FEBRUARY 25, 2014


THE TOWN CENTER CRA SPECIAL MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 5:15 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance


Silent Invocation


Roll Call:                    Present:                    Member Suzette Blahnik

Member Bob Ford

Member Drew Bastian

                                                                        Member Ben Talluto

Member Dennis Kennedy

                                                                        Member Donald Burnette

                                                                        Chairman Allen Green


                                    Also Present:            Greg Kisela, City Manager

                                                                        Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney

                                                                        Robin Fenwick, City Clerk




4.         Riverwalk Park Conceptual Master Plan Presentation


Greg Kisela, City Manager, provided background details regarding the plan being presented by DMC. The plan was designed after the public design workshop on February 1, 2014 from input from citizens. Staff is working on grants to help fund the project.


Shailesh Patel, Dredging & Marine Consultants, provided an overview of the project, as well as the phasing of the project.


Glen Herbert, Bellomoherbert, provided details of each phase of the conceptual master plan.


Member Talluto said there has been a lack of maintenance in the City in the past. He is concerned with the sand volleyball courts being maintained, as well as the splash pad. He likes this plan but would like to see a plan with less maintenance. Mr. Herbert said with any new facility, there will costs for maintenance.


Member Ford wants to ensure everything is accessible for police. He doesn’t want to see dense vegetation. He asked about the size of the event lawn. Mr. Herbert said it is about the size of a football field. Member Ford wants it to be as large as possible. Member Ford asked how the view of the boardwalk would affect the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Patel said they met with the Chamber Staff and discussed issues regarding the boardwalk running through the Chamber. Member Ford isn’t thrilled with the boardwalk placement. He would ask that it be looked at closely. He likes the idea but wants to know the pricing. Mr. Kisela said the best estimates at this time the cost would be $2,000,000 with 25-50% of that paid through grants. There is a funding source to pay for phase A. He said the costs can escalate quickly depending on the features and materials.


Member Burnette is also concerned with the costs, but he doesn’t want to cut costs and have a bad project. He likes the layout. Mr. Herbert discussed how they laid the project out.


Member Bastian is also concerned about the costs. He asked how many parking spots are included. Mr. Herbert said 180-200.


Member Kennedy asked about the pavilions. Mr. Herbert said they are just picnic table pavilions. Member Kennedy asked about the food trucks placement. Mr. Herbert said power hook ups can be put in along the outside perimeter of the event lawn or can be placed in just one area. He said that will be vetted out through the rest of the design process. He was also concerned with the boardwalk costs and view for the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Herbert said the Chamber has and will continue to be involved in the process. Member Kennedy supports the concept plan.


Member Blahnik agrees that maintenance will be necessary and is a concern. She wants to make sure the event lawn is large enough.


Chairman Green agreed the boardwalk should not be in front of the Chamber of Commerce. He supports the concept plan as well.


Mr. Patel said the existing pier has lasted through storm surges. He suggested moving the boardwalk and adding a lower concrete decking walkway at the seawall knowing it will be underwater during storm surges. Council was not in favor of that idea. Mr. Patel will work with the Chamber to work it out.


Phil Klema, citizen, asked how the pump/lift station be handled.  Mr. Kisela said Staff and the consultants will look at that to determine if the station needs to be moved or if it can stay there. Mr. Klema suggested the boardwalk be low enough for easy access to the water. He doesn’t believe the boardwalk will be an issue if it were a little closer and lower.


Chairman Green asked what the cost difference would be for a floating dock and a fixed dock per square foot. Mr. Patel said approximately $60.00.


Mr. Patel said this is just a concept at this point. He will make sure to get information from stakeholders. Items will move throughout the process to meet codes and other requirements.


Brian Spies, citizen, asked if there would be anything between the boardwalk and the shoreline. Chairman Green said it may be used for a children’s place. Mr. Spies asked what would happen with the Chamber building. Chairman Green said it will not change. He likes the boardwalk going out into the water so it doesn’t obstruct the view from the Chamber deck.


Corey Berman, citizen, thought the splash pad wasn’t wanted because there was one at All Children’s Park. Members Ford, Burnette, and Bastian said there was a lot of interest at the public meeting that a splash pad.


Mike Gardner, citizen, asked if there would be lighting at the park. Chairman Green said yes.


Paul Rozar, citizen, asked about a deep water channel near the area. Chairman Green doesn’t believe it’s deep enough. There will be no dredging.    


Brian Spies would like to see a lot of handicap spots in different areas. Chairman Green said it will be addressed.


Mr. Kisela said he believes the CRA is in agreement with this concept plan. He will bring back a funding plan next. Member Burnette would like the finance plan to include the options discussed relating to the boardwalk.


Member Talluto asked if fill dirt should be brought in because that area has flooded in the past. Mr. Kisela said the City has dirt coming in that can be used.


5.         First Amendment to the Riverwalk Marina & Riverboat Master Development Agreement and Conceptual Development Plan


Chairman Green read the proposed Ordinance (#2014-6) for approval by the City Council.


Motion to recommend approval to the City Council as presented was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Kennedy.


Tim Burman, Planner, provided details of the item. This item will defer some of the site improvements from the original MDA. Staff is asking the CRA Board if the First Amendment is consistent with the CRA plan.


Member Burnette asked what happens after two (2) years if the lot isn’t ready to be moved. Mr. Burman advised that the First Amendment states that the developer would have to install all of the improvements in the original MDA or come back to City Council to amend.


Member Ford asked when the two years begins. Mr. Burman said it is two years from the date the First Amendment is recorded in the public records.


Ted Noftall, citizen, asked about the drop off zone in the middle of the boardwalk area. Mr. Kisela said it will change in two years. Mr. Noftall asked when the City Attorney will provide an analysis of closing Halifax Drive. Margaret Roberts, City Attorney, said within 30-60 days.


Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.


6.         Public Comments


There were none.


7.         CRA Comments


There were none.


ADJOURNMENT: 6:16 p.m.



                                                                                    Chairman Allen Green