CEPD gets green light to use new vehicle with SOP
At its recent meeting, the Captiva Erosion Prevention District’s commission approved the standard operating procedures for the beach vehicle, as well as heard about plans for Turner Beach Park.
On April 8, the commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to adopt the proposed protocols.
Administrator Carolyn Weaver told the commission that staff received back the draft standard operating procedures from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which had recommended some edits.
“They suggested that we only go out and monitor the beach once a month,” she said, noting that the vehicle is not for “joy rides” but once a month is too limiting. “That’s not going to work for us.”
She added that other suggestions were kept in, however.
The CEPD obtained the vehicle with the intention of using it periodically, such as to gather up old discarded crab traps, to monitor dune grasses, and to maintain the ropes and poles on the beach. When the beach renourishment gets under way, it will also be useful in monitoring the project’s progress.
All of which was previously done by staff walking the beach, or having to rent a vehicle.
“We don’t want to use the vehicle until we get some approval,” Weaver said.
She noted that the protocols can be updated and adjusted as needed.
“They are SOPs, so they are living documents,” Weaver said.
Also at the meeting, representatives from Coastal Engineering Consultants in Naples conducted a presentation on the shoreline stabilization project planned for Turner Beach. Engineer Jeremy Herget explained that there are two main issues: erosion in the parking lot and rip-rap along the shoreline.
“We’re mainly looking at the parking lot area,” he said.
According to Herget, areas targeted for improvement include the asphalt curtain at the entrance and the catch basins at the entrance and south end, as much of the erosion is focused on the lot’s south end.
“So all of the stormwater will slope toward one or the other catch basin,” he said.
The firm is also recommending shutting down pedestrian access to the beach through the dunes by building them up about 4 feet, extending the fence to the rip-rap and planting new vegetation.
Herget added that the only access would be adjacent to the parking meters.
“All of our work is landward, except for the rip-rap,” he said.
Herget explained that the rip-rap along the shoreline will be approximately 300 feet and raised to an elevation of 6 feet, and it will tie into where the CEPD has already done some rehabilitation work.
“We’re not going outside of the existing footprint,” he said of the project.
“The number of parking spaces will stay the same,” Herget added.
The firm is contracted with Lee County and the city of Sanibel on the project, but the Florida Department of Environmental wanted approval from all stakeholders before it provides permits.
Weaver reported that she asked APTIM, the CEPD’s engineering consultant, to review the project. It had no concerns with the plans, nor that it may interfere with the upcoming beach renourishment.
The commission voted 4-0 to support the project; Treasurer Bob Walter had stepped out.
During the meeting, the commissioners also discussed adjusting the schedule for approving the tentative apportionment for the beach renourishment and for scheduling the public hearing. In a 5-0 vote, they agreed to accept a methodology and then hold the meeting, but no later than January.
IN OTHER NEWS
– Weaver reported that staff located a 2012 survey of the Alison Hagerup Beach parking lot, which is being submitted to Lee County to determine if it will suffice to proceed with the permitting work.
– Deputy Administrator Joe Wagenti reported that he met with the company that will work on redesigning the CEPD website with him. The project will likely get under way in the next week.
Weaver noted that the commission will have a vote on the design once it is completed.
– CEPD staff will implement a new project management software called Monday.com to help manage and track its ongoing projects in a user-friendly format accessible to them and the commissioners.
It will cost about $450 a year for five users to have access.
In addition, Wagenti is working on moving the CEPD’s documents onto NextCloud, a file share and communication platform. There are about 500 to 1,000 folders, with more than 6,000 documents.
– The commission voted 5-0 to approve the fiscal year 2017-18 financial audit.
– Weaver was given approval to draw up a request for proposal for a new accountant.