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Here’s The Scoop … Pre- Decision Making At The April 25, 2011 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Commission Roundtable Meeting Tonight …. Hold Still …

MAKING MASTER PLAN CHANGES IN LBTS ….

“Five, four, three, two, one

Hold still, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, stop

Hold still, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, stop
Hold still

Settle down, settle down now
We’re gonna get our wiggles out
Get our wiggles out
Come on, let’s play this game
Here we go

Hold still, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, stop

Hold still, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, stop
Hold still

Settle, settle down, settle down now
We got all the wiggles out
Now it’s time to settle down
Settle, settle down, settle down now

We got all the wiggles out
Got all the wiggles out
It’s time to settle down
Hold still”

Credits :
songwriters: deibert, adam
© tunes by nickelodeon inc.
Link to video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLSpXaokFkc

Dear Readers … I am still avoiding posting part 3 of the April 12, 2011 LBTS Roundtable much like avoidance of doing a term paper you know is due but you just don’t want to do it… I think because as much as I found Ms. Ward a refreshing change from listening to the now former consultant /former Town Planner Walter Keller ..(the Comm. directed the TM to give him his walking papers at that meeting after listening to the Ward presentation which acknowledged some longtime assertions by many that the Town codes and the Town Charter are not in sync) … much of what she discussed was redundant .. Much of what she said we might have happen is already in place…such as single family homes in the hotel/motel district …townhomes next to single family homes … mixed-use in the business district…citing Broward County’s Flex requirement which comes with a quota I believe …which leads this writer to think perhaps some Comp. plan requirements may have been brushed aside for as long as possible to avoid those quotas being imposed on us sooner rather than later ….. Planner Ward did a repeat presentation for the P & Z last Wed. night with as expected no one in the audience in Jarvis Hall and only 4 board members plus a Town Atty. as well as the development secretary Colleen, former Development Dir. Jeff Bowman and Acting Development Dir., Asst. TM Bud Bentley who I am told left the meeting early on …. I caught the last part of a few questions and answers from the members due to it being my daughter’s birthday and have yet to watch the video online of what I missed …Thus furthering the avoidance in writing both up…

Now for picture…lyrics and video above….Yogabbagabba is Lilly’s favorite show to watch and learn from … I felt the song was perfect for the Commission to watch and learn from before they sit down at the Roundtable meeting tonight and make any definitive decisions on the Master Plan results from the Public Input meetings based on 35 participants ….

Originally when my daughter introduced me to Lilly’s favorite show I wondered how can a throwback to the 80’s with its cast of characters and music be such a hit in 2011 … It’s because it appeals to not only to the parents of those little ones watching but to their grandparents…It brings forth a familiarity that encompasses them all … Much like our small unique seaside town set between two larger seaside cities … A place where there are so many accessible portals offering entry to the beach  … A place that has a historic pier and a popular must-visit restaurant right on the widest beach in Broward County that offers tourists and locals alike that unequivocal feel of familiarity …With Aruba Beach Cafe and Anglin’s Fishing Pier (definitely not “shoddy”) in place the only thing required at the most eastern destination point of LBTS  is still what was discussed at the start of any capital improvements in town over the last few years ….wider sidewalks with a deeper turn-around lane in front of  the Commercial Beach Pavilion …Easier access for pedestrians to the pavilion from the Aruba Beach Cafe side …fewer parking spaces that are parallel rather than backout…removal or modification of the existing medians to ensure some buffer remains and the correct drainage to prevent Lake Colon from rising up … This is what should have been ready to go right now as this season ends in LBTS… This should have been the contained size project that could have shown all of us what how a well executed project is done from beginning to end in this town… Something we have not seen before …. Unfortunately, it has been shoved aside as this Master Plan “revision” has escalated to big ticket items and what appears to be a full-scale redevelopment of the entire town …with a list of consultants with ties to Pompano Beach, Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale along with those who feel it is 2005 and it’s back to full- speed ahead with making us look like every other town that has been redeveloped over the last decade in Florida … When is the last time you stopped at a 4-way stoplight and did not see the same stores or gas stations in the same style buildings at each corner making one town indistinguishable from another?….

I have written before why I moved to this town from Pompano Beach after living there for 8 years on an Intracoastal point lot over 12 years ago …It was great to look out at the Intracoastal but to go anywhere in Pompano Beach we had to get in the car and drive on Federal Highway….From the moment we bought in LBTS  I felt like I was on vacation each and every day …with Mack’s Groves ….being able to walk into town… eat at Aruba Beach Cafe as well as the other local restaurants ….walk onto the pier …feeling what the tourists feel  ….Pompano Beach is not who I want to emulate in redevelopment…They failed the last go round …The big plans failed … (the plans I have seen and heard for this new PB redevelopment plan sound a lot like plans I heard the last time) … Fort Lauderdale saw some of major draws take a nose dive … Delray Beach while I like to visit there has a millage rate that is almost double what we have maintained in LBTS …. So there has to be another way…there just has to be… Somewhere between “piecemeal” and massive redevelopment…

I was and still am interested in knowing where we left off with out CRA when it was quashed … I was and still am interested in getting those involved back to the table to see what they offer up… I was and still am for an economic development committee to update what has changed since 2005  …But I want the voters to decide in March what we do as a result if the consensus is to redevelop beyond our means requiring either bonds or loans  ..

I do not want government running health care …I do not want government running banks…I do not want government running the automobile industry … So why would I want my local government to be running redevelopment of businesses in my town in a partnership that uses taxpayer money? …  I still believe the only incentives that local government should offer is to get rid of all the red tape and make it easier for private businesses to succeed through the oft-mentioned fast-tracking of permits and less costly permit fees …. I felt the full parking exemption would be such an incentive … but instead the Town took a left-turn into our local government needing to own parking garages… and buying more property to do so …The first such acquisition attempt post the parking exemption- lite plan that was finally approved failed to garner any Commission directive to proceed at the Roundtable only after monies were spent for two appraisals etc … According to the backup for that agenda item the Town is allowed to spend up to $30,000 per the purchasing manual on each such acquisition without Commission approval in order to not tip their hand in bidding on a property…The amount spent for the apartment building appraisals etc…on Bougainvilla was not disclosed or asked about at that time or contained in the backup … I as a taxpayer don’t want to go into a partnership with a developer who can simply walk away as we have seen so many do …

What do we want LBTS to look like?… It’s a question asked by the consultants and the Administration… For that answer from this writer…it’s simple… just take another look at the downtown “core” anchors  that make us the tourist destination we are … Aruba Beach Cafe and Anglin’s Pier then follow-up that coastal style going west on Commercial toward the Intracoastal and north and south on El Mar Drive in the business district “Town Square”… It keeps this “historic” component to the town in check with what drew most of us here in the first place …. (undergrounding the utilities needs to be a referendum item ) ….A quick look at the difference between Mack’s Groves and Wings shows what not to do…

Whether it’s Chicago, Philadelphia or Williamsburg Va…. the historic “core” districts are preserved and enhanced while areas that surround them are different but complimentary in there redevelopment and new development … They are differing components that make up”urban living”… This was a topic Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk discussed when she first came to the MPSC to talk about LBTS and urban planning  … She spoke of hi-rises and low-rises and how they fit together… We see that here with hi-rises in the north ..north of Pine and south …south of Palm …as well as Oriana…and Minto … along with hotel updating and redevelopment such as High Noon, Sea Lord  and the Away Inn among others…..They can fit together well for the future of this town as long as the historic “core” downtown district is kept intact…as a destination worth coming to and living by …

As I was writing this I was listening to Meet The Press…Andrew Sullivan a commentator was speaking about an upcoming visit to Oxford..He said he was told he would be staying in the new buildings and was quite upset thinking he would be in some awful prefab structure…He called to complain about the accommodations in the new building only to be told “don’t worry the new buildings were built in 1791!”… Perfect timing …

So a word to the wise ……

“Hold still, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, stop

Hold still”

…until you get the reports from the University of Miami, the RMA 5 year financial plan and receive the RFPs for undergrounding the utilities… Then prepare to hear from the voters in March with or without a referendum…  although those who want another term in office will make sure it is with…

more to come…

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