Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher, our Broward County Commissioner, reports on many exciting events taking place in Broward County that are important to residents of the Galt Mile. In his newsletter, he reports on the progress of the beach renourishment (replacing sand on our beaches) program and how it impacts the Galt Mile. Port Everglades is extending a welcome to the Disney Cruise Line, resulting in an additional 10.6 million passengers yearly. Broward County has embarked on a mission to attract more of the film and television industry to our community. Fisher participated in the Foundation Celebration for the Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC). The NJCC is Broward County’s only Certified Rape Crisis Center and Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center that helps those in our community who have experienced sexual violence, child abuse and human trafficking since 1977. The newsletter also describes recent county actions on a number of issues.
The Galt Mile community gathered on December 8 to dedicate Pio Ieraci Place at the end of Galt Ocean Drive. The ceremony commemorated the dedication, service and commitment of Pio Iearci to the Galt Mile community, our neighborhood, the city, county, and state.
Fred Nesbitt, President, opened the ceremony by describing the Galt Mile as an “elegant neighborhood with the best tropical climate, pristine beaches, shopping, dining and nightlife. It’s a place where the sun rises over the beach each morning and sets over the intracostal each evening.” He welcomed the Ieraci family to this special dedication: Lisa Ieraci along with Daniel and Alessia.
Welcoming the attendees were Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis and Fort Lauderale Mayor Dean Trantalis. Sharing remembrances of Pio were Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman, Andy Mitchell and Ellyn Bogdanoff. Additional comments were offered by State Representative Chip LaMarca, Broward County Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher, and State Senator Gary Farmer. Recognized in the audience were former State Representative George Moraitis, Fort Lauderdale City Manager Chris Lagerbloom, Fort Lauderdale Director of Parks and Rec Phil Thornberg, and Sgt Tom Gestal, Police Liaison to the Galt Mile.
After the ceremony, a reception was held at Café Vico, hosted by the owner/chef Marco Rodrigues. I would personally like to thank Chef Marco for his generosity and warm welcome to our neighborhood restaurant on the Galt Mile. If you have not visited this great new Italian restaurant on the Galt, you are missing out on something wonderful. Visit their Facebook page.
The picture shows the monument with family and dignitaries gathered around. From left to right: Broward County Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Alessia Ieraci, Daniel Ieraci, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman, Lisa Ieraci, Galt Mile President Fred Nesbitt, State Rep. Chip LaMarca, and Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis.
To see more pictures, visit the Galt Mile Facebook page at facebook.com/galtmilecommunity.
In his latest update, Rep LaMarca reports that the Legislature had a very productive committee week process before this year’s legislative session, which will begin on January 11th. During these six committee weeks, the Florida House discussed gaming, education, held special session, and more.
After last year’s historic budget due to the pandemic, economists have estimated that we will have more in general revenue than previously expected for this fiscal year, along with following 2022-2023 fiscal year. This additional revenue does not include the $6 billion in Coronavirus stimulus money, which has not been tapped into and remains in the State’s reserves.
Rep. LaMarca goes on to report on several important legislative bills filed in the State House. Click here to read the full Legislative Update.
In his latest newsletter, Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar answers two key questions about Homestead Exemptions. The first is: Does my homestead exemption automatically renew? After your initial application for Homestead Exemption has been approved, it automatically renews each year unless there is a change of ownership or eligible use of your homesteaded property. If you have any questions relating to the death of the owner, the Change Card or need assistance in filing for Homestead or other tax-saving exemptions, please visit their website at web.bcpa.net or contact their Customer Service Department at 954-357-6830.
The second question is: Where did my portability savings go? When the website is updated to display subsequent year property values, your portability deduction is no longer shown independently because it is already factored into your new Assessed/Save Our Homes value.
In his November newsletter, Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher states, “and I have been chosen as your new Vice Mayor. I’m incredibly honored and grateful to have been selected as your new Vice Mayor by my colleagues. I’m excited and look forward to working with our new Mayor, the Commission and most importantly our communities, as we continue to build on Broward County’s successes for a bright future.” The Vice Mayor also reports on the rental assistance program, beach renourishment (which includes the Galt Mile beaches), turtles and manatees, and new cruise ships docking in our port.
Vice Mayor Moraitis reported on Light Up the Galt night on November 18. She stated, the rain could not stop us from kicking off the 4th annual Light up the Galt! Thank you, North Beach Restaurants and Shoppes owners and city staff for working with us to plan this event. The beautiful holiday decorations along with the many business owners and residents make this a special area of our city to visit all year long. Her report also describes activities in our community in which the Vice Mayor participated.
Our Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar discusses the 2022 Homestead Exemption is his new newsletter. All qualified Florida residents are eligible to receive a Homestead Exemption on their homes, condominiums, co-op apartments, and certain mobile home lots. To qualify for Homestead Exemption, you must own and make the property your permanent residence on January 1 of the year for which you are applying for this valuable exemption. You can easily apply online at https://web.bcpa.net
The timely deadline to file for all 2022 exemptions is March 1, 2022.
To read the full newsletter, click here.
Turtle season will come to an end October 31st, which means the Segment II Beach Renourishment project will shortly begin. Fort Lauderdale is expected to begin to see sand replenishment in December through April 2022. For regular updates and/or specific information, visit Broward.org/BeachRenourishment. Questions regarding this project can also be directed to [email protected]. His newsletter also updates us on the coastal commuter link, ePermits One Stop for applying for building permits, and the new electric buses being used in Broward County that give off no emissions.
Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis’ latest newsletter covers many issues, including what happens and what to do when water and sewer bills spike without explanation. Individual owners don’t see this, as condominiums are on a master meter, but the association could see this spiking. Mark Your Calendars: November 18 is Light Up the Galt Night in our neighborhood from 6-9 pm.
The Property Appraiser’s Office does not set your tax rates, collect property taxes, or determine how the tax revenue is allocated by local government. Florida law requires the Property Appraiser’s office to assess all property based on the market data on January 1 of each year. They are also able to grant tax-saving exemptions to qualified applicants. The property tax bills are mailed by the Broward County’s Records, Taxes & Treasury Division. If you have questions regarding the payment of your tax bill, please contact their office at 954.831.4000 or visit their website at https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury