Pelican Isle Yacht Club – Again Awarded Platinum Club of America Status – #10 Yacht Club in USA

December 1, 2016 – Pelican Isle Yacht Club is proud to announce that the Club has been selected again as a Platinum Club of America! Platinum Club recognition is the most respected award in the Private Club industry with only the top 5% of Private Clubs receiving Platinum Status. Pelican Isle Yacht Club was awarded 10th place nationally in the Yacht Club Category 2016-2018.

This second consecutive placement on the prestigious Platinum Club list is tremendous honor for Pelican Isle Yacht Club, and even more so having ranked 4 positions higher on the Top 20 List than in 2014. The management team and membership are thrilled to now be in the Top 10!

General Manager at Pelican Isle Yacht Club, Ali Feezor, commented on this award by saying “It is an honor to have been recognized again by PCoA. To have not only remained on the list, but to have risen to #10 in the nation reflects our commitment to excellence and pursuit of the highest possible standard. Pelican Isle Yacht Club is a special place; it is our beautiful surroundings, our friendly membership, and our professional staff that are key to our success.”   

Initiated in 1997, the Platinum Clubs of America vote takes place every other year and is conducted through a nationwide vote of 4400 Club Managers and Presidents or Owners of the finest Private Clubs in the nation. This year, more than 3,100 General Managers, Presidents and Owners voted for their peers, which makes Platinum recognition the most respected acknowledgment in the industry. These Industry Leaders were directed to vote for Clubs that meet the Seven Platinum Clubs of America Selection Criteria, as approved by the Advisory Board.

There are seven criteria for a Club to be considered for selection as a Platinum Club of America by Club Leaders Forum:

  • Universal recognition
  • Excellence in amenities & facilities
  • Caliber of staff & professional service levels
  • Quality of membership
  • Governance & prudent fiscal management
  • Adapting to changing times
  • Overall experience

Voters are requested to select Clubs in five categories, Golf Clubs, Country Clubs, City Clubs, Athletic Club and Yacht Clubs. The Clubs are ranked by score, highest to lowest. 150 Country Clubs, 50 Golf and City Clubs and 20 Athletic and Yacht Clubs are acknowledged with Platinum status until the next vote in September 2018.

Dennis W. Burns, Executive Director of Club Leaders Forum and Platinum Clubs of America stated “Clubs are always striving to meet and exceed Member expectations and sustain Membership levels. Platinum status confirms that Clubs are planning for their future and are adapting to changing times. Above all, a Platinum Club understands the value of its’ professional staff and a Platinum Club is universally recognized for excellence. Clubs also respect the recognition by their peers in the industry.” To learn more about Club Leaders Forum, please visit their website at www.clubleadersforum.com.

Pelican Isle Yacht Club is conveniently situated in an exclusive Southwest Florida location just five minutes from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Wiggins Pass on the Cocohatchee River. Pelican Isle Yacht Club is truly unique – it is Naples’ only private island club. The 20,000 square foot clubhouse is slated to undergo a $4.8 million dollar renovation in 2017, enhancing and updating the facilities for the Members of this already-special organization. Members enjoy a luxurious, inviting environment with remarkable amenities for relaxation, entertainment, socialization and fun. Come dine, play, party, exercise, ride our beach shuttle, and dock your vessel a stone’s throw from the magnificent waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Visit us online at www.piyc.net.

For more information please contact Kathie Pedit, Membership Sales & Marketing Director, at kathie@piyc.net or by calling us at (239) 566-1606.

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SWFMIA local government agenda items for the week of December 19th, 2016

Lee County No Meetings

City of Cape Coral No Meetings

City of Fort Myers No Meetings

Town of Fort Myers Beach Monday the 19th @ 6:30pm

No Meetings

City of Sanibel No Meetings

City of Bonita Springs Wednesday the 21st @ 9:00am

No issues

Village of Estero Tuesday the 20th @ 9:30am

No issues

Charlotte County No Meetings

City of Punta Gorda Wednesday the 21st @ 9:00am

A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Punta Gorda, Florida, as local host agency for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, authorizing submission of a request for cooperative agreement funding to the Southwest Florida Water Management District for fiscal year 2017 funding; authorizing the City Manager to sign the cooperative agreement and administer the funding on behalf of the City; appropriating funding award; and providing an effective date.

A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Punta Gorda, Florida, as local host agency for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, authorizing submission of a request for grant agreement funding to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for fiscal year 2017 funding; authorizing the City Manager to sign the grant agreement and administer the funding on behalf of the City; appropriating funding award; and providing an effective date.

A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Punta Gorda, Florida, as local host agency for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, authorizing submission of a grant application to the Mosaic Company; authorizing the City Manager to sign the grant application and administer the grant on behalf of the City; appropriating grant award; and providing an effective date.

Vacancies
Punta Gorda Isles Canal Advisory Committee

Nominations
Punta Gorda Isles Canal Advisory Committee

Sarasota County No Meetings

City of North Port No Meetings

City of Sarasota No Meetings

City of Venice No Meetings

Town of Longboat Key No Meetings

Manatee County No Meetings

City of Anna Maria No Meetings

City of Bradenton Beach No Meetings

City of Bradenton No Meetings

City of Holmes Beach No Meetings

City of Palmetto No Meetings

Hillsborough County No Meetings

Plant City No Meetings

City of Tampa Thursday the 15th @ 9:00am (Last Week)

No issues

City of Temple Terrace Tuesday the 20th @ 6:00pm

River Watch Task Force – Alternate Appointment

Pinellas County No Meetings

Town of Belleair Tuesday the 20th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of Belleair Beach No Meetings

City of Belleair Bluffs Monday the 19th @6:00pm

Agenda not posted will check back next week

City of Clearwater No Meetings

City of Gulfport Tuesday the 20th @ 7:00pm

No issues

City of Indian Rocks Beach No Meetings

Town of Indian Shores No Meetings

City of Largo Tuesday the 13th @ 4:00pm (Last Week)

No issues

City of Madeira Beach No Meetings

Town of North Redington Beach No Meetings

City of Oldsmar No Meetings

City of Pinellas Park No Meetings

Town of Redington Shores No issues

City of Safety Harbor Monday the 19th @ 7:30pm

No issues

City of Seminole Tuesday the 20th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City South Pasadena No Meetings

City of St. Pete Beach No Meetings

City of St. Petersburg No Meetings

City of Tarpon Springs No Meetings

City of Treasure Island No Meetings

Southwest Florida Water Management District No Meetings

South Florida Water Management No Meetings

WCIND No Meetings

SWFMIA local government agenda items for the week of December 12th, 2016

Lee County No Meetings

City of Cape Coral Monday the 12th @ 4:30pm

No issues

City of Fort Myers No Meetings

Town of Fort Myers Beach No Meetings

City of Sanibel No Meetings

City of Bonita Springs No Meetings

Village of Estero No Meetings

Charlotte County Tuesday the 13th @ 9:00am

Vacancies

Harbour Heights Waterway Benefit Unit is seeking one regular member to fill a vacant unexpired term. Term will expire October 31, 2018. 
Manchester Waterway Benefit Unit is seeking one regular member to fill a vacant unexpired term.
Northwest Port Charlotte Waterway Unit is seeking one regular member to fill a vacant unexpired term.
Pirate Harbor Waterway Unit is seeking one regular member to fill a vacant term.

Appointment – Manchester Waterway Advisory Board
Approve the appointment of Dennis Peck to a vacant term on the Manchester Waterway MSBU Advisory Board. This term will be effective immediately. The length of the term will be drawn at the first regular Advisory Board meeting after this appointment. 

Re-Appointments – Marine Advisory Committee
Approve the following actions/reappointments to the Marine Advisory Committee for three year terms, expiring on December 31, 2019, unless otherwise noted. Reappoint Mr. Ron Jelliff representing USCGA Flotilla 99, Reappoint Mr. Ray Rose, representing Peace River Sail & Power Squadron, Reappoint Captain Ron Blago, member-at-large, Reappoint Mr. Paul Bigness, member-at-large, Reappoint Mr. Richard Hoagland, Harbour Heights Yacht Club, and move Ms. Sarah Buck, from the PG Sailing Club to the vacant member-at-large to replace Capt. Ralph Allen, who vacated his seat at the November meeting. 

16-296 CO #1 Dredging – Harbour Heights Waterways (Public Works)
Approve Change Order #1 to Contract #16-296, Dredging – Harbour Heights Waterways with Marine Contracting Group Inc., of Punta Gorda, Florida in the amount of $38,400 and add an additional 58 calendar days to the Contract Time.

City of Punta Gorda No Meetings

Sarasota County Tuesday/Wednesday the 13th/14th @ 9:00am

Tuesday
No issues

Wednesday
Presentation of the Waterways Advisory Council Annual Report.

City of North Port Tuesday the 13th @ 10:00am

Adopt-A-Park Program Agreement for Marina Park
http://cityofnorthport.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=9eee53e4-eb19-4c73-ab01-b1862b9d6730.pdf

City of Sarasota No Meetings

City of Venice Tuesday the 13th @ 9:00am

No issues

Town of Longboat Key No Meetings

Manatee County Tuesday the 13th @ 9:00am

Interlocal Agreement with City of Bradenton Beach (Bridge Street Pier Floating Dock Project) and Budget Amendment B-17-018*
Co Atty Memo – Brad Beach Floating Dock.pdf
B-17-018.pdf

City of Anna Maria No Meetings

City of Bradenton Beach No Meetings

City of Bradenton Wednesday the 14th @ 8:30am

No issues

City of Holmes Beach Tuesday the 13th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of Palmetto NO Meetings

Hillsborough County No Meetings

Plant City Monday the 12th @ 7:30pm

No issues

City of Tampa No Meetings

City of Temple Terrace No Meetings

Pinellas County Tuesday the 13th @ 2:00pm

No issues

Town of Belleair No Meetings

City of Belleair Beach No Meetings

City of Belleair Bluffs No Meetings

City of Clearwater Monday the 12th @ 1:00pm

No issues

City of Gulfport No Meetings

City of Indian Rocks Beach Tuesday the 13th @ 7:00pm

No issues

Town of Indian Shores No Meetings

City of Largo No Meetings

City of Madeira Beach Tuesday the 13th @ 5:00pm

No issues

Town of North Redington Beach No Meetings

City of Oldsmar No Meetings

City of Pinellas Park No Meetings

Town of Redington Shores Wednesday the 14th @ 7:00pm

No issues

City of Safety Harbor No Meetings

City of Seminole No Meetings

City South Pasadena No Meetings

City of St. Pete Beach Monday the 12th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of St. Petersburg Thursday the 15th @ 3:00pm

No issues

City of Tarpon Springs Tuesday the 13th @ 6:30pm

Award bid for Boat Dock @ Richard Ervin Park
http://www.ctsfl.us/index_htm_files/Boat%20Dock.pdf

City of Treasure Island No Meetings

Southwest Florida Water Management District Tuesday the 13th @ 9:00am

No issues

South Florida Water Management No Meetings

WCIND No Meetings

Charlotte County Moving Ahead with Manatee Protection Plan

In a meeting on Tuesday, December 6th @ 9:00am, Charlotte County has decided to move ahead with their proposed manatee protection plan. The documents linked below explain what changes will be occurring and how these may affect developing future water access.

http://www.charlottefl.com/outreach/agenda/20161206/2.pdf
http://www.charlottefl.com/outreach/agenda/20161206/2a.pdf
http://www.charlottefl.com/outreach/agenda/20161206/2b.pdf

Army Corps denies request for new study of Big Pass dredging

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Agency defends its assessment, says dredging pass will not have ‘significant effect’

SARASOTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied Sarasota County’s request for a more stringent environmental study of the controversial plan to dredge Big Pass.

In a seven-page letter to the Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday, the Army Corps defended the type of environmental assessment it has conducted on the plan to dredge up to 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from the pass to rebuild more than 1.5 miles of Lido Key beach.

The plan has been highly scrutinized by Siesta residents, groups and businesses that fear changes to the channel could lead to more and faster erosion on Siesta Key’s iconic beaches. To support those groups, the County Commission asked the Army Corps in August for another, more intensive study of the project, known as an “environmental impact statement.”

“Based on the coordination conducted to date, the primary controversy is a local public concern that there may be a disruption of sand flow to the Siesta Key beaches south of Big Sarasota Pass,” the Corps’ response concluded. “Extensive modeling indicates that the project will not change the volume of sand reaching these beaches. No other significant concerns have been raised, either by other state and Federal agencies, or by the public.

“As a whole, the proposed project is not expected to have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment.”

On Wednesday night the Corps’ decision buzzed around a packed room of more than 150 Lido and Siesta residents who turned out for a public information meeting on the project, held in the community room at the Waldemere Fire Station.

At displays around the room, representatives from the Army Corps discussed the project’s design and planned monitoring program, City Engineer Alex DavisShaw fielded questions and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leaders discussed the ongoing permitting process.

DEP is reviewing a city and Army Corps application for a joint coastal permit for the dredging, and has until Dec. 27 to issue a notice of decision on that application. That notice could either approve it as is, approve it with stipulations, deny it or delay a final decision to conduct a third round of requests for additional information.

If the DEP releases a notice of intent to issue the permit with or without stipulations, it will be challenged by one or two Siesta Key organizations, their leaders said Wednesday.

Save Our Siesta Sand 2, led by Siesta resident Peter van Roekens, has been raising money to appeal the permit since this summer and pledged to fight the project until an alternative source of sand is found.

The Army Corps and the city of Sarasota “seem intent on initiating a process, the results of which no one can predict and which may be irreversible,” van Roekens said. “If the intent to permit is issued in its present form, consider this our notice of intent to challenge.”

The Siesta Key Association — which led the effort in August to ask for the new environmental review — also plans to appeal the permit if it is approved without any stipulations, association second vice president Catherine Luckner said.

“It’s harsh,” Luckner said of the Corps’ letter. “We’re leaving our questions with them tonight and we believe there are still outstanding things that need to be addressed within the application itself.”

Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, will discuss the controversy at the Siesta Key Association’s meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on the key. Leatherman ranks Siesta Beach second on his annual list of the best beaches in the country and named it No. 1 in 2011.

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