Palmetto Mayoral Candidates Video Forum

Palmetto Mayoral Candidates Video Forum

Meet the candidates for Mayor of the city of Palmetto, Fl – Shirley Bryant, Jonathan Davis, and Charles Smith. They cover why they are running, their backgrounds, issues like jobs,  new businesses, housing and the Desoto Bridge flyover.  

Date: October 1, 2020

Video of the Mayoral Forum

2020 Hurricane/Pandemic Plan

2020 Hurricane/Pandemic Plan

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nation is facing unprecedented challenges as we respond to additional disasters, anticipate emergent incidents, and prepare for the 2020 hurricane season. Although the operating environment has changed, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) mission of helping people before, during, and after disasters remains the same. Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials, along with the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGO), must partner together to fulfill their respective missions and help disaster survivors. As the Nation continues to respond to and recover from COVID-19 while posturing for the coming hurricane season, emergency managers must continue to operate under a framework of a locally executed, state managed, and federally supported approach to incident stabilization.

To help SLTT emergency managers and public health officials respond to incidents during the 2020 hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is releasing the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season.

Attached is a pdf file you can open and download:

2020 Hurricane Pandemic Plan.pdf

Hurricane Preparedness 2020

Hurricane Preparedness 2020

Riviera Dunes Community Emergency Plan



Master Association Responsibilities

The Master Association shall notify all Neighborhood Associations and Owners that Riviera Dunes is located in an area having potential hurricane and flooding hazards, and will provide to Owners, or Neighborhood Associations for distribution to Owners, a document containing information including evacuation procedures, emergency procedures, the necessity for Flood Insurance in addition to standard homeowner policies, property loss mitigation strategies including elevation, construction of safe rooms and window protection.

Purpose of the Community Emergency Plan

  • To identify responsibilities of the Riviera Dunes Board of Directors
  • To establish effective COMMUNICATION among the residents, Association Boards, and the management of the Riviera Dunes community before, during, and after extreme weather conditions.


This plan stresses the importance of effective communication. A clear message consisting of information useful to the receiver of the message. During the course of an emergency situation, communications will be issued by Federal, State, and the City of Palmetto governments and associated agencies (such as FEMA, local police and fire, etc.). Residents will be subjected to information from the internet, email, public broadcasting and telecasting, weather announcements, and bulletin boards located in the respective clubhouse’s, mailrooms and resident buildings.



The Emergency Contact Directory – will be maintained by the RDM Secretary and distributed to the Master Association Board Directors as needed.

Hurricane Disaster Plans for each individual community association will be posted on this WEBSITE. Each Master Association Director is responsible for providing individual association Plans to the Master Association before June 1, 20XX each year.

Hurricane preparation plan

Much of the United States population lives within striking distance of a summer or early fall hurricane. It is important for people who live in these areas to have preparation plans well before a hurricane threatens. Here are some tips that you can use to design and implement a hurricane preparation plan.

Evacuation orders may be issued as either voluntary or mandatory evacuation.

  • Voluntary means storms coming close to the area, high winds, potential flooding, and hazardous conditions.
  • Mandatory means storms hitting the area, high winds, flooding, water and electricity shut off, elevators shut down, life threatening.

NOTE: When a mandatory evacuation order is issued, ALL residents must evacuate.

Residents who ignore an evacuation order must be aware that they will be in harm’s way and subject to dangerous winds and high water. Emergency services (fire, police, and medical) will not be available, elevators will not be in operation, and water and electricity may be shut off. Residents should not return until an all clear is given AND all utilities, elevators, and emergency services are restored.

Plan an evacuation route

Use the City of Palmetto Evacuation Map Contact the local emergency management office (749-3500) or American Red Cross chapter (792-8686) and ask for the latest Hurricane Preparedness Guide. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters. Learn safe routes inland. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place.

Evacuation Zones and Route Maps.

Have disaster supplies on hand

Flashlight and extra batteries. Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries. First aid kit and manual. Emergency food and water. Non-electric can opener. Essential medicines. Cash and credit cards, Sturdy shoes.

Make arrangement’s for pets

Pets may be allowed into emergency shelters. Contact the Manatee County Emergency Management office, (749-3500) for information on local animal shelters.

Emergency Pet Planning

Make arrangement for special needs

Contact Manatee County Emergency Management, (749-3500) and pre-register for the special needs shelter if you have medical needs. 

Special Needs/Medical  Sheltering Plan

Include all family members in plan

Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, fire or ambulance service and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

Develop an emergency FAMILY communication plan

Make sure all family members know how to respond after a hurricane. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact”. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

Post disaster recovery plan – re-entry program

The purpose of the Re-Entry Program is to accommodate a SAFE and ORDERLY return to the City of Palmetto, including Snead Island, FOLLOWING an emergency evacuation due to a hurricane or other incident which involves reentry. Returning to your business property or residence may be restricted depending upon the nature of the incident. For detailed instructions and information regarding the reentry program and process, please refer to one of the following links:

Emergency Phone Numbers:

City of Palmetto Risk Management Office

(941) 723-4580

Manatee County Emergency Management

General Information (941) 749-3500

Special Needs Registration (941) 749-3500

Emergency Information Center (941) 714-7114 ext. 911

Deaf Communications for TDD Messages (941) 742-5802

Red Cross

Manatee Chapter (941) 792-8686

Animal Services

(941) 742-5933

Please Do Not call 911 for Hurricane Information! The 911 line is reserved for life threatening emergencies only.

Rescheduled Riviera Dunes Master HOA Meeting 6.16.2020

Rescheduled Master Meetings

Riviera Dunes Member Associations:

The master association board of directors have been actively monitoring Tropical Storm ETA’s progress and focused on preparations for the community. We cancelled our meetings and events that were to be held on Friday, November 12th. We will be updating rescheduled times and post them soon. We take the safety of our Community seriously and are committed to taking the necessary precautions to address issues that any severe weather conditions may present. Please stay safe. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Riviera Dunes Master Association Board of Directors 
Rescheduled Riviera Dunes Master HOA Meeting 6.16.2020

Annual Agenda Board of Directors Agenda 6.1.2020

Riviera Dunes Master Association, Inc.

C/O Argus Property Management

6744 Stickney Point Road STE 118-A

Sarasota, Florida 34231


A Non-Profit Corporation

2nd Notice


 Re-Scheduled Annual Owners Meeting

Monday- June 1st, 2020 10:00 A.M.

Laguna at Riviera Dunes Clubhouse

614 Riviera Dunes Way

Palmetto, Florida 34221

New Date -Argus Property Management’s Meeting- Riviera Dunes

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  1. Call to Order
  2. Proof of Notice
  • Approval of Minutes
  1. Nominations for Election
  2. Four Positions available- One at Large, One single family, Two Multi Family
  3. Officer and Committee Reports
  4. Dock Committee
  5. Website Committee
  6. Security Committee
  7. Bridge Committee
  8. Landscape Committee
  9. Road Committee
  10. Tabulation of votes and introduction of new Board members
  • New Business
  1. Monument project funding
  • Hurricane Information
  1. Resident Comments and questions
  2. Motion to Adjourn

Organizational Meeting  Will follow Directly after

CDC Guidelines for Florida

CDC Guidelines for Florida

CDC’s recommendations for implementation of mitigation strategies for Florida, based on current situation with COVID-19 transmission and consideration of the state’s large older adult population

The following describes CDC recommendations for community interventions in Florida.

Bottom Line Up Front:

Florida has had several COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposures related to ports of entry, including shipping ports and airports. Additionally, Florida is a large tourism hub and has an older age population. However, at this time there is not widespread transmission. Due to the current level of COVID-19 transmission in the United States, and Florida’s large older adult population, CDC recommends certain community mitigation activities to help slow the spread of COVID-19 into the community and to protect vulnerable members of the community. CDC recommends the following interventions be implemented at this time (Table). These recommendations may be updated, if necessary, based on any changes in the current local situation.


The goals for using mitigation strategies for Florida are to protect:

  • Individuals at increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions (See Appendix A).
  • The healthcare workforce and critical infrastructure workforces

These approaches are used to minimize morbidity and mortality caused by COVID-19 and minimize social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Individuals, communities, businesses, and healthcare organizations are all part of a community mitigation strategy.

Implementation emphasizes:

  • Emphasizing individual responsibility for implementation of recommended personal-level actions,
  • Empowering businesses, schools, and community organizations to implement recommended actions, particularly in ways that protect persons at risk of severe illness such as older adults and persons with serious underlying health conditions (e.g., Dialysis patients, congestive heart failure, emphysema)
  • Focusing on settings that provide critical services to implement recommended actions to protect critical infrastructure and individuals at risk of severe disease
  • Minimizing disruptions to daily life to the extent possible

Table. Community mitigation strategies for Florida

For Every Individual and Families at Home

  • Monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic.
  • Practice personal protective measures (e.g., hand washing).
  • Create a household plan of action
  • Ensure 30-day supply of all medicines.
  • Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.
  • Individuals at risk of severe illness (including older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions) should stay at home as much as possible.
    • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
    • Avoid gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including church attendance and social events with 10 or more people as much as possible.

For Every School/Childcare Facility

  • Consider extending Spring Breaks for schools.
  • Monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if students or staff become symptomatic at school/childcare site.
  • Review and update emergency operations plan (including implementation of social distancing measures) or develop plan if one is not available.
  • Students at increased risk of severe illness should consider implementing individual plans for distance learning (e-learning).
  • Short-term dismissals for school and extracurricular activities as needed (e.g., if cases in staff/students) for cleaning and contact tracing.

For Every Assisted Living Facility, Senior Living Facility, and Adult Day Programs

  • Conduct daily temperature and symptom screening of attendees, staff, and visitors.
  • Support training of staff about strong infection control practices.
  • Restrict visitors to long-term care facilities.
  • Monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if clients/residents or staff become symptomatic.
  • Review and update emergency operations plan (including implementation of social distancing measures) or develop a plan if one is not available.
  • Encourage personal protective measures among staff, residents and clients who live elsewhere (e.g., stay home or in residences when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette).
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available in all buildings.

Every Workplace

  • Monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if staff become symptomatic at the worksite.
  • Review, update, or develop workplace plans to include liberal leave and telework policies.
    • Consider 7-day leave policies for people with COVID-19 symptoms
    • Consider alternate team approaches for work schedules.
    • Encourage staff to telework (when feasible), particularly individuals at increased risk of severe disease.
  • Work with all local employers to ensure all workers have the financial support to stay home with any respiratory symptoms
  • Encourage personal protective measures among staff (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available in building.
  • Limit large work-related gatherings (e.g., staff meetings, after-work functions).
  • Cancel non-essential work travel.
  • Cancel work-sponsored conferences, tradeshows, etc.

Every Community and Faith-Based Organization

  • Ensure polling sites are not in assisted-living or other facilities. Follow election guidance.
  • Cancel large gatherings (e.g., >250 people), and smaller gatherings that may bring persons together from multiple parts of the country.
  • Consider screening persons at smaller gatherings.
  • Conduct fever and respiratory screening of staff working at theme parks
  • Limiting the number of visitors to theme parks
  • Monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if organization members/staff become symptomatic.
  • Determine ways to continue providing support services to individuals at increased risk of severe disease (services, meals, checking in) while limiting group settings and exposures.
  • For organizations that serve high-risk populations, consider cancelling gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Encourage staff and members to stay home and notify organization administrators of illness when sick.
  • Encourage personal protective measures among organization/members and staff (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette).
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces at organization gathering points daily.
  • Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available in building.
  • Close areas with known exposures in highly trafficked tourist areas, such as cruise ship wharfs.

Healthcare Settings and Healthcare Providers (Including Outpatient, Nursing Homes/Long-Term Care Facilities, Inpatient, Telehealth)

  • Implement telehealth for rural communities
  • Consider reducing elective procedures
  • Implement triage before entering facilities (e.g. parking lot triage, front door); phone triage and telemedicine; limit unnecessary healthcare visits
  • Encourage HCP to stay home and notify healthcare facility administrators when sick.
  • Actively monitor HCP absenteeism and respiratory illness among HCP and patients.
  • Consider implementing temperature/symptom checks for staff, visitors, limit visitor movement in the facility.
  • Actively monitor PPE supplies
  • Establish processes to evaluate and test large numbers of patients and HCP with respiratory symptoms (e.g. designated clinics for people with fever, surge tent for overflow triage, offsite testing locations)
  • Cross train HCP for working in other units to support staffing shortages

Appendix A: Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age.

    • Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners)
    • Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis
    • Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
    • Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS)
    • Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks
    • Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus)
    • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
    • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
    • Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen
    • Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].

Dockside Available for Take Out and Delivery

Dockside Available for Take Out and Delivery

Although the restaurant is currently closed for seating due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Dockside Social Bar & Grill is still open for takeout and delivery for our Riviera Dunes residents. If using the delivery method, you must have your items delivered through the guardhouse and notify the guard in advance. Enjoy!

Call ahead at 941.304.3689 or order online using grubhub at

Rescheduled Riviera Dunes Master HOA Meeting 6.16.2020

Update from The Riviera Dunes Master Association December 2019

by Shay Hawkinberry, President
Riviera Dunes Master Association

With 2019 coming to an end, the Master Association Board of Directors is showing no signs of slowing down. In order to improve our effectiveness and communication with our residents, we hired a new Community Association Management Company and Association Manager; Argus Community Management. Our new CAM is Ed Talman. We are excited to have a company with experience with multi-faceted communities like ours. We had a smooth transition and Ed has hit the ground running assessing how Argus can help make our community be the best it can be.

At our last board meeting we reinstated several committees in order to improve the safety, security and quality of life in our greater Riviera Dunes community.

The Dock Committee led by Lana Wagner will be seeking one representative owner from each association to participate. This committee will ensure the docking facilities operate in a consistent and safe manner, ensuring all regulations and insurance requirements are met to keep residents and property safe. The Master Association passed an amendment a couple of years ago that clarifies the requirement for all slip licensees and boat owners to provide contact and vessel information and meet certain minimum insurance requirements. These Meetings will be noticed with agendas at least 48hrs in advance by Committee Chair and Argus will forward to Marina management to post on their bulletin board. Argus Management will post on their Website in the Calendar and send to all committee members and Association Property Management managers under the Master Association and to the president of each association.

The Security Committee led by Rob Hartwell will be assessing the current security of the community and making recommendations to the Master Association any suggestions to improve the safety and security of our community. He will be seeking volunteers to join this committee as well as recommendations from any community on issues we need to address. Meetings will be noticed with agendas at least 48hrs in advance by the Committee Chair. Argus Management will post on the Argus Website Calendar and sent to all committee members and Association Property Management managers under the Master Association and president of each association.

The Website Committee led by Ted Knoke is progressing nicely with our Master Association Website. It is This website is improving every month with new features being added to improve communication with all our residents. Stay tuned for new features such as a Community Calendar, Evacuation Procedures in case of Disasters and/or Emergencies, Committee Updates and important community documents like the Declaration of Covenants and all amendments as well as all related By-laws, Budgets and Financials. It is our goal to maintain transparency while helping to bring this beautiful community together and make it the most desirable place to live.

The Landscaping Committee, led by Drew Denick, has been most active this year as you have probably seen. They completed several projects around the lake walkway, installing new benches, new trash cans, and replacing some of the landscape and palm trees. We signed a contract for the semiannual clean-up of the harbor rip rap and pressure washing of the walkway. We also signed a contract for the semi-annual trimming of the mangroves to ensure the views are maintained for all to enjoy. We are currently working on replacing the dead bushes and cleaning the monument signs and improving the lighting. Finally, after receiving notice of damaged signs in the harbor, we are working with local authorities to have those replaced.

The Master Association is had their annual budget meeting on December 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Laguna Clubhouse to approve the 2020 budget. All were welcome to attend. For future meetings, look for notices posted at all the entrance gates in the community.

As many of you know, we have been active in opposing any highspeed, elevated highway alternative in the replacement of the Desoto Bridge, actively lobbying the FDOT, MPO Board, Citizen’s Advisory Committee and local officials to ensure they don’t approve any alternative that will divide our community or negatively impact the health and safety of our residents.

We have a very active Bridge Committee which I Chair that meets regularly to strategize how we communicate with area leaders to make sure our voices are heard. This Bridge Committee was successful in presenting surveys to the MPO Board that resulted in a large response opposing alternatives that would divide our community. If anyone is interested in joining this committee and/or hearing the preliminary results of the CMNAA study results that have been posted, they can reach out to Fred Sperry-Vice Chair, email Your delegate on the Master Association Board of Directors can also provide the contact information.

As we reflect back on how fortunate we were in averting a disaster from Hurricane Dorian, we did realize the important role the Master Association can play in the event of a disaster. We will work to create a Master Association Disaster Plan and Communication Tool in such events in the future. We will use this forum of the website to inform and instruct residents on how to plan, prepare for, and react to disasters in the future. A proper disaster plan will ensure that residents and properties in the community are protected and/or restored to the maximum extent possible during all phases of a disaster and/or emergency, including providing assistance to All of those requiring assistance. That is one of the greatest benefits of a community; working together to help each other during a disaster.

Every year the Master Association looks at projects we can initiate to improve the community and maintain the lifestyle we all enjoy at Riviera Dunes, whether it is renewing the submerged land lease for the harbor or sponsoring community get togethers so we all get to know our neighbors. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of the board members. We would love to hear from you and get your thoughts on how the Master Association can better serve the residents of Riviera Dunes.