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CEPD has new face, hears about Hagerup trailer

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Jan 20, 2021

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District’s commission swore in a new member at its recent meeting, along with heard an update on the LuxuryLav trailer installation at the Alison Hagerup Beach lot.

On Jan. 11, John Silvia was sworn in for Seat 4 after winning the spot in June when he was the only candidate to qualify for the upcoming 2020 election. The seat had been held by former Vice Chair Bob Walter, who did not seek re-election and termed out in December. The seats are for four-year terms.

Afterward, the commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 for Silvia to serve as the new vice chair.

Also during the meeting, Administrative Director John Riegert provided an update on the luxury bathroom trailer that has been planned for installation in the parking area of the Alison Hagerup lot.

He reported that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection had approved the permit, however, Lee County had denied the permit because the easement is insufficient. It does not allow for electric, water or bathroom and has caused frequent issues in getting some work done at the lot.

Riegert added that under the Emergency Evacuation Plan, the trailer cannot be permanently hooked up to water and electric, and it must be able to be towed away or built on an elevated structure due to its location on the Hurricane Flood Map. In addition, a SOP for a bathroom evacuation plan must be made.

Following a discussion between staff and the commission, new Executive Director Jennifer Nelson agreed to do some further research in terms of both installing the trailer or selling it if unable to.

“Let me dig a little bit here,” she said.

Also at the meeting, new Technical Director Daniel Munt explained that he has found a new way to conduct beach monitoring on the island by using GPS and working with Lee County’s software. It will enable the CEPD to share information for things like areas of erosion, fish kills and habitat damage.

“At no cost to the board,” he said, referring to the district.

Also during the meeting, Nelson presented the commission with a new standard operating procedure for handling CEPD bills. It would entail more checks and balances and paying online, if possible.

“What we want to do is go to a two-person approval system,” she said.

When online payment is not an option, the CEPD would stick to writing paper checks.

Prior to bringing forward the changes, Nelson ran them by Treasurer Dick Pyle.

“I’m totally in favor of what her suggestion is,” he told the others at the meeting.

The commissioners approved the changes 5-0.

Nelson also floated the idea of purchasing Sanibel passes for the toll booths for the four staffers. She explained that the CEPD would pay about $1,500 to $1,600 per staffer to cover tolls for one year. However, the CEPD could purchase four passes for $400 each — $1,600 total — and save the funds.

The commission gave the green light on proceeding with the purchase.

IN OTHER NEWS

– Riegert reported that the CEPD’s annual audit recently was received.

“Everything with the audit seems to be in line,” he said.

– For December, about $50,642 in parking meter revenue was collected. In 2020, about $558,261 total was collected and 23,828 tickets sold, compared to about $401,324 and 40,909 tickets during 2019.

“We met our expectation,” Riegert said.