hans Wilson explained that the firm went through 85 resumes when the job was initially posted as a secretary or assistant position. The list was whittled down, and then about a half-dozen interviewed. He reported that one applicant was still interested after the job was reconfigured at last month's meeting.

"They had no issue with it," Wilson said of the added responsibilities.

Chairman Mike Mullins reported that he was OK with the hire if the firm and staff were.

"I'm personally in favor of it," he said.

Commissioner Dave Jensen also voiced support for the pick.

"We're not managing the office," he said referring to the board. "If you don't hire right, it's going to be a burden on you."

Vice Chair Michael Lanigan questioned if the firm could acquire a copy of the applicant's salary history, explaining that he has found the information valuable in previous hiring processes.

Also during the meeting, Weaver reported that repairs were set to begin at the end of the week or starting this week on the rope and poles located about 700 feet south of Alison Hagerup Beach Park. They had been damaged or lost in Hurricane Irma. The work is only expected to take a few days.


- The board voted 3-0 to make a change to one section of its rules of procedure, increasing non-administrative non-recurring expenditures approved by the chairman from $1,000 to $2,500.

- The board directed staff to put together educational material for the public on the benefits of walkovers and zigzag paths in helping to limit sand loss and protect dunes during storms.

- Weaver provided an update on the beach renourishment straw poll. A total of 279 cards were originally mailed out, of which eight came back undeliverable. Of the 269 remaining, 137 have been returned - 119 are in support of the project, 16 are against it, and two are undecided.



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