Directors present: JoAnn Beiermeister, Jackie Byrnes, Sue Ann Cousar, Deb Skinner, Helen Justice, Bryan Brilhart. Also present at meeting: David Bolme, Maxine Otis, Sue and Bob Hipkens, Bill Byrnes, Beverly Horsley, John St. Clair, Meeting called to order by Pres. JoAnn Beiermeister at 11:40am at Safety Harbor Clubhouse.
Treasurer report: Island access fund $99,000
Island fest earned $4,281.68
Fashion Show had poor showing; earned only $500. Thanks to those who attended.
Brush piles – Bill Byrnes: brush piles are forming on the side of the road. Does the membership want Code enforcement called or just let property owner know that it needs to be removed and then if no action, Code Enforcement will be called. Road down through park has overgrown so Clean Cut was hired to clear a path and they are also chipping. This is necessary in case of fire for the fire trucks to be able to drive down. There is also significant Brazilian Pepper so North Captiva Conservation Fund has hired five man crew three days to cut and treat B. Pepper. Clean Cut 239-440-0440, John Kennedy, is available to come out for cutting and chipping.
Helen – golf carts on beach: Someone tried to drive onto beach and Mark Justice took his picture to document and situation escalated. Attempt to put pilings to block public access to beach. Motion made by Helen to have made and posted more signs "Golf Carts prohibited on beach". No second. Subject discussed.
Helen also talked about need to fill in large holes on beach, and reminder that no tents, chairs, etc. may be left overnight on beach during turtle season, May through October. Suggested Sue Ann send out Island wide email to educate property owners about turtle protection, etc.
New homeowner, David Bolme, is IT specialist and volunteered to look into setting something up for a redesigned website for UCCA. John St.Clair added that a page for homeowners who rent their house can warn others of destructive renters. And a page for visitors who rent can access information about the Island.
Discussion about the new AMC (Access-Way Maintenance Committee) as part of UCFRD. Possibility of referendum held to approve a non-ad-valorem tax collected by Fire Dept. added to our current Lee County property tax bill for AMC.
A new Membership drive needs to be held, including new president's letter that lists current achievements and projects of UCCA.
Island Access Fund has $99,000 that is sitting in account and six years have lapsed without purchase of an all-Island landing site. Because it was earmarked for purchase of property for Island Access, a new referendum is needed to liberate the money for other purpose.