The Advocacy Committee met on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 8:30 am in the PKACC Conference Room. The committee has a new chairperson, Penny Esworthy and will be held beginning at 9 am the last Wednesday of each month.
The Committee and Chamber would like to thank Kim Parker, prior Chair for her leadership and success as Chair for the last three years. Kim led the June meeting and announced that she would like to transition from Chair to active Committee member.
It was agreed in the June meeting that the Advocacy Committee should shift directive and become more active and present in Government Affairs. It was discussed and a consensus that the four main areas of the Committees focus would be the following;
- Master Plan Progress
- Habitat Conservation Plan
- PK Multi Use Path
- PK Public Beach Access
Penny M. Esworthy opened the July monthly meeting as Chair; members reconfirmed the four areas of Committee focus. The committee mission is to Work in partnership with our local leadership, public entities, and nonprofits to support the community as a whole. Advocating for the vitality of local business, preserving the quality of life, campaigning for safety, and educating about our fragile wildlife and ecosystem. All helping to achieve the goal of community development.
An update was provided on current issues;
- Sea Turtle season will continue through Oct. 31, with active turtle nests on throughout the Key expected to hatch by end of Oct.
- Preservation Park funding from the County may be in jeopardy given unofficial communication to Dana. The park is expected to cost approximately $36,000 Dana will look into other options for funding including Grants.
- Funding and support for water station located near the planned park area is being pursued by Dana, ECUA has been contacted to help support the park designed for the public as a supply for water/refill water bottles.
Round-table items included updates on Big Lagoon, PKA and the Chamber.
Paul stated that the boat ramp at Big Lagoon had been delayed and would be completed in the near future. There was discussion concerning existing laws/restrictions on the use of golf carts on the Bike Path and 292. Clarification of the enforced laws will be researched.
Charles provided an update regarding the activities of the PKA, which included; Success of World Oceans Day held in June, Performance of Beach Profiles in area, Adopt Highway participation, ongoing Vitex cleanup, and Coastal Clean-up Day scheduled for 9/21.
The regular meeting of the Escambia Co. Board of Co. Commissioners will be held Thursday August 1, at 9 am and 5:30 pm. Penny will be in attendance as well as Charles and Dana. Penny will provide an update regarding any issues affecting PK discussed at the 8/1 meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 9:00 am at the PKACC office.