Some of you may have received a letter regarding the subject. If so, there was a couple of errors in that letter, specifically Allison's contact phone number and the actually number of the notice. See attached link, and click on "graphics" to see the drawings.
Over the last two days I've talked to the Army Corp (Muriel Blaisdell) as well as Coastal Engineering (Michael Poff) to get some further details. I'm sure that some of you (ie. Tommy and Damian) are all over this so, no news, but for others I'm sure that you're not up on all the details. In a nutshell, no big issues, but some key points to be aware of, as I gleaned from my telcos with Muriel and Michael. If you have concerns or inputs, you need to advise Allison and/or Muriel by email by September 5th.
1) The project will be put to contractors (a small number as this is quite specialized) to bid come next summer and the project is expected to start November 1/19 and run to April 30/20. The contractors could complete this project in 3 months, if they choose and weather permitting. They won't conduct the project during turtle season. Attempting to do so, would very well create further delays to this project by environmental parties. Apparently, Manasota Key is one of the most dense turtle egg laying areas in Florida.
2) When the contractors start, they can work 24x7. When asked about noise at night, Michael said that they would try to minimize (turn off back up enunciators, not run heavy equipment, etc). He will try to come up with a decibel level comparison to bands playing at the White Elephant, etc., as a reference point.
3) On the drawings, you can see that they have drawn mean high water lines as of October/17. Michael said that this will not translate into an ECL (erosion control line). Surveys will be done 6 months prior to project start date (Nov. 1/19), or May 1/19 or later to determine the ECL.
4) Our residence (1820 Gulf Blvd.) is located just south beside the monument marker R11. You can see that the proposed pipeline corridor comes into the beach between R11 and R13. As explained by Michael, the pipeline will come in and then continue on to the north and the south. The heavy equipment will follow along with the pipeline construction. I thought that we would be at "ground zero" and a busy traffic intersection. Apparently that won't be the case, as the equipment goes with the pipeline. When asked why this intersection point, Michael explained that it's the only none hard bottom section on the Key, south of the Charlotte County line. Any where near the "construction access and staging area" will be busy on a daily basis.
5) Michael indicated that Charlotte County still does not have property access sign offs from a number of beach front owners, south of R13 (around the Shoreview Drive/Gulf Blvd. intersection). This could impact the completion of this project, south of R13, should they continue to refuse to grant access by the County and contractors. We need to try to keep working on these folks, for the greater good of the community and the Key.
That's about it.....if you have specific questions you can try the following contacts:
Michael Poff - Coastal Engineering Consultants - firstname.lastname@example.org - (239) 643-2324 ext 126
Allison Murphy - Army Corp - Allison.C.Murphy@usace.army.mil - (239) 334-1975 ext 0008
Muriel Blaisdell - Army Corp - Muriel.M.Blaisdell@usace.army.mil - (239) 334-1975 ext 0001
SMSKA, Beach Nourishment Committee Co-Chair