South Patrick Residents Association
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.
SPRA Elections 2021The election of officers and area directors will be held on February 08, 2021 at the SPRA annual meeting at the David R. Schechter Center starting at 7:15 pm. The slate is as follows, although members can be nominated from the floor, and new candidates can provide information about themselves at that time.
|President||Ayn Marie Samuelson|
|Vice President||Rick Mariani|
|Recording Secretary||Pat Dooley|
|Area 1 Director||Open|
|Area 2 Director||Matt Sonberg|
|Area 3 Director||Rick Mariani|
|Area 4 Director||Marilynn Collins|
|Area 5 Director||Kelli Petrone|
|Area 6 Director||Donna Morris|
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.
Brevard County Legislative Delegation Meeting January 7, 2021
This is what SPRA included in the delegation’s agenda package:
Resort and Vacation Rentals: Who Should Regulate Short Term Rentals?
Brevard County Resort Dwelling History:
15 years ago, citizens, working with county commissioners and staff, crafted the 2006 Resort Dwelling ordinance. This stemmed from a citizens’ initiative, with overwhelming local support, to protect our health, safety, and welfare in areas where county residents live and raise their families throughout unincorporated Brevard.
South Patrick Residents Association (SPRA), HOAs, other associations, and individuals sought to ensure that our residential communities remained local, while also providing opportunities for those who prefer short-term rental property ownership. Currently, residents can rent out a room in their homestead property, or rent out a non-homesteaded dwelling for 90 days, or longer, and there are other choices available with regard to short-term rental of properties under our existing ordinance.
Opportunities for different types of property usage are available, but not clustered in residential areas. Commercial use of property, like daily or weekly vacation rentals, simply does not belong in residential zoning, as that use is incompatible with land use and zoning under which residential areas were constructed. Our concerns center on sustaining preventative protection through reasonable land use, zoning, and enforcement. Property rights are best served in this manner, as one size does not fit all.
Residents should not have to endure the “hotel next door” where they reside, while the Sheriff's office and code enforcement should not be expected to take on the burden of policing and enforcing violations on a daily or weekly basis. Many communities have felt the negative impacts of 15 or more people vacationing in a single-family residence, even during the state-mandated Covid-19 lock-down. Chasing these violations becomes costly and futile, negatively impacting residents and County staff.
Florida State Law Undermines Local Laws and Allows Negative Impacts:
State legislation passed in 2011, Fla. Stat. § 509.032(7), included a provision that “grandfathered” local ordinances regulating short-term rentals in effect prior to June 1, 2011. The unfortunate effect of the 2011 law is that two separate classes of cities and counties were created respective to short-term rentals: those with Home Rule authority and those without.
Cities and counties without short-term rental ordinances and regulations in place prior to the 2011 state law are now experiencing such rentals intruding into residential neighborhoods that are not zoned for, nor equipped to handle, commercial activity. As a result, long-time residents are moving out, and the residential character of traditional neighborhoods is becoming destabilized. In addition, as prices and costs rise, this impacts affordable housing for homeowners and renters alike.
Brevard County Board of Commissioners Response:
On December 8, 2020, with overwhelming support from unincorporated areas, the BOCC, in a super majority vote, reaffirmed their ongoing support to leave the 2006 Resort Dwelling ordinance in place to maintain and protect our residential communities and Brevard County’s Home Rule. Importantly, the most efficient manner in which to regulate short term rentals is at the local level, where negative impacts occur. Taking regulation to the state level is a recipe for ballooning state agencies and costs while minimizing effectiveness in tax collection, responsiveness, and regulation, as well as additional issues that may arise.
Brevard County citizens request your affirmation of support in response to our continued, successful efforts to maintain Home Rule with regard to short-term rentals. We are confident that a fair and equitable opportunity to purchase and derive economic value from property is inherent in this law, which also provides protection for the existing, long-term communities where we reside.
Dredging Notice from Natural Resources
With the dredging underway, we wanted to give you a heads up on the on-going activity and the impacts to local vessel traffic.
The contractor will be gradually working westward from the cut at the Grand Canal until he reaches the main bridge over the Banana River. This part of the project is expected to take until December 2020 to complete.
In addition, Gator Dredging has made excellent progress in treating the effluent from the dewatering process with their new system modifications to reduce turbidity by using three large tanks with fan filtration filters.
The contractor has issued a Notice to Mariners through the USCG.
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