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Minutes of the Executive Board July 28,2014

Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations

Executive Board Meeting

July 28, 2014

 1)  Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Marilyn Mammano, President at 5:22 PM

2)  In Attendance:  Betty Shelley, Jackson Boren, Marilyn Mammano, Linda Nugent,

      Ron Centamore, Steve Stahl, Chuck Black, Lester Williams, Cathy Stubbs and Member Raymond Dettmann.

3)  Approval of Minutes:  A motion to approve the previous executive board meeting on 5/19/14 was made by Jackson Boren and seconded by Chuck Black. The motion was approved unanimously.

4) President’s Report:  Marilyn complained that the City has put an important update during the month of July, with the Social Services Facilities Update. Lee Feldman is expected at this meeting at 6pm to give us the City’s perspective on this issue. She believes that the purpose of the amendment is to shut down the problematic feeding program in Stranahan Park or at least regulate it. It is a comprehensive plan that revamps the entire ordinance, and Betty commented that they leave no place for the services to be rendered since there are so many – distances from this and that, etc. Marilyn said they propose a new map showing the proposed areas which is significantly different than the present map. The most significant change is the addition of the B1 Business District to the map. The people in the new proposed areas are not happy with it. Jackson noted that some areas that show up red are actually schools which do not serve food etc. and the map does not give a true representation of the actual sites that can start up programs. Marilyn stated that the proposed map is made up using zoning criteria where it would be possible to locate a facility. The one exception to the map is any church, anywhere, can have a program as long as it is done inside. There are many new restrictions concerning placement, restrooms, hand washing, food preparation safety, and time of operation. Betty and Jackson said the beach was not addressed and there is a lot of loitering. Marilyn stated that the new loitering regulation does not solve any problems but simply relocated them from downtown to 17th Street and those persons are just not going to disappear, they relocate to a new comfortable place. Some communities will like the proposal, others will say, why me. There are some good and bad things in the proposal.

Lee Feldman was introduced to discuss the Social Services proposal that will be before the City Commission in September. He said there were 2 previous proposals that were passed recently concerning loitering and urination/defecation in public and the other concerning storage of personal belongings on public property that is coming back for description changes on September 3rd. The proposal to address public solicitation is still being worked on and it also may be addressed on September 3rd.  Camping will not be permitted between 6AM and midnight on public property and things such as discrimination, citizen taking a nap vs. a homeless person taking a nap, is one of the areas still being discussed.

The Abbott decision as it stands states that the city cannot prohibit feeding in public areas. The ordinance that is being worked on include 4 different types. Fixed General, Outdoor, Indoor and rehabilitation sites. The sites will be required to have sanitary facilities, proper food handling and temperatures. They will be health graded facilities to limit foodborne illnesses. He said that no additional areas were being added for Social Service Facilities. Marilyn expressed confusion and requested that a closer look be taken on B1 zoning area being added as potential sites due to it being the gateway to the convention center and the beach area. Lee said he didn’t think that was so but would look into it. Existing facilities will not fall under the guidelines of distance from each other, but if a facility closes and is not reopened within 6 months, the new distance rule will be put into place. Marilyn pointed out that some communities with many facilities would get relief over time. Chuck brought up the monitoring of the sites and would it be monthly, quarterly or just when. Code, rather than hiring more persons will reset priorities in order to address the food services compliance issue and the exact manner of the inspections have not been determined. The issue will be further discussed with the Council in September. The proposal will be before the planning and zoning in August and before the Commission in the 2nd meeting in September or the 1st meeting in October.

5)  New Business:  Chuck Black stated that the Chamber of Commerce has been discussing County Funded Homeless that effects our city in an adverse way. They come to our courthouse and have no way to return to where they came from. And the main objective is to reduce the number of lawsuits and it is being discussed. Jackson brought up the issue of the destruction of 18 acres of coral, dredging of a lake, shipping in hazardous materials and concern of the safety of the tank cars on the railroad. Also he expressed a concern of other potential environmental disasters with businesses being given permission to drill and frack for oil in the everglades and until issues like this gets printed, nothing is done. The information from the port authority has let us know that the only item related to gasoline that is handled by the port is Ethanol that is inbound from the mid-west for gasoline production. There are other hazardous materials that are shipped in and out and can be identified by the numbered signs displayed on the outside of every railcar. Chuck Black brought up an issue concerning a problem on his neighborhood board and asked if the Council could help with the issue. Marilyn stated that the Council is a coalition of associations as members that all operate under their own by laws and settle their own issues. Persons can ask advice of individuals, but not as an action or decree of the Council. The only issue that the Council will do on an associations behalf is to sponsor and/or monitor elections and will perform that function on receipt of an official letter from the president of the association requesting the assistance.

6)  Old Business:  Ron inquired what is being done with the public participation ordinance. Marilyn stated that the vote of the membership fell through and said if the committee chair is not in attendance at the next meeting, Ron is a member on that board and should propose a resolution to the issue at the next meeting. At our last meeting it was reported that we had 45 members. Linda stated that as of 7/6 her count is 38 and she counted it several times.

7)  Future meeting agendas: Our next meeting we will have Dr. Blackburn to discuss the proposed $800,000,000 improvements to the Broward County Schools. It is being called a “smart initiative” that will fund safety, maintenance, art and technology. Linda stated that there are complaints of large pay increases and little accountability for how the funds are spent. Marilyn quoted a Sun Sentinel article stating that this will cost every taxpayer $50/yr. for the next 30 years. Linda and Betty said they would like to know what schools and exactly what is being done with the funds, just as every business has to do. The proposal without this information will lead to funds not being placed where the citizens think it should be. Betty will be out of the country and won’t be able to take the lead on a discussion with Chester Ludwig that is on the Education Advisory Board and will come to the meeting and can answer questions concerning the county and also the city schools. Betty stated a big issue for the city schools is getting a better identity for Fort Lauderdale Schools to have them stand out from the county schools. There are 3 ideas that have come up, logos to be displayed on busses, signage, ask businesses to adopt schools and mentor and to get a link on the school website to identify city schools which are never mentioned at the School Board meetings and there is not any identity for the Fort Lauderdale Schools. The School Board has hired a consulting firm to do a needs assessment and 5 city schools came up as needing improvement. There are many schools that are in bad shape and we need to know if they are included in the upcoming $800,000,000 proposal. Linda stated that if they don’t come up with a comprehensive plan, the proposal is doomed to fail. People are having a hard time keeping up their personal issues without being burdened with the additional tax. At the August meeting we will also discuss briefly the upcoming budget hearings to be held in September and ask candidates to come to an extended meet and greet prior to the meeting, but not to give any presentations. It was announced that a meeting was going to be held with civil and county judges on August 6th at Art Serve. It was suggested that we could combine code enforcement, conservation and Florida friendly Landscape. Communication between our County commissioners is lacking and we need to ask them to furnish us with some form of communication that we can share with the membership as to what is going on. Some commissioners have newsletters some do not. Tobacco Free Florida will be asked to give a presentation at a future meeting, possibly in October.

8)  Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:06PM.

Respectfully Submitted, Steve Stahl, Recording Secretary

CFLCA ex board meeting 7-28-14 MMLN

Agenda August 12 2014


August 12, 2014 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall


CALL TO ORDER 7:45 PM (Meet and Greet with Candidates in the August Primary)



REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE: Meeting Minutes June 10, 2014





 Dr Blackburn, Chief School Performance and Accountability Officer

Broward County School Board SMART Initiative and School Bond Issue

Mr. Chester Ludwick, Chairman of the Education Advisory Board

Mr. Gregory Boardman, Board Member

Needs Assessment for Schools that serve Fort Lauderdale students

Marketing and Support for Fort Lauderdale Schools


Presidents Report

Proposed Revisions to the SSF Regulations

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Recommendation of the Public Participation Committee*



 Report from South Middle River on the first Adopt a Neighbor Program

Distribute magnets from the Crime Stoppers Program



*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting August 25, 2014

Next General Membership Meeting September 9, 2014

CFLCA GM 8-12-2014

Minutes for the June 10 2014 General Membership Meeting

Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations

General Membership Meeting

June 10, 2014

 1)  Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Marilyn Mammano, President at 7:30 PM

2)  Roll Call:  Ron Centamore, First VP called attendance and declared a quorum.

3)  Review and Acceptance of Minutes:  The agenda and the minutes for the general meeting are posted on our website: the weekend prior to the meeting.

A motion to accept the minutes from the April and May 2014 was made by Ron Centamore and seconded by Jackson Boren. The motion was unanimously approved.

4) Treasurer’s Report: Marilyn Mammano reported that we now have 45 members and the treasurer’s report was deferred.

5)  Announcement:  Made by President Mammano, welcoming Dick Lowery from Lauderdale Isles. We haven’t seen in a while, even though they are members and happy he was in attendance.

6)  Police Report:  Lieutenant Scelfo, with the FLPD District 2 gave his report: Summer is here and we are utilizing the new Intelligence Lead Policing to address problems that increase due to schools being on summer leave. We are working with families using our school resource officers to address youth problems. Hurricane season is upon us, FLPD is ramping up and suggested attending the Hurricane Expo on June 21st. We ask that everyone pass along vital information they receive to everyone concerning evacuations and notices. We will have marked and unmarked vehicles out with lights flashing….pass the word on. Question from Marilyn Mammano: How is the County-wide 911 system setup coming: The sheriff’s office is working out the kinks in the system and have begun moving personnel out of our building. The implementation does not a firm date set as of yet. Question from Doug Sterner; Do you have a comment on the incident on the beach on Memorial Day, and what is being done to prevent it from happening again? A lot of planning went into preparing for the event, but there were disturbances that made it necessary to call in special forces to deal with the problem. Next year we intend for a detective to constantly monitor social media sites to detect potential problems. Question from Marilyn Mammano: What is being done to address the unruly Critical Mass Bike rides on the last Friday of the month? The chapter that we have is loosely organized and no one claims leadership. We attempt to work with them and the last bike ride was escorted by police. They must be willing to obey the law, and if not, enforcement will take place.

7)  Fire and Emergency Management Report: Battalion Chief Jo-Ann Lorber asked that everyone check all of their food and safety supplies along with other protection things like window shutters are in good shape and ready to use. Kim Centamore lead the Hands Only CPR demonstration and said the program is funded by a grant and backed by the American Heart Association. With the way things are now, everyone is apprehensive about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Doing something is better than nothing, and a life could be saved with the Hands Only CPR procedure and keeping the oxygenated blood in the body circulating. It is not a Certified CPR Course, but basic instruction to help a person in need until Fire and Rescue can arrive. Get someone to call 911 or perform CPR for 2 minutes and you should make the call. You will receive a certificate for your participation. The program has been well received and they are expecting to train 5,000 – 7,500 persons this year. Be sure area is safe and perform on a hard surface. Jorg Hruschka, the city’s Chief Service Officer asked that everyone pass the word around that the training is available and they will come to HOA, Neighborhood Association and condo facilities for training. Information will be posted on our website for contact information to set up a training session.

8)  Broward Crime Stoppers:  Ralph Page, Executive Director of Broward Crime Stoppers has been in law enforcement for 27 years and this program is the best crime prevention program he has ever seen. The main reasons persons don’t report problems is that they do not want to get involved or they feel their information is not relevant. For crimes in progress, call 911, if you are suspicious of illegal activity call Crime Stoppers. They would rather field multiple calls with nothing happening than miss one call that leads to an arrest. They do not want and do not track calls, and rewards are accomplished without identifying yourself. You can view crimes that have happened using the Raids On Line app. Click on a crime and there is a contact button to report any information concerning that crime. In 2013 $38,000,000 was seized from criminals that is used for the purchase of police crime equipment. Ralph will be furnishing us with refrigerator magnets that have a grocery list on them for distribution at the August meeting. Dirk Lowry will be sending Marilyn the information on a good site for hurricanes.


9)  Lauderserve:  A new feature added to the City’s website: . The icon is in the upper right of the main page. Presented by Shannon Vezina Public Customer Service, Ray, Information Systems Technician, and Reina Gonzalez, Public Works made a presentation explaining the features and uses of the app: When you set up an account, which will maintain an ongoing report of the code issues you have reported or you can report to code any problems remaining anonymous. An account can be set up by a Citizen, Neighborhood Association or a HOA. Call 911 or 954-828-8000 if the problem is an emergency. The app has a GPS locator that along with any photos you post, will show exactly where the problem is and current beach conditions. More features to be added soon. Contact Customer Operations with any concerns: [email protected] .

10)  Adopt a Neighbor:  Presented by Jorg Hruschka, the city’s Chief Service Officer. The program is to address the elderly with no family and health issues, veterans, disabled and low income persons that have problems keeping their property up to code. Volunteers have been working on projects that are brought to the city’s attention. They are planning to do a project quarterly: 7/19/14, 10/25/14, 1/17/15 and 4/25/15. There is also an icon on the home page of the City’s website: . It is on the upper right just below the Lauderserve ad to contact Jorg to offer your services as a volunteer.

11)  City Commission Update:  Marilyn Mammano announced that the City Manager had taken the controversial issue of outsourcing engineering services off the table for the current budget year. As the city tries to save money by outsourcing services now being done in-house there will be a lot more discussion concerning the good and bad of that proposal.

12)  CFLCA Website:  Each neighborhood is listed on the website and when selected proceeds to a dedicated page of that neighborhood. There is a lot of outdated information that needs to be updated. Please view your page and get the correct information to Marilyn [email protected] .

13)  For the good of the community:

      CALL, Community Association Leadership Lobby, Town Hall meeting, 6/13.

Workshop on Vehicle for Hire Ordinance, 6/16

State Senator Maria Sachs commission presentation, 6/17

Uniting Broward Fest in Oakland Park, 6/28

14)  Upcoming CFLCA Meeting:  A July meeting will not be held. The next meeting will be in August. Preliminary Agenda:

      Betty Shelley to speak concerning the $800,000,000 School Bond Issue that is upcoming on the November ballot.

Meet & Greet candidates up for election in the August primary.

15)  Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 9:00PM

Respectfully Submitted, , Recording Secretary

Adopt a Neighbor June 14 2014

Adopt a Neighbor is a new City program that matches volunteers with elderly, or disabled residents  and veterans to help with maintenance or their homes. On June 14 2014, volunteers gathered at the home of Ms Leola Tucker in South Middle River. In just one morning they removed an unsafe carport, scrapped and painted the house and tamed the garden. Good job everyone!


Lauderserve App for IPhone

Lauderserv: Fort Lauderdale Customer Service

The City of Fort Lauderdale is here to serve our neighbors 24-hours-a-day. Our dedicated team of community builders is committed to providing quality and timely service and they are eager to assist youDownload our new Lauderserv app to submit a customer service request right from your mobile device. You can report a streetlight outage, clogged stormdrain, pothole, or broken waste cart; find out your sanitation pick-up days or how to pay your water bill; and more. You can also use Lauderserv to access the City’s social media accounts and get beach conditions.

Agenda for June 10 2014


June 10 2014 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall









Guest Speaker Mr. Robert Page Executive Director Crime Stoppers

Freddy ZeLaya Emergency Management Coordinator Demonstrating Hands Only CPR


Presidents Report

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Betty Shelly Education Advisory Board

School Board Needs Assessment for Fort Lauderdale Schools

Proposed $800 million dollar Broward School Bond

EAB Marketing efforts for Fort Lauderdale Schools


City Staff Presentation of Lauderserve Code Enforcement Reporting

City Staff Presentation of Adopt a Neighbor Helping Neighbors Keep Up Their    Homes


Cancel the July 8 Meeting*



*Indicates voting items or may be a voting item

Next Board Meeting July 28 2014

Next General Membership Meeting August 12 2014

CFLCA GM 6:10:2014



Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations

General Membership Meeting

May 13, 2014

1) Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Marilyn Mammano, President at 7:32 PM.

2) Roll Call:  Ron Centamore, First VP called attendance and declared a quorum.

3) Announcement: Made by President Mammano welcoming a new, and happy to have, members Richard Bazerghi and Ralph Hamaker, from the Galt Mile Community Association.

4) Review and Acceptance of Minutes: A motion to accept the minutes from December, 2013, January, February, and March, 2014 was made by Ann Hilmer and seconded by Betty Shelley. Unanimously approved. Minutes for April, 2014 were deferred.

5) Treasurers Report:  Deferred

6) Police/Fire Report: Sargent Michael Siekierski, with the FLPD gave his report:  Flyers were handed out for the Great American Beach Party to be held on May 24, 10AM to 8:30 PM  Police will be triple staffed for the event Friday thru Monday. Saturday A1A will be closed at Las Olas from 6:30AM to 1:00AM on Sunday morning. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office with have a checkpoint setup on the 17th Street Causeway on Sunday, exact location unknown.

7) Additional Comments on the Beach Party: The Sun Trolley, Water Taxi and a bicycle valet will be available on Saturday for the event.

8) New Business:  The Board will discuss a candidates meeting for the August agenda.  June meeting: Convention Center presentation, Hands only CPR demonstration. A motion was made to cancel the July meeting by Ron Centamore, seconded by Jackson Boren  and unanimously approved. The election for the recording secretary was held and Steve Stahl volunteered.  Chuck Black made the motion that Steve Stahl be nominated and the motion was seconded by Brucie Cummings and Steve Stahl was elected to the position.

9) Legislative  Reports:  Richard Johns reported that sand replenishment legislation to be addressed on November 1st.  $2 million has been appropriated for a water taxi stop at Birch State Park. Short term rentals did not fare well and hope for a local take over next year. Joshua Freeman stated that the legislation for the short term rentals will easily pass the senate, but there are problems in the house. He also passed out Maria Sach’s legislative wrap up booklet for district 34 and an announcement for a veteran’s event to be held on June 11th in Fort Lauderdale. (Information: 561-279-1427)

10)  Presentation of SmartWater: Laura Croscenco reported that the City Commission approved the expenditure of police confiscated property funds for 500 free SmartWater kits to be distributed in Middle River Terrace at a cost of $15,000. There are also metal signs available for mounting on a post or fence for $30 each. Distribution to begin on June 29th.

11) Floodplain Management: Todd Hiteshew, Environmental Services Manager along with Dr. Nancy Gassman, Sustainability Manager discussed several issues concerning FEMA ordinances that will change the standards for low base flood elevations higher than 4 foot. 1 foot in height will be added to the current safety factor. The new ordinance will prohibit the use of fill material for raising structures, although it may be used on thin wall construction. Add-ons with 50% of the value of the existing structure must comply with all new requirements. Bridges being worked on may be raised slightly, but most will remain the same. Flood maps are due to be official 8/18/2014. See the Civic Associations website: City Events for more information. Or go to:

An ongoing effort to plan and install flapper type valves to protect against street flooding on high tides. An effort is being made to choose the best design and lowest maintenance cost of the valves. Contact and Support City Commissioner Bruce Roberts and a County Commissioner Chip LaMarca in their efforts working on these issues.

12) New Street Naming Policy: Diana Alarcon is asking for support with the new policy she is soon to present to the City Commission for approval. She pointed out a couple of major points in the new proposal: A name change must be made on existing signage and that 70% of the residents must approve the change.  Also, the existing name will remain at the top due to the needs of the postal service to accurately deliver the mail and the new name will be in smaller type on the bottom. She asked that any requests that you have to contact her at Transportation and Mobility Dept. – [email protected] A motion to support made by Ron Centamore, seconded by Barbara Magill was approved unanimously.

13) Old Business:  Issues brought up at the Town Hall Meeting on Juvenile issues. Betty Shelley stated that 60 – 70 individuals are responsible for the crime problem. Chief Frank Adderley spoke and stated that the judges and the juvenile justice department are protective of the juveniles. And the first offenders without correction are destined to be one of the 60 – 70 problem individuals.

14) Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9:04PM.

Respectfully Submitted,, Recording Secretary Steven Sthal