Hideaway looks to downsize its beach project after disappointing TDC news

Tom Talbot, board member of Hideaway Beach…s Tax District, hears the bad news Wednesday that the gated community should not expect to receive $2.2 million for beach renourishment it requested from the county. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent

Tom Talbot, board member of Hideaway Beach…s Tax District, hears the bad news Wednesday that the gated community should not expect to receive $2.2 million for beach renourishment it requested from the county. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent

As exhibited by dead mangroves at Marco River…s edge, it…s only a matter of time before the remaining sand in front of Hideaway Beach…s 6000 building erodes and the structure…s foundation is threatened. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent

As exhibited by dead mangroves at Marco River…s edge, it…s only a matter of time before the remaining sand in front of Hideaway Beach…s 6000 building erodes and the structure…s foundation is threatened. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent

Erik Brechnitz, Hideaway Beach Tax District Board chairman, said it should be no surprise because it’s been in the newspaper. The Collier County Board of Commissioners will spend less money on beach renourishment projects.

“I have become convinced we are not getting any 195 (non-emergency TDC) funds,” he told the board.

The board applied for $2.2 million to help fund its north beach project to control erosion threatening the 6000 building. The application is an out-of-cycle request and is still in process.

On Wednesday, the board grappled with ways to reduce the scope of the project making it possible to apply for TDC emergency funds instead. The gated community taxes itself to the fullest extent through a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU). But even with those funds, it cannot pay for the entire north beach renourishment and structure redesign projected to cost $3.39 million.

Board members hoped to reduce the cost of the project enough to apply for less than $1 million from the county. That could give them a chance to tap the available $3 million for TDC emergencies.

“The 6000 building is perilously close to floating in the Marco River,” Brechnitz said.

The initial request included 25,000 cubic yards of sand, renovation of 3 T-groins to full size, adding a fourth full-sized T-groin and moving an existing jetty located on State property near Collier Creek. The result would return the beach to its 1990 width at a constant 3.2-foot elevation.

Michael Poff, of Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc., outlined ways to reduce the immediate cost of the project to fit within the community’s budget. Delaying relocation of the jetty and eliminating the fourth T-groin would take the project to $2.43 million.

If the remaining three T-groins were tapered, the project would save an additional $80,000. The T-groins could be shortened further but would result in less sand remaining on the beach than the 1990 target, an unacceptable alternative for the board.

Board members unanimously voted to amend its existing request for funds to $925,000 and to ask for the money from TDC emergency funds.

In other business, Tim Pinter, public works director, said the restroom facility required by the county would be delivered on April 17. Pilings for the boardwalk from the beach to the single-hole composting toilet have been driven and topped. Carpentry on the walkway is still to be completed, but Pinter assured the board it would meet its May 1 deadline.

The board asked Pinter about its contract for shorebird monitoring required now and turtle nesting monitoring required after May 1. Pinter said he was not sure of the terms of the contract or its cost, but the city would piggyback on the county’s contract for favorable pricing.

The Nature Conservancy is contracted for monitoring. Hideaway’s Beach is required to monitor two times per month for 10 months for 5 years after beach renourishment.

The board discussed meeting again at 9 a.m., May 10, and July 12 to continue discussion on the north beach project and the upcoming referendum to renew the special tax assessment. The association’s current MSTU sunsets in 2014, and its extension will be on the Aug. 14 primary ballot.

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Comments » 4

bigkillsh writes:

yeah no sand !! WASH AWAY !!

OldMarcoMan writes:

I guess Commissioner Donna is better at putting up Signs than coming across with the cash.

Oh, by the way, does it seem a little gutsy for a Private Gated Community to ask for public tax money to re nourish a beach we aren't allowed to get near ?

OH thats right, the City Council Chairman LIVES in Hideaway !! Its clearer now isn't it.

deltarome writes:

OldMarco, Maybe the city's missing $4,000,000 will be diverted by that same unbiased council chairman.
He directed council in raising homeowner and commercial water and sewer rates while lowering it for condo owners. Maybe homeowners should pay to save his building too?

OldMarcoMan writes:

Good point Delta

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