From: Concerned, frustrated, powerless PL owner
Time for action has arrived. This is meant to be a “Call to Arms”. Figuratively of course. Since late May this blog has been the site of of a thorough examination of the technical side of the PL beach renewal. We know now that such work will turn the beach into a public facility. We know now subject to confirmation by the FLDEP drawings of the ECL (thanks Anne C.), that no private beach will remain. Then what do we not know? —-while we know the deal with FLDEP requires we “maintain” the new beach, we really don’t know what that involves. But it will cost PL money for certain, we just don’t know how much.
—we don’t know as maintainers of the beach whether we are legally liable for what happens there. What if someone drowns? Are we open to suits for personal injury or death?The state has limited liability by law, we don’t.
—we don’t know what bill the state is going to hit us with for enhancing our property.(as an aside, are they kidding? We create a beautiful new beach for the public’s enjoyment at our own expense, and they send us a bill for enhancing our property. What property of ours will be worth more as a result of turning a private beach park into a public beach? Talk about overreach…)
—actually we don’t know how seriously our residential property values in PL will decline as a result of the loss of a private beach park which was touted to us when we purchased in PL. Why don’t we ask the real estate professionals who live and work in PL?
—we don’t know when Hyatt will bow out of this affair and leave future responsibilities and expenses to PL.
—we don’t know if and when PL will be required to renourish the beach again. Big bucks, not our beach anymore,but we have agreed to maintain it at our expense. And no one can even come close to knowing when a big hurricane might hit again.
Did you notice that all of the unknowns remaining, cost PL(us) money, perhaps a lot of money? How did we get into this situation, and how do we get out? That is the single most important remaining unknown. Forget anything else and focus in this blog and elsewhere on actions that should be considered and TAKEN that will get us all out of this very threatening situation that few if any of us saw coming about three years ago. We must not allow ourselves to be” railroaded” and that is exactly what is happening right now.
If you have been watching the news of late you have seen writ large that very little gets done by individuals acting alone. It takes mass to move seemingly immovable objects, including leaders who either don’t get it or have some personal agenda that is at odds with the public’s aspirations. Regular people finding themselves in this frustrating and possibly dangerous situation, probably blog until they are blue in the face. But many don’t stop there. They form groups with other like-minded people and they “hit the streets” literally and figuratively. They get up petitions, they take them door-to-door, they take out newspaper adds, they write open letters, they appear on TV, they distribute flyers, they use the court system to intervene, they even run for office. In extreme cases they march, they occupy, they harry public officials, etc. In a word they become activists. They don’t always succeed but they get in the game.
So if you see any parallels that suggest what should be done in PL, take your choice. Blogging can’t do it all. It won’t itself get the BOD to stop NOW…and keep our options open and avoid committing to all those costly results of unknown size thanks to the State’s regulations.
A lot could be said about how this entire process has been dictatorial and not collegial. That’s history that ought not be repeated. But the task now is to solve the immediate problem. I suggest the blog turn its attention to action steps to stop the beach process in its tracks and suggest how all of PL can get involved in working out a sensible solution to the problem