By Joe Capozzi
Town officials hope to finalize an interlocal agreement with Palm Beach and Lantana to start a beach and dune restoration along the South Palm Beach shoreline in February.
All beaches in South Palm Beach abut private land, so the town must rely on Lantana and Palm Beach to renourish its beaches and dunes.
“We’re in the middle of a sitting duck because we really can’t do anything on our own,’’ Mayor Bonnie Fischer said at the Jan. 11 Town Council meeting. “If nothing else, this is a really good insurance policy for the beach.’’
The proposed project, expected to take two weeks, would involve transportation of sand from an existing stockpile at Phipps Ocean Park and placement on the beaches of South Palm Beach and Lantana.
In the past few months, South Palm’s beach “has really taken a beating” because of king tides and storms, Fischer said. “We continue to do what we can, which is at least getting more sand in the system.’’
In other business:
• At the suggestion of councilman Bill LeRoy, the Town Council will consider a resolution aimed at protecting pedestrians on walkways along State Road A1A that are sometimes blocked by construction vehicles.
The new measure could require workers whose trucks block the pathway to use flagmen or caution tape to provide a safe way for walkers and joggers to get by without having to go out onto the road.
“We have to have a safe way for our people to get by because they’re going to (continue walking) whether it’s safe or not,’’ LeRoy said. “We can’t have our people walking on the street. It’s got to stop.’’
• Emergency generators would be exempt from the town’s noise rules under a proposed ordinance approved Jan. 11 on first reading. Most condominium generators exceed the maximum 60 decibels allowed under current town rules. The exemption would have no decibel limit.
• The ice cream social celebrating the life of the late Lenny Cohen was postponed because of the omicron surge and will be rescheduled at a later date.