Free Our Seas and Beyond

Freeourseas

Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival
at the Marine Environmental Education Center
April 21st
12-5 pm

In celebration of Earth Day, Free Our Seas and Beyond is partnering with Broward County, NSU, the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at the historic Carpenter House and the City of Hollywood to host the inaugural “Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival” on Saturday April 21st at 4414 N. Surf Rd.

The Festival kicks off at 10:00 am with a community beach clean-up sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation of Broward County and from noon to 5 pm original art work inspired by nature and up-cycled and recycled environmentally themed pieces will be on display. The day’s festivities also include live musical performances, food trucks, children activities, environmentally friendly vendors and non-profit informational tables. You can also meet Captain the rescued sea turtle who is a permanent resident at the Carpenter House.

In honor of Mother Earth the festival is a PLASTIC FREE ZONE, cold filtered water will be available, please bring your reusable bottle. If you forget to bring one, we will have them available for purchase at the Free Our Seas informational table. Please consider walking, biking (Bike Valet will be provided), or carpooling to the festival.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.freeourseas.org/

2016 Candidate Forum Lightning Round Answers

Special Thanks to the Hollywood Lakes Civic Association for compiling these answers.

District 1 Lightning Round 

District 1 Candidates:                 Debianchi        Kotzen           Case             Prada

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1) Do you support changing          Yes                Yes                 No                   No
changing the City Charter to
have ALL candidates run at
large yet still maintain districts?

2) Would you support a                   Yes                Yes                  Yes                 Yes
residential parking program for beach
residents that own property and live on
the beach?

3) Do you support the four day       No                  Yes                  Yes                 No
work week at City Hall?

4) Do you support the                      No                   Yes                  Yes                 Yes
penny surtax on the November ballot?

5) Do you support a mandate       No                  No                    No                   No
that residents wanting to sell their
homes get a mandatory inspection?

6) Would you support the              Yes                 Yes                  Yes                 Yes
restructuring of the union contracts
to aid in balancing the budget?

7) Do you agree that                      No                   Yes                  Yes                 Yes
Dania Beach and Hallandale
Beach are doing a better job at
redeveloping and improving their corridors?

8) Do you support the use of       Yes                 Yes                  Yes                 No
CRA funds to help redevelop
the Hollywood Beach Hotel and the
bridge?

9) Would you support a                Yes                 Yes                  Yes                 Yes
change in the monetary contribution
from the CRA into the General Fund?

10) Do you support more             No                   No                    No                   No
Beach development with taller buildings?

11) Do you support stronger        No                   Yes                  No                   Yes
stronger enforcement of the new beach
ordinances for tents and beverages?

12) Do you support the               Yes                 Yes                  Yes                 Yes
City’s efforts to uncover illegal
conversions that negatively affect the
tax base

                             Mayoral Lightning Round

Mayoral Candidates:      Levy             Sobel            Asseff

_______________________________________________________________________

1) Do you support         Yes                 Yes                 No
changing the City Charter
to have ALL candidates run at
large yet still maintain districts?

2) Would you support    Yes                Yes                  No Answer
a residential parking program
for beach residents that own
property and live on the beach?

3) Do you support the    No                Yes                  Yes
four day work week at
City Hall?

4) Would you support   Yes                 Yes                  Yes
the restructuring of the union
contracts to aid in balancing the budget?

5) Do you agree that    Yes                  No                    Yes
Dania Beach and Hallandale
Beach are doing a better job at
redeveloping and improving their corridors?

6) Would you support Yes                 Yes                  Yes
a change in the monetary
contribution from the CRA
into the General Fund?

7) Do you support        No                   No                    No
Beach development with
taller buildings?

8) Do you support       Yes                 Yes                  Yes
stronger enforcement of
the new beach ordinances
for tents and beverages?

9) Do you support the Yes                 Yes                  Yes
City’s efforts to uncover
illegal conversions that
negatively affect the tax base?

  

Save the Date, City Manager at HBCA

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     Thursday, April 14, 2016.   7:00 PM

 Hollywood Beach Cultural and Community Center

1301 South Ocean Dr.  Hollywood Beach

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association will host Hollywood City Manger

 Dr. Wazir Ishmael for an update on the current city projects and to follow up

on the 2020 Visioning Session and the vast community input that it generated.

 

This meeting will also cover other important topics that have impact on our community.

                              Q&A will follow.

This is an excellent opportunity to voice our community input.

 

Parking will be free.  Refreshments ( Ice Cream ) sponsored by:

 

Ben & Jerrys 

                             1202 N Broadwalk, Hollywood Beach.

 

See you there!!!

 

Beach Renourishment Update and Comment

Loire Mertens-Black, Hollywood Chief Civic Affairs Officer, recently updated the City commission on the Broward Beach Management Program.The following is a brief summary. 

If you wish to receive the complete presentation, please let us know by requesting it through this email.

                      Broward Beach Management ProgramThe Broward Beach Management Program started in 1970 with the main objective to protect $ 4 billion of upland infrastructure, provide recreational space and protect marine life. The project was divided in three segments.  Segment lll covers the beaches south of the port, including Hollywood Beaches.

The last re-nourishment was completed in 2012 as an interim project in two hot spots areas: north of Sheridan St and south of Magnolia St.  The cost of about $ 3 Million was funded by the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency ( CRA ) . The city secured a 10 year permit that allows for multiple re-nourishments.

The County staff is developing priorities and goals for Segment III.  The components include continued re-nourishment with an initial full length project and periodic maintenance projects with the goal to maintain a 75 ft. beach.   It also may include the Port Everglades Sand By- Pass, Dune creation and vegetation, managed retreat in certain areas and John U Lloyd (JUL) Park groin extension.

The Sand By-Pass consists of removing sand from the north side of the inlet and transferring it to the south side. It is expected to produce between 30% and 50% of the annual sand needed southward at JUL Park. The By-pass will take 6 months to construct starting in 2017.  Project is currently in the final stages of permitting.

Part of the next steps include seeking a 15 year permit, selecting a consultant for planning, design and permitting under the umbrella of a federal project to preserve cost sharing opportunities. Traditionally funds are:  Federal 58 % , State 50% of the non Federal Share,  the rest by local sources.  Construction is anticipated in 2019/20.  

                                                      End of the Summary.

             Hollywood Beach Civic Association Comment: 

The anticipated completion dates are far into the future.  The hot spots continue to lose sand at a fast rate.  It is likely that interim projects will be needed to provide protection both for personal safety and asset preservation. We continue to urge the county to conduct regular re-nourishment and implement other strategies to preserve the beach.

Although we welcome all the efforts and progress that the county staff has made, we are concerned that the chronic delays of the By-pass, the lack of  hot spot interim remedies and the long timeframe before the next extensive re-nourishment will leave Segment III in a vulnerable state..

 

Frank DeRisi
Hollywood Beach Civic Association

Free Board Certification Course 2016

WE ARE INVITING ALL UNIT OWNERS TO A FREE EDUCATION CLASS 

 

This is a Board Certification Course but it is important for all unit owners to know what to expect from their board members. With more informed unit owners, buildings will be better run, leading to better understanding and causing less frustration.

 

Reserve your spot now (seating limited) at: ajjayo@gmail.com with your full name and the name of your building.

 

Hollywood Beach Civic Association is sponsoring:

 

                                        BOARD CERTIFICATION CLASS

Thursday, February 18, 2016

1 pm to 3 pm

At

Hollywood Beach Cultural and Civic Center

1301 South Ocean Drive

 

Presented by

Bill and Susan Raphan

Katzman Garfinkel Law Firm

Hollywood

 

This is a fresh and lively, interactive course for all unit owners. Learn the basics of financial reporting, budget preparation, collection issues, meeting notices and procedures, elections, fraud prevention, and much more! Enjoy a fun class while at the same time fulfilling the State’s Board Member certification requirements.

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

HBCA opposes changes in CRA

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association (HBCA) is extremely concerned with the proposed changes to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), including the potential  abolishment, presented at the last budget meeting.

In view of the budget workshop that will take place on Thursday, August 27, at 1PM, at City Hall, a representative from the HBCA will make our position clear to the City Commission. The statement below will be read at citizens comments, tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26, at the commission meeting, at 5 pm, at City Hall.

 

“Dear Mayor Bober and Commissioners, The Hollywood Beach Civic Association (HBCA) is against dissolving the beach CRA!

Past history and experience has shown that Hollywood has often been short changed when dealing with the county. We do not want to bring another layer of unfavorable bureaucracy into our future. A few examples: the airport ramp, the episodes of our bed tax and the Florida Panthers, and the never ending story of the sand by-pass delayed for decades to the detriment of the beaches south of the Port in favor of one single neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, should be reminders of what we can expect from any negotiations with the County.

No citywide funds are used for the beach CRA or beach projects. Both are solely funded by tax dollars coming from beach residents and its businesses. Part of those tax dollars would go back to the county if the CRA were to be dissolved.

The Beach and its CRA are the main contributors to the City’s economic growth.

The proposed change is only being considered due to a shortage in the City’s budget. In fact, the CRA is the backbone for the development that has invigorated our beach which brings more tax dollars to the city. Investors, developers and rating agencies will not look favorably to dissolving the very engine that will continue to fuel prosperity.

The City, as a whole, will ultimately be in worse financial shape without the CRA.

If the CRA is dissolved it may only solve the budget crisis temporarily but will hurt the city in the long run.

To dissolve our CRA now would jeopardize all the work that has been done and future projects that still need to be done. Just not having blight is not enough to compete with the likes of Fort Lauderdale and South Beach.

On a beach lack of sand “is” blight. This is going to be our problem for years and blight is here to stay.

The above is only a partial list of why, we are absolutely against dissolving the Hollywood Beach CRA.

Thank you!

Frank De Risi

On behalf of the HBCA Board.

 

Your comments will be appreciated!!!

A1A RECONFIGURATION FOLLOW-UP

This is a follow up of the last  HBCA public meeting on the on A1A reconfiguration. During that meeting, Mr. Jorge Camejo, Hollywood CRA director heard the concerns of a number of residents regarding any reduction of traffic lanes on A1A.  Mr. Camejo indicated that this feedback would be carefully considered in the next design phase of the project.

 

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association Board of directors received confirmation directly from Mr. Camejo  that “there will not be any section of A1A between Hollywood Blvd. and Sheridan St. that will be reduced to three lanes”.  “The next iteration of the design will provide a minimum of four lanes throughout the corridor.”

 

The HBCA thanks all of those who attended the meeting and voiced their opinion. We also thank Mr. Camejo and his staff for keeping the community informed and for being responsive to the community feedback.

 

We will keep monitoring this project and will inform the community of any important developments.

 

Frank De Risi.

On behalf of the HBCA Board.

 

AIRPORT RAMP

 

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association (HBCA) has been closely following the issues related to the Airport South Ramp towards Hollywood. We have attended City and County meetings as well as town halls and presentations from the authorities involved in this matter. The present solution will take arriving visitors to Hollywood Beach via NE 7th Ave., NE 10 St. and ending at Griffin Rd. and US 1.  We believe, at the very minimum,  that  proper lighting, professional landscaping, clear signage and continuing monitoring of traffic flow must be an integral and essential part of this solution. This should somewhat ease the negative impact that arriving by back road will have on passengers.

Mayor Bober’s recent letter to the  Broward County Aviation Department covering key issues is attached.

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Your comments  will be greatly appreciated .

 

Frank De Risi,  Hollywood Beach Civic Association.
On Sep 22, 2014, at 10:41 PM, Frank De Risi HBCA <frankderisi@hotmail.com> wrote:

Joan,  Just in case you have insomnia.  Is this ok,  my part only of course

 

 

 

 

 

Dear All  (1752 HBCA Recipients).

 

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association (HBCA) has been following very closely the issues related to the Airport South Ramp towards Hollywood. We have attended City and County meetings as well as town halls and presentations from the authorities involved in this matter. The present solution will take arriving visitors to Hollywood Beach via NE 7th Ave., NE 10 St. and ending at Griffin Rd. and US 1.  We believe, at the very minimum,  that  proper lighting, professional landscaping, clear signage and continuing monitoring of traffic flow must be an integral and essential part of this solution. This should ease somewhat the negative impact that arriving by back road will have on passengers.

 

Mayor Bober’s recent letter to the  Broward County Aviation Department covering key issues is attached.

 

Your comments  will be greatly appreciated .

 

Frank De Risi,  Hollywood Beach Civic Association.

 

 

 

BEACH EROSION

Please see below the letter sent by The Hollywood Beach Civic Association to the Florida Senate and House of Representatives.   Beach Erosion is of the most important priority in our Community; Therefore, the letter is self explanatory. 

Your comments and/or opinions will be greatly appreciated.

 

Frank De Risi

On Behalf of board of the Hollywood Beach Civic Association.

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The Honorable Andy Gardner                    The Honorable Steve Crisafulli

Florida Senate President.                          Speaker-Florida House of Representatives.

 

The Honorable Tom Lee, Chair                  The Honorable Richard Corcoran, Chair

Senate-Appropriation Committee.              House Appropriation Committee.

 

The Honorable Alan Hays, Chair                The Honorable Ben Albritton, Chair      

Senate- Appropriations Subcommittee       House-Agricultural& Natural Resources

                                                              Appropriation Committee.

 

Dear President Gardner:

 

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association respectfully requests that the Florida Legislature fund DEP’s Beach Management Program with $ 40 million appropriation and that you also support statewide funding through the implementation of Amendment 1.

 

Florida’s main attraction is our beaches.  Any delay in needed beach re-nourishments will cause a decrease in the number of visitors that will impact more than one season. The repercussions will carry into future seasons with devastating effects on state’s economy in general, and job creation in particular.

 

The continued effect of erosion on our beaches has been relentless. There is no long term solution in sight.  Beach re-nourishment is currently the only partial remedy and therefore must be funded on an ongoing basis.

 

In addition to the benefits that well-maintained beaches bring to tourism, it is necessary to preserve an adequate amount of beach sand as a safety barrier in case of storms and hurricanes. Therefore, the issue is not only one of State economics, but it is also one of personal safety and protection of our investments.

 

The Hollywood Beach Community future viability, progress and safety depends on the health of our beaches.   We strongly urge you support the appropriations mentioned.

 

Regards,

Frank De Risi ,

On behalf of the Hollywood Beach Civic Association.

Tel. 954 547 2828

frankderisi@hotmail.com

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