GGPA and STORM DRAINAGE

GPA experienced flooding in late March and June this year.  Flooding on GGPA may occur when tides are high and there is heavy rain. 

There are “Spring Tides” when the sun, moon and earth are all aligned during a full or new moon.    There are also “King Tides” in late May, when US coastal areas experience very high tides, again when the moon is aligned with the earth and sun, and is closest to the earth.  When a Spring Tide and King Tide comes together, it makes matters worse.

If this all sounds too much like the Age of Aquarius, let’s just say that when times of high tide coincide with times of substantial rain, GGP may experience flooding. Flooding this year occurred more on the west side of GGP nearer to new construction.

GGPA’s Board of Directors have begun exploring how this very occasional but troublesome problem can be addressed.

GGPA’s Board asked GGPA member, Cindy Taliaferro, Toscano (205) if she could help.   Cindy has experience in Sarasota waterway matters (See Cindy’s bio in Member Spotlight).

 

Cindy contacted Harold Roebuck, County Stormwater Operations Manager II, who met Cindy and GGPA Treasurer Denise Watermeier on GGPA a few weeks ago.   Mr. Roebuck inspected the storm drains and discussed the issues relating to flooding.  

Map of GGP showing Storm Drain Outflows

Map of GGP showing Storm Drain Outflows

Apparently, One88 (188) and Toscano (205) GGP are at the low point of GGP.  Storm sewers are at water level, and the increase in impervious area due to new construction on the west side of GGP has increased the outflow requirement.  High tides negatively affect the ability to move water into the bay.  The City enforces the Codes and is responsible for installation of storm sewers and the county maintains the existing lines

Mr. Roebuck scheduled a cleaning of the three GGP storm sewers with a truck and vacuum line to suck the entire length of the two affected storm sewers, the closest to One 88 and Alta Mer (306) GGP.  There was silt accumulation in the 306 GGP outflow.  

The outflows also have substantial barnacle growth which limit the amount of outflow at times of high rain.   The County will be scheduling the removal of barnacles on the outflows shortly.

Once the outflows are addressed, we will see to what extent this will mitigate the water during heavy rains.    The GGPA will consider what steps will need to be taken to reduce the likelihood of the storm drains becoming clogged.  Mr. Roebuck has advised that floating debris will need to be removed in areas near storm sewers.   This includes mulch and other materials, such as papers and recycling materials, that will float.

GGPA will continue its efforts to keep these storm drains clear.

What you can do about OCCASIONAL flooding on GGP

V curbs or V drains are the concrete alleys between the sidewalk and road surface.
These alleys are intended to control and direct the flow of water during rains.  When      trash and recycle receptacles are placed on top of the V drains, water is diverted intothe roadway and it swells and pools creating a pond effect.  Water needs velocity   and pressureof the continuous force of the flow to push the rainwater into the bay.  Obstructing this flow causes the water to collect and swell into the vegetation, causing floating debris, which then plugs the drains as the water slowly recedes. 

This means they need to be on the driveway or in the street, off of the drains.  If they are smaller bins, they need to be covered.

Water needs to run down this concrete channel- don't block the V-drain!

Make sure that your trash and recycling receptacles do not block the water.  Put them on your driveway or outside of the channel so that the water's velocity can push eh water into the drains and bay.

Here the receptacles are outside the V-drain

Remove as much floating debris from your landscaping 

Don't add mulch near the street or where it could float away in high winds or a heavy rain-- use rocks, grass, or ground cover instead where possible.

Be sure that your building keeps recycling materials in covered or large containers.

Loose recycling materials also become floating debris.  Low bins, especially low and uncovered bins,  are subject to materials blowing and floating away andclogging the drains.   We need to use large and/or covered recycling bins and to keep any small ones covered.   If a strong wind or high tide blows debris onto the street, it will end up in the storm drain and block it.  We'll get more street flooding that way, because the storm drains won't work.

Cindy Taliaferro and Joan Lovell recently met with Todd Kucharski, the City's General Manager of Public Works, about getting all recycling bins on Golden Gate Point to have lids so that materials aren't blown away, or don't float away, and block the storm drains.   Mr. Kucharski is working on the new recycling contract for the City and is looking into ways that GGP residents will have the best suited recycling receptacles for our block.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON NEIGHBOR - CINDY TALIAFERRO

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Many on GGP know Cindy as an active real estate agent in Sarasota with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.    You may have seen her on GGP hosting open houses at One88 or met her at the last Meet & Greet at Toscano, where she prepared some spectacular home cooked dishes for GGPA members to enjoy.

You may not know that Cindy has an impressive background in working on environmental issues relating to the Sarasota watershed.    Cindy’s interest in our Florida natural environment and waterways is longstanding.

She serves on the The Natural Assets and Watershed Committee of Palmer Ranch.  This organization consists of PhDs and other experts and consultants in environmental water resources and community members.    Its mission is to provide information and education to associations and communities about how our individual actions and the actions of our Sarasota communities can impact the health of our waterways and Sarasota bay.

Cindy describes our storm sewers and waterway system as being “much like the veins of a body” which is “only as good as what flows through our veins”.    In short, we all have an interest in caring for our waterways.

Cindy uses her background as a realtor to help homeowners understand that their property values relate to the health of the waterways nearby.   A property in a community with a creek or pond with algae bloom or an eroded bank will not reach its full value.   Cindy speaks to communities on behalf of Natural Assets to explain to homeowners how an investment in caring for ponds, creeks, waterways and the bay ultimately helps keep property values secure and saves restoration expense later.    Cindy has also volunteered for eight years the Sea Turtle Nesting Patrol of Mote Marine on Casey Key, and is certified to work in Mote’s Animal Hospital.   

GGPA turned to Cindy for help in contacting the county employees who are involved in storm water management.   

GGPA has been fortunate to have Cindy tackle recent issues of flooding and storm drainage on GGPA;  she has worked diligently in an effort with the County to determine the cause of flooding and ways to alleviate it.

Cindy describes our storm sewers and waterway system as being “much like the veins of a body” which is “only as good as what flows through our veins”.    In short, we all have an interest in caring for our waterways.

 

Meet and Greet     Monday, May 15, 2017 at Toscano, 205

Our thanks to Cindy Taliaferro and her daughter, Moira, and all of our GGPA members in Toscano for a warm welcome and terrific get together!

 

Meet and Greet-   June 23, 2016  See Photos on Photo Page  

Meet and Greet Thursday October 27, 2016 at Pier 500  See Photos on Photo Page  

 

Sarasota and GGP- Florida's Best Kept Secret?

Sarasota continues to receive attention in national publications and Golden Gate Point  in the regional press.   

Vogue's April, 2017 article about Sarasota headlines "Perfect Beaches, Mid-Centry Charm: Is This Florida's Best Kept Secret?    The article touts the area's great architecture, suggesting places to eat, sleep and shop as well as things to do.    

US News & World Report rated Sarasota as the 21st out of 100 Best Places to Live in the US-- the only Florida city in the top 25.  To make the list, a place has to have good value, a strong job market and quality of life. 

Sarasota Magazine featured an article in its March 2017 issue titled  "Revival of the Fittest".    The article notes the changes over 25 years on the Point and comments that its views are "arguably the best in town".   It has some interesting history about the Point.   GGPA Building Captain for Pier 550, Charlotte Hedge, points out that the acreage for Pier 550 is actually over 2 1/2 acres.

Our GGPA member who brought the Vogue article to our attention pondered,   "Are we visionaries for living here, or doomed to mega traffic?"   Certainly on all of our minds as we see construction and cranes in our daily travels. 

Photo courtesy of Charlotte and Tom Hedge, Premier Sotheby's International Realty

Photo courtesy of Charlotte and Tom Hedge, Premier Sotheby's International Realty

News & Events

GGPA Board Meeting   Monday, AUGUST 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm AT Alta MER (306)

 

Annual Meeting Program about Special Taxing District on Members' Page

For those who weren't able to attend the Annual Meeting in January, 2017,  but would like to read about the city-GGP special taxing district and landscaping issues, please see Member's Page, where archival materials are stored.

Members-  Remember that to log into the Member Page you'll need a password.   Please contact  us  at goldengatepointassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to have it sent to you.  The Member Page has Association documents, minutes and copies of prior email newsletters.

Bob Sohol's Drone Photos

Drone Photos taken by GGPA member Bob Sohol (136 GGP)                   Thank you Bob for these great views of GGP!

Drone Photos taken by GGPA member Bob Sohol (136 GGP)                   Thank you Bob for these great views of GGP!

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GGPA WALKERS

At the annual meeting, a  number of members signed up to walk with others around the point, the bayfront or over the bridge.    

If you're interested too, please contact goldengatepointassociation@gmail.com, so you can be added to the list.

Meet new friends and find others who will encourage you to keep that New Year's resolution!

A full rainbow visible from the west side of GGP on July 20th.

A full rainbow visible from the west side of GGP on July 20th.

Our thanks to Dr. Jim McIntyre for these great July 4th photos.

 

US 41 AT GULFSTREAM AVENUE STUDY

GGPA Residents received a notice from the Florida Department of Transportation about a Project Development and Environmental study to evaluate US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.   The purpose of the project is stated to be the improvement of pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between downtown Sarasota nd the Bayfront area and traffic flow.

Improvements under consideration are said to include "doing nothing" to building "roundabouts" (for some, called "traffic circles" or "rotaries").  FDOT advises on the flyer that it can be contacted at a website, however,  the one on the flyer won't work, as it's in capital letters.   The correct website address for the project is  www.swflroads.com/us41/atgulfstreamave

The construction and any possible changes will have great impact on GGP and the Association and GGPA members should keep an eye out for the public meeting on the subject.  No public meetings are scheduled at this moment but the flyer states that one is anticipated in February or March, 2017.  

A GGPA Board member has been in contact with a Florida State engineering specialist Joshua A. Jester, E.I. and the offices of Walter Breuggeman, P.E. with the Florida Department of Transportation to discuss how a rotary will impact walkability and access from the bayfront to the township.    A few comments from FDOT representative about how a rotary works for pedestrians can be reviewed by clicking here.  

GGPA Entrance Way Upgraded

Golden Gate Point's Entrance Way was created during the streetscape, an has not been painted since 2008.  GGPA's Board, working with the City, arranged for it to be freshly repainted.  The adjacent retaining wall has been power washed.