"Building A Better Community"
Fultz-Snedden Coastal Seawall Protection Barrier
Hurricane Flood Prevention and Coastal Conservancy Project
Since witnessing recent flooding destruction and expense of relocation caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, we at I.P. Hunt Foundation are more convinced than ever of the importance and validity of our hurricane flood prevention and coastal seawall protection system.
This ecological barrier being proposed for the Gulf Coast will protect life and property in coastal communities including endangered plant and animal species by preventing inland flooding and damage to vital infrastructure systems. In addition, it will serve as a park and public recreation area as well as create much needed jobs to enhance the local economy.
IPHF is consulting with environmental conservation groups as well as geology experts such as Dr. Hal Wanless, University of Miami, Scripps Institute and others. Through pooling of our resources to protect the community interest, we believe we can demonstrate wide-spread support for our type of project.
Recently, we filed a design feasibility proposal and research grant application with CONOCO-PHILIPS for development of a hurricane flood protection seawall demo project in the recent storm impacted areas along the Gulf Coast.
For more information regarding our Gulf Coast community redevelopment and seawall environment protection effort, please contact Irvin D. Hunt, Program Director or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org 877.711.7751.
Click here to view sample seawall and jetty structures currently in use on the Oregon Coast. Click here to view our Gulf Coast site map. Click here to view our video of sea walls and jetty structures currently in use on the Pacific coast in Southern California. [Produced by Larry Ayers,Deliquent Synaps Productions.]
Lester E. Fultz,Civil Engineer
We are deeply saddened to annouce that Lester A. "Les" Fultz, Civil Engineer and designer of our seawall protection barrier and Project Leader passed in Lincoln City, Oregon.
Mr. Fultz formerly with the US Corp of Engineers was Chief Project design engineeer who joined the IPHF Gulf Coast redevelopment effort following hurricane Katrina.
He had successfully employed his design concept and proposed RipRap Seawall design on the Oregon pacific coast. This system reduces wind driven inland water surge Les offered this concept as a solution for the hurricane proned Mississippi sound.
The following is our final report and farewell message to the Fultz family and our project inspiration:
FINAL REPORT on LESTER E. FULTZ, Civil Engineer
Les and I met in Las Vegas just after the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the computer room at the Acacia Spring Senior Hotel. After we exchanged greetings, we began to discuss my organization and our efforts as native Mississippians to help rebuild on the Gulf Coast. He then boldly declared "I can stop that water from coming inland - you know"!! He began to explain his background and just how it could be done. I very clearly understood his concept and we both became fast friend. So much so that we had to acknowledge that our meeting was truly a blessing of God - which to me seemed to have a very definite connection with a spiritual past.
Now, we all know that Les was a strong-willed and strong-minded individual who, once he got an idea in his head, had to be shown why he was wrong and should not see it through. So despite repeated warnings not to prematurely share our ideas with the City of Waveland, Mississippi and the State Corp of Engineers - because I knew that they would take the idea and make it their own. Never the less -(Excuse the pun!!) - Les went ahead and exposed the seawall concept anyway - which I must admit irritated me to no end!!
But Les said that he felt it was his duty - as I later came to understand - as an licensed Civil Engineer to help save lives and property!! In spite of all that and as testimony to the greatness of his vision and perceptiveness of his mind, I heard a news report earlier this year that - which I feel was based on his idea - the State of Mississippi filed a proposal with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for a 40 billion dollar grant to develop a hurricane seawall protection barrier on the Mississippi coast. Although our project seemed to have reached a brief impasse and to be stalled, I truly feel that Les's passing somehow released us and sent us encouragement to move forward - again. So, I feel he's still here with us because he left us a road map - everything we need to guide us along the way - he left us with a complete and full set of plans!!
Therefore, as part of his legacy and contribution to our humble effort to help rebuild on the Gulf Coast, we hereby dedicate our project to his memory and officially entitle our project the - Fultz Sea Wall - Coastal Barrier Protection System. In honor of Les's memory - because most importantly, he taught us to have the courage to dream big - to not be afraid of vision and to seek solutions to gigantic problems - because large problems are made up of individual small parts!!
He was our Moses who lead us to the river but could not cross over with us - for he was called away to another more important project - on the other side... on that other shore!!
God bless you my friend - thanks for the wonderful conversations and magnificent foresight that we shared - to make life better for us all!! Like the builders of the great pyramids of old - I know where ever you are this day - you're working on another project - to guide our path to heaven's passage way!!
Signed: Your friends, fellow dreamers and builders,
IRVIN DANIEL HUNT, Director
JAMES A.SNEDDEN, Architect
©2008 July, I.P. Hunt Foundation, Inc., All Rights Reserved.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Currently we have an opportunity to "win" much needed funding support for our seawall and eco-barrier system through the American Express® "Members Project" but we also need your help to do so.
The Amex program operates as follows:
If you or your members are an American Express® cardholder, here's a wonderful opportunity to support an "inspiring idea" that could have a positive impact on Mississippi and the world around us.
From May 15 through August 7, 2007, American Express® is sponsoring a special Members Project where cardholders who register will have a chance to nominate, rate and vote for the Global Impact member charity project they believe deserves the spotlight.
Just for registering, American Express® will donate $1 for every CardMember who registers, and the winning idea will receive up to $5 million to help bring the project to life.
We have submitted the Hurricane Flood Prevention Seawall Project under the Community Development section of this program.
I.P. HUNT FOUNDATION (IPHF) and its consultants have been developing this seawall protection system since seeing the flooding and destruction from hurricane Katrina. This seawall ecological barrier we are proposing for Gilfport and/or Waveland will protect life and property in these coastal communities including endangered plant and animal species in the area by preventing inland flooding and damage to vital infrastructure systems. In addition, it will serve as a park and public recreation area as well as create much needed jobs to enhance local economic growth.
IPHF is seeking help from other environmental conservations groups and organizations such as the Nature Conservancy through the pooling together of resources and supporter base. By alerting their members and supporters to support our conservancy effort, we believe we can demonstrate wide-spread support for our project to American Express®.
Those supporters who are American Express® card members are asked to register on-line at the Members Project site, review our Hurricane Flood Prevention Seawall Project under the Community Development section and, ideally, give it a 5-star rating so that the American Express® Advisory Panel will note the high interest in this project.
If our project makes it to the top 50, then they should be asked to return on-line after July 3rd and cast their votes for us to receive this much-needed funding. By working together, we believe we can begin to build a very important and long-lasting effort to protect and preserve our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.
We thank you for your interest and look forward to your much needed support. ...
For more information: contact Irvin D. Hunt, Director, c/o.I.P. HUNT FOUNDATION, 6655 West Sahara, Suite B-200, Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 or call 877.711-7751 * 702.262-970.
For Immediate Release
..Conference Held to Protect & Reconstruct
Mississippi Gulf Coast ...
Las Vegas, Nevada - IPHF convened its first Mississippi Gulf Coast re-development conference this weekend at the Acacia Spring Hotel in Las Vegas.
The purpose of this conference was to discuss proposed ways and means to protect loss of life and property as well as future development on the Mississippi Gulf coast.
With over 84 billion dollars in damages caused by hurricane Katrina and an estimated 20-30 billion dollars in property loss along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we at IPHF believe this project is absolutely essential to reducing future losses of valuable water, road, sewer and electrical infrastructures systems which take years to rebuild, re-establish and return to normal. A permanent ecological seawall defense system is crucial to protecting life and mitigating future property damage in other yet to come natural disasters.
The conference featured guest speaker and Civil Engineer Lester "Les" Fultz, formerly with the US Corp of Engineers who spoke candidly and extensively on his proposed RipRap Seawall design concept. Fultz has successfully employed this system to reduce wind driven inland water surge on the Oregon pacific coast and has offered this concept as a solution for the hurricane proned Mississippi sound.
Fultz joins the IPHF Gulf Coast re-development effort as Project Director following hurricane Katrina based on his 30+ years of experience in flood control, dam and coastal sea walls design and construction. The project is also supported by Architect and Developer James A. Snedden and landscape professional, Judy Fleischman as well as other design researchers who have joined the effort to develop eco-dynamic bio-diverse solutions for Waveland and the Mississippi Gulf Coast communities.
Click here to view Mississippi Gulf Coast site map and click here to view sea wall structures on Oregon Coast. Click here to view our video of sea walls and jetty structures currently in use on the Pacific coast in Southern California. [Produced by Larry Ayers,Deliquent Synaps Productions.]
For more information regarding IPHF Mississipi Gulf Coast community redevelopment and coastal seawall environment protection effort, please contact Irvin D. Hunt, Director, IPHF Community Development National Trust, director@ iphuntfoundation.org. 877.711.7751.
Photo: Participants discussing the Fultz design proposal are (from left) James Snedden, Architect and Project Manager; Les Fultz, P.E. and Project Director; and Judy Fleischman, Landscape Designer and Consultant.
For Immediate Release
Community Org Seeks to Protect Life & Property on
Mississippi Gulf Coast \...
Las Vegas, Nevada - As part of its charter as a community improvement organization, I.P. Hunt Foundation (IPHF) has been consulting with community academics, professional engineers and architectural designers to develop a strategy to solve the problem of inland flooding and destruction during extremely volatile coastal hurricanes.
Concerned professionals from the community began to approach IPHF, as a native Mississippi organization, to propose and formulate viable solutions for this problem following hurricane Katrina. The focus of the research is to find solutions to mitigate flood damage which along with wind was one of the main causes of destruction on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
This water flow problem has also been identified as a potential continual source of future destruction in this area as well as other parts of the country vulnerable to flooding, according to civil engineer Lester "Les" Fultz and other researchers of this project.
The long-range objective of the project is not only to protect life and property but also to establish a stable environment that will enhance future economic development in the entire area.
The research team is now guided by Civil Engineer Lester E. Fultz, P.E., Architect James A. Snedden, who together bring a total of over seventy (70) years of professional engineering and architectural design experience. They are supported by various other researchers and managerial professionals who have joined our effort to research and develop unique and diverse eco-dynamic systems and solutions suited for this coastal area.
Click here to view sample sea wall structures currently being utilized in Oregon coast in the Western United States.
In the wake of the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, government officials, insurance industry experts and economy analysts have been able to agree on only one thing - the rebuilding effort is likely to exceed $200 billion and will take years to accomplish.
"We know only one thing for certain," says Douglas Holtz-Akin, director of the Congressional Budget office, "and that is that this is a devastating event for the people in the area. Beyond that," he continues, "there is an awful lot to learn before we know the economic impact and budgetary impact."
Statements of that sort worry Gulf Coast residents who were stunned by what they perceive to be the slow response from the Federal government in the early days of the crisis. Their frustration continues with the current wave of finger pointing and accusations between federal, state and local officials.
"It's clear to me," says Bettye Williams-Hunt, founder of the Mississippi-based I.P. Hunt Foundation, "that citizens today cannot simply stand by and wait for the government to come to their aid. In fact," she says, "it was the people from neighboring communities that responded immediately to help fend for themselves."
Mrs. Hunt and foundation Director, Irvin D. Hunt both contend that the government's promises cannot be fulfilled given the current economic situation. This point is supported by Ethan Harris, Chief U.S. Economist with Lehman Brothers. Harris had estimated a budget deficit of $350 billion before Katrina and now expects it to reach a record $450 billion in the coming fiscal year. "We know there is going to be a huge amount of money spent but the timing of the spending is hard to figure out," he said.
Barry Ritholtz, chief market strategist for Maxim Group, says "When government is running an enormous deficit that has the tendency to suck up capital that would otherwise wind up in private sector."
"And that's exactly while we're here," concludes Hunt, "and why we are initiating the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund. It's going to fall upon the people in local communities to help rebuild the lives of these individuals and devastated families so we might as well get ready."
In the wake of continued finger-pointing, post-disaster government investigations and hearings, disaster affected individuals and communities are turning to local and regional charities to stabilize their lives and begin rebuilding neighborhoods. IPHF is one such organization that though the Mississippi Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (MDERF) and the American Employees Association (AEA) is in the process of developing temporary housing for seniors and emergency employment programs to assist displaced workers and small business owners.
MDERF may be one of the local community based fund programs earmarked to underwrite temporary emergency housing and employment services for displaced seniors, workers and independent small businesses. Such innovative programming as well as generous contributions and support by national corporations and local charities are going to be critical and essential to restoration of disaster devastated communities.
While the Red Cross and other emergency response organizations are working to help with the immediate needs, we must also think about the overall scope and long-term effects of this tragedy.
We at the I.P. Hunt Foundation are dedicating our time, talent and resources to help find solutions for the tragic condition of these suddenly displaced families. As they seek ways to rebuild their lives, the need for housing and jobs will become more critical as time goes by. IPHF though the Mississippi Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (MDERF) and the Community Development National Trust (CDNT) intend to construct emergency temporary housing for seniors and develop job placement programs to assist workers displaced by this unfortunate disaster.
Las Vegas, Nevada - In response to the recent Katrina and Rita hurricane disasters on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas and Alabama, IPHF has established the Mississippi Disaster Emergency Relief Fund to aid survivors.
As an organization founded in Mississippi, we are very deeply concerned about the well-being of our community. We at IPHF believe it is our duty and responsibility to do what we can to help our people and home State.
At this very moment, seniors, orphaned children and physically disabled people are homeless, suffering, confused and stripped of their dignity.
While the Red Cross and other emergency response organizations are working to help with the immediate needs, we must also think about the overall scope and long-term effects of this tragedy. A large portion of these displaced individual will be struggling for a long time and require the long-term support of every social, economic, health and wellness system in our society.
We believe that housing and employment are important and key elements to any rebuilding effort in the region. Consequently, this month we launched plans and proposals to meet these critical needs thorough an Emergency Employment Network and temporary Senior Emergency Housing facility dedicated to Katrina hurricane disaster evacuees in Mississippi.
Please visit our Disaster Emergency Relief Fund page where you to learn more about our effort and special message.
We encourage you to visit our site to view the latest news and updates on our disaster relief project efforts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Irvin D. Hunt, Director
.I.P. HUNT FOUNDATION
6655 West Sahara, Suite B-200
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
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702.222-4077 .* .877.863-6756