Marine Advisory Committee
February 4, 2014
The Marine Advisory Committee met on the above date with the following members
present: Jeff Marker, Scott Mason, and Scott Walker. Also present were the County
Administrator, Hunter Walker; Chris V erlinde, Marine Extension Agent; Roger Blaylock,
County Engineer; Sheila Harris, Grants Coordinator; and Avis Whitfield, Public Works
Director. Chairman Jeff Marker called the meeting to order at 5:00p.m.
The minutes of the December 3, 2013 meeting were approved.
BP OIL SPILL RELATED GRANTS AND PROJECTS
Sheila Harris, Grants Coordinator for Santa Rosa County gave an update on the NRDA
Phase III Public Hearing which took place last night. She said the purpose of the meeting
was to inform the public on the NRDA process. Each project was briefly described and
is in the Summary sheet (see attached). She stated that there was discussion on the
Pensacola Fish Hatchery which seemed to have mixed support and also some comments
from the Audubon Society regarding the Navarre Beach projects and the concerns with
Ms. V erlinde stated that she had met with an individual from Florida Fish
& Wildlife to
There was discussion about allowing Fish
counties being involved with it. Mr. Walker said if the county did the contracting they
would have the flexibility to make changes as they deem necessary and would probably
be done much like in the past through an artificial reef grant. This committee would then
recommend a design.
Mr. Walker stated that the Audubon Society had concerns about two boardwalk
crossovers, one gulf side and one sound side. The concern seems to be more about the
gulf side crossover that was actually just lifted from the DEP state plan when they had
developed the original state park in the early 2000's where they ended up with more
project than money. Mr. Walker said that they excluded the
we call the 3rd dune crossover pavilion that is on the gulf side. He said that we took their
design, updated it and then submitted it as a NRDA project. It is included in the list but
the concerns seem to be parking and whether or not it conflicts at some level with the
FY2014 FLORIDA BOATING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (FBIP) CYCLE
Mr. Marker asked what we might have available through our typical programs this year
without the NRDA funds. Mr. Walker referred to the FBIP grant information that Sheila
Harris had compiled which shows the application period and eligible uses. He added that
this can't be used for artificial reefs. Ms. Harris said that the application typically takes
30 or more days to develop and the Board of County Commissioners will need to provide
input on a proposed project. She suggested that if anyone has a proposed project that
meets the attached guidelines to email Avis Whitfield or Roger Blaylock. If the project
does meet the criteria it would be taken to the Board before developing an application.
& Wildlife to do all the contracting or the4th crossover which is what
ramps. Mr. Whitfield said mainly the maintenance of what we already have rather than
new construction. He added that they do. allow piers and docks which we already have at
Ms. Harris said another consideration would be to request funds for construction but the
permits would either need to be in hand or been submitted by the time of the application
submittal She added that you could expect the permit approval within 60 days but if
they award the grant and you don't have the permits in hand, the grant funds will be taken
away. She said that a preliminary design grant could be applied for but typically that is
done in house.
Mr. Marker asked if there were any artificial reef projects coming up. Ms. V erlinde said
there is presently an RFP open. She added that she had spoken with Mr. Turpin about
resubmitting the project because the sites have now been permitted but he indicated that
he didn't think it would score well because the whole panhandle is receiving money in
Marker asked Mr. Whitfield if he knew of anything we might need for our boat
artificial reef development.
big vessels and Ms. Verlinde said it would not be through the NRDA process.
Mr. Mason asked about allocations becoming available for
Scott Walker reported that he had taken a trip out to Webb, Keyser, Chumuckla,
Williams and Carroll landings and distributed photos that he had taken. He stated that
they were all very well maintained but did note that there is a sunken boat at Williams
Landing that looks as if it has been there for a while but is not in a hazardous area.
There was discussion about the log jam on Escambia River and whether Escambia
County would pursue a grant.
approved participating with Escambia County. Scott Walker said he had spoken with
Com. Salter who is aware of the jam.
much there were going to clear out and how much they were going to leave.
said he would get an update from Com. Salter.
matching funds with them.
Mr. Walker said that at one time Santa Rosa County hadMr. Mason said there was another issue of howMr. WalkerMr. Mason said we should also get inMr. Turpin and inquire about the marine sources since we were going to do
I ISSUES UPDATE
Boater Registration Fees as of January 31, 2014 is $140,917.
NEXT MEETING DATE
The next meeting is scheduled for March 4, 2014 at 5:00p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Committee the meeting was
adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
discuss artificial reefs. She said that out of the 11.8 million dollars being allocated for
artificial reefs, this will not only be for deployment but for admin costs. She added that
the permitting costs are not included in this amount. She said that at this time it is not
known what the share will be for each county and if we will get specifically what we had
asked for. She said that hopefully we will know something in the next three weeks. Mr.
Marker asked if we would be able to provide input as to the location provided that some
of the money and material will be coming our way. Ms. Verlinde reminded the
committee that this is not an open process when there is litigation involved. She said that
the trustees and attorneys will be the ones to make the decision. She added that at last
night's meeting one of the things that was expressed was if individuals would like to
make comments, the public comment period is open until February 19th and can be done
through mail or online. Mr. Walker encouraged everyone that wished to make comments
to make sure to note that they are a member of the Santa Rosa County Marine Advisory
Mr. Walker said that Robert Turpin had attended the meeting last night as well as their
MAC Chairman who spoke generally in favor of reefing and reef projects. He added that
comments had been made that there were too many reef projects that they view as
recreational projects as opposed to habitat enhancement.