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  • 02/19/2013 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    Let your voice be heard !  Escambia County is holding a public hearing on the two proposed dog parks on Pensacola Beach this Thursday, Feb. 21st at 5:30 in the County Building chambers at Palafox and Government streets.

    At the PBA annual meeting on November, we held a straw poll on the dog parks, and PBA members voted 3 to 1 against the dog parks.  In January, the SRIA approved two dog parks for a one year trial period.  The locations are both on the Gulf – at parking lot B, just east of Park West, and parking lot E, just east of Portofino.  Dogs will be allowed from sunrise to 10:00 am (7:00 to 10:00 during turtle nesting season), and they must be on a leash.  Owners are required to pick up the dog feces.

     

    Now the issue is now before the Board of County Commissioners.  If you have an opinion on the dog parks – for or against – PBA encourages you to attend the public hearing on Thursday and let your voice be heard.  It is important that the Commissioners hear from the public on this issue.  They will be voting on it this Thursday Feb 21st.

  • 02/13/2013 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    On Tuesday, November 6th, the FL Supreme court heard oral arguments on both the Navarre Beach case challenging taxation of leased land and the Pensacola Beach residential challenge of taxation of leased improvements. We do not know when the court will make their final ruling. Please note that if you have had any change in ownership on a property that is involved in the lawsuit you should send an email to beachtaxes@gmail.com. For more information visit http://www.pbeachtaxsuit.com

  • 02/13/2013 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    The Santa Rosa Island Authority has approved a one-year trial of two dog parks on Pensacola Beach. Escambia County will vote to approve or dis-approve this decision soon. The parks are to be located at Park East (past Portofino on the Gulf side where the elevated bathrooms are located) and Parking Lot B (an open section of Gulffront next to Portside Villas prior to the public park/picnic area on Ft. Pickens). Dogs must be leashed and off the beach by 10:00am.

  • 02/13/2013 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    Have you filed your claim? The class action settlement with BP provides for many Beach leaseholders to file for a claim for loss of use and enjoyment of their property. All Gulf Front properties are eligible, and many Sound Side properties also qualify. The award amount is based on the 2010 assessed value of the property, but the minimum award is $2,800. You can find out how to determine if your property is eligible and how to apply for these benefits at the PBA website, www.pbadvocates.org at the BP Oil Spill Claims page. It is not difficult to do this yourself. If you need assistance, there is a claims office on the west side of town who can provide assistance.

  • 02/13/2013 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    Escambia County has formed a committee of 9 citizens to review applications for the estimated $100 million in RESORE grant monies that will come to the County from the BP fines. The Committee will rank the applications and make recommendations to the Escambia County Commissioners.  PBA has been actively  working with the SRIA and Commissioner Grover Robinson to be sure Pensacola Beach is  seeking RESTORE funds for improvements like beach nourishment, Improvements to pedestrian crosswalks, a boardwalk on Quietwater Sound, and improvements to the Casino Beach pavilion.

    PBA Beachkeepers participated in the selection of an environmentalist for the RESTORE Committee. The 22 environmental groups in Escambia County selected Christian Wagley as their representative.  We are confident that he will do a great job representing  our interests.

    Grover Robinson nominated SRIA Board member and Beach resident Tammy Bohannon for the RESTORE Committee, and she has been confirmed as a member of the Committee.

  • 02/13/2013 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    Through the efforts of PBA members Lila Cox and Beverly McCay, the SRIA has secured a $500,000 grant from BP to promote eco-tourism on Pensacola Beach.  The grant will pay for an “Eco-tour” of about 40 signs on dune walkovers, public piers and parks throughout the beach explaining our birds, sea turtles, plants, dunes and other natural features of our barrier island. QR codes and text links on these displays will allow smart phone technology to connect to the VisitPensacolaBeach.com web site. Most of the funds will be used to promote eco-tourism in the spring and fall shoulder seasons.  Great job Lila and Beverly!

  • 02/13/2013 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    Bright lights can disorient nesting sea turtles or the young hatchlings. Escambia County is the only Florida County that has nesting sea turtles that does not have a lighting ordinance to protect them. PBA Beachkeepers has been working with the Escambia County environmental staff on a draft ordinance to make our Beach lights more turtle friendly. Balancing the desire to be more turtle friendly with the desire of some commercial leaseholders to have attractive lighting for their businesses is proving to be a challenge, but good progress is being made.

    The process will involve getting approval of the SRIA, the Planning Board, and finally the Escambia County Commissioners.  PBA will keep you informed as to when public hearings will be held.

  • 02/13/2013 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    PBA Beachkeepers is combining two successful events into one this year.  On Saturday morning, April 20th, at the Casino Beach parking lot they will have a family-friendly event to kick off the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season.  Also, they will sponsor a recycling event featuring free shredding of personal financial records and a giant yard sale.  More information will be relayed to you as the event draws nearer.

    March 18th to 20th will mark the annual Power Up Energy Expo in Fort Walton Beach. The event features exhibits and forums on renewable energy and alternative sources of fuel.  The exhibits are free, but the lectures and forums have a small fee. You can learn more at www.powerupenergyexpo.com.

  • 02/13/2013 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    A new Sea Turtle Conservation Center is being built at the foot of the Navarre Bridge.  It will feature sea turtle exhibits and live sea turtles.  It will also have medical facilities and an operating room to treat and rehabilitate injured sea turtles.  The Center has launched a $350,000 campaign to fund the costs of the construction and equipment, and has raised about $250,000 so far.  Contributions should be made payable to the Navarre Chamber Foundation, 8668 Navarre Pkwy, Suite 142, Navarre FL 32566. For more information about this organization visit http://navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

    The PBA Board of Directors has approved a $2,000 contribution to the Center.

  • 02/13/2013 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    2013 PBA annual dues of $30 are due now.  If you haven’t already paid your 2013 dues, you can pay on line at www.pbadvocates.org, or you can mail them to P. O. Box 1262, Gulf Breeze Fl 32562. If you have mailed a check in the last few days,  your membership record may not yet be updated with Active status. A family can have multiple email addresses (max of 3) attached to a single membership. To add a spouse or household member, login to your account, click View Profile, and in the Bundle summary section, click the Add Member button.

    If you find these newsletters informational and relevant, please join PBA if you are not a current member. Membership costs $30 per year and is open to residents, leaseholders and those with any type of  business interest. Your 2013 membership status is shown below. Last year we implemented a new website that makes it easier to renew online. You can login to this site to pay your dues and update your member or contact profile.

    To renew or update your membership login to our website with your email. You will need to reset your password the first time you access the site.  Once you have logged in successfully, click My Profile link in upper right corner of the screen to update your member/contact information.

    New members can join online at
    http://www.pbadvocates.org/join

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