The morning of Saturday, May 19 will be a great time to bring your friends and family to the City Center campus! Parks & Recreation is hosting a Kids to Parks Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then Newcomer Day from 10 a.m. to noon! Don't miss out on all of the fun and information! https://goo.gl/zMYe3F
There has been some conversation regarding the City’s storm water clearing of the Myakkahatchee Creek. Please see our response below.
The City of North Port Department of Public Works has a responsibility to maintain positive stormwater flow through the Myakkahatchee Creek. Public Works recently finished up a project to remove trees and debris from along the banks and waterway which were impeding the flow of stormwater. This project was permitted by the appropriate state and federal agencies. If this work was not done, the debris would impede the positive flow of stormwater and could also increase the chances and/or amount of flooding in the area.
We have received photos of a “dock structure” from 2012 which appears to be absent today. After years of erosion and storms, the site would not remain the same. Staff says one large mass of wood and rebar was located laying within the creek itself. The rest appears to still be buried along the vertical part of the bank along the bottom of the creek. The large mass of wood and rebar which was found lying separate was removed and will be located at the Public Works yard. It is available for any local preservation board to examine and obtain if they see fit. The rest will remain still buried.
•This is the 2nd year of a maintenance project to remove blockages from the Myakkahatchee Creek that were identified in annual inspections.
•Staff has identified many blockages consisting of: large fallen trees, fiberglass boat, hot water heaters, tires, truck bed liners, lumber/construction debris and other misc. debris. This debris becomes entangled in the overgrowth and fallen trees.
•Debris greatly slows the flow of stormwater in the creek. This contributes to flooding on our City roadways and private property. Specifically in the areas adjacent to the Myakkahatchee Creek, just north and south of I-75.
•In year 1, staff removed blockages in the creek, between Price Boulevard & the Snover Waterway. In return, this had a substantial impact on reducing the level at which the creek overflowed its banks during rainy season.
•Our current Southwest Florida Water Management District permit allows us to access the Creek from the upland area with equipment to remove the blockages. At this time, we are not permitted to put equipment in the creek bottom or dig/dredge. We are permitted to utilize equipment on the banks (upland areas) to facilitate the removal of the blockages. The cutting of the trees/blockages for removal is done by hand and then the large pieces are pulled out with the equipment on the banks utilizing straps and chains.
•Large debris in the creek has the potential during rainy season to work its way downstream and damage Water Control Structure 101, near the Water Treatment Plant.
•Blockage removal is complete for 2018. Staff removed blockages from the creek, between the Snover Waterway to approximately Shaffer Avenue. Some final cleanup/mulching remains to be done.
Got Shade? The Annual "Tree Fair" sponsored by People for Trees, Inc. is tomorrow from 10am-2pm at the Community Educational Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd. Hundreds of native trees will be available (3-gallon, approx. 4-6 feet tall) for only $15 each: Sweetgum, elm, bald cypress, slash pine, southern red cedar, dahoon holly, pignut hickory, red maples, Walter's viburnum, and wax myrtle. Indoor tree information workshop at 11:30am, Fairy House display and contest, music by "Rev. Faerie" Elaine Silver, tree climbing demonstrations and Q&A by certified arborists from "Simply Trees". People for Trees is a 501 (c)3 non-profit native tree advocacy group established in North Port in 1997. For more information contact email@example.com, (941) 468-2486, www.peoplefortrees.com
Friday afternoon NPPD investigated a written threat at Heron Creek Middle School. It was determined the note was written roughly one month ago and directed towards another student. While the note was dated, it was discovered by a third student and handled appropriately. The student who wrote the note was interviewed. He will not be allowed in school and charges will be determined by the State Attorneys Office. This evening the following connect ed message was sent by the school.
“Happy Friday, Heron Creek Families!
This is Principal Kris Lawrence. It’s been a solid week of testing but our students have made it through with flying colors and have done a remarkable job staying confident and focused.
Unfortunately, we did experience a bit of a downer this afternoon when we learned that a student made a threat against another student late today. A total of three students were involved with this isolated incident and two of them did the right thing and notified administration immediately. Since then, our Student Resource Officer has been investigating this matter along with the North Port Police Department. Parents have been notified and all three of the students have been cooperating as well.
I want to remind our parents and students that making a threat against anyone is a bad idea, and that the school will investigate all threats, regardless of how harmless they may seem. In many cases, disciplinary action may be a result of poor decision-making.
We want all students to feel comfortable and safe while they are at Heron Creek and I appreciate your attention to this matter. I am hopeful we’ll continue to focus our efforts during testing next week. Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see everyone bright and early Monday morning. Thank you.”