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Vacant CEPD seat filled by Boyle

By Staff | Jun 17, 2011

During the regular meeting of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, it unanimously welcomed Jim Boyle to the board in light of Commissioner Rene Miville’s resignation.

Boyle, who was the only person to submit a resume, will fulfill Miville’s remaining term, which ends in January 2012.

“Thank you for the support,” said Boyle as he took a seat at the CEPD table.

The board went on to approve a resolution allowing CEPD to submit it’s own request to the state for funding of beach preservation. In years past, the funding request has been combined at the county level. CEPD has also submitted a written request to see the county’s report on the beach fund.

“We want the state to see how committed Captiva is to protecting its beaches,” CEPD Chairman Mike Mullins said.

Senior administrative consultant Kathy Rooker gave a report from the Captiva Business meeting held last month at South Seas. Captiva business owners gathered to discuss declining revenue from the county on beach projects and ways to change it. The meeting was largely informational for the business owners.

CEPD commissioner Dave Jensen gave a budget report through May, which shows revenue up and ticket sales down slightly. The decline in ticket sales means people are staying at the beaches longer.

“We have shown remarkable improvement,” Mullins stated about the budget report. “Financials are sounder than ever.”

After spending its $1 million in reserves for the previous beach re-nourishment project, CEPD has gained approximately 30 percent of it back to date. The board would like to increase its reserves by $50,000 to $75,000 in next year’s budget. It will vote on the preliminary 2012 budget in July.

The board also discussed making several improvements at Turner Beach, including the picnic area. The CEPD has future projects in the works, such as a possible “welcome” sign for Captiva.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13 at ‘Tween Waters Inn.