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Here’s The Scoop…4/28/09 LBTS Commision Meeting …#5…Go Fly A Kite…..

FIRST NO MUSIC AND NOW NO VIEWS…

Silly me, I moved to LBTS 10 years ago for the small town tourist friendly atmosphere ….A place where you never had to get in the car …within walking distance of restaurants…music and the  incredible views…from my balcony….smack dab on the beach….It just did not get any better than that!…

We had  years of the thrill in May of the Air and Sea Show…with planes flying by …what a glorious sight… In July we had a barge right outside on the ocean providing us with a front row seat to 4th of July fireworks…neighbors and visitors  viewed these spectacles from up and down the coast…and all was right in LBTS …no matter the “political” climate …the “destination” climate was warm and welcoming…and weren’t we all lucky we were all checked- in on a permanent basis…No 11 am check-out time for us!…

Fast forward to the last year….A year of  “sweeping” codes…ordinances…fees and permits…with administrative and vigilante”policing” providing  a constant controlling presence to stop the all the joy of residing and visiting this little 2 -mile oasis…on the shore…

With a 1-2 punch …(3-4?) that is sure to change the complexion of our town…First with the “Noise Ordinance”…that now seems aligned to become a 3-2 done Mc-deal…giving way to a 3-2 Mc-deal imposing “stipends” on  the businesses…for using town property and instead of “leveling” the playing field in a “matter of fairness” as Comm. Silverstone tried to reason…it will” level” the events themselves… according to those businesses that put these events on…leaving a downtown to languish ….Just recall what happened with the past snafu when Jazz on the Square was silenced for many months…while dealing with the Town…and the County…it was a great loss and the impact  felt should not be forgotten….

Now we’re going to stop the kite surfing on our beach…or make rules and regulations that mean permits…and fees to those that offer so much by gracing our beach?…

Why?….Pompano Beach did it …and we hear they may be backtracking…

These avid enthusiasts  provide so much pleasure…and so much beauty …They are providing spectacular views for those residing in the condos  and hotels..at the portals or just sitting on the beach…a panoramic show…..to the delight of all….just ask around…

They can assist and have with those in distress…much more than the limited protection afforded to swimmers by the non- certified /non- lifeguard- VFD Beach Patrol that depends on their volunteer manpower and their desire to patrol on days when the risk in the water is drastically increased…(This writer was told in the past by the VFD that there is no set schedule for patrolling , it depends on who is volunteering their time…for beach patrol)…

Commissioners….It’s time to stop all this madness…to just stop  looking for additional codes…ordinances…fees and permits…to put on agendas and impose just because a you can….

Drop it …just drop it….invest in a few signs….like this one below…and give the surfers the freedom to continue as is…

At the Commission meeting the group that came certainly rivaled the Esther Colon” we don’t need to honor her contract annual review” CIC orchestrated  “parade” and the “Tennis people” …..the latter comparison made by Comm. Silverstone…who seemed to be open to discussing some options…..but if his “openness” will remain depends on his BFF McIntee who unsuccessfully tried to push forward the notion that these “dangerous” kite surfers traveling at a high rate of speed (up to 20mph) could knock- off innocent swimmers…..It was quickly quashed by the podium speaker who is  kite boarding safety guru Rick Iossi, very well known throughout the sport.  http://www.fksa.org … He started the Fl. Kitesurfing Assoc. 8 years ago when access to kitesurfing was threatened …He responded there have been no such kiting fatalities…as the VM was insinuating could result without the action he wants to enforce….The lame reason to curtail the status quo began with a problem some months back where “business” was taking place on the beach by the hotel on  El Mar Drive near Pine Ave. with instruction being given without an occupational license….Same sort of response as we’re seeing in the downtown…one business has a noise problem …and the Town will go after them all…Wrong to do with the businesses and wrong to do with the kite surfers!…Mr. Iossi also brought to light that he met 5 years ago with Code Enforcement Officer Kam Parker and BSO Chief Gooding…Why wasn’t this in the backup? …( a public request has been made for any materials from that time)…..The attempt to impose a preferential use of the beach for residents by the VM was challenged by the Town Attorney saying that would prove problematic…and Comm. Dodd added he was against residents only…but for a designated area…no teaching allowed…along with a permit …and to let the kite surfers police themselves….. After additional discussion by Comm. Silverstone about areas outside of buoys being designated areas of use….the item was deferred to a date certain…May 26,2009…

The following comment was sent in to this site…and should be read by all….

Hi Barbara,
It was nice of you to hand us your cards on Tues 28th. We need all the help we can get with McInTee doing whatever he can to kill the kite surfers. The Mayor, Dodd and especially Silverstone seemed like they were willing to deal with the best sport ever. If anyone of them ever felt pure wind power in the kite they would be hooked. Any person can do this sport from 8-80! Really! Every new sport is called extreme and said to be too dangerous. Why would the town reduce the number of potential lifesavers on the many rip current days in LBTS? As we know there are always a few who are out of control, every sport has them. Shouldn’t swimming in rip currents and rough seas be taught to reduce injuries and drownings rather than stopping the marine traction kite from becoming the next surf rescue method? Only the launch area will change, we ride all the way up to Deerfield and down to Haulover depending on the wind. I have lived in Cal and Hawaii before here and surfed, skateboarded and snowboarded all my life. At times each sport was threatened but never stopped. Here I go again….Doug

More to come….

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