Civility tested as BOCC debates signs, jail

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

The beach nourishment project, consulting engineer Michael Dombrowski said, was a success that is now seeing, in what was the normal timeline, some loss of sand in the southern end of the project, closest to the Stump Hole.

Additional sand had initially been placed in the southern section with the idea that much would accrete to the northern section. Indeed, four years after completion of the project the southern section has lost 65 percent of its sand while the northern section had gained 19 percent.

Dombrowski proposed reforming the Beach Advisory Committee, examining a scope of work, costs and potential funding sources to continue the nourishment work.

Temperatures rose as the meeting turned to commissioner concerns and Commissioner Joanna Bryan revisited two issues raised at a previous meeting – a meeting that also included for a call to return to the Pledge of Civility commissioners entered into last year.

Bryan moved for the county to proceed with removing a sign in Beacon Hill that is out of compliance, not located on the permitted land, is in a county right-of-way and has been left in disrepair for several years.

The sign formerly marked the entrance to a Bay Medical Center facility that once operated at the site of Beacon Villa assisted living facility, owned before foreclosure by former Commissioner Bill Williams.

Commissioners voted to remove the sign at a prior meeting, provided Williams was given 10 days to provide any proof of ownership as all county paperwork indicated the sign belonged to Bay Medical, which did not want it.



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