CEPD to proceed with engineering, design at Hagerup
The Captiva Erosion Prevention District’s commission approved additional funding for the Alison Hagerup Beach project, as well discussed Redfish Pass serving as a possible future sand borrow area.
At its May 13 meeting, commissioners were provided an update on the installation of a mobile bathroom trailer at the Alison Hagerup parking lot by Deputy Administrator Joe Wagenti. It is a three-station ADA trailer with power and water that is about 20 feet long, 7 feet wide and 10 feet tall.
As part of the presentation, the project also entailed creating two ADA-certified parking spaces, installing an outdoor shower, and putting down partial pavers or pavers throughout the lot. He noted that he learned from the county the parking area is currently not up to code on the ADA parking.
“They told us we’re open to liability right now,” Wagenti said.
Administrator Carolyn Weaver noted that the existing lot only has one ADA space.
“We have to have two,” she said, adding that the spaces have to be paved.
According to the presentation, the proposed project is estimated to cost between $108,600 – if the commission goes with partial paving – to $160,600, if it decides to pave the entire parking lot.
“I think that the partial pavers are at least a no-brainer,” Wagenti said.
Weaver pointed out that the CEPD has received $58,000 in Lee County Tourist Development Council funds for the improvements to the lot, which covers the $46,000 trailer with some monies leftover.
She explained that staff plans to submit an additional $50,000 request for the new fiscal year.
In the presentation, the proposed project is broken down as: $46,000 for trailer, $14,500 for survey and engineering, $1,400 for title search for lot, $25,000 for construction and putting in utilities, $1,200 for timed locks on the trailer, $5,000 for shower, $5,000 for handicapped spaces and $2,500 for permitting.
Partial pavers are listed as $8,000, while pavers for the full lot will cost $60,000.
“We were asked to do timed locks for the trailer,” Wagenti said of the line item, adding that the Lee County Sheriff’s Office raised concerns about the trailer being open and accessible from dusk to dawn.
“We would have to retrofit the trailer with the locks,” he said.
Asked what staff needed from the commission, Weaver and Wagenti explained that the survey and engineering, title search and permitting would be the next steps to move forward on the project. After some discussion, the commissioners voted 4-0 to approve an additional $20,000 to proceed with it.
Also at the meeting, the commission heard from APTIM Senior Project Manager Michelle Pfeiffer about a proposed plan to determine if Redfish Pass on the Gulf-side of the inlet could be dredged as a source for emergency renourishments for the island, without having an adverse impact on beaches.
She reported that the Redfish Pass management study was complete and had been submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for adoption. Using information out of the study, the firm drafted a proposed plan to sample and identify the quality and quantity of the sand in the inlet.
“To see where the material would be compatible, where it’s not,” Pfeiffer said.
Chairman Mike Mullins pointed out that the aim was to look at Redfish Pass as a possible site to borrow sand from in the future, compared to paying to have sand hauled in for renourishment.
“We’re looking at this for emergency stop gaps in the future,” he said.
Pfeiffer explained that first step would be data collection – a geophysical survey to identify what physically exists within the inlet and a geotechnical survey to identify the characteristics of the sand.
Once the field work and data collection is completed, and if areas of the inlet are discovered to be compatible with the beaches, then applications could be filed with the state to have the areas permitted as sand borrow sites. She noted that APTIM would prepare the report with a final dredging design.
Vice Chair Michael Lanigan questioned how much potential borrow volume had been identified in the management study of the inlet. Pfeiffer estimated about 300,000 to 1 million cubic yards of sand.
Commissioner Dave Jensen asked how quickly the borrow areas would refill.
She explained that the areas considered for dredging were located further offshore. The farther out an area, the farther away from the quickly circulating sand, so it usually takes longer to refill. Dredging done closer to shore would refill quicker, but there are more risks because of the proximity to the land.
A resolution was presented to the commission to approve about $349,932 in funding to proceed with the proposed project drafted by APTIM. Weaver explained that requests have been submitted to the DEP and TDC to cover the costs, and their tentative projected budgets for 2019-2020 show the funds.
After some discussion, a motion was made to adopt the resolution with the contingency that the state and county funds have to be available for the project to proceed. The motion failed in a 0-4 vote.
The commission agreed to further discuss the topic at its next meeting.
IN OTHER NEWS
– Mullins reported that he is working on designing an advocacy program for the CEPD to use for encouraging the community to contact its elected officials about future island-related issues.
– Weaver reported that staff have contacted four Sanibel firms in the search for new bookkeeping services. One asked more questions, and she has asked for any proposals by the month’s end.
– Staff presented a draft budget for next year; the commission will discuss it in June.
– Weaver reported that the audit is ready to be submitted, ahead of schedule.
– Jensen, a Captiva Island Historical Society board member, floated the idea of the CEPD being a sponsor for the CIHS’ next documentary, “Sands of Time: History and Future of Erosion on Captiva.” He said about $25,000 is budgeted for the film and he was going to ask for a $10,000 sponsorship.
“This could potentially be a good PR thing for the erosion district,” Jensen said.
Some of the commissioners wondered if it would be an appropriate use of taxpayers’ dollars and questioned if the CEPD, as a sponsor, would have access to all the materials for its own use.
Jensen agreed on the points and plans to bring back answers at the next meeting.