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MINUTES OF GMCA ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

DECEMBER 15, 2005


The meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. by President Bob Rozema.

Board Members present: Rozema, Ieraci, Berkowitz, Glickfield, Gill, Guttman, Alfano, Baldwin, Freismuth, Gilligan, Hamaker, Mayer, Persiani and Santiago.

Approval of Minutes - The minutes of November 17, 2005 were approved.

Old & New Business - President Rozema introduced and welcomed Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Christine Teel, who shared the following:

  • She attended the opening of the King Tut exhibition and said it is breathtaking.
  • Street lights on the Galt need to be totally re-done; having problem with suppliers and the variety of equipment needed. May take 6-9 months, hopefully sooner.
  • Wilma clean-up work still in progress.
  • Reimbursement for Wilma not received yet – could receive close to 100% of the $63 million but will not know for a year.
  • The 32nd Street alley will finally be rehabilitated – blueprints, etc. are ready and will be going out for bid. Adjacent vendors must maintain alley.
  • Trees on the Mile will be done as soon as possible; the whole city needs trees. After holidays, a date for the landscaping will be scheduled, hopefully by the end of January.
  • Bob: Parks Director Phil Thornberg told him the buttonwood and palms would be replaced. If they had been replaced before Wilma, we would have lost them all.
  • Spoke about Adopt-a-Tree Program.
  • Rubber-wheeled streetcars/trolleys have been ordered for downtown area, plus transportation to and from convention center and hotels, etc.
  • After Wilma, people felt they did not know what was going on. Information available on AM1610. Will establish a place/time to meet with constituents after a storm.
  • Discussed generators.

Pio Ieraci

  • Sapphire: Sold out! Least expensive units are $465,000 and units on East side of building are near $1,000,000. There will be two 12-story towers. Maintenance may include membership to Harbor Beach Hotel. Date for completion in contract: 2010. Units will be ready for delivery by end of 2007.
  • Martorano will be moving into Denny’s when Sapphire moves out. This will resolve their parking problem.
  • Discussion regarding the volume of traffic the new buildings will bring to the area.
  • Bob Rozema: Hart Travel on corner of Galt Ocean Drive and 35th Street has moved out; the vacated space will be occupied by a medical center.
  • Ralph Hamaker: There was heavy damage to the building on 34th Street – many businesses have closed.
  • Discussed traffic light at corner of A1A and 32nd Street; belongs to FDOT.
  • Discussed possible uses of the $100,000 for Galt Merchants.

Click Here for full report about Wilma’s overall impact. [Editor]

Opus South - Bob Rozema stated they are probably pulling out

Il Lugano - Ralph Hamaker - Construction has reached the second floor; there are two big cranes on the property; the project is at least one year behind schedule; the condo units are sold out, but not the hotel units.

Galt Mile Web Site – Eric Berkowitz - A sixth newspaper has been added to the web site: The Miami Herald. November - Hits: 575,228.

New articles include: Mayor Naugle’s Advisory Board visit on November 17, Association damage reports on the Mile from Wilma, beach damage from Wilma and annual flu vaccinations distribution foul-up.

Correspondence - Reviewed

Treasurer’s Report - Leah Glickfield reported $16,421.16 in our Treasury.

  • Bob Rozema thanked the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for their support and loyalty during 2005.

Next Board Meeting - THE NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2006.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30 P.M.

Fern McBride, Assistant Secretary

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