Sunday, January 14, 2007

CEPRA re-nourishment update

Just a note to everyone. There will be an update on our project in the coming week. I will update this blog as we get new information. It looks like the permits and engineering will start shortly. For those of you who have already donated to the re-nourishment fund, look for e-mailed invoice/receits. Thanks to all of you, we will be on our way shortly.

Monday, January 01, 2007

CEPRA Beach Project 2007

Hi Sunny Beach Home Owners

The Speed Humps are in! It's already working to slow traffic.

For those of you that were here in 2002-2003 you will most likely remember
our beach re-nourishment project. We applied for and received a
state/federal grant to place re-nourishment sand on the beach in front of
our neighborhood. The program title for the grant we received is called
CEPRA, "Coastal Erosion Planning & Response Act". Our project was quite
successful and placed a nice amount of sand. The sand is meant to slowly
wash into our beach area and naturally keep the beach in a healthy state.
During Hurricane Rita, two summers ago, much of the sand was lost. Because
it was originally placed under a federal grant program and was lost during a
catastrophic event, we are eligible to get a little help from FEMA for
repairs. What was there pre storm is eligible. The area was surveyed
before and after the storm. We applied for and received the funding for the

The original project was quite large and we had to raise matching funds for
that project. We originally placed almost 100 thousand cubic yards of sand,
about $95k worth. The amount of sand was based on sand price last time as
well as this time around. We will have to pay a bit more for the sand this
time but it is still a very worth while project. It is also a matching
project just like last time. This time our neighborhood needs to raise
$1,930 for our match portion. Please review the attachment on your e-mail that is a repeat of this post to see how the
math worked. I will post the excell spread sheet as soon. We will place approximately 4,500 cubic yards of sand.

History: In 2002-2003 we raised about $9,000 for our match funds. We
raised money on a sliding scale the first time, assuming people up front get
the largest benefit. During the last meeting we decided a sliding scale
would again be the best way to raise the money.
I'm sure your all aware that during Rita, at least partly due to the placed
sand, the erosion we experienced to our dunes was minimal. Any and all we
do to help our beach is a step in the right direction. We all benefit from
having a healthy beach.

This is a great opportunity for us and we hope everyone will participate.

This is the suggested donation:
1st and 2nd row pay $100 (Odd numbered houses or South Side of Bernice Drive
and Garfield Way)
3rd and 4th row pay $50 (Even numbered houses or North Side of Bernice Drive
and Beard Street)
Reagor Way and Schwartz $25

Please make checks payable to:
Tom Empey/SBN
11221 Bernice Drive
Galveston, TX 77554

As always we work on a voluntary basis, so in order for this to work we need
everyone to participate.

Thank you for your dedication to our neighborhood.
Any questions please call Tom or Gerri Empey 409-741-2455.

Tom Empey
Sunny Beach Neighborhood Association
11221 Bernice Drive
Galveston, TX 77554