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Here’s The Scoop…We Made The Papers…Beach and Banks……

SHOVELS ON THE BEACH….

BC- Looks like that “Golden Shovel” from the Stimulus…will be beach- bound…..but please don’t take too much…LBTS has the widest, healthiest beach around…

‘Facing similar concerns, Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports — with help from state and local communities — spent roughly $45 million to restore a 6.8-mile stretch from John Lloyd State Park south to the county line in 2006. The county is still collecting the federal share, about $25 million. It has received about $6 million of reimbursement and seeks another $6 million in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
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Broward is preparing for the next phase of work on about 4.5 miles of beaches in northern Fort Lauderdale ,Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Pompano Beach. That too will lead to a request for federal funds.

The costs are justified, local officials say, because beaches draw tourists and local residents who shop and dine and generate tax revenue. The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, an advocacy group based in Fort Myers, says every federal dollar spent on beach “nourishment” brings back $320 in tax revenue.

“These days, with the economy in the tank, going to the beach is becoming more popular because it’s cheap,” said Steve Higgins, Broward’s beach erosion administrator.’

Full text below….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-beach-pork-a042509sbapr25,0,6382401.story

UPSIDE DOWN PROPERTIES….

BC- “Persuading the lenders”….to pay the maintenance on neglected properties….Nice going!…

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‘Across the state, local governments are grappling with a flood of such distressed properties. While many in Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports bill banks for tidying neglected properties, a few cities such as Coconut Creek and Lighthouse Point absorb some costs. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has persuaded lenders to maintain about a dozen homes.’

BC-This writer sent an inquiry along with congrats to Director of Development Bowman…for more specifics on how we managed to do what other towns have not ….any response will be posted in an update…

full text link below….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-abandoned-home-b042709sbapr27,0,3157416.story

more to come…

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