Captive Erosion District OKs tentative plan for beach renourishment assessments

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District's board recently directed its consultants to move forward on the final draft for the proposed beach renourishment project, plus voted in a new administrator.

At the Dec. 12 meeting, economists Drs. William Stronge and Gary Jackson returned before the commissioners to present the changes that were requested during the November meeting.

Last month, the board voted to treat multi-family homes with fewer than 10 structures like single-family homes on the recreational assessment. It also voted to provide a homestead discount to single-family homesteaded residences, and it voted to assess an Upper Gold Coast beachfront parcel for the first time and charge the owner of record, Gulf Way Improvement Association, letting it sort it out.

An earlier change to the apportionment methodology requested by the board involved raising the project's cost from $15 million to $18 million in calculating the millages to provide wiggle room. The assessments - not final until the project's true cost is determined - are spread out over 10 years.

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