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Palm Coast Monday, Apr. 17, 2017 4 months ago

Mobile home park to expand

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Also: Princess Place bridge repair projected cost more than doubles; county to pay $30,000 for turtle nest relocations
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A 323-acre plot of land in the county's far south, now used as a mobile home park with some RV spots, could become more of an RV park with some mobile home spots.

The developers of the Bulow Plantation Development, county planner Adam Mengel said at a County Commission meeting April 17, "have these campgrounds all over the United States. … They’re seeing this as a great tool to be able to bring visitors to our county. We’re hoping to encourage that."

The Bulow Plantation Development of Regional Impact — on the east side of Old Kings Road between Steeplechase Trail and Audubon Way and established in 2000 — now has 276 manufactured homes spots and 352 recreational vehicle spots, as well as 11,300 square feet of commercial space. 

It had been approved for up to 1,020 mobile home spots and 350 RV spots. But the developer at the April 17 County Commission meeting got the commission's approval to reallocate that space, with more RV spaces — a total of 750 — and fewer mobile home spots, at just 600.

The change, according to a county staff presentation, would likely mean increased traffic on Old Kings Road, but not so much so that the road would drop below what the county considers an acceptable level of service for the traffic volume. 

The change to the property's development order also allows for the existing 86 resident boat docks on the property to be repaired and replaced, but for no new ones to be constructed, with the exception of a shared community dock.

The developer has also been ordered to establish a 20-foot landscape buffer between the Bulow Plantation property and the Flagler Beach Polo Club West  subdivision to its north. The County Commission unanimously approved the change to the property's development order.

Princess Place bridge project to cost $400,000 more than expected

The Princess Place Island House Bridge, which provides the only access to the Island House in Princess Place Preserve, needs repair. The county expected the work to cost about $300,000. Instead, it will cost closer to $700,000.

The county hopes to be able to get a state Department of Transportation grant to cover the shortfall. To do that, the County Commission voted at its meeting April 17 to add the bridge project to the county's five-year-work program, which would make it eligible for state funding. 

The five-year work program list for this fiscal year had been approved on Aug. 1, 2016. The commission voted unanimously to amend the list to include the bridge project. 

County to pay approximately $30,000 for sea turtle nest relocations

Flagler County will pay an estimated $30,000 for the Volusia Flagler Turtle Patrol to relocate sea turtle nests while the county repairs beach dunes damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

Turtle nesting season begins May 1 and runs through the end of October. The county wants to begin its dune work quickly to protect against a possible breach by any future major storm or hurricane; hurricane season begins June 1. 

But it can only undertake work on the dune during turtle nesting season if contracts with a firm to protect and relocate the turtle nests according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission requirements. 

The turtle patrol is certified by the FWC to perform nest relocations, and is the only local group that can meet the agency's requirements, according to a county staff presentation.

The work will require the turtle patrol to check for nests before construction work, and move the nests as needed so they aren't disturbed or crushed by construction workers and machinery. The relocations will happen at night or in the early mornings.

The County Commission approved the $30,000 in spending without discussion as part of a consent agenda at its April 17 meeting. The $30,000 will be pulled from money earmarked for the dune restoration project.

 

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