August 2018 Report to Homeowners
Progress! Canals are cleaned up and great things are in the works for our temporary and permanent bridge systems.
…and it’s been a year since the storm. Hard to believe. To me it feels like 10 years—or maybe that’s how much I have aged in the past year. But so much has been accomplished.
Those first few weeks after Harvey landfall are a distant (and purposefully forgotten) memory. To those of you who have repaired and remodeled and are now back enjoying your property, paradise returns. But we have many owners who are still dealing with insurance and contractors—paradise awaits. If there is anything the Board and I or the management team can do to help, we are here to assist you
IN THIS REPORT
- Aransas County Completes Canal Debris Removal
- Bay Shore Revetment Project Q&A
- TWIA Raises Rates 10% – Sign a Petition
- Public Realm Committee Update
- Save the Date – October Fall Festival
- New Compliance System Launches
- September Board Meeting Agenda
Aransas County Completes Canal Debris Removal
The FEMA-funded, Aransas County managed canal submerged debris cleanup has been completed within the canals of Key Allegro. The barge grappled tons of debris from our canals.
- It is safe to reinstall your underwater fishing lights. Please ensure they are installed per code requirement including a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) connection for safety.
- This was not a dredging event. The barge picked up large pieces of roof sections, refrigerators, air conditioner compressors, etc. There are still shingles and nails on the canal bottom. Swim at your own risk.
- If you experience any problems with submerged debris or find items still under the water, please contact the Director of the Aransas County Environmental Health Department Valerie Gonzalez, at 361-790-0121.
If you have any other questions, please reach out to Chris Veatch at 361-557-4252 or email@example.com.
Bay Shore Revetment Project Q&A
The Board of Directors of the Key Allegro Canal and Property Owners Association (the “Association”) provides this information to update owners regarding the status of the Bay Shore Revetment Project. The following is a Q&A — we hope this helps answer questions owners may have regarding this important initiative.
What is the Bay Shore Drive Revetment Project?
The Bay Shore Revetment Project (the “Project”) is a public works project, funded and directed by various agencies, to repair and improve stabilizing structures along Bay Shore Drive. The improvements will protect property, utilities, and the beach from future storms and erosion. The project cost is nearly $2.5M, all of which will be paid for through grant or public funding.
Who Initiated the Project?
In 2014, the Board sought to address deteriorating conditions along the Aransas Bay shoreline. In particular, the Board was concerned that “groin” structures (shoreline structures perpendicular to the beach which prevent erosion) were failing and accelerating shoreline erosion. The developer of the island had installed 53 groins from tip to tip, all of which were in various stages of failure.
What Steps Were Taken to Investigate the Conditions?
The Association commissioned an Engineering Shoreline Stabilization Study (completed in Sept. 2014) to identify the best path forward to protect the beachfront and Bay Shore Drive from future storms and erosion from wind and waves. The Board engaged the engineering firm of Mott MacDonald Engineering (formerly Coast and Harbor Engineering) to recommend improvements.
As the conditions were being investigated, the improvements continued to deteriorate. In 2016, after several high-tide storm events, the southern end of Bay Shore had eroded to within a few feet of the road. The City of Rockport hired Mott MacDonald to design and manage emergency repairs to the failing rock revetment south of Blue Heron paid for by City of Rockport emergency funds.
All entities agreed more work was required, but additional funding was needed. At that time the Association joined the City’s efforts and completed a test phase of the groins, successfully replacing two failed sheet panel groins at Bay Shore Drive and Curlew Drive.
Then, through a community coalition that included the Mayor’s Office, the County Judge, and the Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) Chairman, the Aransas County Resiliency Committee was established. Group leaders were selected from the City of Rockport, the Association’s Board, Aransas County, ACND, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Mott MacDonald Engineering. The group applied for a Restore Act Grant from the BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill settlement, and $2,468,441 was awarded for the Project for rock revetment repairs at North Shore Park (east side of Bay Shore at entrance) and along the southern end of Bayshore Drive. A new rock groin structure will also be included on the very northern end of Association’s property, replacing an existing failed structure with a much longer, and properly aligned, rock groin to mitigate erosion and enhance island beach growth.
What Areas of the Association’s Property Will Be Impacted?
The Association owns a majority of the open Aransas Bay land at both the entrance to the island and on the open beach area on Aransas Bay. This property is on the east side of Bay Shore Drive and stops at Finisterre. Private homes and vacant lots owned on the east side of Bay Shore on Aransas Bay will not be directly impacted. There are two private owners who own narrow strips of land across the street from their homes on Bay Shore just north of Curlew who will be affected. This shoreline stabilization work performed by the City of Rockport is required to protect the public road and utility easement. Impacted owners will be provided appropriate advance notice by the City as the project progresses to on-site work.
Will the Association Manage or Pay for the Project?
No. Funds will flow under the Restore Act to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, then to State of Texas General Land Office and then to Aransas County who will manage the project under the guidance of the Aransas County Coastal Resiliency Committee. The City of Rockport will most likely manage the contract administration under agreement with the County. The Association is represented on the Aransas County Coastal Resiliency Committee, and as in the past, will work closely with the city to ensure an effective long-term solution and minimize impacts to Key Allegro owners.
When Will the Work Begin?
Our collective goal was to complete the project prior to storm season of 2018. Harvey caused this target to slip, and the funds are being appropriated. We now understand the funds will be released in Q1/Q2 of 2019 with the goal to complete prior to storm season 2019 (best case). The project construction start date has been represented as April 2019. Once we have a construction date, we will alert all owners.
Are Any Related Association Projects Contemplated?
Once all the rock work scope has been completed, landscaping will need to be rehabilitated. The Board and the Public Realm Committee are designing and planning for renewed and improved landscaping, irrigation, etc. in community park areas to enhance the beauty and enjoyment for all owners. The funding for this was included in the post-Harvey Special Assessment.
If you have any questions, please email Dave Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWIA Raises Rates 10%
A group led by the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce along with Aransas County surrounding counties has put together a petition against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) rate increase. All interested members who would like to sign the petition can do so by clicking HERE and follow the instructions.
You can also find out more about the initiative by visiting their website.
Public Realm Committee Update
Progress is being made regarding plans for all island common areas. In late September, the Committee has a working session to review designs for Blue Heron Park and all common traffic islands. Regarding entrances and Bay Shore beach area, these have been put on hold since we are waiting on major construction projects to begin in those areas (bridge and revetment project). To do anything now would be a waste of our money.
The Committee is working with the city and AEP on new LED street lighting. A test pilot is being installed on Bay Shore to ensure we approve of the light output. There has been a lot of concerns regarding light pollution from existing and future LED lights.
New street signs have been ordered. The new signs will follow a similar design as the Rockport Historic District signs and are blue with white lettering.
October Fall Festival Set for October 20
The Events Committee has asked members to save the date for Saturday, October 20 for a Fall Festival to be held at the Allegro House. More details will follow.
New Compliance System Launches
In the next few weeks, The KACPOA is launching a new online system for managing compliance with our bylaws and deed restrictions. Called SmartWebs Violations, the cloud-based system provides virtual maps of the island, allows our manager to quickly cite violations and will automatically generate letters with photos alerting the homeowner. The system will provide guidance on how to reconcile the compliance issue and help track responses.
The board is committed to ensuring we uphold the standards set by the community and this system will help us accomplish that goal.
If you know of a compliance issue on the island that needs attention, please let us know.
September Board Meeting
The next regular KACPOA Board meeting will be held on Monday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Allegro House. You can find the agenda here.
At this meeting, your board will review a draft of a new KACPOA Community Manual that will become a part of our governing documents. You can download a copy of the Community Manual. Our community’s rules and regulations are a catch–all for the things that aren’t covered in the Bylaws or CC&Rs. These are often the rules that might need revising over time due to changes in the community. For example, our HOA might have a rule that states the pool is only open from 7:00 a.m. until dusk. This rule would not be a part of the community’s CC&Rs because it might need to change seasonally.
Rules and Regulations can be changed by an HOA board vote with review by the members of the community. Traditionally, the Board will adopt a rule and then send a notice to membership who can review it. After a period of days, the board will review the comments and concerns of members, considering the members’ feedback in the final decision.
The Community Manual also contains the Bylaws, which is is a legal binding document that has been officially recorded and covers the “how” and established the structure of day-to-day governance.
The KACPOA Bylaws were revised in 2016 and are included in this draft of the Community Manual.
All comments are welcomed by the membership of the KACPOA and should be emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to KACPOA, 1809 Bay Shore Drive, Rockport, Texas 78382.
Things continue to improve on the island and around the city. As a reminder, please try and support our local business owners when you can. They are coming back strong and need our support.
Together, we will rebuild.