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CEPD board declares state of local emergency

By Staff | Mar 19, 2020

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District’s commission adopted an emergency resolution declaring a state of local emergency in response to the coronavirus during a board meeting.

Today, the commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a state of local emergency for all CEPD property, assets and territory within the legal power and boundaries of the district. According to the language, COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the lives of citizens who use the CEPD’s beaches and facilities. The resolution is an emergency measure necessary for the protection of public safety.

The resolution closes the district’s public beach parking lots and restrooms, plus public beach accesses including, but not limited to, the Alison Hagerup parking lot and facilities, as of today at 6 p.m.

It prohibits groups of 10 or more people at all CEPD public beach accesses, and it also directs groups of less than 10 people to sit at least six feet from other groups at all district public beach accesses.

Prior to the vote, there was some discussion from the commission.

Chairman Mike Mullins noted that CEPD “director” needed to be amended.

“We have an administrator, a chair, commissioners,” he said, adding that there is no position of “director” at the district. “It needs to say administrator so it’s clear who has the ability to rescind it.”

Commissioner Michael Lanigan asked about supplemental materials noted in the language but not included with the resolution. He also pointed out references to “public beaches” in the wording.

“We refer to CEPD public beaches. What are CEPD public beaches? I didn’t realize that we have any,” Lanigan said, questioning if it should be beach accesses. “We’re not responsible for any beaches.”

Secretary Harry Kaiser asked for clarification on accessing public versus private beachfront.

A motion was made and passed to adopt the resolution as amended

According to the language, the resolution will be automatically extended every seven days until the national, state and local state of emergency is concluded and the resolution is no longer needed, or all or some of the terms of the resolution are rescinded, amended or replaced.