Hello Regency Residents,
I was overwhelmed with the number of you who took time to email me your Congratulations on the America's Best Restored Beach Award given out by ASBPA in Washington DC, this past Wednesday.
Beginning in 1999 with the formation of the Pres Council's Beach & Dune Committee, the "Project" which was built in 2013, was a true team effort.
Regency's President at the time, the late Jack Gazzola, Vice President Dick Janes, Treasurer John Reynolds, Secretary Lou Scowcroft, & remaining board members encouraged me to request support from the Council to form the Beach & Dune Committee. No one ever thought it would take 14.5 years & 3 major hurricanes to get to construction.
Where are we today? Unlike in 1999, when "regionalization" was not even a buzz word, in 2016 it is a state & federally adopted goal for our nation's coastal communities.
Our St Lucie County & Martin County beach projects were managed as a Regional Project (even though Martin is Federal & S St Lucie County a state, county & private pay) both saved a lot of money & both received a more resilient project. It was the first time the state of Florida gave Regionalized Project recognition in the form of priority credits & percentage of state cost share.
The Project which was built in 2013 was a true team effort. Fortunately, we still have the same key Team members in place. It was, & still is, an honor to work with Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson, St Lucie County Sr Coastal Engineer Richard Bouchard, & the terrific network of policy makers, & members of both FSBPA (state network) & ASBPA (national network & federal policy advisors) as we continue to move our Regionalized Project forward. The goal is an additional Project area to the north, which will extend the life of the 3.4 mile project area through the managed use & protection of off shore sand resources as a Pilot Project Study in the Federal process.
Thank you again for your kind words emailed to me regarding the ASBPA America's Best Restored Beach Award.