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Deerfield Beach Community
Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The meeting was called to order at 7:00
p.m. by Chair Capellini on the above
date in the City Commission Chambers,
PRESENT: Mr. Steve Gonot
Chair Pam Militello
ALSO PRESENT: Carlos Baia, CRA
Ada Graham-Johnson, Acting City Manager
L. Gillyard, Acting City Clerk
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
ITEM 1 TAPE
1, COUNT 046
PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2007 BUDGET
Economic Director, provided a PowerPoint presented to discuss the Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2006 Accomplishments – Mr. Baia stated that during the current Fiscal Year, the
CRA obtained all necessary FPL easements for the Hillsboro Streetscape Project;
SRA1A Reliever Road Project garnered an additional $2 million in earmarks,
thanks to Congressman Shaw’s office, adding to a total of $2.7 million for the
project. Additionally, the bid was approved for the North Boardwalk Extension
and construction is scheduled to begin on September 5th. Moreover,
the CRA Plan update is in progress; the SRA1A Master Plan was initiated this
year; and the accounting practices between the CRA and the City were better
Cautious Economic Trends – Mr. Baia stated that there are some cautious economic trends
that would have an impact on the revenue stream, as the City is at the mercy of
the real estate market and property appraiser.
He stated that the City is seeing a cooling real estate market,
which is related to a number of factors; such as the uncertain insurance
market. It is becoming more difficult for the commercial and residential
developers to obtain insurance, be it temporary or long term, for commercial
Mr. Baia continued to address various economic trends, including,
rising construction costs, interest rates, and reduced millage rates.
– Mr. Baia stated that during FY 2007, revenue of $2.4 million is anticipated.
He stated that this is a substantial increase, and reflects the addition of
Puerta del Sol, One Ocean Boulevard, and CVS Pharmacy, which added up to
approximately $50 million in value.
He stated that in FY 2008, a significant increase is not likely,
because there are not any major projects that would be reflected on tax rolls.
Moreover, during FY 2009, he stated that the TIF will increase due
to the proposed construction of the Antilla Plaza, Riverview Inn, and the
Island Point project. Those projects should be at a minimum of $20 million in
Trends in TIF Payments – Mr. Baia stated that this chart illustrates TIF payments since
the year 2000, which have grown dramatically. He stated that most likely, they
will plateau a little next year and then accelerate.
Fiscal Year 2007 Highlights – Mr. Baia stated that the there is a $2.4 million operating
budget, of which $589,000 is allocated to the contingency fund. There will not
be any additional staff positions and most line items will remain status quo.
However, one exception, in terms of a significant increase, is the commercial
façade funding for the CRA.
Commercial Façade Program – Mr. Baia stated that there is currently $70,000 in that program
and is based on $10,000 per business allotment. However, he would like to
increase that line item to $750,000, changing the parameters to allow up to
$100,000 per building with a 1:1 match.
Continuing, he stated that during discussions with Gerald
Ferguson, Director of Planning and Growth Management, they decided to work out
a formula for calculating the façade contribution; however, the total amount of
$750,000 will not change, if approved.
Additionally, he stated that the CRA would work with the Cove
Management Association, which is the Merchant’s Association. They have
retained an architect on a pro-bono basis and would work with them to develop
any architectural criteria that would be acceptable to both parties. He stated
that they are proposing to increase the marketing of the program to bring more
individuals to the table.
Redevelopment Trust Fund – Mr. Baia stated that these funds are carried over from year to year;
any unspent dollars in the CRA are deposited into this fund. From 1999 to present,
there is currently $1.6 million in the trust fund. This is in addition to the
CRA operating budget. These are dollars that can be used for CRA projects. In
light of some of the cautious trends previously mentioned, this fund would
assist with capital improvement projects over the next few years.
Mr. Baia opened the discussion for questions by the Commission.
ITEM 2 Tape
1, Count 230
PROPOSED CHANGES TO AGENCY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT
Mr. Baia stated that he has provided information on the CRA update
in prior board letters, and the one item that is outstanding on this particular
project is the Capital Improvement Program.
Continuing, Mr. Baia stated that Vice Chair Militello has asked to
include the Cove Shopping Center parking lot improvements understanding that
the improvements will include striping, lighting improvement, etc.
Additionally, Mr. Baia stated that Commissioner Popelsky has
proposed improvements to the pier entrance and pier restaurant. He stated that
Staff is proposing a capital improvement project for the main beach parking
lot, which would be a reconfiguration of the drive house to fit into the master
plan for the barrier island.
Moreover, Mr. Baia stated that Staff is proposing that the Hillsboro lot, fire lot, and the main beach lot be connected and placing the drive house
in a north south configuration to facilitate the flow of traffic.
Vice Chair Militello asked what was the status of band shelves and
other items being added to the main beach parking lot.
Mr. Baia replied that this project is being proposed for the
capital improvement program, and there are not any up-to-date renderings, but
feels that it will be necessary. If it can be addressed prior to the next CRA
update, he would like it included as an option. He stated that if these are
the projects the Board would like to approve, he would need a
by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Mr. Gonot to include projects in the
Capital Improvement Program. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr.
Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.
Carlos Baia announced the Public Workshop for the Beach Area
Traffic Master Plan will held Thursday November 9, 2006, 5:30-8:30 at Westside Park.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.
ALBERT R. CAPELLINI, P.E., CRA CHAIR
SAMANTHA L. GILLYARD, ACTING CITY CLERK