This article was published in the printed March 2014 newsletter sent to all residential and commercial leaseholders.
- Worked with County and Congressman Jeff Miller to draft “Fee Simple Title” legislation to be ready in case of leaseholders losing tax litigation.
- Kept our members updated on beach tax litigation. We notified everyone in our contact list about Tax deadlines and the Supreme Court decision the day the opinion was issued.
- Acted as a “watchdog” in the SRIA’s annual budgeting process to assure that residential lease rates would not be increased. This saved PB residential leaseholders $250,000 for the fourth year in a row. This may have saved you 10% per year increase in your lease fees .
- Worked with Escambia County and beach businesses to pass a new Noise Ordinance that restricts noise levels in residential neighborhoods.
- Helped draft a Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance that was passed by Escambia County. This will gradually darken the light footprint on the island to help protect nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. It also puts Pensacola Beach in compliance with new FL Dept of Environmental Protection rules, thus allowing for sand re-nourishment of our eroding beaches.
- Sponsored annual Earth Day Island Style event with sea turtle education, recycling, free document shredding and a community yard sale.
- Worked with the Tourism Board to set up an independent Visit Pensacola board to better market the Pensacola Area with the millions of dollars each year from the Bed Tax.
- Collaborated with Pensacola Beach Chamber to propose beach projects to Escambia County RESTORE Committee for spending BP Oil Spill dollars coming to Escambia County.
- Worked with the SRIA to get a special $500,000 BP grant to buy the Eco-Tourism Trail signage throughout the Beach and fund advertising to promote the Beach in the shoulder seasons.
- Notified members about potential BP claims available to some homes.
- Worked with the local community to stop a trashy reality show from filming on Pensacola Beach this Spring.
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