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MINUTES OF GMCA ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

September 20, 2018


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, McBride, Nesbitt, Surdovel, Adjemian, Bendis, Bibace, Cave, Claire, Cous, Ellison, Hall, Johnson, Korn, Larson, Lowenthal, Madgett, Mosher, Papineau, Pohan, Sarelakos, Tripoli and Wenberg

Guests present: Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca; Melissa Coningsby, Assistant to City Commissioner Heather Moraitis; Candidates running for various positions: District 4 Broward Commission candidate Lamar Fisher, District 93 Statehouse candidate Emma Collum, Circuit Court Judge candidate Maria Weekes, County Court Judge candidate Allison Gilman

Approval of Minutes - Minutes of the June 21, 2018 Advisory Board Meeting were approved.

Old and New Business

  • Melissa Coningsby, Assistant to City Commissioner Heather Moraitis, shared information regarding width of sidewalks on the west side of A1A from 34th to 36th Streets; because light poles are lined up the width cannot be increased; however, a solid material will be installed in lieu of grass so the area can be utilized.

  • Pio addressed the following concerns:

    • Repair of former bus area across from Playa del Mar; pavers complete; curb needs inspection

    • Markings on sidewalks are temporary; AT&T will fix

    • If trees on A1A do not provide enough shade, the City will put in trees to resolve this

    • The new fire station is scheduled for completion in November

    • The missing buoy is to be installed by 9/27

    • Light Up the Galt flyers were distributed

    • Discussed bus benches on A1A

  • Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca was introduced:

    • Not running for re-election on November 6 as term limits end his tenure as County Commissioner. He will be a candidate for Statehouse Representative in District 93.

    • Spoke about our upcoming library renovations and his involvement in the new library in Pompano Beach.

    • Addressed beach issues, beach renourishment, hot spot repairs to damage from Hurricane Irma, importance of beach being maintained as our beaches attract tourism.

  • Galt Mile Reading Center - Terry Claire

    The library improvement plans are in place; the bathroom permits need to be secured in order for the renovations to proceed

  • Galt Ocean Drive Street Landscape:

    The test trees are looking good.


  • Engineered Life Safety Systems – ELSS:

    • Waiting for election; in holding pattern

    • 4,332 associations opted out of sprinkler retrofit

    • Former Statehouse Representative and Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff is with the Becker firm as a lobbyist and will lead the process

    • The money contributed is being held in our account and will be returned if not spent

    • Discussed articles that are inflammatory rather than factual and how/if we should respond

    • Ralph Hamaker shared that Coral Ridge South has spent $560,000.00 on the project.

    Galt Mile Web Site – Newsletter – Eric Berkowitz

    • August 2018 Website statistics: 603,971 Hits, 47,490 Unique Site Visits (first timers)

    • Articles posted during the past month include:

      • August 29, 2018 - Aquatic Complex: Shrine or Money Pit? - Following decades of deterioration and increasing obsolescence, Fort Lauderdale’s swimming Mecca is finally being renovated. The City’s swimming / diving legacy dates back to the early 1900s before the Civilian raft moored off the beach at the end of Las Olas Boulevard was replaced in 1928 by the Casino Pool in what later became DC Alexander Park. Plans to bring the Glory Days back to the Aquatic Complex failed in 2002, 2009 and 2013, when the Broward Inspector General brought focus to a rat's nest of contractor abuses in collusion with city officials. A recent eleventh hour "Hail Mary" agreement balanced the concerns of supporters who view the complex as a shrine and opponents who disparaged it as a money pit .

      • September 8, 2018 - Heather Moraitis: Resiliency, New Budget - In her August 2018 Newsletter, District 1 City Commissioner Heather Moraitis looks at how the City plans to mitigate the adverse impacts of sea level rise with a series of infrastructure tweaks; invites constituents to attend the September budget hearings, visit her Pre-Agenda Meetings, serve on a municipal board and participate in her Telephone Town Hall Meeting. She also reminds us about the planned resurfacing of Bayview Drive from Sunrise Boulevard to Commercial Boulevard; asks that we Save a Life over Lunch; suggests using the free Neighbors App by Ring to enhance community safety; offers contact with the City through the Lauderserv app; and closes with boilerplate links for additional information. Of course, if those who marginalize the threat posed by carbon pollution are wrong, and greenhouse gasses irreversibly warm earth's climate, local or regional resiliency adaptations may be tantamount to shooting an elephant with a potato gun.

      • September 17, 2018 - LaMarca: Budget, Evacuation, Pets - In his August 2018 Newsletter, District 4 Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca takes a look at the proposed FY19 County budget, noting how an increase in property values will offset inflation-driven expenses, freezing last year’s millage rate at 5.6690 – and depicting how the new spending plan impacts homesteaded and non-homesteaded properties. Three months into hurricane season, LaMarca specifies the category of hurricane that respectively mandates evacuation from each of two coastal zones; announces expanded weekend hours at the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center, and closes by offering constituents free resources for exploring local government and communicating with government officials. LaMarca describes a potential budget shortfall created by a proposed additional Homestead Exemption on the November ballot - which cloaks a poison pill for Galt Mile Snowbirds.

    Other Business

    • Fred Nesbitt shared information regarding water and sewer rates:

      • Attended meeting regarding water/sewer rates analysis

      • Want rate parity between single family homes vs. condos

      • Information/presentations are not good

      • Pio gave a history of the issue of disparity

    Treasurer’s Report - Fred Nesbitt

    • The Treasurer reported a balance of $15,275.74.

    Adjournment - The next regular Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Nick’s Italian Restaurant.

    • The meeting was adjourned at 1:14 p.m.

    Fern McBride
    Fern McBride, Secretary

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