Commissioner Penny Taylor
District 4 Newsletter
July 30, 2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): Collier County, Florida Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
The conversation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was initiated at the start of Collier County’s planning for the next major beach renourishment...the one-in-ten year kind of beach renourishment where sand is pumped on the beaches from permitted sources in the Gulf of Mexico. This time however, the County was also considering more protection for our property values by substantially widening our beaches and adding more dunes and increasing the plantings on those dunes designed to help hold the sand and to moderate the wave action from storms - building more resiliency into our coastline.
A Brief History
In 1995, the Board of the Collier County Commissioners (BCC) passed an ordinance authorizing the levying of a ‘tourist tax’ and to date, the tourist tax has allocated $65,475,162.88 for the renourishment of our beaches. Naples is a coastal community, and the renourishment of our beaches is a crucial component of maintaining our property values, our quality of life and our renowned tourist economy.
Central Avenue, July 2021
In 2013, an unexpected but substantial rise in the cost of the ‘hopper-dredge’ renourishment method for our beaches (off-shore sand source piped to our beaches) forced Collier County to use the ‘truck-haul’ method as a replacement for the hopper-dredge. It has worked so far for the beach ‘hot spots’, but it was never designed to supplant the ‘hopper-dredge’ method. Building beach resiliency requires more than placing sand on the beach – and another major hopper-dredge was planned with dune building and plantings on the dunes. The question then became: "Will the Federal Government be our partner in this effort, as they have partnered with many other counties in Florida?”
The County staff contacted the USACE and over a three-year period, the USACE developed the plan - ‘Collier County, Florida Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study’ (Feasibility Study). The $3M plan, funded by the Federal Government, was presented to each Commissioner in separate meetings in the Fall of 2019. At my request, the plan was also introduced to the City Managers and elected officials of City of Marco Island and the City of Naples and Everglades City at the end of 2019, approximately three months before the pandemic lock down.
City of Naples Beach, July 2021
The USACE Feasibility Study
The coastal flood protection described in the study includes beach renourishment, structural infrastructure including surge barriers, floodwalls, pump stations and jetties and nonstructural critical infrastructure.
The $2.1B cost of the plan is to be shared by the partnership between the Federal Government (65%) and Collier County (35%) over a projected 50 years. Beach renourishments costs are separated out in the document and are estimated at $320M and 8 beach renourishments are planned every seven years. Greater detail can be found in this link to the USACE power point presentation to the BCC on April 27, 2021. The link to the USACE Feasibility study can be found here. (Please note: some modifications to the plan have been made since the original version.)
Our Community’s Response
Our community has always participated in the planning for its future and during the public comment period at the BCC meeting on April 27, 2021, the community responded. Some neighborhoods hired engineers and many stakeholders wrote letters detailing their concerns of the coastal neighborhoods. USACE had received these communications over the preceding year, but did not respond, following the traditional process of the USACE.
City of Naples, July 2021
The lack of direct response from the USACE was understandably alarming to the community and to this Commissioner and by the time of the April 27, 2021 meeting, emotions were running high. The USACE’s Feasibility Study, if implemented, would certainly change, forever, our coastline and its renowned beauty. The plan called for some neighborhoods to be protected at the expense of other neighborhoods. And some neighborhoods would be forgotten.
After a long discussion, the BCC agreed, unanimously, to acknowledge the work of the USACE and sign the Design Agreement. This would only allow the USACE to be paid in October 2021 – the cost of the Feasibility Study was $3M shouldered solely by the Federal Government, an unusual cost share, I am told, by those familiar with these processes.
There would be a two- year period before the BCC would have to ‘sign’ on to the Feasibility Study agreeing to the 35% cost share of the plan. This two-year window would provide time for a complete review of the Feasibility Study by Collier County in partnership with all the Stakeholders.
Central Avenue, July 2021
The Way Forward
The first Stakeholder’s Task Force meeting was held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 and can be viewed by clicking here. More have been planned. But sometimes the way forward includes a step backwards, and that is what I am proposing now.
The BCC meets on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, after their summer break, and I will be bringing an item to my Board and asking them to review this Feasibility Study in the light of other considerations not discussed at our April 27, 2021 meeting. Considerations such as right-of-way agreements required, funding sources such as the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) and a clear understanding of what WRDA is already funding in the State of Florida, the apparent difficulty in amending the present plan etc. and most importantly, the response of our community and their concerns over the Feasibility Study.
I have had, and continue to have, serious concerns about this plan. Collier County supports building resiliency on our coastline. But a plan so disruptive and costly describing that, after implementation, it “will reduce future damages to structures in Collier County by 36%” needs to be brought before the Board of Collier County Commissioners for their input and future guidance.
Back to School
It's almost time to go back to school!
The Back to School Sales Tax Holiday begins THISSaturday!
Collier County Parks & Recreation Division plans and prepares for fall 2021. Our park facilities located throughout Collier County are offering a wide range of recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, including elementary & middle school after school adventures, early release days, no school fun camp, holiday camps, voluntary pre-kindergarten, sports leagues/camps/ competitions, aquatics, arts, dance, community classes, senior, adaptive programs, special events and more. Secure your spot for your favorite program. Register and pay online at www.collierparks.com
Online registration begins Sunday, August 1, at 9:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 15, 2021. Register for all fall programs online at www.collierparks.com. Then, click on “Browse & Register for Activities Search.” You can search by keyword, activity category, and activity location. Sign in or create an account to complete registration and payment. If you do not have an account, you can refer to “Online Registration How-Tos” which are available online by clicking on the “Programs & Registration” link.
For more information, contact Collier County Parks & Recreation at (239) 252-4000 or visit www.collierparks.com.
The Solid Waste Division is proud to announce Collier County’s 2020 Overall Recycling Rate of 74%, ranking Collier County 4th in the state of Florida.
Just 1 percent shy of the State Goal of 75% by 2020 and an increase of 6% from 2019.
Florida Legislature set a State Goal for each County to reach 75% recycling by 2020. Only 4 of 67 Counties reached 70%.
The Unadjusted Recycling Rate (excludes renewable energy credits) reached 70%, ranking Collier County 2nd in the State.
This traditional rate includes recovered recyclables (paper, plastic, metal, glass, textiles), construction and demolition, certified, non-certified recycling tonnages.
These metrics undergo FDEP auditing from April through June. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Staff worked vigorously to verify volumes.
The Florida Goal remains in place going forward and the Public Utilities, Waste Reduction and Recycling Section is up for the challenge!
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Harbor/Holiday Lanes Stormwater Management
Improvements & Road Reconstruction
Public Information Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
5 - 7 p.m. with Brief Presentation at 5:45 p.m.
East Naples Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall
1697 Shadowlawn Drive
Naples, FL 34112
There will be a brief presentation at 5:45 p.m. In addition, attendees may review the project displays and talk one-on-one with the design team members which include county staff and the county’s design consultant, Robau and Associates.
This proposed project is a community infrastructure rehabilitation project that will include improvements to the stormwater system within the rights-of-way and easements along Harbor Lane and Holiday Lane in the Brookside Community. Proposed improvements include replacement of stormwater pipes, structures and outfalls along with rehabilitation of roadway, sidewalks, and curb and gutter systems within the rights-of-way. Potable water lines may also be replaced pending additional coordination with the City of Naples.
The project design is underway and once input is received from the community members at the public meeting construction could begin as early as spring of 2022. Construction is expected to take approximately five months.
For more information, call the Collier County Growth Management Department at 239-252-8192.
Summer Resident Discount
A discount is available June 1 – September 30 for residents of Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties this summer.
$12 for adults
$3 for children (age 4 – 17)
$8 for dogs (one dog per adult).
As always, children 3 and under are free.
No additional discounts may apply.
August 2014 Coastland Mall
Rainy Season Advisory
Do not drive on roads that are under water. If you cannot see the pavement markings or the edge of pavement it is best not to risk driving into deep water. ‘Turn around, don’t drown.’
If all traffic signals at an intersection are damaged, missing, or without power, treat the intersection as a FOUR-WAY STOP situation.
However, if drivers approach a signalized intersection where the signal is in flash mode, drivers approaching from the flashing yellow side should proceed with caution and those approaching from the flashng red side should treat the situation as a stop sign
from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Collier County:
The Florida Department of Health - Collier will have a vaccine event in Immokalee (see below flyer for more details):
Saturday, July 31, 2021
9:00 - 12:00 pm
The Pfizer vaccine will be available for those 12 years of age and older and the Tdap* (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine for all children entering 7th grade.
For questions regarding this event, please call (239) 252-7300.
* All students entering 7th grade must have a Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) booster vaccine prior to the first day of school.
COVID-19 Guidelines, Variants, Vaccines FAQs
UPDATED CDC GUIDELINES
On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 the CDC updated COVID-19 mask guidelines.
These recommendations include:
Universal masking for all K-12 schools regardless of vaccine status:
This includes all students, staff, and visitors
Schools should return to in-person learning with precautions in place
All individuals, regardless of vaccine status, should wear a face mask in indoor public spaces in areas where COVID-19 is considered high transmission:
Location: Florida Department of Health in Collier County, 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, 34112.
• Face masks must be worn while waiting.
• No referral needed. No cost.
• Lightning, heavy rain, or gusty winds can slow operations or shut down the site.
The DOH-Collier call center is available Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. The call center can be reached at (239) 252-6220.
For more information regarding COVID-19, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/.
Collier Mosquito Control District Alerts Residents of West Nile Virus in Local Mosquitoes
July 23, 2021
Collier Mosquito Control District (the District) scientists have detected West Nile virus (WNV) in local mosquitoes caught in traps located in Ave Maria, Immokalee, and northern Golden Gate Estates. They discovered the virus July 22 while testing mosquitoes in the District’s laboratory – a process conducted weekly. The mosquito samples were sent to the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories-Tampa for verification, a process that typically takes two weeks.
The District performed an aerial treatment for adult mosquitoes over northern Golden Gate Estates on July 21, and over Immokalee on July 20. A treatment of Ave Maria is planned for the evening of July 22.
“Evidence of West Nile virus in these mosquitoes is an indicator that birds infected with the virus are arriving in our area carrying the disease,” says District Executive Director Patrick Linn. “With the abundance of standing water in rural areas, we are seeing an uptick in mosquito species that breed in fresh water, which are the ones capable of spreading West Nile. Now that we know the virus is in the area, it’s more even more important that residents and business owners empty containers of standing water around their property and that they use repellent for protection.”
Mosquito eggs can hatch in only 5 to 7 days, and with the proliferation of standing water left behind by recent summer rains, even more mosquitoes are expected in coming weeks. The District’s operations and science teams are closely monitoring daily mosquito data to plan treatments, as well as performing in-house testing for WNV and other mosquito-borne health threats. Linn noted that numerous aerial treatments are likely in the coming weeks to control adult mosquitoes and prevent the spread of the virus.
In 2020, the District detected WNV in mosquitoes from traps from September through December in areas including Ave Maria, Naples, and eastern Golden Gate Estates. The Collier Department of Health reported a total of seven human WNV cases and one horse with WNV in 2020.
District officials remind the public to diligently follow the “5 D’s” to minimize their exposure to potentially harmful mosquitoes:
Drain anything holding water around your home to discourage mosquito breeding
Defend yourself by wearing insect repellent
Dress in long sleeves and pants when reasonable
Avoid being outdoors during times of peak mosquito activity – dawn and dusk
West Nile Virus can be spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on birds that have the virus. It cannot be spread among people through sneezing, coughing, or touch. Most people do not exhibit symptoms, but if a fever, headache, or rash are experienced, they are urged to see a healthcare provider.
Help with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
Alzheimer Support is a free service that assists Collier County families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Through our free search tool and database of Alzheimer’s care facilities, families in need of care for their loved ones can locate licensed care homes and communities in the Collier County area that are best equipped to provide care for their loved ones.
Will Temporarily Close For Annual Pond Maintenance
July 26 – September 15, 2021
The Donna Fiala Eagle Lakes Community Park walking trails located around the ponds will temporarily close for annual pond maintenance starting Monday, July 26 through Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
For the safety of our park guests, the trail located around the pond being worked on each day will be closed while work is in process. Anticipated hours for trail closures will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Trails will be open to the public on weekends.
For more information, call Harry Raftopoulos, Project Manager at (239) 315-2137.
Renovation Project at
Vanderbilt Beach Parking Garage
June 30, 2021 - October 2021
Collier County Parks and Recreation will renovate the Vanderbilt Beach Parking Garage parking decks and trellis.
The Vanderbilt Beach Parking Garage is located at 100 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples and will remain open during the renovation.
Areas of the parking garage will temporarily close during different phases of the renovation, but most parking areas will remain available for park visitors.
What’s up for grabs this August at Collier County Domestic Animal Services besides adorable kitties and pawsome pooches? How about money off your adoption! August is “Spin to Win” money off any adoption from August 1st – 31st. From $5 off to FREE. Every spin of the wheel is a guaranteed winner!
For more information on DAS, visit www.collierpets.com, stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL, 34104, or call at (239) 252-7387 (PETS).
Call for Artists
Collier County Looking for Artwork/Photography to Display at the Collier County Government Center
Collier County continues to display a rotating exhibit of local artists’ and photographers’ work in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida.
Artists must be residents of Collier County, at least on a part-time basis. The artwork must be appropriate imagery for a public space and should have a broad appeal to people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
Those interested in being considered must submit a brief letter of interest describing their level of expertise, training and experience along with digital images of seven art pieces proposed to display to Aimee Trochessett, Communication and Customer Relations Division at Aimee.Trochessett@colliercountyfl.gov.
For more information, call Aimee Trochessett at (239) 252-8075.
Collier County Advisory Board Vacancies
as of July 13, 2021
The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. Members of committees must reside and be registered to vote in Collier County. Scroll to the bottom of this page for instructions on how to apply.
The Bayshore/Gateway Triangle Local Redevelopment Advisory Board has two vacancies in the following categories: Gateway Triangle resident, and an at-large member. This nine-member board assists in the implementation of the redevelopment plan for the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle area. Terms are three years.
The Black Affairs Advisory Board has three seats expiring in June. This nine-member committee identifies and evaluates problems unique to the Black Community, reviews and recommends ways to ensure open communication between minorities and Collier County Government and provides periodic reports to the Board of County Commissioners. Terms are four years.
The Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals has two vacancies, and three seats expiring in August. This board hears appeals on rejections or refusals by the Building Code Compliance Director to approve mode of construction or materials to be used in construction or alteration of a structure. Applicants must represent one of the following professions: One state licensed architect or structural engineer; one Class "A" general contractor; one state certified fire protective equipment contractor or State Certified Fire Fighter with the rank of Lieutenant or higher or State Certified Fire Safety Inspector with the rank of Lieutenant or higher; one licensed electrical contractor; and one licensed plumbing or mechanical contractor. Members must be knowledgeable in the following Collier County Codes: Florida Building Codes, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Gas Code, Mechanical Code and Swimming Pool Code. Terms are four years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Contractors Licensing Board has one vacancy, and three seats expiring in June. Applicants should be either a licensed architect, a licensed general contractor, a licensed engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed plumbing contractor, a licensed mechanical contractor, a licensed roofing contractor, a licensed residential, or a licensed building contractor. This nine-member board was created to determine the qualifications of applicants for the various categories of the Contractors' Certificates of Competency. They also hold hearings to determine if a certificate of competency of any contractor, master or journeyman should be revoked. Terms are three years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Emergency Medical Authority has one vacancy. Applicants must have no affiliation with any hospital, fire district, EMS, municipality or the Collier County Sheriff's Office. The purpose of this five-member Authority is to assist the Board of County Commissioners and other agencies with issues affecting pre-hospital emergency medical services, to work to improve pre-hospital medical care, to evaluate current and future EMS needs, to serve as a catalyst to effect cooperation among agencies, to evaluate requests for all Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) in Collier County, and make recommendations to the BCC. Terms are four years.
The Floodplain Management Planning Committee has a vacancy for a citizen representative residing in the following area: southwest Collier County (along the US 41 corridor and south 951). The committee reviews and provides recommendations for floodplain management regulations, and for surface water and watershed management issues brought before it including, but not limited to, matters dealing with water quality and quantity. They will also develop and, at least annually, evaluate and update the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan. Members serve at the will of the County Manager.
The Golden Gate Beautification Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This five-member committee advises and recommends as to the beautification and maintenance of landscape improvements within the road right of way as described by ordinance boundaries. The committee shall prepare an itemized budget of the amount of money required to carry out the business of the committee for the next fiscal year. Members must be residents of one of the following precincts: 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, and part of 322. Terms are four years.
The Golden Gate Community Center Advisory Board has one vacancy. Members must reside within the boundaries of the Golden Gate Community Center Municipal Services Special Taxing District. This five-member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Golden Gate Community Center. Terms are three years.
The Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone Advisory Board has two vacancies. Applicants must either be residents of Golden Gate City or represent business and commercial interests in the Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone. This seven-member committee was formed for the purpose of advising the BCC concerning policies and programs to attract businesses or industries to the Economic Development Zone and reviewing and making recommendations on applications for funding through the Trust Fund. Terms are two years.
The Haldeman Creek Dredging Maintenance Advisory Committee has one vacancy. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the MSTU. This five-member committee was created to aid and assist the Board of County Commissioners in carrying out the MSTU, to prepare and recommend an itemized budget, and to recommend work programs and priorities. Members will be appointed from different parcels, subdivisions and/or communities within the MSTU. Terms are four years.
The Industrial Development Authority has two seats expiring in June. This five-member authority has the power to sell industrial revenue bonds. Money generated from the bonds is used to construct industrial plants, equipment and other facilities which would then be leased or sold to private industry. Terms are four years.
The Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Committee has a vacancy for applicants residing in the Ochopee Area Fire Control Special Taxing District. This five-member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Ochopee Fire Control District. Terms are two years.
The Radio Road Beautification Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This five-member committee aids and assists the BCC in carrying out the purposes of providing curbing, watering facilities, plantings and maintenance of the median areas as set forth in Ordinance No. 96-84. The committee shall recommend work programs and priorities to the County Administrator. Members shall be permanent residents within the MSTU. Terms are four years.