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Sentinel 11/29/08…full text available at LBTS Development Services

Town Of Lauderdale By The Sea Development Division

Notice Of Public Hearing

For Variance Review & Approval

Please be advised that Beach Ace Hardware, property owners, Theodore G Scharf and Janet N Scharf and the property owner’s representative Frank Tropepe of the property located within the B-1 Business Zoning District at 232 E Commercial Blvd.

The property owners are seeking a variance from the provision of the Towns Zoning Code 30-272 (c) (2) to allow the installation of a fire escape within the rear setback. This would enable egress from the second floor and compliance with the Fire Marshall order.

The Board of Adjustment hearing will be on Dec. 17,2008 at 11 am and the Town Commission will be on Jan. 7, 2009 at 7 pm in Jarvis Hall.

These meetings are open to the public to comment on…

BCbythesea….what is not known…is the hardware store is doing renovations that require an upgrade to the code?…If not…. is this the beginning of the LBTS town-wide sweep we hear is going to be done, by the new VFD Fire Inspector and the new Town Fire Marshall due to the Town Manager and the VFD becoming aware of a lack of inspections done over the past few years…as related to this writer by VFD Chief Perkins and others…

According to them…get ready local businesses…they will be arriving on your doorstep….according to the Chief when asked, the cost of the fees…. were not yet set , and unless set by the Commission would most likely be the same as they were for BSO….

We also hear that the pricing was inconsistent, requiring a set rate…for fairness…and of course for revenue…a steady stream of revenue that will come to the VFD and the town….for the inspections and the variances…etc…

If fire inspections are required yearly and the rate is set…fairly, that is acceptable …but, if for example the above applicant for this variance…has no renovations going on, and is being required to make such changes, especially in these precarious economic times…there is an issue that requires some attention…

Some will call it a “witch hunt”…because to do so is an easy way to divert the focus…and not respond to inquiry, but there are a series of disturbing acts that continue to occur in our little “Sea Side Village”…which include…the closing of the Pier Parking lot exit through the alley……an action, the former Development Director, himself did not want to do as he said he must…we are told…the town-wide shed sweep….the recent Walgreens/Laundromat loading problems…. Code Enforcement asking for tree lights to be removed from the right of way on Commercial……. and if we are now going to require our businesses to get variances…put in upgrades …that should be grandfathered in…unless asking for permits to renovate..it needs to be addressed…and maybe…it starts here …with this variance application…and before the town-wide fire inspections begin…

more to come…

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