Hurricane Preparation Information
Point Brittany held a discussion of hurricane preparedness for their residents on Thursday, July 26 and invited other ABC association residents to attend. The key take-away from the discussion concerns re-entry into our area after a mandatory evacuation. Any checkpoints established by SPPD will respond to the specific problems caused by the storm … there are no pre-determined checkpoints. If a checkpoint is established, a photo ID like a driver’s license indicating that you are a resident of this area will be required for re-entry. If your photo ID provides a different address, a utility bill or other indication that you are a resident will also be needed.
Pinellas Bayway Information
A new left turn lane is being installed on the westbound portion on the Bayway, just east of the Eckerd College entrance. This will provide safer means for trucks and other vehicles to enter the Southwest Water Reclamation Plant (SWWRF). Please use extra caution while this project is underway.
The ABC is partnering with the Tierra Verde Community Association to propose the undergrounding of utilities along the entire Pinellas Bayway. This would substantially reduce our power outage vulnerability during a major storm and enhance power security for the SWWRF. The first step in this process is an engineering study to define project scope and cost. Funding for the study is being requested from the City and Pinellas County.
Upgrading the City Sewer System
The City’s model to evaluate the wastewater system’s capability to handle heavy rainfall events is finally ready to be used for “stress tests” like the stress tests that banks undergo to test their ability to withstand negative financial scenarios. Eventually, the model will provide guidance on the trade-offs between the cost of system upgrades and the level of overflow risk reduction. The ABC will advise when the City begins to solicit resident comments on this important issue.
Many associations transitioned to the new Spectrum/ABC agreement (including internet) on July 1. At this point 55 associations with 4,754 units have signed the agreement. Several questions/issues were raised during the transition process which are being resolved by Spectrum. Many of the issues are due to Spectrum’s simultaneous conversion from analog to digital video across their entire network. Bayway Isles is not a participant in the Spectrum/ABC agreement.
Communication with Residents
The ABC has been working with The Island Reporter to communicate important developments in our area. While board representatives from ABC associations received updates on this information, we believe our articles were a very effective additional way to disseminate information to individual residents. Unfortunately, The Island Reporter has announced that June was their final issue. The ABC will now explore alternative ways to keep individual residents informed.