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Public Hearing - Option Contract for Purchase

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Commission of the Town of Ocean Ridge, Florida, at a Regular Town Commission Meeting to be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Commission Chambers of the Town Hall, Ocean Ridge, Florida, will have on the agenda for its consideration an option contract for the purchase of the following generally described vacant real property in the Town of Ocean Ridge:

Ten (10) acres off of the North side of that part of the Southeast quarter of the Southwest quarter of Section 22, Township 45 S. of Range 43 E. lying East of the Florida Coast Lien Canal, except that portion containing 1.05 acres deeded to the United Sates of American in an easement deed dated May 8, 1931 and more particularly described as follows:  Commencing at the Southwest corner of said Section 22, for a Point of Reference, and run thence along the South line of said Section 22, South 89°39’17” East One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-Eight and Forty-One hundredths feet to an intersection with the Easterly Right-of-Way line of the Intracoastal Waterway; Thence along said Easterly Right-of-Way line, North 7°31’41” East 850.71 feet to an intersection with the South line of the above described 10 acres, for a Point of Beginning;

From said Point of Beginning run thence along said South Line North 89°31’12” west 100.76 feet to an intersection with the Easterly line of the Florida East Coast Canal Right-of-Way; thence along said Easterly line, North 7°31’41” East 458.73 feet to an intersection with the North line of said 10 acres; thence along said north line, South 89°31’12” East 100.76 feet to an intersection with the Easterly Right-of-Way line of the Intracoastal Waterway; Thence along said Easterly Right-of-Way line South 7°31’41” West 458.73 feet to the Point of Beginning.

Parcel Control Number:  46-43-45-22-00-000-7010

ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN PROVIDING PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS MATTER may appear before the Town Commission at the time and place aforesaid and be heard.

IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING OR HEARING, HE OR SHE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND THAT, FOR SUCH PURPOSE, HE OR SHE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED.

PERSONS WHO NEED AN ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN THIS MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE TOWN CLERK AT 561-732-2635 AT LEAST 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING IN ORDER TO REQUEST SUCH ASSISTANCE. 

Dated:              February 24, 2022                                      TOWN OF OCEAN RIDGE, FLORIDA
Publish:            Town Hall and Town website                Karla M. Armstrong
Publish Date:    February 24, 2022                                   Karla Armstrong, Town Clerk

THIS NOTICE IS PROVIDED PURSUANT TO SECTION 166.045, FLORIDA STATUTES.

The Town is currently under contract to purchase land in Ocean Ridge.  The following points support the purchase of the Priest Property:

  1. Purchase will Boost the Town’s CRS Rating and Lower Flood Insurance Rates for Residents

Purchasing the property will also have the beneficial effect of boosting the Town’s CRS ratings in the National Flood Insurance Program in order to gain additional savings on flood insurance rates for its residents, while also preserving the character of the Town and controlling the population and number of dwelling units per our already established Comprehensive Plan cap of 1,730 dwelling units.

  1. Purchase Supports County Requested Re-Zoning

Palm Beach County & Spanish Creek, LLC, have both applied to the Town to re-zone their properties from Residential Single Family to Preservation/Conservation in the area to the west and northwest of Town Hall in order to preserve the precious mangrove areas and related marine habitats and resources.  The Town would like to join in expanding this Preservation/Conservation area by purchasing the property north of the Palm Beach County property.

  1. Purchase Supports Comprehensive Plan Policies and Coastal Resilience Partnership Strategies
    1. Protection of mangroves is key to the Town’s environmental health, our resiliency strategies, and is a policy objective in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan’s Conservation Element and Coastal Management Element. With the ability to store vast amounts of carbon, mangrove forests are key weapons in the fight against climate change. The thick, impenetrable roots of the mangrove forests are vital to the Town’s shoreline community as a natural buffer against storm surges (to help with flooding), which is an increasing threat due to rising sea levels. The dense root systems of mangroves inhibit the flow of tidal water, act as a natural filter for pollutants, and encourage the deposition of nutrient-rich sediments, while also offering critical nursing environments for juveniles of thousands of fish species.
    2. Further, consistent with key policies in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, the Town recently joined the Coastal Resilience Partnership (CRP) along with Palm Beach County and five other jurisdictions to perform a climate change vulnerability assessment. According to the assessment, the objectives of the Town are to improve resiliency and address vulnerabilities through the establishment of Adaptation Action Areas (AAAs), or a similar geographic concept as defined by the Town, to identify areas that experience coastal flooding, storm surge and sea level rise and use the AAAs to provide targeted strategies improving resilience, reducing risks, prioritizing funding, creating adaptation planning standards and sharing information. Thus, the Town needs to address the vulnerabilities of neighborhoods or portions of neighborhoods due to coastal flooding, storm surge and sea level rise within the community by establishing Neighborhood AAAs and a map indicating those locations that are at risk by 2040. The property at issue will likely serve as a part of an AAA under the assessment.
  1. Purchase Addresses Potential Building, Development, and Flooding Issues

The Town is cognizant of the fact that building on submerged lands or areas with a muck base poses future drainage problems for residents, as we are already experiencing in some areas.  Certain areas in Town are continually inundated with water during high tides and moderate to heavy rains, causing nuisance flooding in the roadways.  Expenses to the Town and its residents become exorbitant to maintain the drainage systems in these areas over time.

  1. Purchase Creates Other Opportunities

Once the Town purchases the property and re-zones the area to preservation/conservation, the Town may be able to utilize the property for mitigation or other conservation and preservation and potential recreational uses to benefit the residents of Ocean Ridge.

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Click here to see appraisal 2.

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