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Here’s The Scoop 1/13/09 Workshop (Cont.)….Eeny meeny miny mo…

PICK AND CHOOSE….NO RHYME OR REASON….

Decisions..... by Timothy Lloyd.
We seem to be observing a form of pick and choose with the revision of town codes…some will be “chosen” for”grandfathering in”…and some will get “hit” with making expensive life altering required changes….
Let’s recap….
During this hodge podge of a code workshop ….shoddily put together by town staff…providing limited time and even more limited background material to the Commission…lacking summaries, and comparatives….there is no rhyme or reason to some of the  Commissioner’s directives…and no assurance what of those directives will be included in the codes…or even remembered they were to be included or excluded from the codes!…
Boats in the north…was the decision to allow “grandfathering” in 8 pre-annex boats per the Vice Mayor’s “cut to the chase” workshop directive…or are all boats to be left alone …until someone dies…or a new buyer comes in…after he reacted to Beverly Kennedy’s promise of a lawsuit aimed at the town…. if the boats stayed?….
If that is the case…boats in the north are staying ..( but trailers must go)….on private property…their driveways….then….
how do you turn around at the continuation workshop last night (1/21/09)…and say those condo owners in the north on A1A….who store their boats across the street on private property…essentially their driveways…must remove their boats?…HUH?…
How are you against boats and trailers in the Bel Air and Terra Mar Driveways…( the Mayor)…but fight and vote for them to stay in the parking area across from the condo…because they own the boats and trailers?…Don’t the Bel Air/Terra Mar residents own the boats and trailers outside their front door?…
How do you decide the boat and trailer owners must move them at a cost that will be approximately $2000+ a year…but the 6 gravel driveway owners should be “grandfathered in”…because of the expense incurred to replace the gravel driveway?…
Won’t the yearly expense for the boaters/trailer owners equal the 1 time driveway expense?…
(speaking about gravel driveways…what about the Silver Shores area homes that have gravel landscaping instead of lawns..as long as we’re talking aesthetics?)…
Recently there was great uproar on the dais to make the Mayor’s salary commensurate with the rest of the commission…but when it was addressed last night #22…to do just that…it was left…with no discussion as status quo?…HUH?….
This writer will once again give her humble opinion…..
On all these changes…there should be one uniform ruling of fairness for all our Lauderdale-By-The-Sea…..residents…constituents…businesses…
A time certain….that would be the correct way to  “sweep”…in the codes…
The Town Attorney spoke  about it at the 1/13/09 meeting……after an inquiry pre-meeting from the Mayor…
Use it for all …..whether it is sheds…boats…trailers…gravel driveway…and whatever is next on the “hit parade”…swales…alleyways.(right-of-ways)……..you name it…
For example …choose the date…say….February 15,2009…then say …any new development…major reconstruction …new owners….must follow the new codes….and eventually we will arrive at the desired restrictions…for all with no immediate impact or hardship…and certainly no more.. “eeny meeny miny mo”….commission decisions from the dais…..
The commission at the earlier round table meeting (will post on that later)…did come up with some ways to improve the process itself …with workshops for commissioners with staff…and a month between 1st reading and 2nd reading of ordinances except in emergencies…good move…
more to come….

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