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Here’s The Scoop….5/26/09…. LBTS Commission Meeting…#2…Sit Down…Sit Down….Sit Down…Sit Down…You’re Rocking The Boat!…

May 27, 2009 by Barbara

THEY CAME ARMED WITH KNOWLEDGE….THEY CAME WITH THE TOWN CODE…

588 PAGES!……..

10 b…Ordinance 2009-19….the vacation rental ordinance…brought forth 9 speakers and many others who sat in the hall to show their presence at the 11th hour to address the injustice of this commission imposing yet another ordinance upon the property owners that would curtail their property rights….It was certainly on track to pass with a vote of the “Gang of 3” to 2 ….

Once again we went down the disjointed costly path of putting forth a new ordinance…without any of the “Mc-3” reading what was already contained in the present code…with “claims” made of complaints…and an “underbelly” of problems that had no legs to stand on (just like the noise and kitesurfing ordinances)…and left only to be stopped by the sheer number of those who made it their business to get the facts…do the research…contact each commissioner…join forces and arrive en’ masse at Jarvis Hall to take their turn at the podium!…

Note to those living in the north end of town…your cup runneth over with potential candidates to run in 2010…if these fine speakers are so inclined!….

We had been told that it was a strong possibility this would be tabled after hearing of pending litigation in neighboring towns…and that rumor may have been more than enough for a few to walk away…but they stayed and they waited until it was read by the Town Attorney….then one by one they rose to address the dais…

BC- If any names are misspelled/ missing …please let me know for an updated correction….

Matthew Schwartz….came to speak in opposition and the cost to him and the Town…starting off a familiar recurring theme …that what they are looking to do is already in the code…and what the commission is trying accomplish is behavioral problems and there was nothing in the proposed ordinance to address that…

Kai Stadler…This was a gentleman this writer first met after he and Brendan Berry had a meeting with Comm. Clottey in Town Hall…He spoke about his love for this town…and gave a brief synopsis of how it came to be he found himself in the position of renting out his home…He said he bought it to live in…then had a change of plans…tried to sell it…and could not and then he found he could rent it out weekly to vacationers from all over the world including from Germany and South America…that in these difficult times it made the difference between keeping afloat and foreclosing on it…He repeated responses made to him from Comm. Clottey before he went through the fallout of what enacting this ordinance would do…stating 46 homes ( maybe more) who actively bring $2.5 million a year in revenue to the town…would slide away and bring instead a large loss of approximately $500,000 off the town’s tax rolls…”big numbers for a small town”…He said he’s booked for next year already and this venture has been very successful…..He spoke of  the lawsuit the town would be in receipt of if this passed……He stated the present ordinances for the city are the size of a New York phone book…anything you can think of to defeat the culprit is in it…that it covers every possible angle…He implored the commission to realize the many people this ordinance would affect…and asked them to keep the city safe …but to help them get through these hard economic times…

Dr. Natalia Stadler came up after her husband and spoke of renting their town home…the impact that would come from no longer being able to do so…to the businesses reiterating the current state of hard economic times…and those who rely on these rentals…She said the renters of these homes are not the same as those who come to the hotels…and that restricting the use will be restricting the visitors to LBTS…

Brendan Berry  a former member of the LBTS P & Z …came armed with the code book itself…588 pages long …it lists what we can and cannot do…”Comm. Clottey you told me you don’t like seeing them there”…it was for “safety concerns”…..Mr. Barry said “it’s all here”…The means to prohibit it all is contained in the 588 page book he held in his hand…He read a list of prohibitions…loud music…loud live music…open containers of beverages…fighting…fighting words…garage sales without permits….boats, trailers…parking on the swales, grass and dirt….all prohibited….It prohibits speeding in our town…loud vehicles…driving on the beach…It prohibits fishing in the beach….sleeping on your boat tied to your dock behind your house…It prohibits weeds in your garden, wild growth, palmettos and rubbish….disturbing the peace…fire’s are prohibited…disorderly assembling ….trespassing…loitering…is prohibited…false alarms… fake sounds that sound like a fire truck…more than 3 animals in your home are prohibited…adding he was just listing a few…”Concerned about houses?”…chipping paint….dead, dying bushes are prohibited…anything the “awful,disgusting, scary short term renters are doing Commissioner Clottey,…it’s here!”…He exclaimed as he aggressively tapped that code book…He went on… “It allows you the mechanism to enforce it”…..”you can fine people”…”suspend or revoke licenses “…”police can seize property”…”it’s here”…he said…imprison people for up to 60 days…skateboarding [also not allowed in certain areas of town] can be imprisoned for up to 30 days…He said “We don’t need another stupid  ordinance”…and he spoke of the other lawsuits pending across the state….stating the Town Attorney was well aware of them…

Enrico……Comm. Clottey’s next door neighbor brought some unintentional levity to the room…saying ” I’m afraid, I feel bad. I was the reason this ordinance is going forward”……speaking with regret and remorse of lessons learned as he did not do as he should in renting out his home…He said it has been a struggle…but he was learning from his mistakes…taking care of the property…taking care of those he rents to…and that the many who rent out their homes should not be harmed due to a couple of complaints…He added the rental customers will go to Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale  or Deerfield Beach…He wasn’t saying the properties shouldn’t be policed…fined etc…He spoke of the previous long discussions on the alleyway…saying it was not as important as t this when comparing the impact…the massive implications if not done right…

Jason Clarke (who is a Realtor along with his wife Tanya) came and spoke as a real estate agent about the vacation rentals…and how many of those renters become residents after time spent here…He spoke of VM McIntee’s P.R. presentation of the riptide saves making the news…and reminded all of the recent N.Y. Times article on the pier and local businesses that presented LBTS as a 1st class resort town…He said they have never had any issues with their rentals…no code…no BSO …He said there is case law …many cases where homeowners prevailed when restrictions were placed on them bringing monetary loss…He asked the commission to table this item…to come together …and thwart a class action lawsuit…He said post the ordinance ( the present one)…fine … lose the right to rent…saying “far more are doing it right.”..and finished up by saying…”let this be the 1st class town that it is”

A real estate broker came to speak on behalf of a gentleman from Georgia that had spoken to Comm. Clottey and VM McIntee ( discussed earlier with Assist. Olinzock..this owner was concerned that the ordinance affected his property located on Commercial Blvd….it did not …due to his property being zoned commercial)……She too brought forth conversations with Comm. Clottey of the Comm. wanting to “stop these rentals”…and “somebody will get hurt”…[if they were not shut down]…This agent spoke of those who rent in this fashion…saying they were families with children…

Another real estate broke came up to say she represented 20 different property owners …2 condo associations Sandy- By- The- Sea and Oceanside…and she too spoke of who was seeking out homes on a weekly basis and they do not want to stay in hotels…that they are law-abiding  people..as she read some comments from those vacation renters of why they prefer these kinds of rentals…But, she said if they cannot rent in LBTS they will go to Fort Lauderdale where it is allowed…She too said the commission needed to “quantify the impact”…and she too asked about the alleyway …and the study that was requested…asking if a study was done on this…..(it was not)…asking for one with recommendations…

Dan(wish I had a last name!)…walked to the podium and said he was there to speak on one rental property ..saying this was a “destructive prescription” in this economy…speaking about the increasing burden and the Town of LBTS…as a destination…using the LBTS Chamber of Commerce website and reciting what is says….He went on to talk of the implications how this action fails to show a compelling reason of the public interest being served…He asked “are there any definable, quantifiable metric that inform this policy? Are vacationers that rent a private home or small properties any more inclined to criminal or antisocial behaviors than those that rent in hotels, motels or time shares?…He went after Comm. Clottey…. bringing to light a possible conflict of interest  revealing that he found the timing of this action curious…. saying it was an “understatement” after finding on Sept. 3,2008 she purchased interest in local timeshare property Royal Vista Vacations…He spoke of Comm. Clottey’s assertions at the April 28th meeting concerning signage of low rates and the undesirables it brought to town…He added the Sheriff said there were no problems…he asked for data to back up all the claims made of the negative implications…comparing the action the Commission was about to enact to” radical surgery for  non-specific symptoms!”…He said “this ordinance was remarkable for its short sighted intent, far reaching impact and this is an abuse of power!”

This writer spoke to say that after what the commissioners had heard from these speakers and the fact that yet again a 2nd reading of an ordinance would mostly be tabled…it is time to make some changes in how they operate…by having workshops…getting the word out collecting information before they went down this long road again…saving everyone time and money…for a more productive outcome…

Time for the Commission…and “pitbull Jimmy-boy” Silverstone was up first…He said the issue was not the duration… HUH?…They [commission] should not be “attacked” with looming lawsuits…as if they were “somehow responsible ” the economy and those who bought their homes not to live in but to “flip” and to rent out until they can find the right price for those whose fault it is”…He said he was looking to those who came forward to come up with a “cure” for the noise..the college kids and a way to enforce the problems…because the problems are unenforcable…that BSO can not remove “those people” it is “almost impossible”…He said he didn’t care about the duration that it was their property…but we need to regulate and control people to be able to have BSO throw people out….(Maybe Jimmy-boy isn’t running again after all?)…

Vice Mayor McIntee said he “listened to all your dissertations” (no paperback behind the dais this meeting?)…and he did not like all the direction being put on Comm. Clottey…saying “multiple people” (in the hall may implored “who?”)…had come to her…and were “supportive”…that she was “responding” and this was not a “personal vendetta”…He had done some research (got some swampland for sale…if you buy this…pun intended)…that it’s a terrible time..( for businesses too, VM?)…but added going after Comm. Clottey was “a little out of line”….He asked the Town Atty. if she saw any problems with this…(About that proclaimed research, VM!)…The Town Atty. replied that the commission directed an ordinance…for it to be drafted with a 1 month minimum stay…that she had previously brought to their attention that there was “a lot of litigation” with the minimum rentals…that the longer the time the bigger the issue…Going over his head…VM McIntee got it wrong saying they should go for longer!…Everyone tried to straighten him out!…The Town Atty. spoke of 4 pending matters…and the VM said it might be “advantagious to sit back”…(Groans from the hall)…The Atty. said it might be valid to stand back…delay for a time..but there was no guarantee of a time frame especially in litigation…

Comm. Dodd said this exemplifies why we need workshops…round tables…input …and then write the ordinance…He suggested 3 ways to go…to table for 90 days…for a workshop…or go for the 1 week rental…so we don’t open ourselves up to lawsuits…He too pointed out that the Chief said there were only 2 incidents and they were spring breakers…

Comm. Clottey…clearly looking rattled…said she had been accused of a lot (rightly so)…saying things she says she she did not (some…as previously posted this writer heard firsthand)…admonishing one speaker by saying he was told what to write and making innuendo about her neighbor…her constituent…(unbecoming for an elected official to say)….attempting to set the record straight on her “E-bay” purchase of points on a timeshare trade…saying she recommended it to others for what you can get foe a dollar…and the signage was concerning hotels…She said the “spin is wonderful” …speaking of her neighbors problem with rodents…saying that says it all…She asked the Town Atty. about the 28 days…saying she thought the Atty. did not believe it was a problem….

Comm. Silverstone said they should vote on it …and they could change it later…Comm. Clottey said the “problem has been 7 days”….and asked for a friendly amendment to make 14 (more groans from the hall)…Comm. Silverstone told Comm. Clottey the Town Atty. said it would be a problem….The Vice Mayor said they should table it for 90 days…get background (admitting they were not informed to be at 2nd reading)…and prevent themselves from “putting our foot into a lawsuit”…The Mayor corrected him yet again on the difference between tabling an item and deferring it to a date certain…(Table it..means starting over…with notices etc…deferring it no notice required…leaving it for the residents to keep an eye on its reurn!)…

Mayor Minnet took her shot at it by tying it all up which has become her practice…thanking all that came out…giving kudos to Comm. Clotteys neighbor for admitting his mistakes … making changes….and speaking about it …..She spoke of the landlords adhering to the existing rules…of not supporting this ordinance…understanding the current economic climate…that an ordinance should have stringent permitting…and they should be proactive to support business…regulate and give relief…She spoke of the ramifications ……to increase the bed tax to enforce with hefty fines…suspension of rentals …and then asked BSO Chief Gooding to come and address how many complaints he has received…Chief Gooding said there was a problem in Comm. Clottey’s neighborhood…it turned out to be a mortgage fraud case…He spoke of the multiple call for the spring breakers…about the compliance the BSO has with the landlords tha  it doesn’t take much (Hear that Jimmy?)…minimal calls…less than 10…and most were at the same address… Comm. Silverstone was not letting go of his assertions…asking the Chief…imploring the Chief …about the ability the BSO had in removing somebody…Chief Gooding went through the process….said the landlords could give them that ability…as Realtor Jason Clarke tried unsuccessfully to offer that the ability to remove was contained in the signed leases….and in closing Chief Gooding told Comm. Silverstone what he was looking for (the “cure”) would not even happen with this new ordinance!…OUCH!…

The Mayor called for the motion for a 1 week rental…it passed 3-2 (Comm. Clottey/VM McIntee dissenting)…Comm. Dodd made a motion for a workshop….it passed 5-0…no date set…

As previously posted…vacation renters…keep your eye on this one……For a commissioner who voted on the prevailing side …(Comm. Silverstone voted for it)…can put it back on to overturn!…

Don’t sit down…Don’t sit down…keep on rocking the boat….2010!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…5/26/09 LBTS Commission Meeting…#1…What’s Up With Her?…

May 27, 2009 by Barbara

THERE IS “MENTORING”…GIVING ADVICE…AND THEN  THERE IS BEING….

Dear Readers…for quite some time now…no matter where I go…I hear the same comment…”What’s up with her”…The “her” is Commissioner Clottey…The residents former backers…and those that never backed “her”……are just totally befuddled by the behavior they are witnessing on the dais and off…..

What happened to our “Sandra Day O’Connor?”…

The only answer I have is…”She is besotted”…by a certain”mentor”….a former commissioner…who has the unfettered ability to give her the last word and guide her into the abyss she has now found herself in…

Last night reached a crescendo in absurd questions she asked …and adverse remarks she heard coming from her constituents….

It started with her question to BSO Chief Scott Gooding at the BSO monthly report…” I would like you to tell the residents what to do when they observe a drug deal go down.”…YIKES!…Chief Gooding stepped to the podium and remarked that he hoped there was not too much of that…and asked her if she meant a “hand to hand drug deal?”…She said ‘yes”…He went on to say the “observer” should not call 911…but should call the police and give a description and assured the Commissioner that within 30-50 seconds a patrol car would show up…Comm. Clottey had said it was on El Mar Drive and the Chief used that as an example for giving the information to the police…”the corner of Washingtonia and El Mar Drive”…He added that there are drug deals going on in LBTS…and said the BSO is appreciative of these calls….

BC- Let’s see we had the Vice Mayor on TV saying tourists “would be going home in a box” if it were not for the VFD and now we have this Commissioner talking about drug deals on the street we just gave out awards to students for beautifying …WOW!…Great P.R.

Next up was the VFD report and Comm. Clottey wanted to know why Fort Lauderdale could keep people out of the water and we could not…She wanted the Town to have something we could “put teeth in” to restrict people…and asked the Town Atty…The Town Atty. replied that LBTS does not have lifeguards….and it was a state owned beach…although the Town Atty. could look into something…(one more ordinance!)…

BC-We won’t pay for lifeguards at the beach around the pier…offering tourists professional protection…and a speedy response from those lifeguards already stationed on the beach…but we should keep residents from going in the water… ARGHHH…..

Comm. Clottey became McIntee “LITE” with her “questioning” of AMR Operations Manager Brook Liddle…about how many AMR ambulances were there for the hyperbaric chamber explosion…..Liddle responded 4 were on the island…3 on scene and 1 ready for anything else……along with 1 off the island…Comm. Clottey (using McIntee- like  “leading” questioning)…”Why did you do this?”…Liddle replied that the “scene required it”…Clottey “We had a lot of protection”…

BC- Groans were heard as this line of questioning took place so soon after the VFD presentation P.R…..

Commissioner Clottey did seem to have a momentary lapse of independence …when she corrected the Vice Mayor about the flawed alleyway study…and reminding him that the commission approval for egress from the pier parking lot was for “emergency reasons”…and not “emergency vehicles”…as he was trying hard to railroad the engineer and commissioners into accepting ….She even offered up  a temporary 2nd for a further study by the engineer to actually …physically come to the alley to make a report …that she withdrew as quickly as she made it…

BC- Visions of that imaginary little devil came to mind…sitting upon her shoulder…..

Commissioner Clottey was clobbered by the vacation rental “people” who came to speak their minds…It was not a pretty sight…but it was accurate…from what this writer heard as I sat in Town Hall the previous Friday afternoon…(I was looking at the backup material and she was in the conference room with 2 of the speakers)….and she did say exactly what they called her on… when they said she said….”they fell through the cracks”…that they (rentals) “were ugly”… ‘a nuisance”…and “don’t like seeing them all”….giving  credence to the other speakers who brought forward her similar comments made to them…about stopping the rentals…that “somebody could get hurt”…along with other comments…and ending with one speaker questioning a conflict of interest with her purported purchase of a timeshare in LBTS…OUCH!…

Vice Mayor McIntee said Comm. Clottey had multiple people in Bel-Air  contacting her …who were supportive …that this was no “personal vendetta”…(He would know!)

Comm. Clottey said she had been accused of a lot…of “saying things I did not say”  (beg to differ)….that she went on E-bay and bought points on a timeshare to trade …adding the low cost signage had to do with hotels…not residential rentals…going further into the “Mc-Gang” mantra…of saying the “spin is wonderful” and throwing a few uncalled for responses in the direction of one speaker who is her next door neighbor…and ending with being truly tone deaf to the Town Atty.’s position on the time allowance even after the Town Atty. “reminded” her of  the atty’s previous legal opinion…with Clottey offering up a “friendly amendment” of 14 days rather than 7!…Comm. Silverstone reiterated the Town Atty’s opinion yet again… …and Chief Gooding verified what he has said before…that there have been no major problems with short term renters……as the constituents themselves had informed her…….but to no avail…when she proceeded to vote against it…in a 3-2 vote…losing this one with Vice Mayor McIntee…After the vote came a vote for a workshop…with a vote of 5-0…no date set…as Comm. Clottey said it was not her that started this…..it was former Comm. Clark…(So there!)….

BC- Note to the vacation rental “people” keep checking on this site…to see when this comes back…for the “wagons will circle” and the “3-2 ” vote can be  overturned  at any time…with Comm. Silverstone bringing it back…since he voted on the prevailing side!….

The Bel-Air entryway signage…was “restitution” Commissioner Clottey said for someone removing the wall…(That would be the Town Administration)…and she and her neighbors were “harmed by some of the equipment” …( for the sewers)…stating no one should “begrudge restitution”…

BC- Many still feel that rather than 2nding a motion made by fellow Bel-Air resident VM McIntee…she should have joined him in recusing herself!…

Truly funny was Comm. Clottey’s request for Assist. Town Manager Olinzock to prepare Town residents ahead of time for Consent Agenda item h…the special event application for the Lauren Katzenbaum Celebration Ride 2009 on June 28,2009…for the Commissioner  feared for the residents being caught unaware of the noise from the motorcycles heading their way…Only problem…it was for a bikes…and this is the 5th year…with no problems previously….OOPS!…

“Besotted” Comm. Clottey went further down the path of no return when dealing with the 2-day event requested by the Marchelos brothers for a request for a special  event in their own pier parking lot…a private property…at 5 pm on the 4th of July…It was to begin after the VFD-CIC 4th of July “2-Hats/Broom Boys Re-election Kickoff Party”…… and for a second day on Sunday…Commisioner Clottey made outrageous remarks….such as asking how they could refer to it as a “wine and food” event if they were serving hot dogs and gyros…(she pronounced it jeerose)…Then leaping into the McFurth -muck by asking them about their “lease” not allowing food to be served after 3 pm…The brothers could not understand what she was talking about…The request for a special event permit in the parking lot had nothing to do with a lease …and the requirements for the permit were all in order per the Town staff…Comm. Clottey showed her “hand” when she said a copy of the lease was put in her box (we hear it was a McIntee request)…HMMMM….A back and forth exchange took place with the Vice Mayor and the Mayor over Spiros Marchelos coming to the podium to respond to her…with BFF “Jimmy” saying “Throw them out”…never mind they received no warning…(old habits die hard)…Comm. Clottey said she just asked a question…(some question!)  and instructed them to go back to their seats….Not done yet…after all she knew what was “required” of her…and she again did a “McIntee lite”…by asking the 2 Commissioners chairing the event what they thought about the 2 -day event…they said “no”…(surprise…surprise)…It went down…3-2 ( Dodd and Minnet voted for it)…Her constituents…yelled “Shame on you…shame on you…2010…2010!”….and walked out in disgust!…

BC- Later on after they had long left the hall and before the meeting ended…. she asked to amend the item…to offer the Marchelos brothers Sunday only…The Mayor made a second…again handing the gavel to the VM…and it passed 5-0…with instructions for the Town staff to contact them…

BC….Too little…too late…LITERALLY!….Which Town staff will be allowed to make contact with the pier owners?…( The staff has been instructed not to speak to the Marchelos brothers)….

Final topic of the 1st commission night was the kitesurfing…where she wanted to know about certification…and picture I.D.s…and agreed with “Commissioner” (She demoted him) McIntee…to “poll” the condos on launching from the beach behind them (Sea Ranch Club)….as she asked the Town Atty. about preferential residential treatment….and was met with the Town Atty. reminding her that she was told before…that the atty. had not heard back from the state and you have to have a “reason”……to treat non-residents differently….preferentially……as this issue also saw another delay…to the 2nd meeting in July…

BC- “Sandra Day O’Connor” come back soon!….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…Vacating That Ordinance For 2nd Reading… Commissioners?…

May 26, 2009 by Barbara

HOUSE FOR RENT…….BY THE WEEK….IN LBTS….

BC- Once again …an Ord. 2nd reading will most likely be put on hold!…This is becoming  commonplace with this current Commission…Town Administration and Town law firm…at a cost to the taxpayers along with the cost of time involved!…The vacation ord.  as previously posted runs into trouble for those 46 (# we were told affected) who are keeping afloat in LBTS by renting out their properties to thwart off foreclosure…Recently Wilton Manors made a similar ord. for 30 days (LBTS is for 28 days) as a minimum length of rental allowed…and is now facing a property rights lawsuit…A look at the Town law firm shows a familiar connection to out town…it is the law firm of former Town Atty. Jim Cherof!…

5/26/09…..

10 Ordinances…

2.    Ordinances 2nd Reading – “PUBLIC HEARING”

b.    Ordinance 2009-19: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA AMENDING SECTIONS 12-2(c) AND 12-22 OF ARTICLE I, “BUSINESS TAXES,” CHAPTER 12, “LICENSES,” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; AND CREATING A DEFINITION OF “VACATION RENTAL” IN SECTION 30-155, ALLOWING VACATION RENTALS AS AN ACCESSORY USE IN THE RS-4, RS-5, RD-10, RM-25 AND RM-50 ZONING DISTRICTS, AND CREATING SECTION 30-327 “VACATION RENTALS,” FOR RELATED SUPPLEMENTAL ZONING REGULATIONS, ALL WITHIN ARTICLE V “ZONING,” CHAPTER 30 “UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

‘Broward’s Wilton Manors and Dade’s Miami Beach to Face Lawsuits for Short-term Rental Bans
Posted on Daily Business Review

‘Wilton Manors
Recent ban on short-term rentals invites lawsuit by 14 homeowners
April 02, 2009 By: Terry Sheridan

The house on Northwest Second Avenue in Wilton Manors looks like any other lushly landscaped single-family home with a pool in a pleasant community.

But owners Louis Heidel and James Lang don’t use their house like most of their neighbors do. In ads on http://www.altraverse.com/, Heidel and Lang invite vacationers to “enter, exhale, escape” and rent the house.

Now they and 12 other owners of vacation-rental homes face city citations of $500 per day for code enforcement violations after Wilton Manors voted recently to ban short-term rentals in residential areas.

The 14 owners are suing the city, saying officials misinterpreted their own zoning law. Their lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court is one of several similar actions across the state as property owners take on municipalities eager to eliminate “businesses” operating in residential areas.

The property owners named in the lawsuit individually or as companies — including Heidel, Lang, Jeffery Hill, William Williams, Money Tree 1 and 2 LLC, 2016 Mid Century House LLC and Pleas’D in Lauderdale LLC — filed a seven-count suit last week. They claim the city’s decision to change its short-term rental law denied them due process and is an inverse condemnation of their properties. An inverse condemnation claim alleges a government action has taken or diminished property value, and owners typically seek to be paid for that loss.

The owners want the city’s action overturned.

None of the owners could be reached for comment.

The city has not responded to the suit.

City Attorney Kerry Ezrol of Goren Cherof Doody & Ezrol in Fort Lauderdale did not return a phone call.

Mayor Gary Resnick, an attorney in the Fort Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

“It’s my understanding that these people bought these houses knowing they weren’t zoned for short-term rentals,” he said.

The City Commission voted Feb. 24 that single-family homes rented out more than three times per year or for less than 30 days at a time should be considered businesses or transient housing. Transient housing isn’t allowed in the residential zoning district where the properties are located, so the city issued code enforcement citations to the owners.’

To be addressed tonight at the LBTS Reg Commission meeting…7pm Jarvis Hall….

http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Lauderdale-by-the-Sea-Florida.html

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…May 26,2009 LBTS Agenda…Get Ready For A Marathon…

May 24, 2009 by Barbara

THE MAY 26, 2009  LBTS REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING MARATHON….

Backup is online….If it does not show May 26,2009…click refresh button….http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm

1.    CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2.    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3.    INVOCATION

4.    PRESENTATIONS

a.    Presentation recognizing the VFD for recent significant events

BC- The VFD will be recognized for its “recent significant events”…which should mean the hyperbaric chamber explosion and the near drownings at the beach…Both are previously posted in the scoops/VFD categories….and while they did their jobs well…many questions should not be brushed aside…such as the difference in the CAD report and Chief Perkin’s report-press release concerning the time frame at the chamber for starters……It’s a  fact that the VFD saved 2 people  at the beach from rip currents but it’s also a fact that “good samaritans” saved 3 others…..and it’s a fact that the press  were called by the VFD themselves and were in receipt of some very embarrassing comments from the “VFD Spokesman” VM-Dep. Chief McIntee crassly stating the Holland tourists “would not be going home in a plane (or seat) but in a box if it had not been for the VFD” that day…or they would be “deader than a doornail”…OUCH!…These comments along with the adverse comments from the media when concluding their reports concerning LBTS not having lifeguards and stating LBTS  was unable to afford lifeguards…One broadcast advised swimmers to go where there are lifeguards to be safe!….Time for lifeguards on the March 2010 referendum….At the last Commission meeting Comm. Clottey wanted a plan in place for media after any such events…The Town better get on this ASAP and the VFD…needs another spokesman that won’t drive the tourists away!…

b.    Proclamation recognizing National EMS week

c.    Gift to Town from Mr. Jerry Sehl

5.    PUBLIC COMMENTS

BC- Expect a long line of comments this evening…the short- term vacation rental “people”…and the kite- surfing “people”…who will either speak now or when the item comes up…Ordinance 2nd reading for vacation rentals…and Old business for kite surfing…

6.    REPORTS

a.    Finance and Budget Monthly Report – April 2009 (Manager Colon)

BC-As usual a few interesting finds within the monthly report or April 2009…At the last commission meeting Comm. Silverstone spoke of the Town Manager “saving us” $200,000 per the budgeted amount for the Town Atty….This writer pointed out that numerous times the prior Town Atty. Abbott when questioned about an ordinance or resolution would reply he did not draw the item up…they were done by the Town Manager…which most often were substandard…and then went back to be fixed…a practice we thought was long behind us?…

General Fund…Expenditure…Town Atty…Original budget $235,400/Amended budget $235,400.00/ YTD Actual $109,851.91/ Current MTH $32,551.85/ Encumbered YTD 0/ Unencumbered balance  $125,548.09…51.2% of the budget

WE hear about being in the “black”…

General Fund-….Expenditure…Debt Service….Orig. budget Principal $222,764.00/ Amend. budget $ 222,764.00/ YTD Actual $110,246.07/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Uenc. balance $112,517.93….Original budget …Interest $135,134.00/ Amend. budget $35,134.00/ YTD Actual $69,055.47/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $66,078.53….Totals…Orig. budget $357,898.00/ Amend budget $357,989.00/ YTD Actual $179,301.54/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD $ 0/ Unenc. balance $178,596.46….50.1% of the budget

Capital Improvement Fund….Orig. Budget $674,812.00/ Amend. budget $ 674,812.00/ YTD Actual 0/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $ 674,812.00…0% of the budget

Capital Improvement Fund….Debt Service payments…Orig. budget principal  #1 $270,025.00/ Amend. budget $ 270,025.00/ YTD Actual 0/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $270,025.00….Orig. budget #2 $ 1,052,567.00/ Amend. budget $ 1,052,567.00/ YTD Actual $543,498.00/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $ 509,074.00…Orig. budget #1 Interest $ 90,596.00/ Amend. budget $ 90,596.00/ YTD Actual 0/ Curr.. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $ 90,596.00…Orig. budget #2 Interest $ 176,394/ Amend. budget $ 176,394.00/ YTD Actual $ 70,986.54/ Curr, MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Uenc. balance $ 105,40746…Totals…Orig. budget $ 1,589,582.00/ Amend. budget $ 1,589,582.00/ YTD Actual $ 614,479.54/ Curr, MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $ 975,102.46/ 38.7% of the budget

Parking Fund…Debt Service…Orig. budget…Principal $ 102,088.00/ Amend. budget $ 102,088.00/ YTD Actual $ 55,535.98/ Curr. MTH o/ Enc. YTD 0/ Unenc. balance $ 46,552.02….Interest…Orig. budget $ 75,051.00/ Amend. budget $75,051.00/ YTD Actual $ 33,208.42/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD o/ Uenc. balance $ 41,482.58…Totals…Orig. budget $ 177,139.00/ Amend. budget $ 177,139.00/ YTD Actual $ 88,744,40/ Curr. MTH 0/ Enc. YTD 0/ Uenc. balance $88,394.60…50.1% of the budget

b.    Development Services Monthly Report – April 2009 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- Visitor…592/ Inf. calls received…579/ verbal warnings…15/ notices of violation …51/ citations issued…3/ special master cases…11/ complaints investigated…16/ re-inspection conducted…115/ lien searches…17/ zoning reviews…53/ final inspections…11/ bus. tax license inspections…9/ public records requests…2

(3)…Staff performs morning and afternoon daily patrols. These are conducted to monitor activities such as: construction sites, unlicensed contractors, noise ordinance violations,dogs on the beach and in parks, water use restriction violations, beach furniture and illegal signage.

(12)…Staff continues to monitor all single family rentals. No violations were noted.

(13) Staff continues to monitor the sidewalk cafe’s.

(14) Staff began monitoring the new pavilion for peddlers and solicitors. No violations were observed.

(15) Staff inspected, issued permits and monitored all of the approved special events.

(16) Staff reviewed all new special event applications.(22) Staff prepared and delivered and/or mailed letters along with the amended ordinance regarding the parking/storage of vessels in the North Beach annexed area to all residents who were originally cited. The letters advised the homeowners on how to obtain a permit to keep their vessels/trailers on their property.

(24) Staff prepared and mailed a courtesy letter to residents of Bel-Air that have not applied for their sewer hook-up permit.

(26) Staff compared the Broward County Bus. Tax Recpt. list with thew Town’s list  to ensure all the businesses listed were licensed in Town. Staff began issuing verbal warnings to those businesses in Town that were operating without a Tax Receipt. A total of 58 were identified.

(27) Staff issued 2 verbal warnings to 2 hotels regarding prohibited use of vending machines. Both were removed from the properties.

(28) Staff received complaint of damage done to new pavilion. The pavilion was inspected and minor damage was found to some of the sq. concrete pillars. The broken concrete was removed and the pillars were roped off by Municipal Services until they can be repaired.

(30) Staff issued verbal a verbal warning to a business owner and the property owner for violating their approved sidewalk cafe’ permit by not placing the barrier around the cafe’ as required. The table and chairs were removed.

(31) Staff completed inspection of lights out in front of Oriana to ensure new the lenses  that were installed are going to cut down on the glare. They make a significant difference.

(50) Staff reviewed 12 submitted and/or active fire related permits.

(51) Staff completed 13 permits inspections for fire compliance.

full list in backup online…

c.    Municipal Services Monthly Report – April 2009 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- Tel calls recd….145/ service req. /complaints…recd. curr. mth…10…

d.    BSO Police Monthly Report – April 2009 (Chief Gooding)

BC- auto theft…5/ burg. business…1/ burg conveyance…23/ burg. res….6/ burg. structure…0/ forcible sex…0/ homicide…0/ robbery…2/ theft- grand…10/ theft- petit…13…totals 66 …decrease from 2008 -9.1%

e.    VFD Fire Monthly Report – April 2009 (Chief Perkins)

BC-Numbers are down again this month…Reg in-town members 33 (last mo. 32)…Associate out of Town 27 (last mo. 32)…Calls fire/rescue 24…Medical 89…Training fire-drill 8/ watercraft-drill 2/ beach patrol hrs. ATV1 75/ ATV2 99.5….Station Watch combined members 37 944+ hrs…( We were told all members stayed overnight each mo.)..Community serv. combined members  52…154 hrs…Reg members …4 (5%) non-cert./FF1 19 (23%)/ FF2 10 (12%)/ CPR-1st responders 20 (20%)/ EMT-B 6 (10%)/ Paramedic 5 (5%)…Assoc. members…FF2 27(37%0/ CPR-1st. responders 6 (2%)/ EMT-B 16(23%)/ Paramedic 5(11%)…Unit Response times…Eng. 12 o:07:21/ Eng.212 0:01:59/ Eng.312 0:03:07/ Sq.12 0:02:12/ Chief 12 o:o1:35/ Dep.12 0:02:39/ Util 12 0:03:33

f.    AMR EMS Monthly Report – April 2009 (Operations Manager Liddle)

BC- 0:03:26 response time avg. …….98% of calls in less than 6 minutes…

g.    Alley Way Report (Town Engineer Shaun Bamforth)

BC- This alleyway study is highly suspect…it was done before the beach pavilion opened and it content shows a real bias towards the pier owners…The amount of use declared for this alleyway is incorrect..especially with the beach pavilion open…To decide that the Aruba Cafe’ alley should be 2-way…that all the other alleyways should remain open 1 way…and to conclude this alley is the only one denied the same use…smells to high heaven…in this writer’s opinion…

7.    PUBLIC SAFETY DISCUSSION

8.    TOWN MANAGER REPORT

a.    Notice of approval for placement of AT&T cabinet within the utility easement located at 229 Hibiscus

b.    Notice of approval of a minor site plan revision submitted by Minto Developers for building regarding building colors

c.    Town Manager shall have authority to waive parking fees for local government agencies use of the Bougainvilla Drive Parking lot for public good for of period of time not to exceed 24 hours.

9.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a.    April 28, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

b.    April 29, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes continued from April 28, 2009

c.    May 13, 2009 Workshop Minutes

10.    ORDINANCES

1.    Ordinances 1st Reading – “Public Comments”

a.    Ordinance 2009-23: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE SEA AMENDING CHAPTER 6, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6-71 THRU 6-75 PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF TOWN PERMITS FOR WORK WITHIN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY AND/OR UTILITY EASEMENTS AND ESTABLISHING A FEE SCHEDULE FOR ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES INSPECTION, PERMIT REVIEW AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AS ARTICLE IV OF CHAPTER 6 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

2.    Ordinances 2nd Reading – “PUBLIC HEARING”
a.    Ordinance 2009-20: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 30 “UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS,” ARTICLE IX “NOTICE OF INTENT OF PENDING LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, TO EXEMPT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES REQUIRING NOTICE OF PENDING LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS THOSE ORDINANCES THAT ONLY REGULATE ACCESSORY USES OF RESIDENTIALLY ZONED PROPERTY AND TO PROVIDE FOR METHOD OF MAILING NOTICE TO APPLICANTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC- This was brought to the attention of the P & Z Board by board member Buzz Oldaker…for the Town to use Certified mail for notification…

b.    Ordinance 2009-19: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA AMENDING SECTIONS 12-2(c) AND 12-22 OF ARTICLE I, “BUSINESS TAXES,” CHAPTER 12, “LICENSES,” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; AND CREATING A DEFINITION OF “VACATION RENTAL” IN SECTION 30-155, ALLOWING VACATION RENTALS AS AN ACCESSORY USE IN THE RS-4, RS-5, RD-10, RM-25 AND RM-50 ZONING DISTRICTS, AND CREATING SECTION 30-327 “VACATION RENTALS,” FOR RELATED SUPPLEMENTAL ZONING REGULATIONS, ALL WITHIN ARTICLE V “ZONING,” CHAPTER 30 “UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC- We hear the Commissioners have been contacted by vacation rental landlords that are in a bind in this economy with their properties and are staying out of foreclosure by renting out a week at a time..This new ordinance denies them that right, with  28 days being the least amount of time for a vacation rental. These owners say if they are prevented from continuing to rent …they will lose their homes and the Town will be faced with a major hit on the tax rolls…We also hear that in other towns…there have been lawsuits against the towns for denial of having the right to rent out  weekly…Another lawsuit for the Town on top of Bert J. Harris?…

c.    Ordinance 2009-21: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING SECTION 10-32 “TEMPORARY DISCONTINUATION OF SERVICE” OF ARTICLE II “CONTAINERS AND RECEPTACLES,” CHAPTER 10 “GARBAGE AND REFUSE” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE MINIMUM TIME PERIOD FOR FILING OF A REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY DISCONTINUATION OF SOLID WASTE SERVICES FOR SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; CODIFICATION; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE
11.    COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

12.    CONSENT AGENDA

a.    Commission approval of the renewal of hurricane disaster agreements with Tele-Vac, PBS&J, and Man Con beginning June 1, 2009 thru June 1, 2011 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

b.    Bel Air entrance signs.  Commission to approve location, site layout, and final design drawings (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- backup shows Chen & Assoc. drawings…

c.    Draft policy on mitigation of code compliance fines and recorded liens as directed by the Town Commission.  Mitigation of fines adjudicated by the Special Magistrate can be mitigated by the Magistrate if not recorded with Broward County (Exhibit A) and if recorded may be mitigated by the Town Commission (Exhibit B) (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- This was brought to the dais previously by Comm. Dodd after a woman came to the podium and informed the dais of Pompano Beach having a mitigation policy…the Town staff does not recommend it…(surprise..surprise)…but..if the commission decides to forge ahead…2 examples are provided for use…

d.    Commission approval of the proposed location of the median cut on El Mar Drive by Minto as approved on March 19, 2009 by the Commission and John Carter (Minto) (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- This is being brought back to show where Marc Furth wants the median cut back to…to keep the turn around away from his motel…

e.    Commission approval of issuance of fifty (50) parking permits for Broward County Coastal Cleanup, Saturday, September 19, 2009, 8:00 AM till 2:00 PM, Bougainvilla Parking  Lot (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

f.    Commission approval of special event permit application for Athena By The Seas “Wine and Food Festival” event, Saturday, July 4, 2009, 8:00 AM till Sunday, July 5, 2009, 11:00 PM (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- The Marchelos brothers are testing the waters with their request for a 2 day event…to start after the Town event on the 4th and later on the next day…The odds…with the “gang of 3” not good..sadly for the Town and the tourists…

The real eye opener included in the special permit…and we hear also included in the commission directed noise decibel meter reading going on and all weekly special events…is the following that was …NEVER APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION…

‘Unless waived by the Town Commission, to ensure code compliance, Town Administration will authorize additional hours to Town staff and the applicant will accordingly provide reimbursement to the Town for this presence’….WOW!…The businesses will pay the overtime of Town staff to make sure they are complying with the ordinances for a head count and noise levels…on top of the expected McIntee strong-arm  “lock box” for using the Town streets…kiss outdoor events goodbye!…YIKES!…

g.    Commission approval of special event application for the Stamper Deluca wedding, Saturday, July 11, 2009, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

h.    Commission approval of special event application for the Lauren Katzenstein Celebration Ride 2009, Sunday, June 28, 2009, 7:30 AM till 2:00 PM (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

13.    RESOLUTION – “Public Comments”

a.     Resolution 2009-14: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, ADOPTING AND PROVIDING FOR AN AUTOMATIC ANNUAL INCREASE IN RATES ON PARKING FEE SCHEDULE

BC- a little housecleaning for an oversight..but the “Gang of 3” still kept the absurd $20 annual beach parking fee for their CIC pals!…

14.    QUASI JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

15.    OLD BUSINESS

a.    Discussion and/or action regarding Kite Surfing (Vice Mayor McIntee) This item was deferred at the April 28, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- Expect the room to be full once again with the kite surfers…We hear the Rick Iossi who came to the podium on 4/28/09 (previous post LBTS agenda/ meetings cat.)…has sent the Town and Commissioners a proposal for what the kite surfers offer…along with designated areas…and perhaps future events…also in the backup is a memo from Weiss, Serota…Harlene Kennedy Esq. on the regulations…it states that various provisions of the Fl. statutes and Fl. admin. code impact the use of State property but do not conclusively permit or prohibit local regulation of kiteboarding. A summary of the pertinent provisions is attached in exhibit A…As the state has retained authority over the beach property, we have contacted the state to obtain preliminary approval of this regulation. We have not yet received a reply and will follow up unless you advise to the contrary….As previously discussed, the Town may not regulate the activity to the detriment of non- residents. The Town must have a rational municipal purpose for this regulation, such as safety measures. If the kiteboarding activity is interfering with traditional or protected uses, this interference may also be the basis fro the regulation…Please provides input for draft ordinance purpose…We will prepare a draft provision to submit for State approval…Regulation of matters to consider…Fee to be charged/Competence of participant to be measured/regulation of hours and/ Engaging a private firm to coordinate those efforts

b.    Selection of winner of the El Mar Drive Design Project as per presentation at the 4/14/09 Commission meeting (Mayor Minnet)

BC- The presentation was on 4/14/09…delays were an embarrassment …and at the last meeting it was decided that each Comm. would provide the Town Manager with their picks in order to finally present the awards to the A.I. students …who will be in attendance…

c.    Discussion and/or action for an Ordinance to ban “totters” from prowling the streets of town stealing valuable recycling material from the refuse collector (Commissioner Dodd) Deferred at the May 12, 2009 Commission meeting by Commissioner Dodd

BC- This was Comm. Dodd’s item at the 5/12/09 meeting …to cut down on the scavengers who troll the streets for recyclable materials etc…The question was if materials left in the Right- of- Way could be regulated in who could pick it up…and it can be…Interesting note…VM McIntee was opposed to regulating…which was a shocker since he is all about safety in the neighborhoods from those trolling the streets…Also mentioned were 2 Town residents that “dumpster dive”…Perhaps the Town can provide Town dumpster diving permits…at $20 annually? (just joking!)…

d.    Discussion and/or action concerning RFP’s and annual renewable contracts over $15,000.  Progress update from March 10th request (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- Comm. Dodd made a simple request quite a few times for the Town to provide a list of RFPs over $15,000 so that the Commission would know what was coming up throughout the year and the dollar amount…Sounded simple for the Administration must have some yearly list of such especially when they plan their budget year…Instead what was provided is an inferior useless list as far back as 2003…and incomplete..no BSO RFP…no parking RFP…..and no dollar amounts…

e.    Discussion and/or action by Town Commission regarding the selections of Town Banners (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- the Commission turned over their choices to the Town Manger…for these new banners…McIntee- Furth-Domin- Rest. area/Domin- lodging/Domin-dining…Dodd Furth-Domin/ Jody McClean/Pat Anderson….Minnet Jody McClean/Pat Anderson/ Marilyn Carr….Silverstone Furth-Domin….Clottey Domin/Carr/ Anderson…

The Municipal Parking banners are up on A1A by the lot and on Bougainvilla by the former Tedesco restaurant…

Once again we paid $12,000 last year for the banners now up!…

16.    NEW BUSINESS

a.    Discussion and/or action regarding donations (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- This has to do with this writer…whose family tried to donate the new pavilion clock…and was told by the Town I could make a donation to the General Fund…even after Comm. Silverstone said he did not want an individual donation  with a plaque (it was from my family and the offer pointed out no plaque was wanted)…furthermore after this was turned down Assist. Olinzock said a specified donation could not be made…I was taken aback and inquired upon the donation I made to the town last year fro Sunshine education…I have received n e-mail that no such information was found…I sent the Town Clerk an e-mail with the date  the donation was accepted and acknowledged by the Town for the use of Sunshine education and was shown in the minutes…a letter was presented with the intended use as well…So how was that donation used?…

b.    Discussion and/or action regarding holding a single August Commission meeting (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- Comm. Dodd wants to get some work done in August…

c.    Discussion and/or action amending Town code regulations for owners of private property, not adjacent to public right of way, to allow for less restrictive outdoor seating provisions (Commissioner Silverstone)

BC- This is a strange one…and has to do with requirements of the sidewalk cafe’s …the example used is Pa De Gennaro’s and the Noodle Box…OOPS!…The Noodle Box has been closed for some months now…The jest of it is that event though the cafe’s are on private property they must still be roped off …What’s the deal Jimmy?…

d.    Discussion and/or action between County Building Department and Town Building Department (Vice Mayor McIntee)

BC- no backup provided…

e.    Discussion regarding the Town’s financial situation with future outlook (Vice Mayor McIntee)

BC- no backup provided…get ready for more “In the black”statements…

f.    Discussion on presentation of life saving awards to those who assisted in rescue of drowning swimmers last weekend (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- This will be dropped at the start due to the presentations…

17.    TOWN ATTORNEY REPORT

a.    Notice of a shade session to obtain the Town Commission’s advice on potential settlement negotiations and strategy related to litigation expenditures in the matters of Coastal Arms, Inc. v Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; James Edmondson v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; The Palm Yacht & Beach Club, Inc. v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; and Delrado, Inc. d/b/a El Dorado Club v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, pursuant to Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes.

BC- see previous posts scoops cat…..

more to come….overviews after the marathon….on your mark…get set….

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