Monthly Archives: February 2014

North Beach Association – Directors Meeting Feb 10, 2014

Items of discussion at the meeting included:

All Aboard Florida - this is a private project to bring high speed rail from Orlando to Miami, along the tracks paralleling the Indian River.    Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) owns the rail and right of way and plans to run 32 high speed train trips daily with stops only in West Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale and Miami.   The project hopes to be operational in 2015.  Watch for public hearings on the All Aboard Florida project during March of this year.

The property at the corner of A1A and Shorewinds Drive, the old Radisson site, has been purchased by Phil Ruffin, billionaire owner of the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.    No sketches or plans are available yet but rezoning will be necessary to allow for a hotel plus the condominiums desired for the property.    Public hearings on the property will most likely not begin for another 6 - 8 months.

The Grande Beach property is for sale.    (You may have noticed the recent demolition on the site.)    The original plan allowed for 1000 townhomes plus some commercial space.  The current permitting is for 17,000 square feet of commercial space with about 70 townhomes/condos.

There will be no "fuel farm" at the Port of Ft Pierce.   The US Corp of Engineers requires 100,000 tons of cargo annually to justify any dredging to the depth of 38 ft, which was needed for the fueling project.

Another warning to lock your car.   There have been several break-ins to cars parked at Ocean Harbor South.  All the thefts were from unlocked vehicles.

No water rate increase is anticipated due to the enlargement of the water treatment plant across the street from Sea Palms.  The design work is almost complete and the project will go out to bid in April.  Construction is expected to begin in July 2014, take 1 year to complete, and extend the capacity of the plant to 750,000 gal / day.

At the request of one of our residents, Mike Izzi (602S), your representatives asked the NBA to look into the feasibility of giving Highway A1A its own name.   After all, A1A is called Shorewinds Drive coming east from US 1, and A1A is known as Ocean Drive on South Hutchinson Island, so why does Highway A1A need to remain only "Highway A1A" as it runs north on North Hutchinson Island?     The NBA president, Craig Mundt, began looking into what it would take, and made phone calls to a myriad of governmental offices trying to find the office that might start this process.   As of the meeting Monday Mr. Mundt is waiting for a few call-backs from State offices.    The representatives from the other associations and neighborhood groups that make up the NBA were in agreement that getting a name for our road was a good thing.    We'll report more progress if and when it occurs.   Thanks, Mike, for the suggestion!




Super Bowl Party a Success!

Thirty-eight (38) folks came together to watch the Super Bowl in the North Party Room, enjoy some great food, and visit with friends and neighbors!     There was plenty of food - pizza from A Touch of Brooklyn, homemade chili, honey basted chicken wings, sandwich fixings, wine, beer, soda, dessert and coffee.

Lots of great conversation as well as good interest in the football game, at least until half-time. Thanks to the many, many folks who helped with the clean-up afterward!

Results:    The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 47-8.

More importantly, the winners / reverse winners for the Tiara Towers Super Bowl Pool were:

1st Quarter: Anne Canarie (102N) / Maureen Zuech (303S)

Half-Time: Mil Mealey (403N) / Maureen Zuech (303S)

3rd Quarter: Nancy Mikesh (1501S) / Jan Rodgers (1305N)

Final: Sharon Alexander (903S) / Ed Galvin (1405N)

Congratulations to all!