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Here’s The Scoop….Escaped The Rain….But Not The News….

OUTRAN THE RAIN….

Beat the rain…to Disney…No rain…just beautiful mid-70’s…(check out sister site…link at top)…but faithful readers have informed me of the news……a few updates….

We hear the LBTS Garden Club’s event Saturday afternoon was a huge success…no rain deterred the many!…The local “By The Sea” newspapers came…expect full page spreads in each to come…next week and the week after with the winners…and more…

Floods we’ve got floods…at the pavilion…seems the run- off comes from Aruba…down hill from their lot…and maybe accelerated by covered drains?….Drainage was to be addressed ….The picture sent to this writer shows a swimming pool….not quite what was ordered!…Let’s hope no rain is coming our way on April 6th…YIKES!…

There’s a story on the pavilion by Fallon Patterson….in this week’s Hi-Riser….online at Sentinel…LBTS/Broward…..Some of the story is positive and she interviewed the “Right” people…some is correct…some is news to us…and some is “revisionist history”…by way of those who neglect  to provide all of the facts….

‘A student-designed pavilion on Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s beach is set to open next month after years of planning and quick construction.’

BC- Correct…

‘The pavilion, with construction costs estimated at $371,000, is located at the end of Commercial Boulevard in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s business district next to Anglins Pier. It was designed by Eddie Forbes, 29, who entered the contest as an industrial design student at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.’

“I’ve always lived and grown up on the beach, so it’s a beach design,” said Forbes, who graduated from The Art Institute in December. “Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is kind of a small town between big cities, and I wanted to keep that.”

‘Forbes, a Fort Lauderdale resident, won $500 for his beach design, which is currently dubbed the Commercial Boulevard Beach Pavilion, and plans to attend the ceremony with his parents, who live in Georgia.’

“I go down there every week to take pictures and catalog them,” Forbes said.’

BC- Great to see Eddie was interviewed….

‘The ribbon-cutting ceremony April 6 will conclude years of planning. Work began on the structure last December because Florida environmental regulations prohibit construction on the beach during sea turtle nesting season, which is March through October.’

BC- Not quite sure this was so…….as Minto/ Oriana built during those months much closer on the beach…than the pavilion….

“I hope it’s a wonderful meeting place and the first taste [people get] of the beach and our town,” Commissioner Stuart Dodd said. “It’s a great asset to the town.”

BC-It is the hope of all…no matter how we got to this point…

‘Sandra Booth, co-chairwoman of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Master Plan Steering Committee, asked several schools to participate and said the 15 Art Institute students who ultimately entered were graded.

“It was a win-win situation for both the town and the school,” Booth said.’

BC- Nice to see Sandra Booth was front and center…She was responsible for bringing the A.I. of Ft. Lauderdale and LBTS together…for the pavilion and the El Mar Drive project…to be decided on 4/14/09….

‘The pavilion has a stage and shaded seating accommodations. Restrooms were discussed, but the commission ultimately decided against installing them, said town spokesman Steve d’Oliveira.
Other features include drainage improvements for storm runoff, landscaping and acoustical elements for concerts. Information was not yet available about public rentals.’

BC- Come on…There is no “stage”…”Acoustical elements”…..get real…we have no walls…not even storage closets for the stage/concert….as was mentioned by the Manager to Comm. Clottey…..Recently at one meeting…the Manager said she did not know we wanted concerts…despite the the fact that the previous Commission directed the architects that was exactly what they wanted….along with bathrooms…The restrooms were voted down because the new Commissioners were not informed about the extension we received from Broward county…and never allowed an opportunity to see the change in plans and the final rendering…Drainage improvements….see above…OOPS!….Public rentals…1st we heard about this one…

‘The town commission is discussing the installation of a clock within the structure.’

BC-This was discussed at the 3/10/09 meeting…$3000 was the price talked about…per VM McIntee….

‘Construction caused some controversy, as Commercial Boulevard is a one-way street east of U.S. 1. The construction periodically caused road closures for delivery of materials and made it difficult to maneuver through the business district.’

BC- Correct…correct…correct…

Full text link below….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/lauderdale_by_the_sea/sfl-flhrbpavilion0319hrbmar19,0,5609702.story

We hear Bougainvilla was a washout…Washingtonia-Seagrape Drive have a flood at the entry of the new sidewalk…that increases with the day…and number of downpours…making it wheelchair UN-accessible!…

Forget the blacktop…fix the water problems first…..

Back tomorrow….catch up on the previous posts…the agenda/the ISO/and more….

more to come…


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