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Here’s The Scoop…Master Plan Steering Committee…Running From The Bull****……

RUNNING FROM THE BULL****……..

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David Nixon is in town…back from beyond the town limits…to take in the fresh air…sunshine and best temps around ….

This writer ran into Mr Nixon over the weekend…and spent some time…getting reacquainted…in all thing LBTS…political of course….so last nights MPSC/P & Z combo meeting was the second time ….. As the meeting wore on…..going off topic …droning  on…Mr Nixon had “that look”……but David’s “look” of “deja vue”…was nothing to compare to the “look” coming from the far end of the table…where the “seasoned: MPSC members sat…eyes glazed over…..with looks that said …(if  cartoon bubbles could be seen above their heads)……just how long does one stick around for fulfilling their civic duty?….

It started off well …with some “housekeeping…including the congratulations to Vice Chair Sandra Booth…being honored next month as a woman of style and substance for volunteer work…(from Sentinel)…
‘Feb. 5 Women of Style and Substance Symphony of the Americas Annually honoring those with distinguished achievements in our community, highlighted by musical accompaniment of Maestro and Symphony. $100. Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club, 1881 SE 17th St. 954-545-0088.’

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(example of height…bollards)…

Chair Paul Novak introduced Mayor Minnet to address the lighting issue on El Mar ..one of the “assigned” issues from the Commission…(according to the Oriana development deal the million can only be used south of Commercial)……The Mayor is in the lighting business and spent some time explaining the correct way to deal with the two emerging problems that face the area…turtle season and the turtle foundation…(link below)…and pedestrian walking…making both happy and safe…..she recommended low level lights…which would be similar to what is in place at El Prado Park and at Oriana……but less bright……less noticeable……in the application…for her professional opinion is ….good lighting should be done in a way where you get the benefits without the prominence of the fixtures…. using the overwhelming design of lighting at Oriana as an example of what not to do……discussion ensued about alternatives…street lighting…shielding…bollards in the sidewalks…sidewalks and bollards with lights in the medians….all to be taken into account…with the planning…she advised the committee to take a look at Boca Raton…Red Reef Park..( link below)….to see what they have accomplished…and the committee decided to enlist the input of a woman who came to a previous committee some years back…

http://www.turtle-foundation.org/

http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/parks/redreef.shtm

Sandra Booth …. the Vice Chair brought exciting news to the table…she was successful in her quest to ask once more for the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute to have their students use a project in town for their class project…a big deal…especially after the pavilion did not end up as it was designed by A.I. student Forbes…and the lack of acknowledgment of their role …on the construction site thus far…(to be remedied by the students themselves)…

Sandra met with Winston Menish…the Industrial Design Instructor on Dec. 23,2008…and then went to the school on January 12th,2009…to explain the project…El Mar Drive…and although none of the students knew LBTS…they were very excited to do something in a beachfront town…as their big project for the semester…ending in March…

The committee was also excited…and agreed to move forward…to do much the same as they did prior with the pavilion…to put together a “book”…a lunch…and parking…and instead of a contest offering up a fund or scholarship to the winning student…They will meet here on February 16th…giving them a similar time frame to complete their work…5-6 weeks as the pavilion students had…and will return with clay models and drawings…

The final topic for MPSC to address on the agenda…….grants…acknowledging with nothing really out there …it was time to move on…with P & Z…the questions that were finally answered…sub-standard in this writer’s opinion (previous post…scoops & boards)….

Peanuts Wick…P & Z Chair briefly went over the letter…(in the previous post in its entirety)…and then it began…the record needle was stuck…the “usual suspects” did their 33 foot number…with Marc Furth…arriving late to say….”why are we here”…”what are we doing”…all the while rewriting history…saying the election was about the Overlay Districts…HUH?…Occasionally Cristie Furth…”bent a little”…about 33 feet on the east side with room for “doo-dads” on the roof…44 feet on the west…with perhaps 44 feet on A1A…not understanding the uninhabitable 1st floor ….(perhaps tonight commission meeting Quasi Judicial single family home will enlighten her to the State’s rule?)….and talking of underground garages to keep the development seaside in check…a point others at the table shook their heads at…for it would be cost prohibitive and a Tallahassee nightmare to get approved…the fear for the Furths…the town’s people might actually vote again for 44 feet…because they really meant it…

What would really make the Mc- Furth Gang take cover…perhaps the voters should be allowed to vote for 15 stories in the north while they are at it…and Overlay Districts…on the ever expanding “laundry list” referendum that is bandied about…

One interesting comment came from Peanuts Wick…a private referendum…we hear the cost is $13 thousand for one…less with a mail in…could there be citizens willing to do such a thing?…HMMM…….

Don’t think it could happen?…well ….new at the table P & Z alternate…Dennis Ritchie…who pointedly said this decision for removal of the Overlay Districts was political…a point many concurred with…

More substantive  points came few and far between …with Peanuts again…showing his “cahonees”…with the Furths…something few have seen in recent months…calling them on their “convoluted ideas”…”knowing where they stand”..  (33 feet)….as he  went on ….speaking of setbacks…stepping back for heights…with follow up from Bill Hubly about tax bases…developers VS residents……dealing with ratios…Bob Eckblad discussed looking into Vero Beach.and Atlantic Beach…in Florida…..( link below)…and other towns with 35 ft. height limits…

http://www.covb.org/

http://www.ci.atlantic-beach.fl.us/

Talk was sidetracked with the parking issues…the mixed use on Commercial…the restaurants with their too  low costs for use of  sidewalk seating (per Marc Furth)…perhaps buying the property for sale across from Oriana  with a bond (again, Marc Furth)….Wings driving out the small T-shirt shops…(per Paul Novak)…with one in his own building by the beach on Commercial closing in July….and businesses going out on Commercial…by the VFD which is moving out of that location……naming the the flower shop…(per Bill Hubley)…..

Clearly having enough, and perhaps looking down at the other end of the table….Peanuts once again said they were “spinning their wheels”…”going off point”…but  not soon enough…for the Furths…to throw out more untrue statements…with Cristie Furth stating Commissioner Dodd was for returning to Overlay Districts…no green area and 44 feet…producing a “flashback”  for this writer…. during such an outrageous claim…the e-mail of “warning” sent  pre- campaign from a former elected official…(with a connection to this committee)…who knew all too well…what was seen here tonight…(unfortunately I did not listen)…..

‘CIC & Christy Furth
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 3:03 PM

Barbara, as a friend I would advise you not to be taken in by Christy Furth.
Christy has her own ideas as to how to do things but many time they are nothing more than disruptive and counter productive’

Old habits die hard…and at this meeting that was quite apparent…

Back to the meeting…it came down to this……they would go back to the Commission…for more direction…they would get a hold of the building department…they would ask for the codes…(link  with ….Articles 2,3,4,6 & 7)….http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=14431&sid=9...they will look at the recommended areas…..and contact the people discussed for the project….Paul and Sandra would get the items together for the students…and they would all meet again…the 3rd week of February…..on Tuesday at 7 pm……

Or would they….ALL?….

more to come…..

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