October 27, 2022 Marina Update
-All 3 environmental agency permits are now submitted. As Martin County, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and United States Army Corp. of Engineers (USACE) actively review our project, there will be feedback and design revisions. This process will take ~1.5-2 years. If approved, the end result would be approved permits, valid for 2 years, and extendable.
-A boardwalk and marina meeting update meeting was held on 10/17/22. Project next steps will be shared at next HOA meeting on 11/1/22.
September 7, 2022 Marina Update
-Army Corp permit has been submitted, and project manager has been assigned (from the Cocoa Beach office)
-bathymetric survey has been completed; water is shallow, but deep enough for marina project to remain viable
-recon of 5 derelict vessel sites has been completed; 4/5 sites had seagrass, which has been noted as restored (good news for seagrass mitigation)
-waiting on lump-sum bud from C-C to get us thru permitting
-after necessary information is available, we will host a marina slip owner meeting (probably in September)
June 9, 2022 Marina Update
The special meeting minutes of the Board of Directors on 6/9/22 will be an agenda item to approve at the next regular meeting of the Board. Here is a brief of that special meeting: Approved at Special Meeting BOD (6/9/22) The marina committee has reported to us that the new engineering firm needs to complete the following three items moving forward towards approval of the Marina project... 1. Derelict Vessel Recon ($5700) - Needed to complete the removal of 5 derelict vessels. Biologists will document and score the positive environmental impact towards seagrass mitigation, offsetting the PUD impact. 2. US Army Corp of Engineering (USACE) Initial Permit Submission ($6600) - The permitting cost to the Army Corp for the project. This is not the final permit process. We have been advised that this permit will take the longest (approximately 2 years). 3. Bathymetric Survey/Underwater Topography ($6800) - The underwater topographical survey of the coastal property to determine exact location (based on tide and channel offset) where to build the marina facility. Important discussions points touched on at Special Meeting BOD (6/9/22) • The Martin County Board of County Commissioners are the last line to approve the project and there is a risk this PUD could be denied. Slip reservation holders and/or those ultimately slated to receive a slip… is the group that will be funding the project as submitted going forward. This is a conceptual goal that makes the most sense currently to the Marina Committee. • The special assessment funds totaling 151.1k (1500 x 101 residents) will be exhausted once the above approved engineering scopes have been paid. • Because of the speed and as new information becomes available to the Marina Committee, it is anticipated that the Marina Committee will be requesting asynchronous meetings on short-notice with the JN Board of Directors to seek approvals and discuss issues that arise so the project may successfully move forward. • For future special meetings, the BOD cannot guarantee a remote (zoom) meeting option will be available. Understanding that not everyone will be able to attend meetings in-person, meeting summaries (like this one) will be made available.
The engineering phase of the project is ongoing. Engineering, plan refinement, and permitting must be completed prior to breaking ground. The preliminary design and associated surveys have been completed by Engineering Design Construction Inc. (EDC), and the Planned Unit Development (PUD) document was updated by our attorney, so the full package was ready, and submitted to the county. The county returned their review of our package for completeness on April 16 2019 with two minor requests for additional information. Updates were made accordingly, and the final package was submitted on April 23, commencing the initial 60-day review and comment cycle. Also, on April 24, 2019 the perimitting package was submitted to South Martin Regional Utilities (SMRU) for their review. Comments recently received from SMRU are being addressed, and comments from Martin County were received in mid-June. Additionallly a pre-submittal review was requested from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and the review meeting was held on June 25 to hear their concerns and ways to address them.
The initial review comments from Martin County and the pre-submittal review comments from the state have been favorable for the mechanical aspects of the project, but have expressed concerns for potential environmental impacts to seagrasses and the mangrove preserve. These initial comments are being addressed in addition to later comments presented by SFWMD in August 2019. Resultant meetings and site visits with SFWMD occurred in September, October, and December 2019. Various sea grass mitigation initiative discussions are ongoing with SFWMD. It will be May or June 2020 before SFWMD can approve the proposed mitigations.
In addition to the seagrass mitigation process, permitting for the boardwalk is ongoing. At the request of the SFWMD, on February 27 2020 an arborist from EDC scouted the proposed area for Jupiter Narrows boardwalk to locate the mosquito ditch, and flagged the proposed boardwalk pathway. The proposed path was followed, flagged, and marked. A clear mosquito ditch is present between a portion of the flags but it could not be found in other areas of the mangroves. This is because the mosquito ditch only extends partway into the mangrove area, hence the proposed shortest distance diagonal route from the easement entrance to the beginning of the ditch.
SFWMD completed their initial site visit to the mangroves on April 17 2020. SFWMD personnel completed their follow-on visit on Wednesday, April 22 2020, and have developed their preliminary Uniform Mitigation Analysis Method (UMAM) analyses. Because the entrance area, the full mangrove area, and the mosquito ditch area vary so much a UMAM is required for each of the three areas. The UNAMS were completed and EDC completed their estimates for the seagrass and mangrove mitigations required for permitting. The remainder of May 2020 was taken to develop the preliminary mitigation plan for the mangroves.
EDC submitted their preliminary mangrove mitigation plan to SFWMD, and a site visit was conducted at the North end of the Jupiter Narrows mangrove area to evaluate potential locations for planting new mangroves required as mitigations for damage to existing mangroves resulting from boardwalk construction. SFWMD will now complete their analysis to determine the final mitigation requirement score to be met. With the final score in hand EDC will go back on site to identify and measure specific areas for removing invasive plants and for planting new mangroves. Additional reviews will then be held in order to reach a final agreement for a permit-able mitigation plan including the five year monitoring program.
SFWMD is awaiting the preliminary seagrass mitigation plan from EDC. A similar process to the mangrove process of site visits and iterative meetings will follow. It is difficult to estimate when the final agreements will be reached. Discussions with Martin County are ongoing in parallel, but submittal of the packages for final permitting will not go to Martin County or the Army Corps Of Engineers until agreement has been reached with SFWMD.
The federal process commenced on August 12, 2019 with a pre-submission meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers. No new concerns were raised at that meeting, so completing the submission packages for the county and state is ongoing with submission scheduled for mid 2020. The approval processes are estimated to be completed in late 2020. A schedule of estimated construction milestones will be provided when pernitting is completed.
The Jupiter Narrows Boardwalk and Marina Project completed the initial planning stage, environmental and other reviews, and informational meetings. Hard copies of voting ballots and boardwalk and marina particulars were sent in the mail to all homeowners for their information and review. Voting ballots were also mailed to all homeowners with return envelopes. Voting required to pass amending the bylaws to enable management of the facility, and voting to pass funding and commencing the project were held by mail-in ballot and a voting meeting on August 28, 2018. Voting was administered and counted soley by Advantage Management Inc.
1) Amendments to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions for Jupiter Narrows were approved.
2) Special Assessment for the Marina and Dock Facility construction, in the amount of $1,500.00 to all Members, to be specially assessed concurrently with the individual assessments of $18,500.00, which will be levied against the initial Slip Holders upon recordation of the Amendments to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions for Jupiter Narrows also approved.
3) Receipts for marina slip payments were emailed in early March with hardcopies to follow in the mail.
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