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Here’s The Scoop…..Round And Round She Goes….2004…#1……

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The lull before the storm….a little down time…a little play time…pick a year…pick a meeting…never know what will turn up in the LBTS archived Commission Meeting Minutes….

2004….(online … http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/ starts with July)…..

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‘Welcome to the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s Web site. You will find a wealth of helpful and useful information about Town Government, recreation activities, permit applications, Town documents, our Municipal Code and much more. You can even watch Town Commission meetings online.

The Town is a charming seaside oasis on the eastern edge of metropolitan Broward County, Florida. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Fort Lauderdale, the Town is home to warm tropical breezes, a beautiful pier, spectacular ocean views and small, quaint motels that attract annual visitors from Europe and around the world.’

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Aug. 10,2004…

Item 12C page 6……Website…

‘Sunny Eckhardt explained that the website would always be a work in progress as change would be made regularly to ensure updated information.’….She gave a powerpoint presentation…discussion over .gov vs .org…and restrictions  having one over the other….Mayor Parker spoke of having special events…

Sunny Eckhardt was referred to as the “webmistress” until she was dismissed by the new Town Manager Colon…..preferring to do the website…”‘in-house”…

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Item 12 A…page 7-9…. Economic Feasibility Study……

‘Christopher Hamlin
Senior Vice President
Goodkin Consulting
1581 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33129-1215

Christopher G. Hamlin, MIRM Christopher G. Hamlin has more than 30 years of experience in virtually all aspects of residential and commercial development. A charter member of the Institute of Residential Marketing, Hamlin is extremely familiar with all aspects of mixed-use and community planning, including public-private partnerships, downtown revitalization projects and community redevelopment programs. Hamlin has assisted property owners, lenders, developers and municipalities in a wide range of real estate projects throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He has worked closely with land planners, architects and civil engineers, and has been heavily involved in all aspects of permitting at county, state and federal levels. Hamlin became associated with The Goodkin Group in 1965, as senior vice president. He was also executive vice president and COO of Sanford R. Goodkin Research Corporation (SRGRC), supervising the firm’s research staff and directly providing services to some of the nation’s leading developers and planners of master-planned communities and new towns. He was co-author of the original definitive work on open-space communities in the marketplace for Urban Land Institute. Hamlin was also vice president of marketing and planning for Hollywood, Inc., and served as spokesman at the local, state and federal level for Florida’s largest privately owned builder/developer. He was also national manager of acquisitions for General Electric’s residential and commercial developer Trafalgar, and was co-owner of a mid-scale building company. Hamlin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami. His post-graduate studies include a certificate in mathematics, quantitative and qualitative analysis from the University of California Northridge.’

‘ Chris Hamlin of Goodkin Consulting was present and summarized the economic feasibility study. …..He stated the upscale building within the County was projected to be along the coastline and, therefore, the pressures to be felt by the Town were long term and not temporary. He felt that if the Town did not initiate strong policies concerning development, the Town would lose control of how it was developed in the future.’….He went on to state…’ a hospitality industry, as it was known today, would not continue to exist. He indicated that current land values, tax assessments, shallow lots, and the Town’s highly restricted land use regulations made new hospitality businesses completely uneconomical. Mr Hamlin advised that regular stays within the Town had decreased from approximately 2 weeks to four or five days. He expressed his belief that although the decrease in the industry could be delayed, it could not be stopped.’….’He strongly recommended that the Town pursue the Pier Point and Minto projects, stating they were superbly crafted projects. However, Mr. Hamlin felt that after these projects were approved, the Town should ” put their feet to the ground and dig in” and prepare a concise plan as to how to move the Town forward’…

He had 5 recommendations…including incentive zoning…explaining that this type of zoning would encourage redevelopment and provide a new aspect to the retail market….He spoke a Business Improvement District…including a Parking Authority…with the long term results increasing to ad valorem values…”beyond comprehension”…Discussion with the Commissioners  reviewed the recommendations…and they confirmed the dais’ concerns…also brought up by Comm. Wessels…the question of the Town legislating hotels and motels only…with the response again…that hotels and motels at that time were not viable to be built  within the Town…offering up the retail, restaurants, entertainment alternative…Mayor Pro Tem Clark addressed the proposed change to height restrictions…Mr Hamlin said a uniform height change was not recommended, but spoke of the possibility of height differences through incentive zoning…on a case by case basis….Mayor Parker disagreed with going to a five story height restriction if higher height would salvage the hospitality industry…Hamlin advised the Town to consider this option…

‘Mayor Parker stated in order to change the building height regulations, the Town would have to go to a referendum.”…In response to the mayor’s inquiry Mr Hamlin said to not consider any height increase would deprive the Town “the opportunity to encourage spectacular projects”…VM Kennedy made a motion…Mayor Pro Tem Clark 2nd it…to accept the report with instructions to complete the study…3-1 Mayor Parker dissenting…

Vice Mayor Kennedy with a 2nd from Clark  made a motion to refer this issue to the Master Plan Steering Committee…for a joint workshop…passes 4-0…another presentation on 9/14/04…

BC- The MPSC….directed…so please pull out those plans…and include them in the 2010 Master and Comprehensive Plans…which have curiously been unaddressed thus far this year……

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October 26,2004…..

4. Presentations…….

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a. Volunteer Firefighter(s) of the Month, Volunteer Fire Department (Chief Ian MacLean)….

‘ Chief MacLean stated the Town had not had a fire-related death in over 20 years; however, he stated that unfortunately was not the case for drowning deaths. He explained that drowning deaths  had actually increased  this year, based, in part, by the severe rip currents experienced already throughout the summer. Chief MacLean stated that the Volunteers were already working to complete a program that would aid the department to better respond to that type of event in the future Chief MacLean stated that the Volunteers now had a certified lifeguard on staff who would be leading the new beach rescue program to benefit the Town.and its residents and guests. He introduced Scot Fowler and provided his credentials, stating he was the firefighter of the month.’….

BC- The same Scot Fowler that 4 years later walked away from the VFD beach rescue program…due to Vice Mayor McIntee….The same Scot Fowler who is still awaiting Chief Perkins to “get back to him” to resume what was started in 2004!….

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more to come……………….

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