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UPDATE:

After a 3+ hour hearing of why a private property owner should build on the beach, the City Council voted  5-0 to NOT support beach development at 2600 N Ocean.

Thank you to our supportive community who shared, emailed, called, attended and spoke to help us preserve our City’s Code of Ordinances.

Watch the meeting here. Click on City Council Regular  26, 2019 Video.


Check out the latest from Boca Save our Beaches — about the latest upcoming meeting regarding beach development in Boca.

Please attend the meeting TONIGHT and tell others as well to help stop beach development.  RSVP and Get More Info on their Facebook event!

 

The meeting to vote on beachfront development has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feburary 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM at
City Hall in the Council Chambers. Click here for agenda item 17A Resolution No. 22-2019.

2600 N Ocean Blvd, is set to be presented to Boca Raton’s City Council for approval or denial to build on. This would be the first, private residential beach construction since the 1980s!

Can you help us save our beaches by attending the meeting and speaking up?

Please use the below to help our cause to preserve and protect our City’s Code of Ordinances.

Talking Points:

The City of Boca Raton adopted a Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) to regulate structures and activities which can cause beach erosion, destabilize dunes, damage upland properties, or interfere with public access. CCCL regulation is also designed to protect sea turtles and dune plants.

Boca Raton’s CCCL Setback Ordinance (City Code Section 28-1556) prohibits building on the beach seaward (east) of the Coastal Construction Control Line. In order to commence construction, a Variance must be provided by City Council. This specific CCCL Variance, if granted, would give the property owner permission to build on untouched beach dunes of Boca Raton.

Clearly in the map, 2600 N Ocean is located seaward (east) of the CCCL.

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To gain a CCCL Variance, the private property owner had to first present their project to the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), which issued a non-binding recommendation to the City Council on January 10, 2019. The EAB recommended that the City DENY the Variance.

The EAB made it clear that there are too many environmental concerns to permit this building on the beaches of Boca Raton.  In turn, the board recommended that the property owner’s request for a Variance be denied and the building should not be permitted.

The City’s Code of Ordinances states “Seaward of the established coastal construction control line no person shall: (a) Construct any structure whatsoever.”

Now, City Code Section 28-1556 (4) allows for a Variance (exception), and  2600 N Ocean is applying for that exception to build on the beach. To read more about the Variance, click here.

Note, this is private property. You can see the appraised value of the $150K property here.

 

Environmental Considerations:

Protecting our beaches and ocean means that we need to control coastal development, which covers a wide range of projects including beachfront construction of homes, hotels, restaurants, and roads; beach renourishment projects; seawall construction; and nearshore dredging and oil platform construction.

Unfortunately, developed coasts change natural beach processes and impact marine wildlife. Even just one building can change the natural movement of wind, which can disrupt sand transport and rainwater runoff – negatively impacting plants and animals.

Development also leads to more people in and around the ocean. Recreational activities have a huge impact on the marine ecosystem. For example, careless boating, diving, snorkeling, and fishing damage coral reefs and can put marine wildlife at risk.

Coastal development can harm wildlife, damage habitats, and lead to more flooding:

Wildlife.

Marine animals such as whale sharks, seals, dugongs, dolphins, whales, and birds are disturbed by boats and people getting too close. Sea turtles are especially impacted by coastal development, forcing nesting females to travel to other beaches to lay eggs. Obstacles on the beach, such as beach chairs, make it more difficult if not impossible for female sea turtles to lay eggs and hatchlings to get to the ocean as needed. The sea turtles’ habitat is also affected by the pollution resulting from runoff and wastewater discharge. Seawall construction can also create barriers to nesting turtles and cause unnatural erosion of beaches. In Florida, most sea turtle strandings are the result of collisions with boats.

Habitat Damage.

Mangroves and coral reefs are greatly impacted by coastal development. We depend on mangroves to help reduce storm surge, but they are being cleared for logging, shrimp farming, and to create more open beaches. This is causing increased shoreline hazards and beach erosion. Construction projects involving piers, channels, airstrips, dikes, and land reclamation can kill coral reefs. The development activities cause erosion, resulting in sediment run-off that eventually reaches the coral and damages it. When coral reefs disappear, we see more beach erosion, land retreat, and sedimentation.

Flooding.

As coastal populations increase and natural coastal protections are degraded or lost, sea-level rise and changes in storm patterns due to climate change are likely to cause damaging floods. Ironically the same people who enjoy living along the beach will experience the most damage.

What we can do.

We can curtail this damage by lobbying for effective planning and land use regulations in our community that include land-use zoning plans and regulations, protection of coastal habitats, coastal setbacks that restrict development within a fixed distance from the shoreline, watershed management, improved collection and treatment of wastewater and solid wastes, and management of tourism.

 

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Can’t make the meeting, but oppose beach development due to the City’s Code of Ordinances and Environmental Effects?

Email your City Officials now.

Andrea Levine O’Rourke – aorourke@ci.boca-raton.fl.us 
Monica Mayotte – MMayotte@ci.boca-raton.fl.us
Scott Singer – ssinger@ci.boca-raton.fl.us 
Jeremy Rodgers – jrodgers@ci.boca-raton.fl.us
Andy Thomson – athomson@myboca.us

Read More Here

 

Boca Save Our BeachesBoca Save our Beaches is a 501C3 nonprofit dedicated to protecting the marine environment through community collaboration, conservation and educational awareness.

Our objective is to empower people of all backgrounds and ages in the community to work together in establishing goals to safeguard the coast while promoting a clean marine environment.

Marine debris is more than an eyesore, it is the most pervasive problem threatening the world’s oceans and waterways, and is entirely preventable.

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