CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was just called to order by President Richard Leydon at 5:04 PM at the Placida Beach condos clubhouse.
Board members present were Richard Leydon, Paul Holmes, Deric Flom, Roy Petteway, Joe Bokar and Barb Dwyer. Rhonda Olson was present by phone.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion to approve was made by Paul Holmes and seconded by Roy Petteway.
Paul Holmes reported that the bank account has $22,900 currently with 209 members paid during the 2020 membership drive so far. Security for this year‘s Fourth of July holiday was discussed, and Paul said that $9900 was allocated in 2019 with only $7000 of that spent. It is expected to remain the same as last year. Paul received an invoice for the LGPOA website domain registration. Dawn Bokar was asked to contact Kalindi to verify authenticity of the invoice and ask about any updates that can or should be made to our website.
Dawn Bokar reported that she had received mailed membership forms from Paul Holmes and would be entering, checking new memberships and updating the database to be sure that it was up to date with current residents and current members of the LGPOA. Discussion was had to set a deadline for current members to renew and that date was set for June 30, after which unpaid memberships would be removed from the mailing list to receive the Coconut Telegraph. Dawn also reported that online memberships were down from prior years as most people have chosen to mail in their registration.
Fire Chief Bill Underhill updated the board on the status of certification for turtle patrol for LGI. Chief Bill is trying to get a Palm Island turtle patrol to allow the LGI turtle patrol to work under their certification for this year.
VIRUS ON THE ISLAND
Richard Leydon raised concern about the number of people who came to the island seeking refuge from Covid 19 and what, if anything, could be done to avoid that and keep full-time island residents safe in the event of another pandemic.
JULY 4th EVENTS
Discussion regarding 4th of July festivities concluded with this year‘s Fourth of July festivities not being sanctioned by the LGPOA due to the Coronavirus. It was unanimous that the LGPOA does not associate itself with any planned group activities. The LGIFR meeting is next week and they will decide if they want to support or sponsor any group activities or children’s activities.
CHILDREN AND GOLF CARTS
Many underage children are driving golf carts on the island and creating hazards for people walking and other drivers. After input from board members, the LGPOA position on this issue to ask Deputy Purnell to be more aggressive and follow the age 14 rule and encourage him to give written warnings.
Joe Bokar reported that after multiple calls over the last several months, he has still not received a reply to his messages. Joe reported that pilings 4 and 7 have not been replaced to date. Richard was going to look for additional contact information and forward it Joe.
COUNTY LANDING AREA
Truex’s office has been in contact with Richard regarding the proposed expansion of the County landing area and would like public input at a meeting at the San Casa offices. Richard indicated David Haynes was knowledgeable in this area and would talk to him about attending. He emphasized the importance of finding solutions the barge and parking issues that will impact the island before long.
ILLEGAL BUSINESSES ON THE ISLAND
Concern about the growing number of businesses on the island was discussed by the board. No resolution was found but the board decided to table the topic and discuss again in the future.
RED TIDE AND WATER STUDIES
Richard talked about two research studies he is involved in, one for Red Tide’s effects on people and a water study of different locations around the island and nearby waterways. He will forward contact information to Rhonda for inclusion in the Coconut Telegraph to get more people involved.
It was discussed that four public meetings be held each fiscal year per the LGPOA. However, dates were not determined for future meetings due to restrictions mandated by the governor.
A motion to adjourn was made by Richard Leydon and seconded by Paul Holmes at 6:07 pm.