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2014 City Of Fort Lauderdale Legislative Priorities

CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

2014 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES AND FUNDING REQUESTS

 This document reflects the official position of the City of Fort Lauderdale regarding issues and pending legislation that would impact the operation of local government. It also provides priorities for the pursuit of funding for various City initiatives.

 The City of Fort Lauderdale will endorse and support legislation that will:

1. Permit municipal government to make necessary changes to local law pension plans

2. Support expansion of passenger rail options

3. Promote improved water quality and quantity

4. Increase resources for urban transportation needs

5. Provide for local regulation of short term rental properties

6. Preserve and/or enhance municipal home rule

7. Restore funding levels for State Housing Incentive Program (SHIP)

8. Expand resources for beach revitalization and re-nourishment

9. Support municipal government initiatives to curb homelessness

10. Enhance municipal participation in state environmental permitting processes

11.Encourage energy development and conservation and the development and implementation of alternative energy sources

12. Address human trafficking issues

13. Remove the state’s preemption of local regulations on vacation rentals

The City of Fort Lauderdale will oppose any legislation that will:

1. Create unfunded mandates.

2. Restrict or decrease allocation of red light camera revenues to local governments

3. Decrease the City’s tax base through manipulation of tax exemptions on properties

4. Modify, restrict or eliminate the City’s ability to levy, collect or spend franchise fees, communications service taxes or local business taxes

5. Restrict Home rule

The City of Fort Lauderdale will seek financial support for the following initiatives:

1. Crime reduction

2. WAVE development

3. Transportation enhancements specifically focused on greenways and complete street initiatives

4. Beach re-nourishment

5. Juvenile Justice programs

6. Flood prevention and hazard mitigation

7. Riverwalk enhancement and activation

8. Promotion of Fort Lauderdale’s marine industry

9. Water, sewer, and storm-water infrastructure improvements.

10. Comprehensive homelessness strategy

11. Additional parks and recreational activities, including athletic fields.

12. Prevention of the sale and use of designer drugs, e.g. (Molly and Ethylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (EDMA)


Agenda December 10 2013

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

December 10 2013

Extended Meet and Greet 7:00 Pm to 8:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER 7:30 PM

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: 1) MEETING MINUTES *
                                                                                                2) TREASURER’S REPORT

 POLICE/FIRE REPORT

ANNOUNCEMENTS/GUEST INTRODUCTION

REPORTS

A review of 2013 and discussion of programs and issues for 2014

NEW BUSINES

OLD BUSINESS

FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY

ADJOURN

*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting December 16 2013

Next General Membership Meeting January 14, 2014


September 2013 General Meeting Minutes – Draft

Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations
General Meeting Minutes – DRAFT
September 10, 2013

City Hall, 8th Floor Conference Room

1)    Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Mammano at 7:30 pm.

2)    Pledge: Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America

3)    Roll Call:  First VP Centamore called attendance and declared a quorum.

4)    Review and Acceptance of the Minutes:  Minutes of the August 2013 meeting were approved as presented.

5)    Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer’s Report Attached

6)    Police/Fire Report: 

Captain Appel gave the Police Report and the Batalion Chief Jo-Ann Lorber of the Fire Department gave the Fire Report. Two main notes of interest was the September 11 Memorial held at the Fire Museum on September 11, and the upcoming CERT classes to be held October 26 & November 2.

7)    Announcements: Tonight’s Special Meeting is the Annual Legislative Round Up for the City of Fort Lauderdale.

8)    Guest Introductions:  Invited Guests are as follows:

Representative George Moralities – District 93: In Attendance. Focus:  Creating Private Jobs at Port Everglades, Constituent Servicing, and expressed interest in the Legislative Committee’s Legislative Priorities. Left meeting early.

Representative Gwendolyn Clark-Reed – District 92: In Attendance. Focus: Sober Housing, Parasailing Safety, Civil Citation against the Youth

Representative Perry E Thurston, JR – District 94: Did not attend though invited.

Senator Maria Sachs – District 34: In Attendance. Focus: Property Insurance, Veteran Homes, Transportation. Left meeting early.

Senator Eleanor Sobel – District 33: Did not attend though invited.

9)    President’s Report:

President Mammano raised concerns with the Legislature Representatives regarding Slap Suits in Florida and the situation with the CBA. Aldo, President Mammano reviewed an email exchange with the mayor regarding the allotted time for neighborhood President’s to speak at a Commission Hearing when a major debate is on the table affecting a neighborhood on a grand scale.

10)    Old Business:

Public Participation and Neighborhood Compatibility continues to be a concern among the neighborhoods, their allowed time to present neighborhood concerns and presentations, and the lack of a District Commissioner ate such hearings. Continued expression of concern was raised concerning the Quiet Zones with the upcoming plans of All Aboard Florida.

11)    Committee Reports:

A) Legislative Committee: Provided a great evening with our legislative representatives and committed to the Council and our representatives continued involvement and engagement between the Legislative Committee and their offices.

B) The Public Participation Committee is diligently reviewing the ideas offered at the Council and by resident s regarding the Public Participation Ordinance. Committee meeting was scheduled for later in the month.

C) Suggestion has been made that a Code Committee be formulated to deal with code enforcement concerns and policies such as the ones brought up by Mr. Don Zimmer. It was expressed some of the code is ambiguous and open to interpretation and unclear. Request was made to get neighborhoods to consider this an item of further importance.

12)    For the Good of the Community:

Amber Van Buren from Broward Meals on Wheels  (BMOW) gave an overview of the BMOW program and explained the need for the elderly to have animal companion ship though at times the elderly will give their own food to the animals. BMOW went home with bags of dog and cat food to assist in this effort. For more information please view the www.bmow.org web site.

13)    Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:56 pm.

Respectfully Submitted, Shannon Harmeling, Recording Secretary


Agenda for the November 12, 2012 General Membership Meeting

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CFLCA GM 11-12-13

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

November 12, 2013 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER 7:30 PM

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: 1) MEETING MINUTES *
                                              

                                                2) TREASURER’S REPORT

 POLICE/FIRE REPORT

ANNOUNCEMENTS/GUEST INTRODUCTIONS

 Hardeep Anand, Public Works Director, presenting a brief overview of the City’s              Storm Waste Management Plans and how re-engineering city swales into attractive green storm water features can improve your neighborhood.

Hal Barnes, Neighbor Support Night (City Hall Open House)  To be co-sponsored by CFLCA at our February Meeting

 REPORTS

Presidents Report

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Meeting with City Attorney and Slap Suits

Legislative Committee

Vacation Rentals

Gambling Hearings

NEW BUSINESS

Citizens Committee of Recognition 2014

OLD BUSINESS

FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY

Food Collection for Broward Pantry December Meeting

Dennis Ulmer reports on the 5th Annual Southeast Florida Regional

Climate Leadership Summit          

ADJOURN

*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting November 25 2013

Next General Membership Meeting December 10 2013

 


Agenda for October 8, 2013

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

October 8 2013 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER 7:30 PM

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: 1) MEETING MINUTES *
                                              

                                                2) TREASURER’S REPORT

 POLICE/FIRE REPORT

Guest Speakers

Susan Torriente, Assistant City Manager

Jim Koeth, Principal Environmental Strategist

Adaptation Action Areas Pilot Project

                                    (aka dealing with flooding in the coming years)

 REPORTS

Presidents Report

State Law Governing Public Meetings

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

NEW BUSINES

December Holiday Meeting Format

 OLD BUSINESS

Slap Suits

FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY

ADJOURN

*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting October 28, 2013

Next General Membership Meeting, November 12, 2013 


Agenda October 8, 2013

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

October 8 2013 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER 7:30 PM

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: 1) MEETING MINUTES *
                                              

                                                2) TREASURER’S REPORT

 POLICE/FIRE REPORT

Guest Speakers

Susan Torriente, Assistant City Manager

Jim Koeth, Principal Environmental Strategist

Adaptation Action Areas Pilot Project

                                    (aka dealing with flooding in the coming years)

REPORTS

Presidents Report

State Law Governing Public Meetings

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

NEW BUSINES

December Holiday Meeting Format

 OLD BUSINESS

Slap Suits

FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY

ADJOURN

*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting October 28, 2013

Next General Membership Meeting, November 12, 2013 


August 2013 General Meeting Minutes

General Membership Meeting

August 13, 2013

City Hall, 8th Floor Conference Room

  1. Meeting was called to order by President Mammano at 7:30 p.m.
  2. 1st Vice President Ron Centamore called the roll and declared we had a quorum.
  3. Minutes from the June General Meeting were adopted as presented.
  4. The Treasurer’s Report was read by Treasurer Rochelle Golub.  The ending balance as of July 31, 2013 was $8462.79.
  5. Police Report: Presented by Captain Appel – New Captain for District 3 – 954-822-6376 [email protected] Changes department-wide to attend the CFLCA meetings. Captain Alvarez for District 2 and Captain Dietrich for District 1 will also attend on a rotation. New accomplishments in dealing with transient individuals who live under the bridges and overpasses. The State has now given cities a right to hand our Trespass Affidavits for those under the bridges. FLPD does have a homeless outreach officer and they do try to get them help if they are willing to get it. This was an accomplishment of the NAT Team and the Homeless Outreach Officers.  There are vacancies in the NAT teams due to promotions. In response to some questions, an explanation of the “NAT” teams was given. NAT stands for Neighborhood Action Team. Captain Appel explained that even though there is a change in staff due to the recent promotions, the police department and the NAT Officers are here to serve the neighborhoods and welcome calls and are willing to address any concerns. Residents should expect a response of some sort from NAT Officers. If not, contact the Captains. NAT used to be Community Policing – “touchy, feely.” District 1 NAT Officers commended by more than one neighborhood and noted to be affective. Yearly the Command staff evaluates the necessary staff
  6. Guests: Gloria Battle, Gwendolyn Clark Reed’s Office; (State Representatives on September 10)
  7. Thanks to Ron Centamore for the food.
  8. Guest Speakers: from All Aboard Florida, Ali Soule Public Affairs Manager, and Jose Gonzalez VP FEC Corporate Development, Executive Director Greg Stewart of MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Diana Alarcon from Transportation & Mobility (T&M) discussed the FEC All Aboard Florida plans, how this will affect Fort Lauderdale, and how MPO fits in to the plans. Diana Alacorn from the City explained how these T&M facets work together. Focus on the Quiet Zones and safety at the crossings. Explanation of connecting with the ports and the export/import business of Port Everglades. Florida population 19 million, and with tourist over 55 million travelling from Miami to Orlando and around the state. The trains will be “smart” corridors providing wi-fi, etc. 70% of travelers are leisure travelers. 400 employees to run the system; 1000s of employees to build it, plus additional retail around the stations. Goal is to provide hourly service. 32 additional trains. This is not Tri Rail. Start of operation target for 2015. All Aboard Florida is totally private; no funding from State or Federal government. (40 min)See http://www.allaboardflorida.com/ for more All Aboard Florida information. Also see http://www.browardmpo.org/ for Broward MPO. Also see http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/trans_mobility/index.htm for City T&M information.
  9. President’s Report/New Business: 1) On the Commission meeting on the 20th:  A) Up-zoning for the Downtown RAC and B) Proposing the Anti-concentration Legislation for Social Service Facility. Problem is you can a halfway house that is not licensed and they can whoever they want there and not covered by these regulations. Houses will put ten people in a three bedroom house, etc. and there are all kinds of social problems. To be brought up at the September 10th meeting with the Legislatures. This proposed legislation is to tighten up the current regulations. Relationships can’t be forced between those living in these houses. The idea of what a “family” is cannot be defined. 2) Explanation of the ANNUAL Neighborhood Recognition Process by the City vs. the paperwork needed to fill out for the CFLCA. Go to City’s web page, and look on the Neighborhood list to see if you are “recognized.” 3) Legislative Roundup is September 10 CFLCA General Meeting. 4) Appointment of Shannon Harmeling as the Chair for the Public Participation Ordinance Committee to focus first on the draft of the Public Participation Ordinance. 5) From the Environmental Division of the City employee Larry Teichs is willing to come out and employee xxx discuss swales, and Climate Change Impact. See http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/public_services/environmental_services/  6) Meals on Wheels by Doug Sauder asking people to bring pet food for these people who have pets. Amber Van Buren will come and talk next month about this issue. 7) Resident, Mr. Don Zimmer [email protected] brought up a code concern from Coral Ridge association about commercial trailors parking in the right of way, and on private property. He met with Greg Bruten head of planning and zoning and said the code has problems and would need the community as a whole to help change the code. He had handouts for everyone. 8) Brucie Cummings of Tarpon River President had a brief discussion of the Marina Lofts project was addressed and the CFLCA has refrained from taking a stand in the matter and leaving it up to individuals and neighbors to do as they wish. It was mentioned that Commissioner Rogers recused himself from the vote on Marina Lofts. Brucie had letters to hand out. Residents are encouraged to email their commissioners.
  10. Meeting Adjourned.

Executive Board Meeting August 26 2013

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

August 26, 2013 5:30 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall

AGENDA

 ROLL CALL

REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: 1) MEETING MINUTES *

2) TREASURER’S REPORT

ANNOUNCEMENTS/GUEST INTRODUCTIONS

            John Weaver, President CAB

REPORTS

Presidents Report

Redistricting

Civic Association Presentations at Public Meetings

Suggested Program for October

Membership Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Public Participation

Legislative Committee

 NEW BUSINESS

            Civic Association presentations at public hearings

Slap Suit against CBA

Christmas Meeting/Party

 OLD BUSINESS

            Pet food collection for Meals on Wheels

Retention Policy

SET THE AGENDA FOR NEXT MEETING

            Legislative Roundup

FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY

ADJOURN

*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting September 23 2013 

Next General Membership Meeting August 13 2013


Agenda September 10, 2013

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

September 10, 2013 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER 7:30 PM

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: 1) MEETING MINUTES *

2) TREASURER’S REPORT

POLICE/FIRE REPORT

ANNOUNCEMENTS/GUEST INTRODUCTIONS

Legislative Roundup

Representative George Moraitis – District 93

Representative Gwyndolen Clark-Reed District 92

Representative Perry E Thurston, Jr. District 94 (Invited)

Senator Maria Sachs – District 34

Senator Eleanor Sobel -District 33

REPORTS

Presidents Report

Slap Suits

Civic Association Presentations at Public Meetings

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation Ordinance

NEW BUSINESS

OLD BUSINESS

FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY

Amber VanBuren, Broward Meals on Wheels

ADJOURN

*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting September 23, 3013

Next General Membership Meeting October 8, 2013