Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board October 17, 2007 Page 10
Ms. Graham asked whether lights will be on all night long. In response, Mr. Madfis replied that only those required by Code will remain on at night. Ms. Graham voiced concern about the level of illumination and its effect on homeowners. She also voiced concern about second and third floor suites in the clubhouse which can be opened up to balconies overlooking neighboring homes.
Mr. Madfis stated these suites are for boat owners to leave their belongings for short periods and are not for usage as apartments. Ms. Graham also questioned the driveway circulation route. Mr. Madfis advised that garages on the west side are for long-term storage of cars for those taking boats out for extended periods. He added that cars would not use the driveway extensively and vehicular circulation is extremely limited except for emergency vehicles. Ms. Graham asked if it is necessary for the added illumination on the west side of the property if vehicular traffic is limited. Mr.
Madfis stated lighting on the west side properties. He added that a stipulation the Board is concerned about glare.
of the property will can be added that
not spill over into neighboring lighting be placed on timers if
Ms. Maus asked if Mr. Madfis is satisfied that proposed landscaping buffer is adequate to meet neighborhood compatibility requests. Mr. Madfis responded affirmatively. Ms. Maus asked if mature landscaping is going to be installed. Mr. Madfis stated the client is committed to buying the most mature foliage possible.
Ms. Maus asked if clean marina practices are factored into the project; Mr. Madfis responded affirmatively.
Ms. Golub asked who the car garages will be sold to and was advised by Mr. Madfis that the garages will be sold only to marine industry individuals using the boat slips. In addition, she commented that if locker rooms were used versus suites, the clubhouse would be shorter. Mr. Madfis stated these rooms are an amenity that fits into the overall package being offered to mega yacht owners.
Ms. Golub voiced concern about the facility’s size and about privacy for the neighboring residents. Mr. Madfis stated the balconies are 5-foot wide and not designed for people to sit out for long periods. Ms. Golub stated the neighboring residents have legitimate concerns about the proposed facility and activities that will be different from current use.
Ms. Golub asked who will own the commercial units on the property. Mr. Madfis stated marine businesses will operate these units.
Chair Curtis closed the public hearing.