Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board October 17, 2007 Page 8
Mr. Glassman asked how many homeowners attended the meeting and voted. Mr. Miller stated the vote total was unanimous. He advised that of the 600 homes there are about 20 members who regularly attend meetings and vote. Mr. Miller added that the Civic Association provides newsletters to residents advising of projects being discussed on each agenda.
Ms. Freeman asked about the consensus regarding the compatibility of this project. In response, Mr. Miller stated that the boat yard as it stands today is a problem to the neighborhood. He stated that residents believe this project will be a vast improvement.
Margaret Cruxton, Executive Director of the Marina Mile Civic Association, stated the Association is in favor of this project and welcomes the Ruff family. Ms. Cruxton stated the Ruff family has continuously informed the Association of the project’s process.
Bill Brigger, President of the Marina Mile Civic Association, spoke in favor of the project which he feels is a tremendous improvement to the neighborhood.
Frank Herhold, Executive Director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), spoke of Channel 4’s recent televised tour with the MIASF, on the topic of the working waterfront and loss of boatyards. Mr. Herhold advised that Mr. Ruff addressed the MIASF the previous night, after which the Board voted unanimously in favor of this project for these reasons:
The project is in keeping with the Board’s resolution that marine facilities should remain as marine facilities.
The project updates an aging and obsolete facility.
The project provides additional marine business opportunities with office space.
The boatyard provides accessibility to the public.
The project serves smaller boats and mega yachts.
The developers are marine industry professionals.
Mr. Herhold urged the Board to vote in support of this project.
Liz Forder, a resident of the neighborhood, commented that the 75’ building will be right behind her home. She voiced concern that the building will directly overlook her yard and requested screening. She also complained about problems with garbage collection on the south portion of the site and asked what will be done with the access road.