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MINUTES OF GMCA ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

DECEMBER 20, 2012


The meeting was called to order at 11:20 a.m. by President Pio Ieraci at Nick’s Italian Restaurant. A moment of silence was held for the recent Newtown, CT tragedy.

Board Members present: Ieraci, Berkowitz, Glickfield, Hamaker, McBride, Oppert, Adams, Bazerghi, Bendis, Bibace, Bloom, Casier, Cella, Freismuth, Friedman, Gabrielle, Goulding, Katkin, Katz, Kessler, Konstance, Larson, Lyons, Prickett-Zenni, Quintero, Rollo, Vanek and Vega.

Guests present: City of Fort Lauderdale District 1 Commissioner Bruce Roberts; District 4 Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca; District Director John Newstreet of Commissioner Chip LaMarca’s office; Officer Tom Gestal, Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Approval of Minutes - Minutes of the November 15, 2012 Advisory Board meeting were approved.

Old and New Business

Galt Mile Web Site – Newsletter – Eric Berkowitz

  • November Web Site Stats: 667,024 hits; 20,855 unique site visits (first timers)

Articles posted during the past month include:

  • November 19, 2012 - Roberts: Explorers, Pill Mills, St. Marking - In his November 2012 message to constituents, District 1 City Commissioner Bruce Roberts snapshots municipal and district issues heading into the holiday season. As affirmed in the September budget hearings, he laments a negligible tax rate increase to service City debt and applauds a revival of the FLPD Explorer program, which prepares young prospective police officers for life on the force. He explains technological advances in the City’s street resurfacing capabilities and reviews an ordinance that will diminish the adverse impacts of abandoned homes. Roberts updates an in-progress Galt Mile experiment that may resolve a statewide controversy over abuse of the One-Call utility marking system. He also briefly mentions a recent skirmish between the State and a local pill mill. This minor disruption to clinic operations brings focus to the tediously slow process of shutting down an industry that plants 14 Floridians each and every day.

  • November 26, 2012 - Long & Short: A1A & Beach Fix Plans - Galt Mile residents have been living in Beach Renourishment hell for decades. In the 47 years since the Broward County Shore Protection Project was authorized by Section 301 of Public Law 89-298 (October 27, 1965), the initial $1,093,000 cost to rehabilitate the entire County coastline has exploded exponentially. If compared to the inflation-adjusted 1965 estimate of nearly $8 million, the current price tag of $90 million for Segments II and III suggests an $82 million “dawdling” penalty. In his November 2012 Newsletter, Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca outlines the undermining factors that have long plagued this project and explains how they have since been mollified. Mined from upland sources and trucked to staging sites in Pompano, LBTS, the Galt Mile and Fort Lauderdale, beach fill matched in size and color will fatten skeletal north county beaches while minimizing environmental, regulatory and political obstacles.

  • December 8, 2012 - City and GMCA to Settle Turtle Woes - On October 30, as Hurricane Sandy was stripping beaches along the eastern Seaboard, City Manager Lee Feldman convened a round table meeting to examine a State (FWC) Sea Turtle nest marking policy that has soured neighborhoods, blistered tourism and turned the City’s signature resource into a battlefield. Additionally, the City’s poorly drafted 2003 Turtle-Safe Lighting Ordinance that forces the entire beach area into darkness for 75% of the year was fatally crippling the beach neighborhood’s viability as an economic engine, endangering drivers and pedestrians along A1A and opening serious security and safety breaches in beachfront residential communities. If unable to stem the growing problems, officials would have to reshape the ordinance to promote Sea Turtle survival without crippling the City or sacrificing its residents. Weeks later, City Code Enforcement officials met with Galt Mile representatives to revive an enforcement formula that elicited compliance by balancing the needs of Sea Turtles with those of local residents and their associations.

  • December 17, 2012 - Presidents Council: Sea Turtles & Sandy - On December 3, 2012, the Galt Mile Community Association convened a 7:30 PM Presidents Council Meeting at Plaza East Condominium. After thanking Plaza East President Glenn Rollo for hosting the final meeting in 2012, Presidents Council Chair Pio Ieraci announced that the agenda was predominated by two issues that are critically important to Galt Mile residents and their associations. To address a growing community anger stemming from abusive and enigmatic Sea Turtle policies, an authoritative forum was configured to explain how these concerns will be resolved going forward. Since our future, both individually and as a community, is inextricably tied to the fate of our beach, we needed to know what remedies were being considered to restore Fort Lauderdale’s collapsed coast, 4 soggy blocks of A1A and what’s left of our Galt Mile beach.

Other Business

  • Air & Sea Show will take place last week of April 2013 (April 20 – 21).

  • Pio responded to a letter criticizing the 12/3/12 Galt Mile Association meeting for not addressing the Galt Mile’s damaged beach. He pointed out that it was addressed by Eric Myers and Lee Feldman as per the meeting agenda. He said that if the person who wrote the letter stayed for the entire meeting, that person would have known this.

  • Pio also addressed the attempt by Ocean Summit resident (Dr. Stassis) to interfere with neighborhood’s beach maintenance service. The Beach Raker has resumed service.

  • The Kim Bokamper building has received final approval. They will break ground by February 1, 2013 and expect to open in September 2013.

  • Contract for Food & Wine Festival is being reviewed.

  • Patricia Quintero thanked Pio for all he does that people are not aware of.

  • Discussed ownership, operations, etc. of bankrupt Shooters/Bootlegger; The same management will continue operating the enterprise.

  • Donna Oppert made a motion that we send a gift card to Robbi Uptegrove, Commissioner Roberts’ Commission Aide. Ralph Hamaker seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved

Treasurer’s Report - Leah Glickfield

The treasurer’s report showed a balance of $13,248.20.

Next Advisory Board Meeting - The next regular Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Nick’s Italian Restaurant.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Fern McBride
Fern McBride, Secretary

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