Monthly Archives: June 2016

June North Beach Association Meeting

SLC Fire Service Report

The latest North Beach Association Meeting was almost entirely devoted to a presentation by the Chief of the St Lucie County Fire Department, Buddy Emerson, regarding the fire department's need for additional funding.  Historically funding for the Fire Department has been tied to property assessments and when values are rising increased funding flows to the Fire Department.   Since 2006, with the economic downturn, property values have fallen and the funding provided by the property taxes has likewise fallen.

To meet the reduced revenue, the Fire Department has been postponing purchases of fire equipment such as trucks, ambulances and turn-out gear, plus decreasing staffing in order to cover essential services.   In 2015 the Fire Department received 48,022 emergency calls, which is significantly more than the calls received by Martin or Indian River counties combined.   With the aging equipment, many fire trucks are > 20 years old, the Fire Department states there is a need to change the way its funding is provided.

Educate yourself by reading the Message from Chief Buddy Emerson on the SLC Fire District's website.

At the August primary (August 30,2016) St Lucie County residents will be voting to add a annual assessment per residential unit of no more than $50.   If passed this assessment will be included in your 2017 property tax bill. Commercial property, vacant land, in fact all types of property, will have their own level of assessment.    Everyone who benefits from the Fire Department's services will participate in its funding.

You can read the Fire Department's own Assessment letter, similar to the one recently posted in the mailrooms of both the North and South towers, at

Remember this is an annual assessment of no more than $50 per household.    The actual amount may vary from year to year depending on the needs of the Fire Department.    Please consider the implications of reduced services, both fire and emergency services, on life at Tiara when deciding how you will vote in August.

Highway A1A or Atlantic Beach Blvd

The only other significant item discussed at the NBA meeting was the possible renaming of State Highway A1A.    The highway already appears on the SLC Property Assessor's map as Atlantic Beach Boulevard, extending from the Inlet to the northern boundary of the County.     Most of the Directors, representatives of all of the HOA's here on North Hutchinson Island, are in favor of asking St Lucie County to support the use of either name, SR A1A or Atlantic Beach Boulevard, for the highway that runs in front of our building.    The St Lucie County Planning Department is reviewing the request and their next step will be to forward a planned change to the County's Legal Department to advise on the steps for implementation.






Hurricane Season is Here

It's hurricane season in Florida and, though we all hope that no hurricanes will threaten us here at Tiara, we do have to be prepared in case of a weather emergency. If you haven't personally experienced a severe storm you should also visit the photos and stories on the Tiara website under Photo Stories / Hurricanes Hit in 2004. The pictures of the aftermath of the 2004-2005 hurricanes at Tiara are quite interesting.

St Lucie County has published an excellent guide on Hurricane Preparedness. If you are unsure of how to prepare for a hurricane you should take a few minutes and read this guide. It's been added to the Tiara Website under Support / Maintenance.

Another item that all Florida residents should check out is the way access to the island is controlled after a major emergency. After an emergency, and a major hurricane qualifies as an emergency, St. Lucie County limits access to North Hutchinson Island to those residents who prove that they live on the island.   What you must know is that the "proof" required is a green placard that can be hung on your vehicle's rear-view mirror which is issued by St Lucie County.   Without this placard you will be turned away at the bridges and prevented from getting to Tiara until the emergency conditions are lifted.    Green Placard

The current rules require that the applicant for a "Green Placard" show a Florida Driver's license with a local address plus a recent utility bill or tax bill showing the address of a residence on Hutchinson Island.   The placards are easy to get and take just a minute or two if you bring the required documentation to the deputy at the entrance to the Tax Office at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Ft Pierce.   It's unclear to this author whether  the driver's license must show a Hutchinson Island address or any Florida address.   The following is from the St Lucie County Sheriff's Office website under a topic entitled Disaster Ready.

Barrier Island Re-Entry Program (Sheriff's Office website)

The St Lucie County Disaster Re-Entry Program has been established for residents of our barrier islands to alleviate confusion after an evacuation.  Residents of the barrier island MUST receive a placard to re-enter the island immediately following a disaster.

To receive this placard, each resident must produce two forms of proof that they reside on the barrier island such as a utility bill with a local address along with a local driver’s license.  One placard is issued for each household.

Placards are issued at four locations throughout the county.

 Sheriff’s Office Main Headquarters
4700 West Midway Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
 St. Lucie West Courthouse
250 NW Country Club Dr.
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
St. Lucie County Tax Collector's Office -- Fort Pierce
2300 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
St. Lucie County Tax Collector's Office -- Port St. Lucie
1664 SE Walton Rd.
Port St Lucie, FL 34952

With Great Sorrow – Eliane Knopp

Our friend and long-time Tiara owner Eliane Knopp (1103 S) passed away on Monday June 6th in her home in Buffalo, N.Y.    Eliane (February 6, 1922 – June 6, 2016) was 94 years young.      We remember her with great joy even as we mourn her passing.    jacky and Eliane Knopp

A memorial service will be held 11:00AM on Sunday June 19 at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC, 281 Dodge Road. No prior visitations. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Temple Beth Zion Sisterhood. A period of mourning will be held at Eliane's late residence Monday from 2-4 PM.

You may visit the Family Guestbook at

Eliane will also be remembered at a ceremony to be held in the coming weeks to coincide with the dedication of a Science Center to be built at the Park School of Buffalo where Jacky Knopp taught for many years.     From the Buffalo Business First's article of Oct. 16, 2015, states:

 “As the Park School of Buffalo prepares to construct the first new building on its Snyder campus in a decade, the private school has announced that the proposed new science center will be named after a pair of much-beloved teachers.

In an alumni-driven campaign that raised $1 million, through largely anonymous donations, Park leaders announced the science center will be named after the late Dr. Jacky Knopp and Dr. Raoul Hailpern, two math teachers who taught generations of students not only at Park but also at the University at Buffalo and Canisius College. The new building will be named the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center.”

Read Eliane's obituary.


New Lobby Furniture

At the May 19th Board Meeting the Board approved the purchase of new furniture for the North and South lobbies.   Each lobby will get 2 new couches and 2 new chairs, and the wicker chairs will be recovered.   The new furniture should be ready in about 6 - 8 weeks.    Decorative, complementary pillows have been ordered for the couches.

The fabrics to be used for the furniture are the samples that were shown and reviewed several months ago at meetings and at a Social Committee party.    The couches will be covered in a Sunbrella solid beige fabric; the chairs will sport the striped and Lanai pattern shown here.


New couch in coordinating beige fabric, as pictured.

New couch in coordinating beige fabric, as pictured.



Lanai pattern with complementary striped pattern

Lanai pattern with complementary striped pattern



In the Fall there are plans to change the rugs and to add other items as the work on redecorating the lobby continues.   If you are interested in working with the Decorating Committee please contact either Jo Ann Galvin or Linda Decker.


The outgoing furniture will be offered for sale to owners and friends of Tiara Towers.   The lobby sofas are offered at $325 each or the best offer received.   The side chairs are offered at $125 each or the best offer.    If you're interested, email  JoAnne Galvin at     If there are no reasonable offers, after 30 days the furniture will be donated to a local thrift store.   All funds received will be returned to the reserves of the Association.    Pictures of the couch and side chair to be sold follow:

Side Chair

Old couch