Beach Project – time for action has arrived.

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

7 thoughts on “Beach Project – time for action has arrived.

  1. Fellow residents:
    The time has come for the residents to accept partial responsiblity for the Boards actions which are the source of too many problems and needs to be changed.
    I will not be a candidate for the Board or any position in the PLCA but I will be part of a residents committee that will seek a change in leadership in the PLCA Board. Here is what I suggest be done to start:

    1 Every U.O. C. Representative should identify at least one person in their neighborhood that may be qualified to be on the board and recommend that candidate to a new resident leadership committee; and
    2. Start now.
    There are many qualified residents, but not many of them are willing to make the commitment and personal sacrifices to be a Board member but they should al least be on the committee that will help identify the best candidates for the board.

    So speak up and lets start making a list of who is going to be on this committee. There are a few obvious residents who would make this committee work.

  2. My name is Larry Sheker. My wife Cate & I own a condo in Cypress Island and I am a civil engineer by education – BS & MS and a registered professional engineer in PA – and have no particular expertise in coastal engineering. I do have, however, a modicum of common sense and am prepared to serve on a citizen’s committee to review the proposed action by the Board of Directors in this matter before millions more are spent with now unknown consequences.

    • Mr. Shecker – your offer to participate in a citizen’s committee is most welcome. This is exactly the type of resident participation needed. In the past (for example: Save Our Marina) such efforts proved successful. A time and place will be determined shortly whereby a group of residents that rely on common sense can work together to review the elements of the proposed beach project and, should it be necessary, develop a plan of action.
      Anne Cramer

  3. If you are going to have a ” call” to action, it seems to me that you have to sign your name so that we know who to follow.

    So; who are you Sir or Madam?

    If we are going to follow you, we must know who you are.

  4. IN REPLY TO TIME FOR ACTION;

    THE MOST EFFECTIVE STEPS NOW WOULD BE:

    START A DRIVE TO LINE UP QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD; AND

    HAVE THE UNIT OWNERS COMMITTEE STEP UP TO THEIR RESPONSIBLITY AND DEMAND THAT THE INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO THE UOC ON THE ANNUAL BUDGET INCLUDE ALL THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION THE FLORIDA HOME OWNERS STATUTE REQUIRES. THAT INCLUDES COMPENSTATION INFORMATION ON ALL EMPLOYEES; AGREEMENTS WITH EMPLOYEES AND THE PLCA ATTORNEY; ALL LEGAL COSTS LAST YEAR; AND ALL CONTRACTS WITH THIRD PARTIES.

    THE RESIDENTS HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO KNOW ALL THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF THE PLCA. WHY THE BOARD BELIEVES OTHERWISE IS A TRAGEDY AND A DETRIMENT TO THE RESIDENTS. WE NEED QUALIFIED BOARD MEMBERS.

  5. From: Time to Act
    I don’t believe the FLDEP drawings of the Erosion Control Line (ECL) will change much. We already know that the deal will eliminate the private nature of the PL Private Beach Park. All of the details yet to be resolved will only demonstrate how costly the arrangement can be for PL. Examples: cost of maintaining the public beach, legal liability for what happens on that public beach unless the state is to provide some sort of shield, responsibility for future renourishment, additional tax liability when the state reassesses our beach property, and perhaps most costly, the negative effect on property values in PL. But the largest question of all has not been the focus of this blog as yet: What do we do about this?
    People who find themselves in a serious bind usually look to organizing into some sort of “action” or “interest” group…misery may love company but collectively, things get done that individuals could never accomplish alone. Out of such groups come petitions, open letters, newspaper ads, flyers, TV interviews, even recourse to legal actions.
    I suggest we turn this blog into an on-line workshop to put
    into motion some actions that collective wisdom suggests are practical and have some chance of bringing about change of direction in the beach problem. Time is of the essence.

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