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Here’s The Scoop … Happy 7 Month Birthday Lilly … Lauderdale- By-The- Sea Is Progressing Right Along With You! …

November 18, 2010 by Barbara

WELCOME TO LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA …

Dear Readers … Lilly’s 7 month photo-op to come as well the expanded coverage of the MPSC meeting on Tues. Nov. 16th and the P & Z Workshop last night on Nov. 17th …due to a very active time in a bay’s life that leaves Nana totally wiped out by the end of a very long day of exploration by Lilly calling for total hands on and attention by her #1 caretaker…That said from what this writer observed over the last 3 nights…LBTS is carrying out what 65% of the voters wanted last March…moving forward to guarantee we maintain why we all chose this town  to make our homes in …the low rise buildings …and vistas to the sea ….as well as to continue to make sure some of the most important components …the downtown and the tourism are retained as well …. Mark your calendars… PACs/ Chamber/Businesses/ Bel Air Neighborhood Assoc../ Terra Mar Island Assoc./ Imperial lane-Codrington neighborhoods/ El Mar stakeholders/ Silvershore neighborhoods on both sides of Commercial Blvd /Condos north and south /all other sections of town… Make sure you are not left out when the “series” and the community meetings begin on Jan. 7th 4-6 pm in Jarvis Hall with David Sukor who wrote the book City Comforts http://www.amazon.com/City-Comforts-Build-Urban-Village/dp/0964268000 followed by a guided walk around the town the next morning Saturday Jan. 8th from 9-12…The Chamber Beach Clean-up will be going on as well…Make sure you represent your area ..your organization..your business and  that you are involved and included in the vision of LBTS from the start!…More meetings and community forums will continue the next month in Feb. with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk… http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/elizabeth-plater-zyberk …This writer will try to make that one in person if Lilly’s mom is not out of town on research!…

The MPSC began as the prior one did with an “exercise” of what place in town each member found comfortable…Excuse as little Monday morning quarterbacking from this writer ….but the question I feel needs to be asked of members and anyone who resides in town is as I stated above and in previous posts…Why did you choose this town over all others?… When I have asked that question…the answer is ALWAYS the same as my own …because you can walk everywhere and all you have to do is go downtown to be in the thick of things …there is always something going on!… That continued on last night….

Last night at the P & Z “Switzerland” spoke…loud and clear….Who is “Switzerland”…Village Grill & Pub owner Dave Gadsby who stated at public comments he was “excited to be at this meeting” addressing the parking requirements in town and “it’s years overdue”..He spoke about personally knowing businesses who left town due to parking requirements in town…good businesses …We all know how successful Dave has been  not only with his business but with providing the Town so much by way of his Friday night outdoor music as well as his ongoing events… That can happen on a bigger scale with those parking requirements being exempt for restaurants… The past and future of this town all rolled up into one spoke loud and clear as well as Vice Chair Yann Brandt who grew up in the town…whose family owned a hotel in this town…whose father was an active participant in the town giving way to his son carrying on that tradition …and who is now himself the father of a 4 month old son who will also grow up in this town asked for just that…by asking the P & Z to recommend to the Commission that they exempt the parking requirements for restaurants and other such establishments …and they will come…  He  was 100% correct and both gentlemen were stating much the same as Chamber President and MPSC Chair Paul Novak did last year…(prev. post)… This will lead not only to a variety of choices for us “townies” ..but for those who will come to town….It can lead the way to the rest of the revisions to move the town forward over the next years …Are there pitfalls or problems that will come from doing this?…Yes…the kind of problems we want to have…as Vice Chair Brandt stated ….the need for more parking/and or alternative parking structures…But as Yann also stated the businesses will be proactive on when and if this happens… This writer believes that is so as well….It is imperative for those P & Z members who are looking at years down the line…a doomsday attitude from an onslaught of businesses bringing visitors and cars with nowhere to park…who want to be more  “global” in their actions or just slightly relax the requirements instead of taking this leap to jump-start vitality and progress for the downtown district to make it their business before the Dec. 15th P & Z meeting to talk to Dave .and Paul and others downtown in order to be fully informed and to make sure in the end they too can have their names attached to this action of exempting the parking requirements so that they will be remembered for truly playing an integral and important role in the resurgence of vitality and hospitality coming back big-time to downtown LBTS … As Yann Brandt stated …let’s make sure we can say ..LBTS is open for business… Welcome and how can we help?…

more to come…

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