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News from Our Property Appraiser Marty Kiar

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar has issued a newsletter that provides details to all residents regarding the Homestead exemption, time frame for use of portability of the exemption, and the annual senior exemption renewal.  Information about the Homestead exemption registration and all property appraisal matters can be found on their website:  bcpa.netClick here to read the newsletter.

You can also follow Marty Kiar on Facebook.


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Coronavirus Mandates

(Executive Orders and Mandates updated through December 29, 2020)

There are several additional resources for Fort Lauderdale citizens when it comes to helping them deal with the Coronavirus.  Additionally, click here to see all the executive orders and mandates affecting our residents.

Broward County COVID-19 Vaccine-as of January 12, 2021

Thanks to our city commissioner Heather Moraitis, there are now more places for those over age 65 to get the COVID vaccine.  These new sites will enable Florida Health to give thousands of vaccinations per day as opposed to hundreds.

To get a vaccine appointment at Lockhart Park, please visit BrowardHealth.org. Guests should visit the site and click on “To request a COVID-19 vaccination click here” to complete and submit the necessary vaccination request form. Broward Health schedulers will respond to requests in the order they were received.

To get an appointment at Holiday Park, please register online at browardcovidvaccine.com.

To make an appointment through Memorial Health Systems, at Memorial Specialty Pharmacy in Miramar or Memorial Regional Hospital Conference Center in Hollywood, call Memorial Centralized Scheduling at 954-276-4340.

To make an appointment through Cleveland Clinic, please call 954-659-5950.

To register for an appointment at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, please call 1-888-499-0840.

Mobile at-home COVID-19 testing – Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – Noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Drive-Thru Food Distribution Event  – Every Thursday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fit Fort Lauderdale Virtual Classes – Sundays from 1 – 2 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center – Virtual classes in art, cooking, line dancing, acrylic painting, yoga, Zumba, and more

Over the past few months, our perception of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolved from an unsettling rumor into a worldwide survival campaign. While researchers struggle to develop a cure or a vaccine, containment measures are being implemented across the planet. State, County and City administrations are enacting CDC preventive guidelines that sharply limit the opportunity for casual human contact, and deter the overlap of our respective “three to six-foot breathing zones” (as per the World Health Organization), thereby limiting exposure to potentially infected airborne droplets expelled by coughing, spitting or sneezing. Other emergency measures facilitate medical care, required or voluntary quarantine, economic relief, stay-at-home socialization alternatives, access to food, pharmaceuticals and essential supplies and services.

Governor Ron DeSantis

Specifically, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is issuing Executive Orders. Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry is releasing countywide Emergency Declarations and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis is mandating municipal Emergency regulations. Galt Mile co-ops and condominiums are also crafting association-specific rules that regulate contact among residents, employees, visitors and vendors along with access to resources. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), which enforces Statutory provisions applicable to cooperative, condominium and homeowner associations, is issuing emergency orders that postpone regulatory deadlines for association boards, enable alternative governance protocols, and empower the naming of stand-ins to exercise the responsibilities of out-of-residence association officials.

Public officials serving local communities, such as the Galt Mile, are distributing constituent updates about these regulations and how they impact residents and businesses. A steady stream of newsletters and COVID-19 messages are being sent to Galt Mile residents and merchants by District 93 Statehouse Representative Chip LaMarca, District 4 Broward Commissioner Lamar Fisher and District 1 Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Heather Moraitis. Since the content in these State, County and City emergency regulations is often overheard while passing from person to person, it is subject to the mischaracterizations and distortions of pool talk, muddying the facts for many local residents. To help dispel needless concerns about skewed information, and clarify how these official mandates change our lives, links to each order or declaration (including recovery measures) are segregated by jurisdiction and listed in an attached document.

PHASING IN COVID-19 RECOVERY

On April 19, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the creation of a Re-Open Florida Task Force to carefully revive specific economic and social interactions – hopefully without triggering the need for a second statewide COVID-19 shut down. On April 30, the Task Force released its Final Report, defining a multi-phase approach to reopening jurisdictions based on infection rates, testing capabilities, the burden on local medical services and other CDC criteria.

State and local officials are faced with a terrible choice – a possible spike in the death toll from relaxed containment OR increasing poverty, unemployment and economic deterioration. Like the popular deli TooJay’s, many local merchants have filed for bankruptcy, leaving thousands unemployed. Officials must cautiously relax restrictions since inadvertently boosting the infection rate could extend the pandemic.

Excluding Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties due to their higher late April infection rate statistics, DeSantis approved Phase 1 for Florida’s 64 other counties on May 4, allowing masked customers observing social distancing guidelines to enter restaurants and retail shops, but only at 25% capacity and if dining tables at outdoor venues were separated by at least 6 feet.

OPENING SOUTH FLORIDA COUNTIES

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis

Still in Phase 0, on April 29, 2020, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-08, conditionally re-opening certain non-essential amenities in Broward County subject to CDC protective guidelines (social distancing, facial coverings, etc.). The order applies to certain parks, natural areas, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and common area pool facilities serving multi-family homes – such as condominiums. Later that day, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis followed suit, specifying which of the amenities named by Henry would initially be re-opened in the City.

Although still barred by the State from re-opening any beaches, the Broward order was prompted by improving medical statistics deemed relevant by the CDC (i.e. the rate of new infections dropped below 10%, declining impact on area hospitals, etc.) Henry’s order identifies those exempt from the facial covering requirement (Section 7), including children under the age of two, persons who otherwise have difficulty breathing, food service employees (when wearing a mask could pose a hazard), first responders whose personal protective equipment (PPE) is determined by their respective agencies, and those raising a religious objection.

Having crafted an incremental list of stringent safety measures, the Galt Mile Community Association (GMCA) relentlessly pressured State, County and City officials to safely re-open the neighborhood’s private beach. Hastening local recovery would require strict adherence to CDC containment protocols in beachfront associations. With the exception of a few self-absorbed morons, the Galt Mile community has been a model of compliance.

GMCA President Pio Ieraci

At a May 4 GMCA ZOOM video conference, District 1 City Commissioner Heather Moraitis, District 4 County Commissioner Lamar Fisher and Statehouse Representative Chip LaMarca reviewed methodologies with officials from member associations to facilitate beach access and secure Phase 1 status in South Florida.

On May 8, although newly released Broward Emergency Order 20-09 still restricted beach access, the Governor announced that Palm Beach County could move into Phase 1 on May 11 (Executive Order 2020-120), and the Palm Beach County Commission voted to open their beaches on May 18. Citing the positive COVID-19 trending in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, DeSantis said “Our target for them, we’d like to see them move into Phase 1 on May 18.”

In daily contact, County Commissioner Lamar Fisher continually updated GMCA President Pio Ieraci about his struggle to include a specific date for beach access in the next Broward Emergency Order, which would either reflect or possibly expedite the Governor’s anticipated May 18 Phase 1 approval in Broward. We’d soon be able to walk on the beach, shop in stores, eat in a restaurant or finally get a haircut. When DeSantis signed Executive Order #2020-122 on May 14, approving Phase 1 in Broward on May 18, the County immediately issued Emergency Order 20-10, enabling the limited re-opening of restaurants, retail shops, personal services, gyms, salons, movie theaters, community rooms and recreational amenities in multifamily housing developments (condos and co-ops), museums, public community pools, private club pools, and other services and amenities.

At a discrete May 14 meeting, a group of mayors and commissioners from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties explored impending Phase 1 impacts. Officials representing the three South Florida counties had previously agreed to re-open simultaneously to bar the prospect of customers in restricted counties flocking to merchants in a neighboring county that re-opened earlier. When Palm Beach County officials engineered a Gubernatorial approval of Phase 1 on May 11, a week before Miami-Dade and Broward would earn Phase 1 status on May 18, they trashed that agreement, and provided Palm Beach merchants with a week-long clear field to usurp revenues that would ordinarily support businesses in Broward and Miami-Dade. Officials at the meeting observed how this inequitable disparity further burdened businesses desperately struggling to survive the COVID-19 shutdown.

To offset the fact that neither Broward nor Miami-Dade had met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide criteria for a Phase 1 reopening on May 18 (two weeks of declining deaths and new cases), officials at the meeting agreed to increase COVID-19 testing and continue the strict enforcement of CDC requirements for facial coverings, disinfection, and social distancing. In addressing beach access, officials feared that if crowds drawn by Memorial Day weekend sales and events (May 23 – May 25) also packed newly opened beaches, the infection rate could explode. As such, Broward officials decided to delay re-opening the beaches until after the holiday weekend – on May 26.

BEACHES REOPEN MAY 26

To diminish the prospect of a second lockdown by ensuring compliance with CDC safety protocols, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-12 on May 21, specifying strict enforcement of Phase 1 limitations on each re-opened venue. Under pressure to round out Phase 1, Henry released Emergency Order 20-13 on May 22, which finally sanctioned the May 26 re-opening of Broward beaches, along with Commercial Gyms and Fitness Centers, Hotels, Motels and other Commercial Lodging Establishments.

Beginning on May 26, Broward beaches will be open from sunrise to sunset for swimming, surfing, walking, running, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding and body surfing. While barred from using umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers, or coolers, beachgoers are also prohibited from picnicking, playing sports, sunbathing, sitting, lying down or gathering in a group of more than 10 people. Except for members of the same household or group, people must be separated by a minimum of six feet (6’). After flooding our beaches, thousands of visitors from Miami-Dade, where the beaches weren’t approved for re-opening until June 1 – will likely compete for sharply limited restaurant seating.

Given the 50% maximum occupancy restriction on nonessential retail venues, merchants desperate to salvage their livelihoods must decide if revenues from a truncated customer base will cover the cost of fully staffed Restaurants and Retail shops. Some vendors will keep their doors closed until Phase 2 relief improves prospects for a sustainable cost/benefit while others will justify financing initial shortfalls to expedite a return to solvency.

In short, since the City and County recovery plans grossly compromised CDC protective guidelines in order to restart the economy, Broward residents seeking to avoid a second containment order – or simply survive the pandemic – are facing a series of judgement calls about whether destination sites are survivable or prelude to a dirt nap. If cutting the unemployment rate doesn’t significantly increase the Medical Examiner’s workload, we’re out of the woods. If it does, we could once again confront the mysteries of Grubhub, FaceTime, ZOOM Video Conferencing and a long-term home-bound lockdown.

WHITE HOUSE VS. CDC

On April 17, the White House released an “Opening Up America Again” plan that cherry-picked elements of the CDC recovery requirements, but with a major caveat. The Administration faults the Governor of any State in which the plan fails. On April 30, a far more elaborate CDC plan called “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework” was shelved by the White House, as its detailed guidance threatened to impede a speedy recovery.

For instance, a huge number of the 2 million positive COVID-19 cases and 113,000 deaths in the US by June 11 were corollary to non-essential travel. The CDC report states, “Travel patterns within and between jurisdictions will impact efforts to reduce community transmission. Coordination across state and local jurisdictions is critical — especially between jurisdictions with different mitigation needs.”

Although unrestricted travel poses a significant threat to pandemic containment, the White House plan lifts the ban on non-essential travel in Phase 2 – which was approved in Florida on June 3 (excluding Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties), while the CDC plan requires a decreasing number of new cases for 42 days before approving casual travel.

Despite initially requiring jurisdictions to delay reopening plans until the number of new cases – or infection rates – declined for 14 days and medical facilities were no longer overwhelmed, once the White House shifted reopening responsibilities to state and local officials, those mandates devolved into nonbinding suggestions. As a result, case counts and positive test rates are increasing in more than half the states approved for reopening.

Having relieved state and local officials of compliance requirements with the White House plan, President Trump is pressuring Governors to reopen their respective economies without exploding the pandemic. To balance the White House economic objective with sufficient safeguards to dodge a far more disastrous second lockdown, the CDC would have to detail guidelines for the patchwork of reopening plans underway across the country.

Asserting that the CDC’s 63-page missive was too prescriptive, Administration officials concluded that applying its complex schedule of protections would delay the recovery. They attacked the CDC for crafting detailed recovery measures for each type of business and social venue. While the CDC plan would curb local resurgences of COVID-19 across the country, on May 13, Senator Mike Braun (R – Indiana) blocked a Senate resolution to release the CDC plan, stating “The Guide would bog down the economy.”

On May 20, the administration approved a greatly generalized CDC revision entitled “CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again”, which provides State and local officials with the option to implement the CDC guidance or ad lib their way through this nightmare.

Fortunately, Broward is among the few Florida counties that pushed back when pressured to jump on Phase 1 and Phase 2 integration protocols. Instead, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a series of Emergency Orders that implemented CDC monitoring and mitigation measures specific to each of the newly reopened businesses and social venues. This should help the County quickly address any spike in new cases, given the increased exposure inherent in an economic reopening driven by guesswork and politics.

Of course, given that research into this virus is still in its infancy, largely experimental recovery measures have fueled a passionate nationwide controversy. Officials at every level of government are walking on eggshells since the only bulletproof defense against a second containment shut down would be a vaccine or a cure, projected for some time next year – and the first 150 million doses will go to first responders worldwide – so don’t hold your breath. Click here for the executive orders and emergency declarations (updated regularly as issued) from the state, county and local government.

 


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Memorial to Galt Mile President Pio Ieraci

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission adopted an “Expression of Sympathy,” recognizing Pio Ieraci’s many achievements and contributions to the city of Fort Lauderdale. Click here to read a copy of the resolution.   District 1 City Commissioner Heather Moraitis “presented the Ieraci family with an ‘Expression of Sympathy’ from the City of Fort Lauderdale, but no words can truly express the grief we feel over losing such a wonderful community leader. Rest in peace, Pio.”  Click here to read the Expression of Sympathy.

Pio Ieraci was born on January 10, 1962 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Francesco and Marcella (Colini) Ieraci. In 1985, Pio married the love of his life, Lisa. He had two wonderful children, Daniel and Alessia. Pio was devoted to his family and to God.

He moved to Florida over 30 years ago. Pio started fresh but quickly found success and founded International Property Investments Corp. in 1993. Pio was a civic leader and active in his community. He was appointed to the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board, served as the Chairman of the South Florida Business Advisors, Inc., and Chairman of the Broward Beach Coalition. Thanks in part to his tireless efforts the beach renourishment project was completed after over a decade of perseverance. In addition, Pio served as the Chairman of the President’s Council and President of the Galt Mile Community Association. He has also served as the President of the Galt Ocean Club Condominium Association for over 20 years and became a Licensed Community Association Manager.

Pio had a passion for music. He also loved to play tennis and spend time on the water with friends and family. He was known for his drive, perseverance and commitment to his community. Pio will be remembered for his tireless efforts to better the greater Fort Lauderdale area, his charismatic personality, ability to befriend anyone, and his boundless love for his family.

Pio was preceded in death by his father, Frank. He is survived by his mother, Marcy, his wife, Lisa, his son and daughter, Daniel and Alessia, his brothers, Rocky (Carol), and Frank (Michelle), his mother and father-in-law Maria and Rocco Pozzuoli, his brothers-in law Frank (Alice) Pozzuoli and Mauro (Sue) Pozzuoli, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on December 29th, 2020 at St. John the Baptist.

Memorial Comments on the Passing of Pio Ieraci

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis:  Sorry to hear of the passing of Pio Ieraci.  For three decades, he was a passionate voice for the interest of the Galt Ocean Mile area. He was a true community leader

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Heather Moraitis:  Fort Lauderdale lost a great leader. Pio Ieraci loved his wife, his children, and this city. He had a contagious level of commitment and charism that was unmatched. He served over 30 years as the president of the Galt Mile Community Association and he never let go of an issue he championed, even if it took a decade to resolve.  Pio defined perseverance and passion and I will be forever grateful for his friendship and leadership. I learned invaluable lessons as I worked with Pio on issues important to the Galt and on issues important to his neighborhood in District 1. The City of Fort Lauderdale is a better place because of Pio Ieraci.

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steve Glassman:  Devastating news. My heart goes out to the family for their loss – a loss shared by the entire Community. Pio was a man of so many accomplishments and worked tirelessly for those he represented. He deserves to rest in peace.

Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher:  I’m still in shock and disbelief over the passing of my dear friend Pio Ieraci, a true pillar of the Fort Lauderdale community. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family, and all of the Galt Mile Condominium Association residents. Pío will certainly be missed.

State Representative Chip LaMarca:  A dear friend of ours and thousands of Galt Mile residents has died. Pio Ieraci was active and successful in so many issues from beach renourishment to condo safety. This is just not right. Please pray for his wife Lisa and the kids.

 


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Staying Safe During the Holiday

The holiday season is upon us and I want to encourage everyone to please stay safe. Broward County continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health during this pandemic. The County receives and reviews daily state and regional criteria/indicators that provides administration with the ability to assess how our community is doing. Broward County is trending slightly higher in the number of positive cases in our area the past couple of weeks.

Click here to see Commissioner Fisher’s newsletter.


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Galt Mile President Passes Away

The Galt Mile Community is saddened to announce the passing of our President, Pio Ieraci.  Presiding over Galt Mile meetings and issues for the past 30 years, Pio was totally committed to the Galt Mile. His leadership made the Galt Mile community one of the most powerful neighborhood associations in Fort Lauderdale, and a powerful voice on county and state issues.  He also served as president of the Galt Ocean Club. 

The members of the Galt Mile Community Association and neighbors mourn the loss of this great man, who did so much over the past 30 years.  He will be sorely missed by all who know him. 

FORT LAUDERDALE — A powerful Fort Lauderdale beachfront community has lost its charismatic leader with the eagle eye for detail and the “force of nature” to get things done.

Pio Ieraci, longtime president of the Galt Mile Community Association, died early Sunday, December 20 from COVID-19, city officials confirmed. He was 58. “He was on a ventilator for 14 days,” Mayor Dean Trantalis said. “It’s a terrible shock to the community. It’s a real loss. Our heart goes out to his family.”Ieraci spent 30 years as president of the Galt Mile Community Association representing the interests of 30 oceanfront condos and 16,000 residents. A stickler for details, the Canadian-born Ieraci was a unique blend of businessman, family man, diplomat and village shaman, according to his bio on the association’s website.

Vice Mayor Steve Glassman, who became fast friends with Ieraci after meeting him 20 years ago, was reeling from the news of his death.  “I’m in shock,” Glassman said. “He’s been president of the Galt Mile Association forever. He’s been such a force of nature when it comes to community activism. He’s so involved and so caring, always out there and so involved. And a strong advocate for protecting the barrier island.”

Fred Nesbitt, director and treasurer of the Galt Mile Community Association, said he was devastated by the news.  “I still don’t believe it,” he said. “It was like taking a punch in the head this morning when I heard this. He’s been so much a part of us forever. Pio is the Galt.” Ieraci was a natural leader whose shoes are going to be impossible to fill, Nesbitt said. “He had a wonderful personality,” Nesbitt said. “He had charisma. He knew everyone. And he had the leadership skills to get things done. When he said he was going to do something, he did it. He got it done.”

Glassman described Ieraci as an organized and well-connected mover and shaker who was able to take local issues to the state level. “He did a great job working with our state legislators,” Glassman said. “I always thought of him as such a fit guy who took care of himself. I knew he was sick and I knew he was in the hospital. But I thought he was getting better. This is shocking to me. Shocking.”

Broward Commissioner Lamer Fisher said he immediately hit it off with Ieraci when the two met for coffee three years ago to discuss Fisher’s run for county office.  “He became a true friend,” Fisher said.  “I got the call this morning and I just couldn’t believe it.  He was so fit.  He was always exercising and eating right.  Always looked like a million dollars, no matter what he was wearing.  It just goes to show this disease is relentless.”

Ieraci, a real estate broker, owned his own company, International Property Investments Corp.  He leaves behind a wife, son and daughter. Ieraci would have been 59 on Jan 10.

Obituary, Sun-Sentinel, by Susannah Bryan


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Galt Mile Beach Renourishment

As previously reported, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to start construction of a post-Hurricane Irma repair project in Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale. The project is estimated to place approximately 387,800 cubic yards of upland sand along the shoreline, with 100% cost share by the federal government. Temporary beach construction access point closures will be necessary and public access will be restricted on the beach area directly under construction; however, all efforts will be made to accommodate beach access to residents and guests, while assuring safe construction operations.

Broward County is hosting a public outreach meeting is scheduled for October 30, 2020, from 11AM to 12PM via online webinar. Questions can be emailed to Resilience@Broward.org and you can register to attend this virtual workshop by clicking below or visiting www.Broward.org/BeachRenourishment.

REGISTER TODAY!

 

 


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Galt Mile Reading Center Reopens November 9

I am thrilled to advise the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center will reopen on Monday, November 9th!  During the closure due to COVID 19, our libraries and facilities teams worked diligently on the previously planned renovation of the Reading Center.  I have seen photos of the finished project and I am hopeful the patrons will be happy with their new Reading Center. At this time computer usage is not available but please be assured Library staff is working to have the computers available in the near future.

Many thanks to our Library and Facilities staff for their hard work on this renovation project. And, to our patrons, thank you for your patience!   Happy Reading!  A list of all library events can be found by clicking here.

Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner, District 4

For more information on location, hours calendar of events and classes, and Friends of the Galt Mile Reading Center, please click here.

A special thanks goes to Theresa Claire, a member of the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board, for her volunteer hours and dedicated work toward getting our Galt Mile Reading Center renovation completed.  She used her voice to push our elected representatives to get the project started and completed.  We thank her for shepherding this project from inception until completion, and keeping the GMCA updated and informed every step of the way.


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Federal Beach Project Will Impact the Galt

The Segment II Shore Protection Project is located within central Broward County and contains the municipalities of Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale.  The project area has undergone three sand placement events in 1970, 1983, and 2016.

Currently, planning is underway for a Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) project in Segment II.  The project is expected to go to construction in Winter 2020, under 100% federal cost participation. These projects will replace losses from Hurricane Irma and rebuild the beaches to their full design template, above and below the water line, where feasible. Construction may begin in February 2021-March 2021. Alternatively, the contractor may decide to begin and complete the project in one phase from November 2021-March 2022. The schedule will be confirmed in January after the contract is awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers. They are keeping the turtle nesting season in mind.

In a conference call with Broward county, this is the latest on the project:

  1. 100% Federal funding
  2. The sand that they will be putting down will look like the sand that is at the beaches now, but the color may change a little over time.
  3. They got permission at all areas that will be closed for construction.
  4. They will always have crews onsite to direct people
  5. Usually it only takes a few days to place sand along most properties.
  6. They will be putting in a new reef while they do this.
  7. They have made it clear that no building will be impacted by the big/loud machinery.
  8. Entry locations for bringing sand to the beach: NE 30th Street, NE 27th Street, NE 25th Street, NE 18th Street and SR A1A and Sunrise Blvd

 

The last 2016 Segment II Shore Protection Project was constructed between January and December 2016. Due to sea turtle nesting season, no construction activities or sand placement occurred from May 1 to October 31. The project included sand placement along two reaches of shoreline. The northern reach, located along southern Pompano Beach and northern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was approximately 5,150 feet in length, and the southern reach located along southern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and northern/central Fort Lauderdale (including the Galt Mile) was approximately 21, 050 feet in length. Overall, 710,300 cubic yards of sand was placed within the project area from an upland sand mine. The most recent project accounted for sea level rise within its design, and this volume was included within the total amount of fill placed. Depending upon location along the shoreline, the restored beach added between 75 to 125 additional feet of beach. Additionally, over 1.5 miles of new dune habitat was created by the project. Overall, total project costs related to sand placement only were approximately $36 million.


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NE 33rd Street Stormwater Pipe Repair

The City of Fort Lauderdale will be repairing a stormwater pipe in the westbound lane of NE 33rd Street between NE 32nd Avenue and NE 33rd Avenue.  Work is expected to begin on Tuesday, October 27 and will be completed on Friday, November 6.  This schedule is subject to change based on inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Click here for more information

 


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Fort Lauderdale Adopts Stormwater Fees

The Fort Lauderdale city commission on September 14 adopted the new methodology for assessing stormwater charges along with the rates for acreage and trips used per property.  See previous article with details about the stormwater issue and new structures.

Earlier, the city commission adopted the new stormwater structure that includes 1) shifting the costs of stormwater from the water and sewer utility bill to the property owner (or in the case of an association – from the association’s bill to the individual unit owners) and, 2) charging a fee for association unit owners that is based on the association’s acreage and daily trips per unit.

The details for association owners can be found on the TRIM notices sent out in August by the property appraiser’s office.  The notices detail the two components of the stormwater fee, and are listed as a non-ad valorem assessment that will appear on each year’s tax bill.

Details about the city commission meeting can be found on the city’s website – just click on “action details” to see a summary of the debate and final action on this issue.