Fire Station 10 evaluation report (view/download)
As we shared last week, our Fire Station on Gasparilla Way does not meet County Code and fire service requirements, so the County will be replacing it. The original plan was to put the new building on the existing location. However, this site has significant challenges and the County is evaluating alternative locations.
A big thank you to the Board of County Commissioners for postponing the vote on the new firehouse location from their meeting on February 26th to the next regular BOCC meeting on March 12th which allows an adequate public comment period.
The Fire Station 10 evaluation report outlining the original and two new site options has been uploaded to the PIE site. You may continue to follow the County’s progress at the Project Status Page on the Charlotte County Public Site. On this site, it is noted that the project is funded by the county-wide capital project fund, not through the MSBU contribution. For further information and to submit comments, please email the project manager, Gary Burdahl, at Gary.Burdahl@CharlotteCountyFL.gov. Comments are welcomed and should be submitted by March 5th.
For further information, or contact Lou Ellen Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Candy Cohen at email@example.com.
ISLANDER CALL TO ACTION:
You may not be aware of this, but our Fire Station on Gasparilla Way does not meet County Code and fire service requirements. Therefore, the County will be replacing the fire house.
The original plan was to put the new building on the existing location. However, now the County is indicating that this site is not feasible and are looking to relocate.
In last week's Barrier Islands Fire Service Advisory Board meeting, we learned of a consultant’s report outlining two new site options. The evaluation criteria and findings will be made public on February 19th.
The Board of County Commissioners is reportedly planning to vote on the location at their upcoming BCC meeting just one week later on February 26th. One week is not much time to analyze the findings of this decision which impacts every island resident. We also want to understand to what extent, if any, related costs will be passed on to us through our MSBU.
PIE is sharing this key information asking islanders to contact commissioners by phone, email and/or letter before the BCC pre-agenda meeting on February 21st and ask them to delay this vote. Please include in your letter or conversation these two requests:
GET THE WORD OUT! Please share this with your neighbors who may not be on our mailing list. This could be a pocketbook issue that affects us all.
Commission Office assistant@CharlotteCountyFL.gov 941.743.1300
Agenda Inquiries 941.743.1944
Bill Truex Bill.Truex@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Stephen R. Deutsch StephenR.Deutsch@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Joe Tiseo Joseph.Tiseo@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Christopher Constance Chris.Constance@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Ken Doherty Ken.Doherty@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Please note that each commissioner can be reached by phone at the “switchboard” number above. For further information contact Lou Ellen Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Candy Cohen at email@example.com
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
In accordance with the By-Laws of the Palm Island Estates Association, notice is hereby given for an Annual Meeting to be held on January 5. 2019 9:30 AM, Fire Station, Gasprilla Dr., Placida, Fl. 33946 (Check-in will start at 9:00 a.m.)
AGENDA: Call Meeting to Order by President
Establish a Quorum
Approval of Minutes for 2018 Annual Meeting
Old Business: None
Review of 2019 Budget
Introduction of Candidates/Election of Directors
Approval of Proposed Amendments to Articles of Incorporation
Approval of Proposed Amendments to By-Laws
Member Comments and Concerns
NOTICE OF BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
DATE: January 14, 2018 - TIME: 5 p.m.
AGENDA: Election of Officers
Palm Island Estates Association, Inc.
Placida, Florida 33946
INFO- CENTRAL PRESENTS:
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
Tuesday Nov 13th 9AM to 1PM @ Resort Clubhouse
Ellen Pinder Charlotte County’s Coordinator for Emergency Management
How to perform CPR when someone is having a heart attack.
How to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
Stroke? How do you know. What do you do?
Basic First aide.
Someone's fallen down? Not breathing? Chest pain? How to stop the Bleeding? CPR-Compression? Nearest AED? Patients Medical History?
Fire Emergency? Do you live Alone? Gaining Access to your Home?
911 Calls? Should you go to the Firehouse first or call 911? What is your exact address on Island? Are family and rental guests informed? Calling 911- which is better to use, a cell phone or landline?
Learn from the Experts:
As recommended by our Fire Chief Bill Van Helden
Ellen Pinder CERT leader (Community Emergency Response Teams).
Coordinator and Mitigation Planner for Charlotte County Emergency Management.
Tuesday November 13th 9-1pm @Resort Clubhouse
Welcome Fall and Island Friends & Neighbors
Join us at the
Inaugural Pumpkin Patch and Carving /Decoration Competition Hosted by PIE
Saturday Oct 27th
Pick out your pumpkin at ferry landing from 9am-3pm(or until we run out) and bring it to our Inaugural Pumpkin Carving /Decoration Competition.
Enter your Carved or Decorated Pumpkin in the Competition from 4pm – 6pm
Location: Tim and Rose Malone’s House @ 111 Bocilla Dr.
Prizes for the
Best Decorated (not carved)
PS. It’s still hot out there so don’t forget your favorite beverage.
Please visit our website at palmislandestates.org for other fun events
Here is the video of the Emergency Meeting for Red Tide conducted by Charlotte County, please be patient while the video loads, thank you!
Emergency Meeting - Declaration of Local Emergency for Red Tide 08/14/18
By Lou Ellen Wilson
Recap of Red Tide Meeting – July 27th Skip’s Marina, Englewood, Fl.
“People for a Solution to the Pollution”
Wild guestimate – approximately 250 people there. Was very well organized and participants were knowledgeable and attendees were orderly – was NOT political
Education: Problem was not made in a day, will not be solved in a day and has many facets:
a. Lake O pollution is caused by run-off of all the streams and rivers in the middle of the state from Ocala south thru Lake Kissimmee and into the Kissimmee River which was “ditched” in the 60’s into Lake O. This reduced the amount of natural filtering of water and sheet flow.
b.Pollution caused by farming, large groves, phosphate mines, many, many new subdivisions, highways, etc.
c.Portions of Lake O in the 30’s was diked to stop flooding in the northern portion of the Everglades which had been drained for commercial farming and sugar cane (this drainage reduced the area for natural filtering of water)
d.The Charlotte Harbor Watershed area has been polluted- causes: Phosphate mines, at the headwaters, subdivisions building canals (over 153 miles) without thought of proper water flow, over fertilization of home lawns and the subsequent run off, state agriculture laws that maybe mean well but may not prove out scientifically, failing septic systems, and cut off of proper (natural) water flowstarting at the Gulf backing up all the rivers, streams, etc.
e.Fact: Red tide has been here for a long time, first recorded back in the 1500s; however it has gotten worse because it is an algae that grows faster from “fertilizer” and polluted waters that are full of nitrogen, etc.
Proposed Solutions: - not easy but have to START sometime, somewhere!!
a. Reservoir south of Lake O – land has been purchased for the 1st phase and Fl. Legislature has allocated 50% of the cost, waiting on Congress to approve their 50% - take approximately 5 years to build
b.In 2008 Governor Charlie Crist signed an option to purchase more acreage for additional reservoirs, but only a small portion has been acted upon. Many of the options run out in 2020.
a.Write a personal impact statement describing what you see/happenings (Pictures help) and send it to our local, state and federal officials. Postage stamped letters receive the most attention – also e-mail and/or call 1-888-343-0515, then push *. Will connect to your representative – leave a message which are recorded and monitored.
b.Stay Informed: Subscribe to Calusa Waterkeeper facebook page/South Florida Clean Water Movement facebook page/Captains for Clean Water facebook page./Suncoast Water keepers facebook page.
c.Suggested reading: The Swamp: The Everglades, Fl. and Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald.
d.Contact all friend and relatives in other states, etc. and ask them to contact their congress representatives and request support of the Everglades projects.
e.Participate in rallies, sign petitions – but always in a polite, orderly manner.
f.Mosaic request for mines at the headwaters of the Peace river were denied by the
County BCC, which was the first time they had ever received a denial. This is the last large deposit of phosphate in Florida. They are a billion $ company, so this was only the first round of a long fight, they need our support when Mosaic changes their request and applies again.
Letters Get More Attention than phone calls or e-mails
US Congress Representatives:
Tom Rooney – House of Representatives (202) 225-5792 – 2160 Rayburn House Office Bldg,
Washington, DC 20510
Marco Rubio – Senate (202) 224-3041 - 284 Russell St Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20510
Bill Nelson – Senate (202) 224-5274 “
State of Florida:
House : Michael Grant (850) 717-5075 – 1401 The Capitol, 402 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee 32399
Julio Gonzalez (850) 717-5074 “
Senate: Greg Steube (941) 342-9162 “
Southwest Florida Water Management District, Randall S. Maggard, Chief – 2370 Broad St.,
Brooksville, Fl. 34604
Hello fellow island residents,
Please find attached a DRAFT copy of the Agenda for the upcoming Don Pedro & Knight Islands Street & Drainage Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 9:30am at the San Casa Conference Room, 6874 San Casa Drive, Englewood. The FINAL copy of the Agenda will be released 7 days prior to the meeting. The Advisory Board stated that the period for comments on the draft agenda has been extended to April 18. You can locate more information on the Charlotte County website here. https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/msbu-mstu/don-pedro-knight-islands/Pages/default.aspx
You can email any questions regarding the DRAFT Agenda directly to Gina Gilbreath Gina.Gilbreath@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
The upcoming Info-Central meeting at the Resort Clubhouse will be with Dee Hawkins, Ellen Pinder and Patrick Mahoney. Thank you to Sally Johnson for organizing this event for all island residents.
Dee Hawkins is the Charlotte County EMS/ Fire Public Safety Information Officer.
Ellen Pinder is a CERT representative( Community Emergency Response Team).
Patrick Mahoney works with FL Forest Service. He will speak on how we can protect our homes from wildfires.
The speakers will address how we can prevent, protect and handle emergency situations.
They will address concerns regarding our 911 calls as well.
Wednesday April 25th
Charlotte County Passes Burn Ban
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 27, 2018) — Charlotte County commissioners passed an emergency ordinance on Tuesday banning outdoor burning (including yard waste and recreational fires) and the private use and discharge of fireworks and sparklers. This prohibition does not affect attended barbecue/cooking equipment or burn permits issued by the Florida Forest Service.
Charlotte County is experiencing a severe drought and the county’s Fire Danger Index rating has reached four out of five on multiple days in recent weeks. The ban will remain in effect until the threat of wildfires no longer exists and the board terminates the state of local emergency.