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MINUTES OF GMCA ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

September 17, 2015


The meeting was called to order at 11:15 a.m. by President Pio Ieraci at Nick’s Italian Restaurant.

Board Members present: : Ieraci, Berkowitz, Hamaker, Nesbitt, McBride, Abruzzino, Adams, Bendis, Bibace, Cella, Claire, Cuneo, Friedman, Hale-Florez, Hardy, Hashek, Katkin, Katz, Larson, Mancke, Matsas, Pescolido, Pohan, Solewin, Soucy, Tripoli and Vega

Guests present: Fort Lauderdale Police Department Officer George Brandner; Fort Lauderdale Police Department Officer Carmelo Colon, Jr.; Robbie Uptegrove, Assistant to Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Bruce Roberts; Andy Mitchell, Operation Lift Hope; Gayle Butler, Executive Director, Friends of Birch State Park.

Approval of Minutes - Minutes of the June 18, 2015 Advisory Board Meeting were approved.

Old and New Business/Guests

  • Pio introduced Robbie Uptegrove, Commissioner Roberts’ Assistant, who updated the following issues:

    • City ordinance regulating short term rentals to deter disturbances by inconsiderate tenants

    • Land transfer for Fire Station 54

    • Number to call for reporting code violations: 954-828-5207 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Call Center)

  • Pio introduced Executive Director Gayle Butler, Friends of Birch State Park, who spoke about activities at Birch State Park and passed out several pieces of information/brochures to take back to our buildings.

  • Pio introduced Andy Mitchell, representing Operation Lift Hope, who shared various statistics regarding the homeless issue in Fort Lauderdale and the programs Operation Lift Hope is planning. They will primarily be dealing with homeless veterans and families. Andy also gave an update on Auberge: shovel should be in the ground next month with completion expected in the Fall of 2017. Mitchell invited Advisory Board members to attend the September 25 Gala at the Broward Convention Center on behalf of Operation Lift Hope.

  • Pio introduced Fort Lauderdale Police Officer George Brandner, who shared the following:

    • Crime statistic in July: only one vehicular break-in

    • FLPD foot patrols continue to gain support

    • Discussed phone complaints from Galt Mile Library about intimidation by loiterers near the entrance

    • Introduced Detective Carmelo Colon, Fort Lauderdale Police Department Crime Prevention Unit, who is available for free consultations regarding personal safety, gun safety, identity theft

Buses

  • Pio described a threat from BCT bus layovers along Galt Ocean Drive. During the Galt Mile A1A Greenway construction buses from Routes 72, 36, 55 and 11 that ordinarily layover on A1A were transferred to Galt Ocean Drive. Aligned two or three deep while double parked on both sides of the narrow two-lane street, buses are disrupting association operations, damaging both public infrastructure and private property and threatening the lives of local drivers and elderly pedestrians. At Chip LaMarca’s request, BCT Director Tim Garling is working to relocate these dangerous bus layover sites.

Dumpsters in Loading Zones

  • Dumpsters should not be permanently docked in the street cutouts adjacent to associations. They are loading zones - areas where moving vans, garbage trucks and delivery vehicles can park, pick up or unload, and leave. Pio will forward additional information about this issue. Code enforcement will issue violations against scofflaws.

Law Suits

  • Pio lamented when law suits between unit owners and their associations capriciously name the GMCA as a Defendant.

Galt Ocean Mile Street Landscape - José “Chepo” Vega

  • Chepo distributed pictures demonstrating the condition of our sidewalks.

Beach Renourishment

  • Commissioner LaMarca confirmed to Pio that the Beach renourishment is still scheduled to begin in November.

Galt Mile Reading Center - Terry Claire

  • Terry shared an extensive list of programs available to residents and the need for more space.

Galt Mile Security Patrol

  • Pio reminded members that the cell number for the beach patrol should only be used by building security or the building manager.

Galt Mile Web Site – Newsletter – Eric Berkowitz

  • August 2015 Web Site Stats: 655,941 hits, 20,476 Unique Site Visits (First Timers)

Articles posted during the past month include:

  • August 24, 2015 - Galt Mile A1A: Speedway to Greenway - What a mess. The long-rumored transmogrification of A1A along the Galt Mile is upon us. Since 2006, City and State (FDOT) bureaucrats have been pledging to transform the Galt Mile’s blighted A1A “speedway” into an opulent beach boulevard that safely embraces vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles while appealing to visitors and local residents. When neighborhood residents voted to approve their preferred design option in 2009, recessionary pressures compelled planners to split the venture into two less financially intimidating projects. An initial component that was completed in February, 2013, reduced the number of traffic lanes from 6 to 4, and modernized roadway infrastructure in preparation for a second project meant to “fine tune” traffic control and enhance the route’s appearance. Its successful completion will also deliver on a 6-year old promise to elevate the County's most decrepit stretch of A1A into a thoroughfare worthy of its 2009 designation as a “Florida Scenic Highway.” It’s about time!

  • August 31, 2015 - LaMarca: Dog Days in District 4 - Following a year of high-testosterone ring toss for control of a County ordinance, the Broward Board and Uber are crafting an endgame that allows both sides to claim victory – and save face. Elsewhere in his August 2015 Newsletter, District 4 Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca benchmarks a year of speeding cargo to railheads across the US via the Port Everglades Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) - progeny of the Port and the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), showcases pet-tracking facial recognition technology by Finding Rover, announces the Third Annual Go SOLAR & Renewable Energy Fest, applauds recognition of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) as “Airport of the Year” by the Air Line Pilots Association International, celebrates August as Water Quality Month and invites constituents to “Stay Connected” using County social media. Check it out...

  • September 15, 2015 - Roberts: Galt A1A; Fire Award; Sharrows - In his September 2015 Newsletter, City Commissioner Bruce Roberts updates his Galt Mile constituents about the improvements currently underway along their section of State Road A1A, applauds Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue for its recognition as a “Class 1” agency by the Insurance Services Organization (and for completing accreditation through the Commission of Fire Accreditation International), explains how the City’s upgraded credit rating will lower the tax bite for debt repayment, reviews a controversial Vacation Rental Ordinance crafted to quell concerns about abusive tenants without financially crippling responsible and compliant landlords, announces the inaugural implementation of “sharrows”, an infrastructure design feature that may help abate runaway cyclist and pedestrian fatality rates, invites constituents to fill vacancies on City Boards or Committees and welcomes their attendance at his twice-monthly pre-agenda meetings. Read on...

Other Business

  • Revised Impact Window Code: Pio explained how newly approved codes governing energy efficient windows might have required an expensive retrofit for thousands of association homeowners. Fortunately, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties have adopted enforcement language that will exempt compliance by our members.

  • The Galt Mile A1A Greenway project is proceeding on schedule.

  • Associations that receive a Broward County notice dated 8/7/15 mandating official approval for an easement related to the Segment II Shore Protection Project should immediately contact Pio: Do not sign!

  • Meeting being held to revise code enforcement lighting issues due to threats regarding turtle lighting.

Treasurer’s Report - Fred Nesbitt

  • The Treasurer reported a balance of $20,557.92

  • 27 out of the 29 Association members have paid their annual dues.

Adjournment - The next regular Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Nick’s Italian Restaurant.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Fern McBride
Fern McBride, Secretary

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