The Community Affairs (Previously Advocacy) Committee met on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 9:00 am in the PKACC Conference Room.
Penny provided an update on the Escambia BOCC meetings, which took place August 1 and August 15, 2019. Discussion of the elimination of the current 4-cent gasoline tax in Escambia County was the main topic amongst the Commissioners during the August meetings. It was determined that more information was required regarding the impact, cost and use of the bus transit system was needed during the August meetings. Research and information was requested from the appropriate C county staff. The Road Swap vote amongst the BOCC will take place at the BOCC meeting on 9/5. Ratification on this vote would make 292 on Perdido Key a County road and 2.5 miles of Beulah Road from Mobile Hwy. to Isaacs Lane Beulah would be transferred to state control.
This information is relevant to the Committee’s objective related to area safety concerns and the progress of the Perdido Key Master Plan.
The next BOCC meeting will be held on September 5. Dana stated that the Chamber President would make a public comment representing the Chamber at the meeting regarding safety in the area; the meeting begins at 5:30. Committee members agreed to support and attend.
It was agreed that the Advocacy Committee would change its name to reflect its mission to Perdido Area Community Affairs (PKAC).
Dana gave an overview on Preservation Park and confirmed that funding support from Escambia Co. would not be provided. The Park is expected to cost a minimum of $20,000 at a high level if the windmill, water filling and bike stations are constructed as services provided to visitors and the community. It was suggested by Annie that Marina of ZPD could assist in high-level drawings of the Park. It will be arranged that she meet with Dana to provide conceptual drawings of the Park at no expense.
The Chamber’s building lease at current location expired and has continued to be renewed on a monthly basis. The Chamber’s lease is an Agenda item on the 9/15 BOCC meeting. The Chamber‘s objective is to obtain a long-term lease on the building through the Commissioners as had been negotiated in prior years. All committee members are encouraged to attend for support in order to secure the lease on a long-term basis.
Discussion of golf carts (motorized and gasoline) on PK planned bike paths specifically the Multi Use Path was discussed as a follow up item. It was agreed that carts should be prohibited and signage would suffice to deter carts until rules could be defined and enforced. Charles agreed to follow up on the definition on “motorized” with appropriate sources.
Charles provided a summary of current issues on Key and status’ regarding activities supported by PKA. Installation of a traffic signal will begin in Sept. 2019; this will include installation of a full traffic signal at the Flora Bama location. This project is expected to improve overall safety in the area for both pedestrians and drivers. The International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) sponsored by PKA will be from 8am until noon. Volunteers should meet at Perdido Key State Park West Use area to receive beach area assignments.
PK Chamber and Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival will sponsor “Songwriters at Sunset on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Lost Key Beach Club. The event begins at 6pm, tickets and may be purchased online.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 9:00 am at the PKACC office.