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

April 27, 2009 by Barbara

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!…

Excerpt…

‘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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Here’s The Scoop…..Public Notices To Be Less Public….

March 4, 2009 by Barbara

GET YOUR COMPUTERS READY….WHILE WATCHING  YOUR PAPER GET THINNER…

http://www.pittsburghlegaljournal.org/images/plj-r-publicnotice.jpg

S2292    GENERAL BILL by Storms
Advertisements & Notices by Governmental Entities; Provides
circumstances under which a governmental entity may use its website for  legally required advertisements and public notices. Requires that   legally required advertisements and notices be conspicuously placed on  publicly accessible websites. Provides requirements for publication in newspapers and on the Internet for certain required notices and advertisements by governmental entities, etc.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon
becoming law.
02/26/09 SENATE Filed

HB 1477 – Legally Required Advertisements and Public Notices by Governmental Entities

GENERAL BILL   by Zapata
Legally Required Advertisements and Public Notices by Governmental Entities: Authorizes various governmental entities to publish or advertise legally required public notices & advertisements on publicly accessible website; defines “publicly accessible website”; provides conditions for utilization of publicly accessible website for such purposes; provides for optional receipt of legally required public notices & advertisements via first class mail; provides requirements for legally required advertisements & public notices published on publicly accessible website; provides that specified notice, advertisement, or publication on publicly accessible website constitutes legal notice; provides that advertisements directed by law or order or decree of court to be made in county in which no newspaper is published may be made by publication on publicly accessible website; provides clarifying & conforming language; reenacts various provisions of law to incorporate amendments to various statutes in act in references thereto.
Effective Date: Not Specified

Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 7:55 AM

Buddy Nevin’s Blog gives the grim new for the Sentinel…and non- computer users who like to read the Government Public Notices each …..that the Legislature will go for free announcements on annexation,  budget meetings, ordinances and such…only online…

http://www.browardbeat.com/another-bummer-for-newspapers-from-the-state-senate/#more-462

Faithful readers will continue to see them here….

more to come…….

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