Marine Advisory Committee
August 7, 2012
The Marine Advisory Committee met on the above date with the following members
present: Rick Harris, Pasco Gibson and Scott Mason. Also present were the County
Administrator, Hunter Walker; Chris Verlinde, Marine Extension Agent; Roger Blaylock,
County Engineer and A vis Whitfield, Public Works Director. Rick Harris, ViceChairman
called the meeting to order
County Commissioners start the process for no wake zones at the Archie Glover Boat
Ramp. Rick Harris noted that bait fishermen do use that area and would appreciate the
no wake zones. Pasco Gibson made a motion to recommend establishing a no wake zone
from the eastern side of the dock out to the island and west to the mouth of the bayou.
The motion was seconded by Scott Mason and passed without objection.
GULF ISLANDS SEASHORE UPDATE
Walker suggested that the Committee consider recommending that the Board of
Resolution supporting comments to the Gulf Islands National Seashore
Management Plan dated December 8, 2011 adding language under Section 2 (H) which
states "Establishing an advisory committee consisting of local representation to include
the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners." There were no other changes to
the Resolution. After Committee discussion it was decided that no action would be
recommended to change the Resolution entered by the Santa Rosa County Commission
on December 4, 201. The Committee feels that Santa Rosa County would be invited to
participate on the advisory committee
Walker noted that Escambia County approved a Replacement Resolution to theirDraft Generalif established without amending the Resolution.
this year. He also advised the Committee that FWC required that the language
Ordinance for boating restrictions
County Commissioners will start the ordinance process again this week.
Walker advised the Committee that the FWC Artificial Reef Grant was funded forin thein Indian Bayou be more restrictive and the Board of
purchased and staff will begin the permit process to establish a parking area for the Live
Oak boat ramp.
Boat Registration fees as of July 31, 2012 is $189,973 after purchase of the Live Oak
Walker also advised the Committee that the property on Live Oak Street has been
Mr. Walker stated that the bids for clearing the Escambia River log jam were excessive
and were rejected by Escambia County.
NEXT MEETING DATE
The September 4, 2012 meeting will be cancelled due to a conflict with the first public
hearing of the County's tentative budget and the next meeting is scheduled for October 2,
2012 at 5:00p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Committee the meeting was
adjourned at 5:40p.m.
The minutes of the June 5, 2012 meeting were approved.