Marine Advisory Committee
December 4, 2012
The Marine Advisory Committee met on the above date with the following members
present: Jeff Marker, 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 Avis Whitfield, Public Works Director. Jeff Marker,
Chairman called the meeting to order
at 5:00 p.m.
ARCHIE GWVER REQUEST
The request was to add another dock closer to the I-1 0 bridge.
that the property closer to the bridge belongs to the Department of Transportation. After
thorough discussion it
at a future meeting if deemed necessary.
Whitfield received a citizen request to add another fishing dock at Archie Glover.Mr. Whitfield explainedwas decided that the situation should be monitored and addressed
Jeff Marker advised that there is a big hole in the area near the Archie Glover Boat Ramp
that may need to be filled to bring it up to a depth that is more fishing friendly. Pasco
Gibson said that he would be opposed to changing it because it is still a viable fishing
area. Trout fishermen love it.
receive the grant this year. She is working on the process for the next grant cycle.
Marker asked for an update on the grant process. Chris Verlinde said that we did not
projects and this committee will have an advisory role in how the money is used. He
mentioned that the February meeting may be a good time to discuss a list of potential
projects for vetting to present to the RESTORE Council.
Walker advised that there will eventually be BP money available for restoration
V erlinde replied that
far and the work will go on for one more year. The Nature Conservancy submitted a
proposal for an oyster reef south of Escribano Point and they are taking some people
from Escambia County over to Mobile to look at some of their projects on December 1
Marker asked if the oyster project on White Point is still in the works. Chrisit is still a work in progress but they have put in about 11 acres soCJh
and the MAC is invited.
Pasco Gibson noted that the oyster system in our bays have deteriorated since Hurricane
Ivan and harvesting oysters is not a commercial interest anymore and Santa Rosa County
does not get the help needed from the Department of Agriculture. The help they are
sending is in the form of substandard material in the form of lime rock. Clam shells are
needed and a message should be sent to the Department of
Rick Harris said that it needs to be a priority for BP money too.
County needs to refuse the lime rock as they do in Franklin County. Jeff Marker said a
Resolution from the County Commission is needed. Scott Mason said there is a lady
named Heather in Gulf Breeze that specializes in this who may be a good resource.
Ag that we need their help.Mr. Gibson said theMr.
Walker advised that Chris Verlinde will research the matter and get something together to
present to the Board.
Scott Mason reminded the Committee that the bay bridge project could generate some
reefing material for our area. Rick Harris mentioned that White's Bridge and Bass Hole
Bridge will be rebuilt and we should start now trying to get the necessary permissions to
put the old bridge material in the gulf Roger Blaylock said the
but will not pay extra if it is more costly.
DOT will work with us
I ISSUES UPDATE
Avis Whitfield said the ramp and parking lot will be ready this week at Chumuckla
Springs and if all goes well with the weather it should be completed in
Boater Registration fees as of December 1, 2012 is $68,774.
Committee that there will be some expenses for new 'No Wake" signage for the Archie
5 or 6 weeks.will be locked on January 1st and will never open again.Mr. Whitfield reminded theramp and Indian Bayou areas.
NEXT MEETING DATE
I, 2013 meeting will be cancelled and the next meeting will be February 5,
There being no further business to come before the Committee the meeting was
The minutes of the August 7, 2012 meeting were approved.