NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – It’s that time of year again. Along with hurricane preparations and cranking up the air conditioning, it’s time for appointments and reappointments to various boards at North Redington Beach.
Reappointments to the Planning and Zoning Board as well as the Beach Advisory Board were approved at the June 8 Town Commission meeting during new business.
Reappointment of the Planning and Zoning Board members for the next three-year term ending in 2020 passed unanimously. Doug Taylor and Randy Kountoupis were reappointed as members and Roland Arellano was reappointed as an alternate. Arellano, who was present at the meeting, told commissioners that he was “happy to serve.”
The Beach Advisory Board members were reappointed for two-year terms ending in 2019. Ray Cook and Terry Graber were both reappointed.
Mayor Bill Queen announced that all board members had been contacted and expressed their willingness to continue serving on the boards they had been on before the board of commissioners voted to approve the appointments.
Also, during new business, resolutions approving two interlocal agreements with Pinellas County passed unanimously.
The first regarded the 2020-30 Penny For Pinellas funds and the second was for the procurement of disaster debris collection and removal services.
The 1-cent government infrastructure surtax known as the Penny For Pinellas was initiated by referendum in 1989 for a 10-year period, which has been repeatedly extended for additional 10-year periods. In anticipation of the next referendum to address the next 10-year segment from 2020 to 2030, North Redington Beach passed the resolution to accept those Penny For Pinellas funds to use for municipal infrastructure improvements for the town.
“We (the town of North Redington Beach) get (approximately) $135,000 a year from (Penny For Pinellas),” said Queen.
The town receives its share of the funds collected based on population. The mayor noted that the Penny funds previously paid for paving the town’s streets as well as many other projects.
In the event of a major disaster, the second interlocal agreement between the town and the county, allows for the procurement of disaster debris collection and removal services, and disaster debris monitoring and management services by the county on behalf of the town.
There is no expense to the town unless the services are activated.
“We (NRB) only get charged if there is a storm,” said Queen.
During miscellaneous business, the mayor announced that the annual Fourth of July picnic will be held in Radcliffe Park.
The mayor also gave an update on the forthcoming beach renourishment project in the town.
Although the signing of easement waivers by owners of beachfront property has always been required for renourishment projects, this is the first time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has enforced it. As a result, some beach communities are running into problems when isolated owners take umbrage with the “in perpetuity” clause of the agreement, which itself is only a 50-year project.
According to the mayor, only one town property owner, in Emerald Isles, refused to sign the easement waiver. As a result, the town’s renourishment will start south of Emerald Isles, said Queen.