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Galt Mile Issues - Lets Dance! Some of the obstacles separating us from our goals are formidable. Educating ourselves about these obstacles and the interests from which they spring is an emotionally and intellectually healthy exercise. Unfortunately, as individuals we represent little more than an annoyance to those that purvey or support those obstacles. No relevant political authority pays serious attention to the concerns of a community that is unclear about its expectations as a result of internal dissention or ignorance of the issues. It is much safer to “sit on the sidelines” as opposing community interests either neutralize or extinguish one another. The Galt Mile Community Association allows us to replace the communal cacaphony with a coherent fusion of focused positions on those issues that touch our lives. This section will attempt to provide a window to those issues and clarify the Galt Mile Community Association's perspective, position, and if and when appropiate, our intended response.

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Final Environmental Impact Statement The Florida Legislature recently passed new statutes regarding fire safety standards relative to high-rise buildings. At the next scheduled annual fire inspection of your building, you will be officially notified about the necessity of installing a Full Sprinkler System or establishing an acceptable Engineered Life Safety System as an alternative! Your building will have to pony up between $15,000-$25,000 to a “Fire Safety” engineering firm to compose an acceptable plan that will meet the statutory requisites. A second expense is the actual cost (neighborhood of $800,000 - $1,200,000) of implementing the approved plan within the next 11 years. Ouch! Is this life saving legislation or an ill-conceived pork barrel project dumped on us in the dead of night? To get the full story, Click Here to go to the Fire Safety Page.

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New Fire Safety MandateFire Safety Controversy Heats UpGMCA Fights Fire With FireGMCA Fights Fire With Fire
 
Fire Safety Legislation ProgressWhat Does This All Mean?Fire Safety Summary?State Fire Marshal Meeting Blooper
 
Fire Marshal Kastner Helps CondosNew Fire Safety Bills Hit LegislatureHelp Enact HB 391Strange Bedfellows
 
Sprinklers in the FoyerCrist Vetoes Senate Bill 714Retrofit Report RipoffRetrofit Resolution Revived
 
2010 Association Omnibus BillCrist Meets GMCAThe Bill and the GauntletIts Time to Opt Out
 

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Beach Renourishment Project
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This is a series of articles and updates related to the effort by the residents of Fort Lauderdale and surrounding communities to rescue their shrinking beach from the ravages of tidal erosion. The ramifications of our beach disappearing are staggering. The beach not only frames a wonderful “environment” in which our families live and thrive, it provides the financial wherewithall that supports our schools, maintains the civic necessities that nourish our neighborhoods, and is the single greatest protection for our coastal infrastructure from the ravages of storms and hurricanes! The articles are offered in chronological order. To get the full story, Click Here to go to the Shore Protection Page.

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Beach Renourishment ProjectStephen Higgins UpdateGalt Mile Needs You!GMCA Plan of Action
 
Broward Beach CoalitionBeach Renourishment PostponedGovernor and Cabinet Set to VoteBroward Beach Plan Approved by Governor
 
Final Environmental Impact StatementFinal Record of DecisionDelays Over - Permit ReceivedWhere's the Beach?
 
South Broward Beaches to See SandBroward CelebratesWilma Batters Broward BeachesTurtle Magic
 
Outfall PipesTurtle-Safe LightingStart Sand HuntBacterial Infestation Closes Beach
 
Turtles Suspend Beach CleanupSouth County Sand Swipe RumorBroward Beach Plan Back on TrackYellow Bulb Season on the Galt Mile
 
Eric Myers Revives Beach RenourishmentPort Everglades Inlet Sand BypassMyers Segment II Beach PlanLighting or Lawyers
 
Presidents Council - Sea Turtles and SandyWake Up Call to Marine FisheriesThe Beach vs. the BureaucratBroward Bags Federal Permit
 
Soft Landing or Dead EndSandnman at HandHalfway Through Segment IIFat & Healthy Beach
 

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“And then there were none.” The Cleveland Clinic, along with the only emergency room on the Barrier Island, was gone. The Cleveland Clinic moved here via the acquisition of the old North Beach Hospital. Their stated intention was to “grow with the Barrier Island”. They did...and then they left. What happened? In response to the Cleveland Clinic abandoning the community that sustained its growth for many years, GMCA President Bob Rozema caucused with 3 other concerned local residents (representatives of various neighborhood associations) to form the “Special Committee to Keep an Emergency Room Facility on the Barrier Island”. This is a chronicle of their efforts. To get the full story, Click Here to go to the Emergency Room Page.

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Cleveland Clinic Emergency RoomNew Emergency Room - Wellness CenterE.R./Time Share Plan MutatesE.R. - Wellness Center Plan Revived
 

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Nestled halfway between Miami and Palm Beach, the 168,000 residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale have acclimated to enjoying the best of both worlds. No longer the bedroom for America’s gateway to the Caribbean and South America or a vacation dreamland whose existence depends solely on a continuous infusion of tourist dollars, Fort Lauderdale has matured into a thriving vibrant municipality with incandescent prospects. The Galt Mile Community Association continually works with City officials to maintain those community qualities that enrich our lives while deflecting adverse political fallout, intended or not. The articles in this section cover those impacts exerted by the City of Fort Lauderdale on the lives of Galt Mile neighborhood residents. Upon reviewing and analyzing city services and/or policies, the Galt Mile Community Association’s response will be published in the City of Fort Lauderdale section. Articles prior to the City’s fiscal recovery (2002 through mid - 2005) can be found in the Archives or in the Fort Lauderdale Budget Bust section.

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Current Articles

City Commissioner Bruce Roberts January 2017 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts March 2017 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2017 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts June / July 2017 Newsletter
 
Water and Sewer Rates Roller Coaster
 

2016 Articles

City Commissioner Bruce Roberts January 2016 NewsletterCity Chlorinates Drinking WaterBahia Mar - Revitalization or Snake OilCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts May / June 2016 Newsletter
 
Bahia Mar BumpedCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts September / October 2016 NewsletterSoaking RatepayersCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts November / December 2016 Newsletter
 

2015 Articles

Galt Mile Construction MigrainesCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts February 2015 NewsletterFebruary 2015 Presidents Council MeetingCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts April 2015 Newsletter
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2015 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts July 2015 NewsletterThreatening Letters from Code EnforcementCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts September 2015 Newsletter
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts November 2015 Newsletter
 

2014 Articles

Fort Lauderdale Water ParkCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts February 2014 NewsletterPredictive PolicingCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts April 2014 Newsletter
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2014 NewsletterTilting at WindmillsCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts July 2014 NewsletterA1A - Final Fix & Facelift
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts September 2014 NewsletterNew Laws for New Fort Lauderdale Homeless PolicyCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts November 2014 NewsletterGalt Mile Sun Trolley - A Bumpy History
 

2013 Articles

City Commissioner Bruce Roberts January 2013 NewsletterGalt Mile Sun Trolley Route Back from the BrinkCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts March 2013 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2013 Newsletter
 
FLPD: Bogus Website or Bogus AlertCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts July 2013 NewsletterFilling Harry Stewart's Big ShoesFixing a Bad Law
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts September 2013 NewsletterA Look at the LawSurf Fishing on the Galt Mile BeachCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts November 2013 Newsletter
 
A1A Greenway at the Crossroads
 

2012 Articles

Christmas Eve Water Main Break and Emergency NotificationsCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts January 2012 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts March 2012 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2012 Newsletter
 
New City No-Panhandling LawRed Light Cameras - Round TwoCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts July 2012 NewsletterGMCA, City & One-Call Battle Utility Graffiti
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts September 2012 NewsletterChlorinationCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts November 2012 NewsletterTurtle Troubles
 
A1A & Beach Fix Plan
 

2011 Articles

City Commissioner Bruce Roberts January 2011 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts March 2011 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2011 NewsletterLee Feldman is New City Manager
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts June 2011 Newsletter2012 Lauderdale Air ShowCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts August 2011 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts October 2011 Newsletter
 
Giving to Panhandlers Sours NeighborhoodCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts December 2011 Newsletter
 

2010 Articles

City Commissioner Doesn't Renew City Manager's ContractVice Mayor Bruce Roberts January 2010 NewsletterRed Light Camera EnforcementVice Mayor Bruce Roberts March 2010 Newsletter
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts May 2010 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts June 2010 NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts August 2010 NewsletterAllyson Love Delivers FY 2010-2011 City Budget
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts Late October 2010 NewsletterThe City Water & Wastewater Magic Trick
 

2009 Articles

City of Fort Lauderdale PageCommissioner Christine Teel's February 2009 NewsletterCity Manager George Gretsas 2009 UpdateCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts Clears the Air
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts April NewsletterCity Manager George Gretsas Drafts FY2010 BudgetCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts August NewsletterCity Commissioner Bruce Roberts September Newsletter
 
City Commissioner Bruce Roberts November 2009 Newsletter
 

2008 Articles

City of Fort Lauderdale PageCommissioner Christine Teel's January 2008 NewsletterAir & Sea Show CanceledCommissioner Christine Teel's February 2008 Newsletter
 
Commissioner Christine Teel's April 2008 NewsletterParking Ticket Amnesty ProgramGalt Mile Against Calypso Deepwater PortFort Lauderdale City Commission Against Calypso Deepwater Port
 
Bait & Switch - Calypso Dania MeetingCity Manager George Gretsas Goals and ObjectivesCommissioner Christine Teel's September 2008 NewsletterGalt Mile Needs Master Plan
 
Municipal Candidates ForumCommissioner Christine Teel's December 2008 Newsletter
 

2007 Articles

City of Fort Lauderdale PageCommissioner Christine Teel's April 2007 Newsletter40-year or Older Building Safety Inspection ProgramSidewalks and Saplings
 
Commissioner Christine Teel's Summer 2007 Budget NewsletterNew Technology for Parking ProblemsCommissioner Christine Teel's September 2007 NewsletterCommissioner Christine Teel's October 2007 Newsletter
 
Commissioner Christine Teel's November 2007 NewsletterDeath Traps, Tripping Hazards and a Floating Gas StationCommissioner Christine Teel's December 2007 Newsletter
 

2006 Articles

City of Fort Lauderdale PageChristine Teel Re-electedAssistant City Manager Kathleen Gunn to Galt MileGalt Mile Traffic Initiative
 
FLPD Update - Assistant Chief of Police Stephen RobitailleThe Gretsas Show - Lights...Action...GeorgeChristine Teel - Galt Mile April UpdateGretsas Jump Starts Building Department
 
Commissioner Christine Teel's August 2006 Budget NewsletterCity of Fort Lauderdale FY 2006/2007 Budget BattleChristine Teel - Galt Mile September 2006 UpdateMayor Naugle - Pension Budget Time Bomb
 

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The 168,000 residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale pay more taxes per person ($570 in 2003) than any other large city in the State of Florida. A 3 year period of gross mismanagement has transformed a city with an $18.3 billion tax base into a municipal basket case. On December 16th, the City Commission approved a package of tax & fee increases along with service cuts, layoffs and program freezes that stunned residents and employees alike. Contrary to appearances, this fiscal deterioration didn’t occur overnight. Despite protests of surprise and shock by municipal representatives, the budget disaster we now face did not ambush Fort Lauderdale. City officials have had a ringside seat to a three year fiscal mismanagement spectacle. They were not, however, spectators. They were participants. “How did we get here?” acting City Manager Alan Silva asked rhetorically. “As I have said many times, we had been living beyond our means.” This page will provide information about the history that brought us to this sorry state, the participants in that history, the effects that we had to live with (and pay for) and the steps that were taken to dig us out. From 2003 to 2005 - this is what happened...

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Budget Crisis PageCommissioner Teel's Editor - Budget CommentaryAlan A. Silva - Fiscal Physician
 
What Happened? - A ChronologyFire-Rescue Budget BrokenMayor Naugle - On the BudgetParks Department Fails Audit
 
City Auditor Allyson Love Nails AuditCitation Money Pays the BillsFire Tax Hike Funds Fire-RescueGeorge Gretsas New City Manager
 
New City Budget UnveiledTreasury Undergoes AuditFrom the Desk of Commissioner TeelBudget Circus
 

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Like biosystems all over South Florida, Broward County’s prehistory is remarkably rich. Skeletal remains of big-game hunters who lived 10,000 years ago have been found as near as Vero Beach on the east coast and Charlotte Harbor on the west. Hundreds of years after the Tequesta and Calusa Indians succumbed to the diseases with which they were “gifted” by the Spanish, Colonel James Gadsden (who conducted the first survey in 1825 of today’s Broward County) decided that Broward was a nice place to visit, albeit no one would want to actually live here. Building a road would be impractical, he wrote, because “the population of the route will probably never be sufficient to contribute to [its maintenance], while the inducements to individuals to keep up the necessary ferries will scarcely ever be adequate.” 1.7 million people later, Broward is one of the most sought after locations on the planet. In 1977, the Broward County Charter gave Broward’s government broad powers to monitor and improve the quality of life and the environment. County government centers around a Commission whose members take turns wearing the “Mayor’s” hat. You can see what they’re up to right here. Click Here to go to the Broward County Page.

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Current Articles

 
Chip LaMarca's January / February 2017 Galt Mile UpdateEvolution of a Homeless PlanChip LaMarca's March / April 2017 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's April 2017 Galt Mile Update
 
Chip LaMarca's May 2017 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's June 2017 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's July 2017 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's August 2017 Galt Mile Update

2016 Articles

 
Buses Back on Galt MileChip LaMarca's January 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's February 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's March 2016 Galt Mile Update
 
Calling For Help - Emergency 911 Still on HoldChip LaMarca's April 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's May 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's June 2016 Galt Mile Update
 
Chip LaMarca's July 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's August 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's September 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's October 2016 Galt Mile Update
 
 
Chip LaMarca's November 2016 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's December 2016 Galt Mile Update
 

2015 Articles

 
Chip LaMarca's March 2015 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's Early Spring 2015 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's May June 2015 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's July 2015 Galt Mile Update
 
Chip LaMarca's August 2015 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's September 2015 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's Uber / Lyft UpdateChip LaMarca's October 2015 Galt Mile Update
 
 
Chip LaMarca's November 2015 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's December 2015 Galt Mile Update
 

2014 Articles

Chip LaMarca to Galt MileChip LaMarca's January 2014 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's March 2014 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's May 2014 Galt Mile Update
 
Chip LaMarca's June 2014 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's July 2014 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's September 2014 Galt Mile Update2014 Broward Ballot Questions
 

2013 Articles

Bad Blood at BSOChip LaMarca's February 2013 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's April 2013 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's June 2013 Galt Mile Update
 
Bad Association OrdinanceChip LaMarca's September 2013 Galt Mile UpdateSouth Florida Sand SagaChip LaMarca's November 2013 Galt Mile Update
 

2012 Articles

Chip LaMarca's February 2012 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's April 2012 Galt Mile UpdateMyers Segment II Beach PlanChip LaMarca's May 2012 Galt Mile Update
 
Chip LaMarca's October 2012 Galt Mile UpdateChip LaMarca's November 2012 Galt Mile Update
 

2011 Articles

Eric Myers on Beach RenourishmentChip LaMarca's Library Rescue PlanPort Everglades Inlet Sand BypassNew FEMA Flood Maps for Broward
 

2010 Articles

Commissioner Keechl - Mayor's RoleMayor Keechl - Courthouse ApprovedMayor Keechl Hunts Federal FundsMayor Keechl Hunts State Funds
 
School Board Audit - Corrupt or StupidMayor Keechl on Oil SpillGalt Library Under the GunMayor Keechl Tackles Taxes
 
Broward Board Tries Ethics DetourMayor Keechl on Ethics CodeGalt Residents Rescue LibraryChip LaMarca Wins District 4 Broward Commission Seat
 
Chip LaMarca and Bruce Roberts Address Advisory Board
 

2009 Articles

Keechl for Refurbishing CourthouseBroward SOE Brenda Snipes Warns of Book ClosingKeechl Updates Broward Beach ProjectKeechl Updates Broward Beach Project
 
Keechl on EthicsNeighborhood Fights for Galt Ocean Mile Reading CenterCourthouse Task Force Reports - Part 1Broward Budget Battle
 
Courthouse Task Force Reports - Part 2The Two Flu BlueKeechl's Third YearNeighborhood Residents Save Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
 
Keechl's Post-Budget Library Letter40-Year Building Recertification ProgramCommissioner Keechl Elected Broward Mayor
 

2008 Articles

Broward County Charter Changes95 Express Managed LanesKeechl - Green Space ProtectionKeechl Prepares for Budget Battle
 
Keechl's Shared Vision - Part 2Keechl's Future ChallengesKeechl OKs FY 2009 Broward BudgetInfluenza Breakthrough
 
Keechl Stops County Animal AbuseKeechl Selected Broward Vice Mayor
 

2007 Articles

Broward County BusinessKeechl January 2007 UpdateKeechl February 2007 UpdateBroward Budget Bites County Coffers
 
Keechl March 2007 UpdateBuses, Beaches and BudgetsKeechl April 2007 UpdateTallahassee Update - Keechl May 2007 Update
 
Airport Runway Expansion - Keechl June 2007 UpdateAirport Runway Expansion - Keechl July & August 2007 UpdateBroward County Prescription Drug Discount CardCounty Commissioner Keechl’s Committees - Keechl September & October 2007 Update
 
Keechl Backs Beach and BudgetCounty Commissioner Keechl’s Committees - Keechl November & December 2007 UpdateVote Easy – Vote Early!
 

Archived Articles

Broward County BusinessBroward Mayor Kristin JacobsBroward Commission CollisionBroward Tax Scramble
 
Broward Slots Deliberately Delayed2005 - 2006 Flu SeasonBroward Commissioner Jim ScottBroward Commissioner Jim Scott Homestead Portability
 
2006 - 2007 Flu SeasonVote Smart – Vote Early!Keechl Keeps a Promise
 

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Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish answers questions posed about property appraisals (of course), Save Our Homes amendment ramifications and the ubiquitous “Homestead Exemption”. Whatever is on your mind has most likely already been asked by somebody else. Read what they asked and how she responded. If you’re still confused about your home’s value - go ahead - ASK LORI!

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Broward County Property AppraiserAsk Broward County Property Appraiser Lori ParrishTrapped! - Save Our HomesGMCA Appraises Lori Parrish - the First 100 Days
 
BCPA Extends Office Hours for Late HomesteadBCPA Extends Office Hours for Trim SeasonLori Parrish June 2010 UpdateBCPA 2013 Update to Galt Mile
 
2017 Homestead Exemption Express
 

Archived Articles

Broward County Property AppraiserYFU USA Exchange Student ProgramHomestead Exemption Express 2004Homestead Exemption Express 2005
 
Broward County Property AppraiserBCPA Extends Office Hours for 2007 Trim SeasonHomestead Exemption Express 2007BCPA Extends Office Hours for 2008 Trim Season
 
BCPA Extends Office Hours for 2009 Trim Season2011 Homestead Exemption Express2012 Homestead Exemption Express2014 Homestead Exemption Express
 
2015 Homestead Exemption Express
 

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Every year, we send an assortment of well-educated men and women to Florida’s State Capitol to represent us. They speak for us, act on our behalf, educate themselves about importatnt issues, learn how to work together and try to execute productive resolutions. If they like the job, they run for re-election. Sometimes, their reasons for being there differ from those given to their constituents prior to Election Day; their actions become inconsistent with their promises while questions about their legislative intentions are buried in a blizzard of platitudes. When this occurs, its usually a good time to consider “changing the guard”.

Click Here to Tallahassee Archives Web Page Legislation affecting Galt Mile residents oozes out of Tallahassee annually, often unnoticed. The issues surrounding that legislation will be examined in this section. Before next year's legislative session, the articles will be relegated to the site's archives, setting the stage for the new session. WELCOME TO 2013! To review what our State officials have in store for the Galt Mile, Click Here to go to the Tallahassee Politics Page. To review events from prior years, Click Here to access the Tallahassee Archives. For instance, to see what happened in 2005, Click Here.

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2017 Articles

ELSS AmbushELSS Bill ProgressApril ELSS UpdateELSS Endgame
 
Governor Vetoes ELSS
 

2016 Articles

Bogus Estoppel Bills are BackGeorge Moraitis Mid-Session Update - Estoppel EndgameSine Die 2016 - Surviving Association BillsGerrymander - Tallahassee Team Sport
 
Moraitis on the HomelessServicemember Association RentalsMoraitis June 2016 NewsletterRetrofit Roulette
 
Constitutional Flotsam
 

2015 Articles

Developer DefectsBogus Estoppel BillsRusty Governing Documents
 

2014 Articles

2014 Pre-filed Association BillsFlorida Flood Insurance BillFlorida Flood Insurance Bill2014 Omnibus Association Bill
 
Association Advocates Grease the WheelsDocs vs. GlocksConstitutional Clutter2014 Broward Voter Stats
 

2013 Articles

Mercenary Squealers BrigadeFast Foreclosure Act Back2013 Omnibus Association Bill2013 Design Professionals Bill
 
What Were They Thinking?The Citizens CircusLegislature Approves House Bill 73Landlord & Tenant Bill - HB 77
 
New CAM Law - HB 7119
 

2012 Articles

Citizens to Dump AssociationsSafe Harbor ScamLawmakers OK Construction Defects - HB 1013Senate Kills Fair Foreclosure Act - HB 213
 
The Summer of Scam - 2012A Constitutional JunkyardNest Feathering 101 - Florida Bar vs. CAMs
 

2011 Articles

A Supreme Court Bearing GiftsA Grand Jury's Dream WorldBerger Bashes Bad BillsWest and Bogdanoff
 
2011 Association BillsScott Pro-Pill Mills2011 Omnibus Association Bill2011 Insurance Bill
 
CAN Legislative Round TableSenator Ellyn Bogdanoff on RedistrictingRepresentative George Moraitis on Port EvergladesFlorida Lawmakers Set to Dump Delegates
 
Monster in the Elevator2012 Omnibus Association BillA Tale of Two Bad Bills
 

2010 Articles

Retrofit Resolution RevivedEarly Foreclosure ReliefRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff on Broward Ethics Bill2010 Association Omnibus Bill
 
Crist Meets GMCAState Closes Gaming Deal with SeminolesRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff Legislative RoundupOther 2010 Association Bills
 
The Bill and the GauntletGalt Mile Thanks Representative Ellyn BogdanoffBP Oil Spill Devalues PropertyIts Time to Opt Out
 

2009 Articles

Foreclosure FalloutForeclosure Fallout2009 Condo and Coop BillsOmnibus Association Bill
 
Crist Vetoes Senate Bill 714FPL Plans to Plug PublicFlorida Court Fixes First Amendment FlawFlorida Court OKs Blanket Receiver
 
Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff on the State BudgetRetrofit Report RipoffAssociations win Hurricane Insurance DollarsEx Parte Motions
 

2008 Articles

Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff January 2008 NewsletterSenator Atwater Investigates Insurance IrregularitiesRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff February 2008 NewsletterCondo Ombudsman Danille Carroll addresses Presidents Council
 
Association BillsAtwater Insurance Accountability ActRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff April 2008 NewsletterOmnibus Condominium Bill becomes Law
 
Atwater Post-Session UpdateAtwater Post-Session UpdateCourt Reverses Division Policy for Assn InsurancePalm Beach Windstorm Self-Insurance Trust Update
 

2007 Articles

Politics & Parlor Tricks in TallahasseePre-Special Session on InsuranceSpecial Session on InsuranceSenator Atwater on Special Session
 
Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff February 2007 Insurance UpdateAtwater and Bogdanoff Insurance & Property Tax UpdateFar-fetched Foreclosure FixRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff March 2007 Legislative Update
 
Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff April 2007 NewsletterAssociation Legislation UpdateSenator Atwater Legislative SummaryProperty Tax Plan on Hold
 
Surviving Association LegislationHurricane Preparedness Sales Tax HolidayFlorida Association of Counties - Against Tax ReformRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff June 2007 Newsletter
 
Senator Atwater Summarizes New Property Tax PlanWolf is Still at the Door - New Property Tax PlanRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff July 2007 NewsletterRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff October 2007 Newsletter
 
Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff Fixes State No-Fault LawSpecial Session D Fails to Correct Tax InequitiesRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff November 2007 NewsletterRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff December 2007 Newsletter
 

2006 Articles

Politics & Parlor Tricks in Tallahassee12/2005 Lunch Meeting12/2005 Special Session - Ellyn BogdanoffThe Happy Ombudsman
 
Regency South President Garland Warren Gives FEMA a Clinic2/2006 Legislative Update - Ellyn BogdanoffCondo Killer - Round III - Third Bite at the AppleCondo Killer Legislative Contacts
 
3/2006 Legislative Update - Ellyn BogdanoffCommunity Association Day - 20064/2006 Legislative Update - Ellyn BogdanoffGalt Mile Insurance Crisis
 
5/2006 Legislative Update - Ellyn BogdanoffHelp Enact HB 391Strange BedfellowsHurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
 
Senator Jeffrey Atwater - 2006Ellyn Bogdanoff - June 2006 Legislative UpdateGovernor Pulls the PlugAssociation Insurance Alert
 
Questionable Insurance Payment DelaysEllyn Bogdanoff Insurance FixFlorida Property and Casualty Insurance Reform CommitteeEllyn Bogdanoff Insurance Conference
 

Tallahassee Archives

Tallahassee ArchivesTallahassee Archives - 2003Tallahassee Archives - 2004
 
Tallahassee Archives - 2005Tallahassee Archives - 2006Tallahassee Archives - 2007
 
Tallahassee Archives - 2008Tallahassee Archives - 2009Tallahassee Archives - 2010
 
Tallahassee Archives - 2011Tallahassee Archives - 2012Tallahassee Archives - 2013
 

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Survival rates of over 50% have been achieved where easily organized AED programs have been established. These rates are twice those reported for the most effective EMS systems, and ten times better than the national EMS system average of 5%!

Every responsible household has an easily accessible fire extinguisher. In many ways, it is appropriate to think of an AED as a medical fire extinguisher! To learn more about AEDs, Click Here to access the Defibrillator page.

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AEDs - Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)Automated External DefibrillatorsHow to Implement an AED ProgramAED Liability Issues
 
GMCA AED/CPR Training ProgramChief Edgar's CrusadeFire-Rescue Certifies Graduates of First GMCA AED/CPR ClassCondos Race to Avert Tragedy Through AED Program Implementation
 
Which Automated External Defibrillator Should We Choose
 

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Can You Blame Them for Trying to Sneak One By?


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The residents of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, the Galt Mile and Lauderdale Beach - and their elected officials - knew almost nothing about the approval and subsequent construction of a dangerous gasworks adjacent to their shoreline until it was close to being a fait accompli. At a Presidents Council meeting in December of 2007, City Commissioner Christine Teel addressed dozens of attending association officials, briefing them about a planned deepwater port and pipeline that was being actualized "below the radar".

Aftermath of the 1944 Cleveland Natural Gas Disaster
131 KILLED, 680 LEFT HOMELESS, 225 INJURED
After delivering the sum total of the information she was given by Calypso representatives, she focused on the disquieting prospect that her district - as well as the rest of the city - was disturbingly close to being saddled with a facility afflicted with a host of undisclosed dangers.

In a nutshell, the history for Deepwater Port LNG facilities is paper thin. We will be “beta testing” this strategy for the industry, transforming Fort Lauderdale into a LNG laboratory in which residents serve as lab rats. Ominously, the first onshore LNG facility in America suffered a major accident, incinerating one square mile of Cleveland in 1944, killing 131 and leaving 680 people homeless. Although findings confirm that leaks are mostly absorbed into the atmosphere and dilute to the extent that ignition is unlikely, if a tanker discharged its full cargo, the gaseous “spill” could travel for miles before reaching its ignitable dispersion level. A 1977 Oxnard, California Environment Impact Report determined that a LNG accident in which a full tanker’s contents were released would send an ignitable gaseous vapor cloud some 30 miles before dissipation defused the threat of ignition. Since the energy content of a typical 125,000 cubic meter LNG tanker is equivalent to seven-tenths of a megaton of TNT, or 55 Hiroshima bombs (as per a 1982 Lovins & Lovins Pentagon study entitled “Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security”), any miscalculation inherent in this untested technology could instantly transform Fort Lauderdale into one of Jupiter’s moons.

Click Here to Budget Bust The Galt Mile Community Association set out to verify Calypso LNG LLC’s depth of experience with operating LNG Deepwater Port facilities, the consequences of a full-vessel cryogenic liquid discharge, why SENA decided to park their gas pump next to our beach despite the incremental negative environmental impact and whether an onshore wind can carry an ignitable gas cloud 7 miles to the Galt Mile beach and the “Venice of America”.

Several meetings with Calypso representatives and an investigation into the project's prospect for catastrophe clarified the community's disposition. Residents universally agreed that affording a French energy conglomerate improved product distribution was not worth risking a 2000 BTU conflagration capable of completely incinerating the Barrier Island neighborhoods adjacent to the Gasworks.! To learn more about the issue, Click Here to access the Calypso Gasworks page.

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Calypso - Beachfront GasworksDeath Traps, Tripping Hazards and a Floating Gas StationGalt Mile Against Calypso Deepwater PortFort Lauderdale City Commission Against Calypso Deepwater Port
 
Bait & Switch - Calypso Dania MeetingRepresentative Ellyn Bogdanoff Spring 2008 NewsletterBroward Legislative Delegation WorkshopBroward Legislative Delegation Workshop Links
 
Links to LNG web sitesSuez Proves UntrustworthyConservationist Condemns CalypsoShale Gas Sinks Suez Spin
 
Crist Cuts Calypso
 

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Click Here to 32nd Street Alley Partnership
Click Above to 32nd Street Alley Partnership Web Page

The alley separating the shops on the north side of Oakland Park Boulevard from the shops on the south side of NE 32nd Street between A1A and NE 33rd Avenue has long been a repository for turgid standing water and backwash resulting from inadequate drainage and occasional merchant misuse. This problematic alley has historically been a thorn in the side of the merchants whose establishments abut it's persistently polluted ponding water. In 1996 the sludgefest actually precipitated a collapse between numbers 31 through 37 in the alley. Since this environmental enigma is hidden from view behind several popular establishments whose entrances are clean and attractive, the public is sheltered from (and ignorant of) the alley's problems. Despite a series of unsuccessful past attempts to uprade the alley, a coalition of merchants, community associations, and government has resolved to address this problem. If this new combination of “community resources” is successful, the format can be utilized to address other outstanding repair and improvement issues! In an effort to broaden support for this project through exposure, we will follow the “Partnership's” progress. To get a synopsis and current “meeting summary notes”, Click Here to access the 32nd Street Alley Partnership page.

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32nd Street Alley4/23/2003 32nd Street Alley Meeting - Summary Notes5/7/2003 32nd Street Alley Meeting - Summary Notes5/14/2003 Commissioner's Cooperation Letter
 
Bad News for Alley Merchants32nd Street Alley Fixed
 

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Fort Lauderdale Police Department
& Crime Statistics

Fort Lauderdale Police Department The Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) Crime Analysis Unit produces reports which depict our crime and service statistics. The reports are avaiable here. The reports detail robbery, burglary, auto theft totals, arrests, traffic enforcement and calls for service by homeowner group and by police district and zone. For a current overview of our local crime statistics, click on District 1 Crime Statistics. The Galt Mile Community is located in Fort Lauderdale Police District #1.


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Police Analyze RAIDS Crime Map
POLICE ANALYZE RAIDS ONLINE CRIME MAP
A useful website called RAIDS Online provides access to crime statistics and crime trends in every jurisdiction nationwide. A catchy acronym for Regional Analysis and Information Data Sharing, the website offers a less robust version of the same data used by every law enforcement agency in the United States. Sponsored by BAIR Analytics (another acronym - Behavioral Analysis & Intelligence Resources), the information it offers is unadulterated, with the exception of domestic violence, rape and other crimes impacted by shield laws and privacy acts. Available at http://www.raidsonline.com/, clicking on any incident displayed on an interactive crime map reveals the date, time and crime category, the source of the crime data (the “Agency” that provided the information) and links that enable the site user to provide tips about each incident to the relevant police department or agency.

Click to BAIR Analytics website Receiving the data directly from each law enforcement agency ensures that the information is always up to date, accurate, complete and FREE! Using this intuitive tool, Galt Mile residents that are sick of lying by the pool – like a lox – can easily explore neighborhood, citywide, statewide and national crime trends. Although last month’s neighborhood and citywide crime statistics are still available on the City website, since this user-friendly resource provides a nearly real-time mirror for crime in the Galt Mile neighborhood and surrounding communities, the Advisory Board plans to use RAIDS Online to better tailor its public safety expectations. So can you, Sherlock!

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State of Florida Crime Statistics

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) FDLE's (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) Uniform Crime Report (UCR) system provides standardized reports on crime statistics based on data gathered from across the state. Reports that provide both summary and detail information are issued yearly. You can find data from 1994 up to the most recently released reports. The Florida Statistical Analysis Center (FSAC) also provides statistical reports with an emphasis on analysis relevant to policy makers, planners, program developers, and researchers. FSAC maintains its own information area on the FDLE web site. Domestic violence information is available on FDLE's Domestic Violence Data Resource Center's web site.


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