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Here’s The Scoop…1/13/09 Workshop (continued)…LBTS Height Limit Referendum Is Coming……The North Will Rise Again?…

THE NORTH WILL RISE AGAIN?…

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Let’s see …we’re going to Referendum…to let the people decide once again…

Will the height limit be 33 feet or 3 over 1 or 44 feet?….

We were told the people did not decide this before…despite voting on the last CIC produced Referendum the “No, No, Yes, Yes”…2006 Campaign for 44 feet MAXIMUM HEIGHT…

Well if this writer recalls correctly…there was quite a stir in this town over the wording and the north end having 15 stories…

So if this referendum is introduced…for 33 feet…leaving 44 feet maximum in the north….

Will the north end…do a “rope-a-dope” and ask fro a full-on do-over…to put it back to 15 stories in the north…33 feet in the south?…

After all…we hear it was a Mc-Furth “privilege” height referendum…. not a law….

Are you Listening Bert?……(Tongue in cheek?)

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Check the scoops category Oct. 26,2008….height limits explained/more height limits…

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LBTS TOWN TOPICS…..

THE HEIGHT ISSUE
Town officials urge voters to defeat the proposed height-limit charter
amendment on the March 14 ballot, fearing it could spark costly lawsuits.
Voters must make a very important decision in March about what has
been an emotional issue in this community for decades: the height
of buildings in Town.
Fort Lauderdale has Galt Ocean
Mile, but Lauderdale-By-The-Sea in 1973
limited buildings to 44-feet, preventing
the further development of high-rise
condos on the beach. Our height limit
helped the Town maintain its unique and
small-town charm.
Not every building in Town is four
stories. The Town has several high-rise
condos, including the Fountainhead
and the Caribe, south of Palm Avenue.
The Sea Ranch Lakes condos, across
from Publix Supermarket, also exceed
the 44-foot height limit by several stories.
When the Town annexed the unincorporated North Beach Area in
October 2001, it promised property owners in that area — in a written
agreement — not to lower their 15-story height limit. The buildings in North
Beach, in fact, range from 2 to 23 stories.
A Town Charter referendum question placed on the March ballot by the
Citizens Initiative Committee, if adopted, would reduce the 15-story
height limit to four stories. While this would make the Town’s height limit
consistent, the Town Commission and Town Attorney each believe that
taking away the property rights of residents in that area would expose the
Town to serious legal liability in court. If so, the Town Manager is concerned
the financial ramifications would be extremely damaging to the Town’s budget.
Under Florida law, the property rights of individuals are protected under
the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act, which
allows any aggrieved property owner who demonstrates that governmental
action “inordinately burdens” their property rights to sue the Town for
monetary damages.

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/town-topics/TT-Mar-06.pdf.

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