Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
September 24, 2018 5:32 p.m.

The Marina Advisory Board (MAB) of the city of Fernandina Beach held its first meeting the afternoon of September 24, 2018 in City Hall Commission Chambers.

MAB members (l-r): Paul Lore, Allen Mills, Scott Stewart, Cathy Chapman, Joe Springer, Coleman Langshaw, Joe Blanchard, Kevin McCarthy and Terry Lacoss

The meeting, which was organizational in nature, lasted about 20 minutes.  After electing its officers, the MAB established its regular meeting time as the 4thMonday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall. The next business meeting will be held on October 22, 2018.  Committee agendas will be published on the city’s website www.fbfl.us.

MAB officers (l-r): Vice Chair Cathy Chapman, Chair Kevin McCarthy and Recording Secretary Coleman Langshaw

Marina Manager Joe Springer will serve as staff liaison for the committee.  Newly elected chair Kevin McCarthy asked that members come to the next meeting prepared to introduce themselves and explain their interest in serving on the advisory board.  He suggested that they familiarize themselves with the role of city advisory committees as well.

Springer reminded members that they are not permitted to discuss committee business with other members outside formal meetings, adding that they will receive a briefing on Florida Sunshine Law requirements at the next MAB meeting.

The MAB is an advisory, ad hoc committee.  Its tasks as enumerated in Resolution 2018-98 require the board to provide advice and make recommendations to the FBCC as follows:

  1. Make recommendations regarding a comprehensive plan for the physical development and betterment of the Marina.
  2. Make recommendations on the operation of the Marina and for the improvement of the operations.
  3. Make recommendations regarding policies, such as Marina Rules and Regulations and the Marina Code of Conduct.
  4. Perform additional functions as requested by the City Commission to advise and assist in the continued operation and betterment of the Marina.

At the end of the meeting Springer announced that Fender Marine has been taking core samples in preparation for the replacement of the south marina basin attenuator.  The mobilization date for commencement of the project is November 27, 2018.

Suanne Thamm 4Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

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Cindy Gass Fetch
Cindy Gass Fetch (@guest_52705)
4 years ago

Hmmm, only one woman on committee….

Marlene M Chapman
Marlene M Chapman (@guest_52708)
4 years ago

In my opinion, this Board is one of the very best and I know that we will all expect to see great things, continuing information and updates! Thank you to all who put themselves of there for this….it’s not easy!

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