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Update…Master Plan Steering Committee..9/16/08…In A Holding Pattern

NO RESPECT……

The MPSC…must feel a little like Rodney Dangerfield…They don’t get any respect….http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001098/bio

Unfortunately they are also short a member once again…with the resignation of Shirley Russotti…a loss of experience and a loss of knowing the history of the Town….on the committee…

There was discussion of inviting Shevaun Steward-Kuhn….but her neighbor thought she would not be available…too bad…for if this group ever does get out of the gate…a remote possibility at this point in time…she would certainly help immensely with a jump-start!….

No one would bite to take over the secretary’s duties….and again with not being televised….the account is in the eye of the beholder….guess the next new member…(any takers?)…. to join the “discussion group” will be it…OOPS!

The Chair…. Paul Novak handed out the 2004 Master Plan….see previous posts….as directed by Comm. Dodd to the Town Manager to supply them with….to have some background material….

Talk arose about the need for Sunshine law being presented to the group…and this writer reminded them that the funds to do so were made as a donation to the Town from this writer with the refunded monies returned from the Town for the SLAPP suit attorney fees incurred…

The first topic up for discussion…GREENING LBTS….and a green idea from each member as asked for by Vice Chair Sandra Booth…

Ideas ranged from receptacles…from Sandra Booth….. Veolia Environmental Recycling

.http://www.yorkville.il.us/VeoliaEnvironmentalRecycling.cfm

which could either be done behind Town Hall or done by vehicle…throughout the Town…with the additional idea provided by Marc Furth to offer an incentive…with tokens…..and a prize..

Mary Ann Wardlaw added that Miami does something already for big time recyclers with coupons….

http://www.nbc6.net/community/17391207/detail.html?rss=ami&psp=news

MaryAnn was also informative about hazardous waste recycling that could be available from Broward this year…rather than the year wait the Mayor encountered for her Green event in Oct. by the Town…

(BCbythesea…contacted the Town Manager and her Assist. to ask them to contact Ms Wardaw and the Mayor foe the possibility of having this at the event….)…

MaryAnn had news sent from Broward that added items Waste Management will now accept in the recycling curbside bins….http://www.broward.org/welcome.htm

Bob Eckblad talked of solar cells for the portal lighting…extending to lighting up and down El Mar Drive….http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell

Marc Furth’s contribution …a wind generator…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_turbine

followed up by Paul with internet info of going green from A-Z….http://www.geocities.com/rainforest/vines/4990/gglist.html

most heartwarming though Sandra Booth’s list of ideas from the students she works with at Oakland Park Elementary…which includes a “laundry list” of suggestions from retailers that recycle- Best Buy…donations to Goodwill….cell phones being aware that all the companies accept your old ones back….buying larger quantity…packaged foods….and having parties…clean-up and garage sale….

Pleasantries out of the way…it got down to the nitty gritty…El Mar Drive….and the endless discussion that returned the members back to the dark ages of dealing with this gem…

With no initial acknowledgment to the 2004 Master Plan…or previous on the shelf…plans…or even the present Town budget or Capitol Improvement plans slated…it became a virtual repeat of the Furth/McIntee…mantra…33 feet…do nothing… but fix-up the existing structures….and piece-meal the street ….as you go….

Much of their ideas…are already contained in the 2004 Master Plan…and others will probably be found within the the other costly plans….long ignored….unless they miraculously come out of storage …. to see the light of day….

Marc Furth carried on for his pal Vice Mayor McIntee…see previous commission meeting post…9/12/08…asking “what is the objective”….a rhetorical question…as most know his…and his wife’s….the objective…to do nothing!….

There is much room for compromise that can be found between high rises and 33 feet….REALLY!….

Cristie Furth brought up South Beach….guess she missed it last year ….when the woman she and her gang tried so hard to keep from returning to this committee…Sandra Booth…. brought the world renowned woman responsible for revitalizing that area to MPSC…. to address the Town ….

BCbythesea…the woman is question…is why this writer pushed for MPSC meetings to be televised…long ago…

Unfortunately the extreme on the other end of development would not listen…and practically dismissed her…quite embarrassing…to say the least….

To ask her to return…with this present 33 feet crowd…would be showing her the other extreme…..something Sandra may want to think quite long about….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Plater-Zyberk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBy4uPFzM4&NR=1

More talk extended into the time frame…1-2 years…the piece-meal approach…sidewalks….(already in the budget for piece-meal around town)….lighting in the medians…..landscaping…and the million dollar escrow money from Oriana…previous posts…..asking for the Town Manager…an engineer…a planner…money…grants….how to get a grant….. essentially ignoring all that had come before those speaking of these thoughts….showing how “green” some members are…..YIKES!

They were talking of being a CRA…without the title…imagine that!….

Those who have been privy to the past…rolled our eyes…..again in disbelief….discretely to each other….

Followed up was talk of another plan for the Marina area…revitalizing it…also contained in the 2004 Master Plan….put on the agenda by Bob Eckblad….

Talk extended to that of parking requirements…restaurant…hotel….business…tax incentives….revitalizing the business district…..more round and round discussion….

Do you revitalize from El Mar Drive out…going west….( UH…YES!)…..

or as Marc Furth believes…the outside in…A1A first…HUH?….

Chair Paul Novak was very diplomatic in his explanation that the Commission had given them direction to meet with the P&Z to “review” the Overlay Districts… glossing over the “review what went wrong” with the Overlay Districts as their primary task………and leaving out the Vice Mayor’s diatribe…from the dais…killing any talk of new Overlay Districts…or 3 over 1………previous post….

They will continue to meet once a month…and hour and half…

BCbythesea…quite frankly …until they receive the respect and the support from both the Town and the whole Commission…it looks like they will be in for more of the same….too bad….

As long as they meet….this writer will be there….

more to come…….

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