CFCLA is committed to cultivating and preserving a community of inclusion, connectedness, and equity. We can grow and learn better together with a diverse team membership. The collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our members invest in their communities represents not only part of our mission, but our reputation and achievements as well.
We welcome the unique contributions that each member brings in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. In turn, our inclusive membership inspires us to try new things, speak openly, and be bold. With regards to CFLCA member race we acknowledge and commit to racial inclusion in that people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds have rich cultural, social, and intellectual traditions that differ from mainstream traditions.
Our differences bring us together in ways that help CFLCA stand out. Our inclusiveness empowers all of us to connect, belong and grow in Fort Lauderdale.
Amended Report of the CFLCA 2021 Election Nominating Committee
Pursuant to the By Laws of the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Association we are submitting this report on behalf of the Nominating Committee for the 2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors. The Committee is required to provide a proposed slate of officers and directors at the February General Meeting in odd years. Nominations can be taken from the membership up to and including the March General Membership at which time the nominations are closed and a vote taken.
At the January 12, 2021 General Membership Meeting the following members of the Nominating Committee were approved:
District 1 Linda Mannix-Burt
District 2 Barbara Weinstein
District 3 Frankie Lane
District 4 Barbara Magil
The Immediate Past President is also a member of the Nominating Committee.
Dennis Ulmer, Chair of Committees facilitated a virtual meeting of the members which took place January 27 2021. At that meeting Immediate Past President Marilyn Mammano was elected as Chair. The Committee proceeded to discuss the current board members who volunteered to remain or change positions and new volunteers who indicated a willingness to serve.
The eligibility of all the volunteers to serve was verified by the current 1st Vice President Mary Peloquin who also serves as the Membership Chair. She also confirmed that all of their respective neighborhood organizations are members in good standing with the Council.
The proposed slate is:
President, Colleen Lockwood
1st Vice President, Mary Peloquin
2nd Vice President, Luis Castillo
Corresponding Secretary, Jim Concannon
Recording Secretary, Cathy Stubbs
Treasurer, Melinda Bowker
District 1, Abby Laughlin Coral Ridge Association
District 2, Michael Albetta Lakewood Civic Association
District 3, Vacant (volunteer Frankie Lane Rock Island Homeowners Association*)
District 4, Vacant (volunteer Barbara Magill Lauderdale Harbors Association*)
Chair of Committees, Dennis Ulmer
* Members of the Nominating Committee who want to volunteer must be nominated from the floor
Please take notice that a Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the CFLCA General Meeting occurring at 6:30pm in the 8th Floor conference room of the Fort Lauderdale City Hall.
OFFICER POSITION: Treasurer
TERM: Balance of existing term April 2019 ending March 2021
The Treasurer shall maintain financial records, collect dues and assessments, and pay all monies owed by The Council. The treasurer is responsible for establishing, maintaining, monitoring, and reporting to the Council on the electronic payment processing system. The treasurer shall transmit application/renewal forms which accompany dues to the Membership Committee chair.
Candidate shall attend and provide report at 1 board meeting per month and 1 general membership meeting per month. Candidate must be proficient in online banking and use of PayPal. Candidate must be from a member association in good standing.
OFFICER POSITION: Second Vice President
TERM: Balance of existing term April 2019 ending March 2021
The Second Vice President shall act as President in all duties if the President and the First Vice President are absent or are unable to act. Responsibilities include coordination of refreshments at general meetings and events.
Candidate must be well organized and physically able to participate in setup and breakdown of general meetings and food service. Candidate must be from a member association in good standing.
The Consensus Report on Density was adopted at the May General Membership Meeting. The Report was prepared by the Comprehensive Planning Committee Chaired by Steve Buckingham, President of Tarpen River Civic Association. It was forwarded to the Mayor and City Commissioners and the City Manager as input to the City Commission Density Workshops. We look forward to discussing the Report with the Commisiners at an upcoming workshop.
Consensus Statement to the City Commission on Development/Density
The Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations believes that the City of Fort Lauderdale should encourage human-scaled neighborhoods over urban sprawl, multiple transportation modes over automobile dependence and orderly, predictable development patterns that balance growth with neighborhood preservation.
We feel strongly that Fort Lauderdale should:
Encourage transit-friendly office, commercial and multi-family residential development within high density, mixed-use activity centers (ex: Downtown RAC, S. Andrews Ave/SRAC) surrounded by lower density/single-family neighborhoods, parks and natural amenities.
Discourage unsustainable, inappropriately-scaled development on the barrier island.
Continue to explore new opportunities for growth in the Uptown district and along the major identified corridors. However, until planning for a predictable and acceptable level of density and design is agreed upon, new large-scale projects should be discouraged or subject to further review.
Provide greater incentives for sustainable development that utilizes solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources to power the projects’ needs once built.
With 3 annual Neighbor Surveys pointing to traffic flow/congestion as the single biggest challenge facing the city, increased large-scale development and density should be encouraged only in sections of the city that either presently have the necessary transportation and self-supporting infrastructure (places of employment, shopping, food choices, etc.) in place to mitigate traffic flow issues or in sections of the city where it is planned and financed for the immediate future. For example, the Council would be generally supportive of density development along the phase 1 route of the Wave Modern Streetcar as it would be conducive to place more housing where residents have public transportation options. We also strongly support more transit options to airport, beach and the port to reduce car trips.
Further, we believe that growth and neighborhood strengthening can be accomplished by committing to the following:
We advocate an acceleration of improving neighborhood streets deemed critical for the movement of people by all methods of transportation; specifically sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, lighting, street striping, and details outlined in “Complete Streets” and “Connecting the Blocks”. We would not be supportive of large-scale residential construction moving forward in any neighborhood unless these aspects of planning are either in place or planned and financed in part or wholly by the developer.
We support promoting distinctive, attractive neighborhoods and local business districts with a strong sense of place, including the rehabilitation, re-use, and protection of structures of importance; specifically, we support emphasizing and protecting existing community assets such as community centers, existing or planned parks, waterway access points and vistas, historic structures, etc.
We support responsible, compatible growth in existing neighborhoods. For example, more needs to be done to preserve the general character of established neighborhoods that have developed over time. In-fill residential development (i.e., duplexes, cluster dwellings, etc.) has often become out of character with the pre-existing built environment and we request a review and modification of height and bulk allowances for new construction on existing lots in residential neighborhoods that are mostly composed of older stock, single family homes. Regenerate and implement the recommendations of the ULDR Modifications Plan outlined in the Neighborhood Development Criteria Revisions Project (NDCR).
We want development decisions to be predictable and fair. While the Council supports flexibility from time to time for truly innovative development proposals that will enhance the community, we would prefer that Staff and Citizen Boards either stop or limit exceptions to our building codes and zoning regulations, especially within or nearby highly established and traditional neighborhoods.
Continue to encourage and foster neighborhood participation as early as possible in development and density placement decision-making.
POSITION STATEMENT: Fort Lauderdale is defined by its unique and diverse neighborhoods
GOAL: Enhance the quality of life for neighbors and preserve the diversity of neighborhoods.
PROCESS: Assemble concerns of member neighborhoods. In November an “issues congress” will be held by the Council to finalize the definition of all issues in this quality of life exercise. Once complete and adopted by the Council, the project will be presented to the City Commission, the City Manager, and the Visioning Committee for the purposes of prioritization, planning, budgeting, and staff resource allocation.
There are many issues managed by organizations other than the City of Fort Lauderdale that have a direct impact on the quality of life with our neighborhoods. It is assumed that the City of Fort Lauderdale would exercise every option to enhance things like education and the arts to enhance the life of its citizens. Other issues like traffic, airport and port management, the hospital system and business development incentives require proactive interaction by the City in order to maximize the results for neighbors.
Summary – Neighborhood Enhancement
Redevelopment has entered some neighborhoods at a cost to the quality of life. Growth and the absence of action have resulted in neighborhood cut through traffic. The volume, speed and presence have impacted the ability of residents to safely walk and cycle. The system of sidewalks and bike paths is incomplete and inadequate.
Recommended Actions – Neighborhood Enhancement
Maintain single-family neighborhood ambiance
Quantify “Neighborhood compatibility”
Refine code for “mixed use” neighborhoods
Petition the State of Florida to permit regulation of vacation rentals
Update Codes and Ordinances
Urban farms/community gardens
Roof and vertical gardening
Honor all Master Plans filed with the City during review and approval processes
Increase the notice to neighbors both in time and visibility for all parts of the development review process for both residential and commercial
Balance neighborhood character with smart re-development
Steer density to downtown core
Utilize downtown master plan to direct development/developers
Honor the past with preservation efforts
Blend new development with historic neighborhoods
Provide fiscal incentives to retain architecturally significant homes
Protect and enforce historic overlays
Requirements for new development should be forward sighted and include:
Vacation of alleys for developers valued by three-dimensional square footage
Long term plans for energy conservation
Buried lines, streetscape improvements, density requirements
Vacant Lots and Derelict buildings
Incentivize owners to maintain. Alter punitive orientation
Enforce code; Consider Eminent Domain possession for resale
Establish aggressive position with banks and financial institutions negatively impacting neighborhoods and adding to City costs
Manage cut through traffic
Use roundabouts to slow traffic and conserve energy
Install medians and “bump outs”
Increase “walkability” and “cyclibility” within the City
Shade sidewalks and increase canopy
Install crosswalks, bike paths, and buffered bike lanes
Incentivize property owners to install, widen walks
Insure contiguous sidewalk access to public transportation
Add bicycle issues to building codes (parking, access)
Create a “Bicycle and pedestrian Advisory Board” for he City
Integrate neighborhoods with the beach, other entertainment and services via walkways, bike paths and public transportation
Assume waterways as component of feeder system
Proactively use “complete streets” concepts to maximize benefits of mass transit expansions
Assure adequate parking provisions for neighborhoods adjacent to business areas during re- development and new construction
Use code as custodian of neighborhood quality of life
Particularly the challenge in commercial/residential intersections and mixed-use areas.
Disperse low income housing across all neighborhoods and seek private sector solutions
Summary – Infrastructure
Maintenance and repair of infrastructure is insufficient. Lack of routine replacement has caused catatrosphic failure, neighborhood impact on health and safety, and cessation of services. In addition, the decline in maintenance has negatively impacted businesses in the City which serve neighborhoods. The process by which repair and maintenance is scheduled does not factor elements, traffic, opportunity costs and other causal elements in the prioritization process. Public transportation is not currently a viable option for Fort Lauderdale neighbors.
Recommended Actions – Infrastructure
Change the Canal dredging frequency and rotation
Vegetation growth, neighborhood and erosion factors are not currently factored in scheduling
Address neighborhood flooding issues
Continue purchase of “flood plain” land
Assess the valve project
Clear street drains on a routine basis
Accelerate the replacement of aging water and sewer lines
Catastrophic failures have endangered neighborhoods, canal waters, businesses
Reassess the rotation of street surfacing and culvert replacement
Secure and explore current and future potable water sources
Promote use of reclaimed water
Public transportation within and to the Downtown core
Remove the duplication of TMA/County bus routes/The Wave
Summary – Public Places
The Council published a Parks position paper February 2009. It was re-issued in 2011. The report is attached. The cornerstone of the report was a “no net loss” policy. Public spaces set the tone for the neighborhood and are an indicator of the health of the City.
Recommended Actions – Public Places
Increase both green space and passive parks in neighborhoods
Use abandoned property and City owned property
Involve the immediate neighbors and City residents as stakeholders in park planning
Preserve current green space and native habitat
Maintain affordable and convenient public access to the Beach and the River for City residents
Establish a contiguous walk on both the north and south sides of the river
Set “Urban Forest” goals
Maintain and increase canopy
Root pruning by City
Shade sidewalks (use DT master plan goals throughout the City for landscaping)
No removal of mature trees
Explore the PUD ordinance for options to increase green space requirements
Secure the safety of public places for use by families and residents of all ages
Prioritize and budget for maintenance of medians and public properties
Enforce “Dog Ordinance” to assure healthy environment for Park users
PUBLIC SAFETY and SOCIAL SERVICES
Summary – Public Safety and Social Services
Crimes by youths and the ‘underserved’ increase and impact the quality of life for all residents. Youth services and education are critical components to turn around the trend.
Recommended Actions – Pubic Safety and Social Services
Continue the neighborhoods policing teams initiated in 2011
Explore creative solutions for youth crime
Share the burden of distribution in order to prevent “ghettoization” of neighborhoods
Select public transportation corridors for social services
Provide adequate services to the homeless and underserved
Summary – Internal Support
Improvement of response time and effectiveness of response presents a cost saving opportunity.
Partnering for a result is a change neighbors would welcome. Proactive and progressive code/ordinance changes incorporating incentives would benefit both the residential and business community.
Recommended Actions – Internal Support
Establish more City staff power to create solutions and address concerns
Reward partnering across “silos”
Coordinate abandoned property issues across departments
Provide a bridge to FDOT and other County and State agencies
provide resident input
improve finished product
Inform and involve stakeholders (neighbors)
Residents are an invaluable resource before, during and after any initiative
The committee was tasked with the following:
1) Find a method to continue to increase green space.
2) Find an equitable approach to spread parks throughout the city and increase green space in neighborhoods that are under-served.
3) Provide more Park Rangers and allow for coordination of police and Park Rangers.
The term “green space” can mean different things to different people. We have decided to define “green space” as a community park which could consist of open space, a bike path, a dog park, a community garden, a community square, a golf course or any combination thereof.
Our focus has been on creating smaller scale community parks with minimal “programed space” and preserving existing endangered recreation areas that are not “parks” per se such as golf courses, but could add substantially to the open space of the City if kept from development.
The need for green, open space in an urban environment is unquestioned. Not only does it provide areas for recreation and/or relaxation but can also create a sense of place and provide a gathering place for the neighborhood. In addition parks increase property values in the surrounding area which translates into increased tax revenues for the City. We would hope that the City would view acquiring more park land as an investment in our future that will pay dividends both in the well being of its citizens and the positive impact on the City’s budget.
Before increasing the amount of “green space” we first must preserve what we already have. To that end the committee urges the City to adopt a “no net loss” principle. If park land is taken away for another use it must be replaced elsewhere in the vicinity by the addition of at least an equal parcel. Creating More “Green”
Opportunities exist throughout the City to reuse vacant land to create more green open space for the communities where these parcels are now often the source of blight, crime and illegal uses. Many of these lots are city-owned or could be purchased from private owners. For some good advice on how to get a park in your neighborhood please refer to Appendix “A”.
Where possible, the concept of a community or “Town Square” should be explored. Using the example of Savannah, GA these town squares could create a powerful sense of place and community pride. The town squares could be used for public celebrations, meetings or gatherings as well as for recreation, relaxation and the dissemination of information through the use of message boards.
Mindful of the need to conserve natural resources and scarce revenues we recommend the use of design concepts that utilize xeroscape principles, i.e. low maintenance, drought resistant plant and shrub species, pathways and a minimum of grassy areas.
Spreading the Wealth
The committee has studied the Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Long Range Strategic Plan. Among the Plan’s recommendations we particularly endorse the standard of a minimum of one (1) acre of green space/parks per neighborhood association. It may be difficult in some neighborhoods to assemble a single parcel totaling one acre so contiguity would not be required. Priority should be given to those areas of the city that are currently under-served.
Funding or “Show Me the Money”
In the past the City has floated bond issues to pay for park land acquisition and construction. We recommend a new bond issue to pay for new parks. (See Appendix “C”)
Additional operating funds could be derived from vendor rentals of equipment such as bicycles, roller blades, lounge chairs etc. Our larger parks such as Holiday Park may be good candidates for the creation of a Foundation or Trust, such as New York’s Central Park, which would provide an endowment to supplement city funding. If revenues can be found from sources such as these and others more general funds would be freed up to provide funding for the smaller neighborhood parks and town squares.
The Lone Rangers
The committee had the benefit of input from Earnest Jones, Park Ranger Supervisor. Currently there are for all City parks, in total, only 2-4 rangers working from 6:30am to 3:00pm and 4-6 rangers from 3:00pm to11:30pm. Their duties include public relations, monitoring and reporting on hazardous conditions, assisting in crowd control and rules enforcement, etc. The idea is to do more with less. Mr. Jones recommended the creation of 1) a Jr. Park Ranger Program and 2) the institution of a Park Watch Program in partnership with local neighborhood associations. The Jr. Ranger program would focus on exposing High School students, grades 11 and 12, to the profession of park safety and security. Students would earn community service points for participating in the program. Community points could be credited to the Associations who become involved in the Parks Watch Program. Both programs could be funded with corporate sponsorships. A breakdown of some of the costs involved can be found in Appendix “B”.
!Focus should be on preserving existing parks and green space and creating community parks in areas that are currently under-served.
! City should adopt a “no net loss” principle.
! City should consider parks and green open spaces an investment paying dividends in economic terms through increased property values and a better quality of life for its citizens.
! Town Squares should be created where possible.
! To save revenue and natural resources, Xeroscape principles should be adopted for new parks/green spaces and phased in in existing parks where possible.
! The City should adopt the standard of at least one (1) acre of park/green space per neighborhood association.
! A bond issue should be floated to finance land acquisition and capital improvements.
! For larger Parks the City should explore the establishment of a Trust or Foundation.
! A Junior Park Ranger Program should be established with funding to come from corporate or private sponsorships.
! A Parks Watch Program should be established with participation from Neighborhood Associations.
This report was prepared by Committee Chair Doug Sterner with the participation of: Abel Conejo, Lake Ridge; Dennis Ulmer, Lauderdale Manors; Mark Boyd, Progresso Village; Marilyn Markus, Bermuda Riviera; Betty Hays, River Run; DebraVan Valkenburgh, Chula Vista Isles