South Patrick Residents Association
Supporting Community & Accountability
Supporting Community & Accountability
South Patrick Residents Association (SPRA) is a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit that represents residents in South Patrick Shores. SPRA was first incorporated in 1965 and has been actively involved in community service for over 50 years.
SPRA serves households located within County Commission District 4 in unincorporated Brevard County and works closely with county elected officials, state elected officials, and government agencies, in order to further the best interests of our community. Our all-volunteer association continues to be a powerful and influential voice representing our area’s interests in local government affairs, as well as helping to make needed improvements in our community. We also communicate directly with the homeowner associations located within South Patrick Shores to ensure that there is a solid working relationship and a united voice on issues that impact the entire area.
In addition, a strong membership helps support our united effort to enhance the SPRA area and to further assure that our voices are heard and that we maintain a quality location in which to live, work, and play.
Redistricting Response From SPRA:
Preserving Our Unique Beachside Community
Preserving Our Unique Beachside Community
The South Patrick Residents Association (SPRA) Board unanimously supports not splitting up our three small beachside communities, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, and South Patrick Shores, which are all sandwiched between the Pineda and the Eau Gallie Causeway. This decision involves an overall concern for the welfare of our South Patrick Shores community as a whole, where SPRA diligently confers with the HOAs and others in our community to achieve this end.
Over the years, SPRA has successfully worked on projects within this very unique geographic area, sometimes in concert with the cities of Indian Harbour Beach and Satellite Beach. (FEMA/drainage, Scorpian Ct., SR 513 reconstruction). Residents support keeping our local community intact, as even when we disagree with some decision-making on the part of these cities, we also share many aspects in common.
If the South Patrick Shores area, alone, became part of a separate district, it would have the consequence of alienating the three communities on the barrier island and effectively setting South Patrick Shores adrift, with the expanse of PSFB between us and Cocoa Beach. This benefits no one, and such separation slices and dices our geographic area, which would be injurious to our small, unincorporated community. That is a key point.
In addition, a new correspondence advocates keeping the entirety of Tortoise Island, including those homes within the City of Satellite Beach (20% of the Tortoise Island homes) and those homes within South Patrick Shores (80% of the Tortoise Island homes) within D4, while redistricting all the rest of South Patrick Shores into D2. This would deleteriously impact our community by literally cutting off part of South Patrick Shores and segmenting us into two different commission districts.
The proposal would further slice and dice our area, virtually cutting off the west side of South Patrick Shores on the west side of the Grand Canal, which actually connects our unique community. No sound basis according to state or local redistricting criteria can be found to support this proposal.
It was also stated that emails from the South Patrick Shores area have been expressing the desire for redistricting into D2, rather than remain in D4. We are concerned, as we have not seen facts that support this, and our communication with local HOAs and individuals also does not support it. As a reminder to us all, it is critical that emails can be determined to be from residents who live or own property in our South Patrick Shores area, rather than from the far reaches of facebook postings.
Finally, SPRA has never supported the annexation of South Patrick Shores, but redistricting to a different County Commission district would not impact a movement for annexation. Unless the state legislature or the county commission became involved, a vote would have to be taken with at least 50% of the registered voters' approval to annex. That effectively means that our residents would have the power to approve or deny annexation.
We value our community as a whole. Please support us in doing just that.
Ayn Samuelson, SPRA president
Right-Of-Entry Forms Needed To Test FUDS Disposal Area in South Patrick Shores
In order to proceed with the investigative study of the Off-Base Disposal Area in South Patrick Shores, the USACE (Army Corps) must receive more signed right-of-entry forms from property owners within the 52 acres designated as a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS). USACE ensures residents that “it is the contractor’s responsibility to leave the property in the same condition it was in prior to the contractor doing the investigation.”
The USACE needs right-of-entry forms specifically for the following locations in order to move the investigation forward:
- Churchill Avenue
- Arlington Street
- Clairborne Avenue
- Sea Park Blvd.
- Hedgegrove Avenue
- SE 2nd Street
- SE 3rd Street
- SE 4th Street - north side of the street
- Sea Gull Drive - south of Ocean Blvd.
- Pelican Drive - south of Ocean Blvd.
- Ocean Blvd. - north side from Sea Gull Drive to SR A1A
The right-of-entry questions and answers fact sheet can be accessed here (https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16021coll7/id/18017).
The completed form can be returned via email to: FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil
Dredging Update & Temporary Canal ClosuresAs most residents are aware, the County is currently dredging the north end of the Grand Canal as part of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan (SOIRL).
Within the next few weeks, the contractor will begin working in the northern-most fingers, east towards Waterway Townhouse Condominiums. According to the contractor’s construction schedule, which is subject to change, dredging in this area will take approximately 30 days to complete. This area include the following areas:
- The east-west canal from northern-most end of Grand Canal, east towards Waterway Townhouse Condominiums
- The north-south canals between:
- Thrush Drive and Sparrow Drive
- Sparrow Drive and Eagle Drive
- Eagle Drive and Finch Drive
- Finch Drive and Waterway Townhouse Condominiums
Additionally, County staff has inspected each of these canals and have noted a number of vessels that require to be temporarily moved to allow the contractor to dredge and/or make passage through the finger canal. Most of these vessels are sailboats. County staff will be reaching out to individual home owners where vessels are moored to request that the vessels be moved temporarily. The timing of when and how long each vessel needs to be moved will likely vary.
As the project progresses and the County receives updates from the contractor on the schedule and timing of work in specific canals, the County will relay that information on to residents, SPRA, and HOAs.
The County appreciates residents’ support of the project, restoration efforts for the Indian River Lagoon, and their patience/understanding of the challenges associated with the Grand Canal Muck Removal Project.
If you have any questions, please contact the Natural Resources Management Department at:
(321) 633-2016 or via email at IRLProject@brevardfl.gov
Conserving Hightower Beach Park – Our Oceanfront LegacyGrant Award Agreements between FDEP, the City of Satellite Beach, and Brevard County for the Hightower Beach Park 18.5 acre site, set “restricted use” precedents. Obligations and responsibilities for activities and improvements on the oceanfront Park must be in accordance with use “restricted to public open space, limited recreation, and conservation use in perpetuity”. The following document was sent to the County Commissioners, County Manager, County Attorney, other relevant County staff, Florida Legislators, FDEP, FWC, and SJRWMD.
It is critical to hold all parties, Brevard County, the City of Satellite Beach, and FDEP, accountable for their ongoing contractual obligations, and to ensure that the highest and best public interest is achieved with regard to Hightower Beach Park.
You are partners, who have obligated yourselves to purposeful, conservation efforts at Hightower, as well as to specified uses. These intended uses set the precedent for conservation and passive, public recreational uses enumerated in the two (2) page attachment citing these various contractual agreements by and between the three parties. They are the guiding documents that all signatories are obligated to follow in order to expedite the intended uses and to best serve the public interest and trust.
It is also important to view and understand that the totality of the oceanside beach park we know as Hightower Beach Park is crafted from several parcels, all of which adjoin each other with the expressed purpose of creating a unique, oceanfront park. This was intended to create a gestalt, where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parcels. Thus, if development impinges on any portion of the Park, it impacts these contiguous properties as well.
Clearly, intended uses do not include an aerial walkway over SR A1A, with an estimated 440 square foot foundation on the east side of SR A1A and east of the sidewalk at Hightower. This would negatively impact Hightower Beach Park, in order to meet the developer’s demands and desires, as well as benefit the developer, not Hightower Beach Park conservation efforts, nor the public. It has been suggested that such a structure would provide safety for the general public, but instead, it would provide a walkway specifically designed for hotel customers. SR A1A already has a reduced speed limit at 35 MPH, as well as superior crosswalks in place for safety. Constructing this looming, aerial structure and foundation footprint would work in direct opposition to the intent of the existing contractural agreements and the public trust.
In addition to the legitimate concerns expressed above, impacts from lighting on nesting turtles (FWC oversight) and amplified, stormwater impacts (SJRWMD oversight) can negatively impact the park area, if this concrete behemoth is constructed on the east side of SR A1A.
The Park is for the use of all Florida residents and tourists alike, where no discrimination should be made with regard to use, access, or fees, irrespective of jurisdictional boundaries.
Now, our residents look forward, with promise, for all parties to assume their appropriate responsibilities to follow, enforce, and preserve the expressed intent of these agreements and the pledges made, in order not to diminish the value of Hightower Beach Park and to provide a natural legacy for the future.
Ayn Marie Samuelson MS, MPA, president SPRA
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Resort Dwelling Ordinance VictoryThe motion to amend the existing Resort dwelling ordinance failed 4 to 1 at the December 8th Commission meeting. The unincorporated Brevard areas will keep their grandfathered-in status to keep vacation rentals out of our residential areas. Florida Today covered the story, and a SPRA letter was published as well. The BOCC meeting video can also viewed, which is the last item on the agenda and begins just before 42min.
As an update to the August 12, 2020 notice about posting the virtual meeting presentation and the approval of a Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) project, we wanted to give you the latest status. Once project approval for the Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area was signed on July 25, 2020, the Jacksonville District requested funding through the Corps' headquarters for a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study. The Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study is included in the Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2021, which began October 1, 2020, and we are planning to award a contract to begin the study by March 31, 2021. We will provide further information as we move through this process. Once a contractor is chosen, a draft plan will make the rounds within the various areas of expertise within the Army Corps with revision added, and then move to DEP for their comments and eventual approval. Fact sheets and project documents are available on the project website (www.saj.usace.army.mil/BananaRiver), and you can reach us by calling 800.710.5184 or emailing FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil.
- Disposal Area Notification to Owners – US Army Corps of Engineers
- Brevard County Government's quarterly newsletter: Brevard Delivers