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Property Exemption Filing Deadlines are Now

Learn how to apply for your money-saving 2021 Senior Exemption or renew your exemption.  Property owners who are 65 years or older may qualify for an additional exemption on their Homesteaded property.  Residents who received the Low-Income Senior Exemption in 2020 must renew the exemption for the 2021 tax year.

Check out the 2021 Save Our Homes cap set by Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Revenue has set the 2021 Save Our Homes cap at 1.4%. The Save Our Homes cap begins the year after you receive Homestead Exemption and automatically renews each year.

The absolute filing deadline for any 2021 exemption is September 20, 2021. Our thanks to Property Appraiser Marty Kiar and his long-time Galt Mile liaison Bob Wolfe for sharing this information and being friends of the Galt Mile.

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Broward Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s January 2021 Newsletter

Broward County District 4 Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s January 2021 Newsletter features a wealth of relevant information for his Galt Mile constituents – as usual. The content includes –

1) COVID-19 Stats and Vaccination Updates (vaccination appointments by telephone

2) Business Assistance Update (Paycheck Protection Program loans resumed and FPL small business credits)

3) Recent Broward Commission Actions

4) Port Everglades Update

5) Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport Update

Click here to read the newsletter.








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News from Our Property Appraiser Marty Kiar

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar has issued a newsletter that provides details to all residents regarding the Homestead exemption, time frame for use of portability of the exemption, and the annual senior exemption renewal.  Information about the Homestead exemption registration and all property appraisal matters can be found on their website:  bcpa.netClick here to read the newsletter.

You can also follow Marty Kiar on Facebook.

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Memorial to Galt Mile President Pio Ieraci

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission adopted an “Expression of Sympathy,” recognizing Pio Ieraci’s many achievements and contributions to the city of Fort Lauderdale. Click here to read a copy of the resolution.   District 1 City Commissioner Heather Moraitis “presented the Ieraci family with an ‘Expression of Sympathy’ from the City of Fort Lauderdale, but no words can truly express the grief we feel over losing such a wonderful community leader. Rest in peace, Pio.”  Click here to read the Expression of Sympathy.

Pio Ieraci was born on January 10, 1962 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Francesco and Marcella (Colini) Ieraci. In 1985, Pio married the love of his life, Lisa. He had two wonderful children, Daniel and Alessia. Pio was devoted to his family and to God.

He moved to Florida over 30 years ago. Pio started fresh but quickly found success and founded International Property Investments Corp. in 1993. Pio was a civic leader and active in his community. He was appointed to the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board, served as the Chairman of the South Florida Business Advisors, Inc., and Chairman of the Broward Beach Coalition. Thanks in part to his tireless efforts the beach renourishment project was completed after over a decade of perseverance. In addition, Pio served as the Chairman of the President’s Council and President of the Galt Mile Community Association. He has also served as the President of the Galt Ocean Club Condominium Association for over 20 years and became a Licensed Community Association Manager.

Pio had a passion for music. He also loved to play tennis and spend time on the water with friends and family. He was known for his drive, perseverance and commitment to his community. Pio will be remembered for his tireless efforts to better the greater Fort Lauderdale area, his charismatic personality, ability to befriend anyone, and his boundless love for his family.

Pio was preceded in death by his father, Frank. He is survived by his mother, Marcy, his wife, Lisa, his son and daughter, Daniel and Alessia, his brothers, Rocky (Carol), and Frank (Michelle), his mother and father-in-law Maria and Rocco Pozzuoli, his brothers-in law Frank (Alice) Pozzuoli and Mauro (Sue) Pozzuoli, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on December 29th, 2020 at St. John the Baptist.

Memorial Comments on the Passing of Pio Ieraci

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis:  Sorry to hear of the passing of Pio Ieraci.  For three decades, he was a passionate voice for the interest of the Galt Ocean Mile area. He was a true community leader

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Heather Moraitis:  Fort Lauderdale lost a great leader. Pio Ieraci loved his wife, his children, and this city. He had a contagious level of commitment and charism that was unmatched. He served over 30 years as the president of the Galt Mile Community Association and he never let go of an issue he championed, even if it took a decade to resolve.  Pio defined perseverance and passion and I will be forever grateful for his friendship and leadership. I learned invaluable lessons as I worked with Pio on issues important to the Galt and on issues important to his neighborhood in District 1. The City of Fort Lauderdale is a better place because of Pio Ieraci.

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steve Glassman:  Devastating news. My heart goes out to the family for their loss – a loss shared by the entire Community. Pio was a man of so many accomplishments and worked tirelessly for those he represented. He deserves to rest in peace.

Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher:  I’m still in shock and disbelief over the passing of my dear friend Pio Ieraci, a true pillar of the Fort Lauderdale community. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family, and all of the Galt Mile Condominium Association residents. Pío will certainly be missed.

State Representative Chip LaMarca:  A dear friend of ours and thousands of Galt Mile residents has died. Pio Ieraci was active and successful in so many issues from beach renourishment to condo safety. This is just not right. Please pray for his wife Lisa and the kids.


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Staying Safe During the Holiday

The holiday season is upon us and I want to encourage everyone to please stay safe. Broward County continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health during this pandemic. The County receives and reviews daily state and regional criteria/indicators that provides administration with the ability to assess how our community is doing. Broward County is trending slightly higher in the number of positive cases in our area the past couple of weeks.

Click here to see Commissioner Fisher’s newsletter.

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Galt Mile President Passes Away

The Galt Mile Community is saddened to announce the passing of our President, Pio Ieraci.  Presiding over Galt Mile meetings and issues for the past 30 years, Pio was totally committed to the Galt Mile. His leadership made the Galt Mile community one of the most powerful neighborhood associations in Fort Lauderdale, and a powerful voice on county and state issues.  He also served as president of the Galt Ocean Club. 

The members of the Galt Mile Community Association and neighbors mourn the loss of this great man, who did so much over the past 30 years.  He will be sorely missed by all who know him. 

FORT LAUDERDALE — A powerful Fort Lauderdale beachfront community has lost its charismatic leader with the eagle eye for detail and the “force of nature” to get things done.

Pio Ieraci, longtime president of the Galt Mile Community Association, died early Sunday, December 20 from COVID-19, city officials confirmed. He was 58. “He was on a ventilator for 14 days,” Mayor Dean Trantalis said. “It’s a terrible shock to the community. It’s a real loss. Our heart goes out to his family.”Ieraci spent 30 years as president of the Galt Mile Community Association representing the interests of 30 oceanfront condos and 16,000 residents. A stickler for details, the Canadian-born Ieraci was a unique blend of businessman, family man, diplomat and village shaman, according to his bio on the association’s website.

Vice Mayor Steve Glassman, who became fast friends with Ieraci after meeting him 20 years ago, was reeling from the news of his death.  “I’m in shock,” Glassman said. “He’s been president of the Galt Mile Association forever. He’s been such a force of nature when it comes to community activism. He’s so involved and so caring, always out there and so involved. And a strong advocate for protecting the barrier island.”

Fred Nesbitt, director and treasurer of the Galt Mile Community Association, said he was devastated by the news.  “I still don’t believe it,” he said. “It was like taking a punch in the head this morning when I heard this. He’s been so much a part of us forever. Pio is the Galt.” Ieraci was a natural leader whose shoes are going to be impossible to fill, Nesbitt said. “He had a wonderful personality,” Nesbitt said. “He had charisma. He knew everyone. And he had the leadership skills to get things done. When he said he was going to do something, he did it. He got it done.”

Glassman described Ieraci as an organized and well-connected mover and shaker who was able to take local issues to the state level. “He did a great job working with our state legislators,” Glassman said. “I always thought of him as such a fit guy who took care of himself. I knew he was sick and I knew he was in the hospital. But I thought he was getting better. This is shocking to me. Shocking.”

Broward Commissioner Lamer Fisher said he immediately hit it off with Ieraci when the two met for coffee three years ago to discuss Fisher’s run for county office.  “He became a true friend,” Fisher said.  “I got the call this morning and I just couldn’t believe it.  He was so fit.  He was always exercising and eating right.  Always looked like a million dollars, no matter what he was wearing.  It just goes to show this disease is relentless.”

Ieraci, a real estate broker, owned his own company, International Property Investments Corp.  He leaves behind a wife, son and daughter. Ieraci would have been 59 on Jan 10.

Obituary, Sun-Sentinel, by Susannah Bryan

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Galt Mile Beach Renourishment

As previously reported, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to start construction of a post-Hurricane Irma repair project in Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale. The project is estimated to place approximately 387,800 cubic yards of upland sand along the shoreline, with 100% cost share by the federal government. Temporary beach construction access point closures will be necessary and public access will be restricted on the beach area directly under construction; however, all efforts will be made to accommodate beach access to residents and guests, while assuring safe construction operations.

Broward County is hosting a public outreach meeting is scheduled for October 30, 2020, from 11AM to 12PM via online webinar. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] and you can register to attend this virtual workshop by clicking below or visiting




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Galt Mile Reading Center Reopens November 9

I am thrilled to advise the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center will reopen on Monday, November 9th!  During the closure due to COVID 19, our libraries and facilities teams worked diligently on the previously planned renovation of the Reading Center.  I have seen photos of the finished project and I am hopeful the patrons will be happy with their new Reading Center. At this time computer usage is not available but please be assured Library staff is working to have the computers available in the near future.

Many thanks to our Library and Facilities staff for their hard work on this renovation project. And, to our patrons, thank you for your patience!   Happy Reading!  A list of all library events can be found by clicking here.

Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner, District 4

For more information on location, hours calendar of events and classes, and Friends of the Galt Mile Reading Center, please click here.

A special thanks goes to Theresa Claire, a member of the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board, for her volunteer hours and dedicated work toward getting our Galt Mile Reading Center renovation completed.  She used her voice to push our elected representatives to get the project started and completed.  We thank her for shepherding this project from inception until completion, and keeping the GMCA updated and informed every step of the way.

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Federal Beach Project Will Impact the Galt

The Segment II Shore Protection Project is located within central Broward County and contains the municipalities of Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale.  The project area has undergone three sand placement events in 1970, 1983, and 2016.

Currently, planning is underway for a Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) project in Segment II.  The project is expected to go to construction in Winter 2020, under 100% federal cost participation. These projects will replace losses from Hurricane Irma and rebuild the beaches to their full design template, above and below the water line, where feasible. Construction may begin in February 2021-March 2021. Alternatively, the contractor may decide to begin and complete the project in one phase from November 2021-March 2022. The schedule will be confirmed in January after the contract is awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers. They are keeping the turtle nesting season in mind.

In a conference call with Broward county, this is the latest on the project:

  1. 100% Federal funding
  2. The sand that they will be putting down will look like the sand that is at the beaches now, but the color may change a little over time.
  3. They got permission at all areas that will be closed for construction.
  4. They will always have crews onsite to direct people
  5. Usually it only takes a few days to place sand along most properties.
  6. They will be putting in a new reef while they do this.
  7. They have made it clear that no building will be impacted by the big/loud machinery.
  8. Entry locations for bringing sand to the beach: NE 30th Street, NE 27th Street, NE 25th Street, NE 18th Street and SR A1A and Sunrise Blvd


The last 2016 Segment II Shore Protection Project was constructed between January and December 2016. Due to sea turtle nesting season, no construction activities or sand placement occurred from May 1 to October 31. The project included sand placement along two reaches of shoreline. The northern reach, located along southern Pompano Beach and northern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was approximately 5,150 feet in length, and the southern reach located along southern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and northern/central Fort Lauderdale (including the Galt Mile) was approximately 21, 050 feet in length. Overall, 710,300 cubic yards of sand was placed within the project area from an upland sand mine. The most recent project accounted for sea level rise within its design, and this volume was included within the total amount of fill placed. Depending upon location along the shoreline, the restored beach added between 75 to 125 additional feet of beach. Additionally, over 1.5 miles of new dune habitat was created by the project. Overall, total project costs related to sand placement only were approximately $36 million.

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NE 33rd Street Stormwater Pipe Repair

The City of Fort Lauderdale will be repairing a stormwater pipe in the westbound lane of NE 33rd Street between NE 32nd Avenue and NE 33rd Avenue.  Work is expected to begin on Tuesday, October 27 and will be completed on Friday, November 6.  This schedule is subject to change based on inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Click here for more information