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Deerfield Beach Community
Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The meeting was called to
order by Chair Capellini at 6:30 PM on the above date in the City Commission
Chambers, City Hall.
Present: Mr. Steve Gonot
Chair Martin Popelsky
Albert R. Capellini
Also Present: Michael Mahaney, City
Maurodis, City Attorney Tardy
Ada Graham-Johnson, CMC, City Clerk
August 21, 2007
was made by Mr. Gonot and Seconded by Vice Chair Popelsky to approve the August
21, 2007 agenda as submitted.
Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Vice Chair Popelsky, and
Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.
of the Minutes
June 5, 2007
was made by Mr. Gonot and Seconded by Vice Chair Popelsky to approve the June
5, 2007 minutes as submitted.
1 TAPE 1, COUNT 0037
FY 2008 Proposed Agency Budget
Baia, Community Redevelopment Agency
Director, provided the budget schedule for the general public; wherein, the
preliminary budget would be presented this
Items – continued
the first budget hearing would be held on September 4, 2007 and the final
adoption would take place on September 18, 2007.
Baia provided highlights of the Fiscal Year 2007 accomplishment: i.e. the North
Boardwalk Extension, SR A1A Master Plan, updated CRA plan, and obtained FDOT
permits for the Hillsboro Streetscape and S-Curve Phase 2 projects for the
utilities underground. Additionally, he highlighted events that have taken
place concerning the Cove Shopping Center and the first Charette meeting.
Trends: Mr. Baia commented on the residential
real estate market, which has not improved, if values fall in the future, it
may affect the (tax increment fund) TIF. Mr. Baia stated that the rollbacks/ reductions
in millage rates have also impacted the CRA. He stated that should the Super
Homestead Exemption pass in January 2008, it will also affect the CRA.
2008 Goals: Mr. Baia stated that
the Hillsboro Streetscape Project should begin later this year or the beginning
of FY 2008. He stated that all the easements, utility permits have been
satisfied; the final component is the Master Permit from FDOT. Additionally,
he stated that other goals include completing the S-Curve Phase 2, beginning
the reliever road PD&E study, develop architectural standards for the Cove,
and implement the Cove Center Overlay District. He stated that today was the
deadline for consultants on the PD&E Study; three (3) bids were received, and
should any Board member desire to serve, they should inform him.
Detail: Mr. Baia stated that the
current tax base is valued at $430,948,470; base year $119,383,520, increment
$311,564,950. Applying the increment to the proposed millage rate, the
anticipated TIF for 2008 is $3.4 million (approximately $152,000 less than last
Super Homestead Impact: Mr. Baia
stated that after extensive research, he has determined that the current homestead
for properties is $67,000,000. Based on a worst case scenario, if 75% of the
value were to disappear, the remaining increment value in the district would
generate $2.85 million in TIF.
Year 2008 Highlights: Mr. Baia
stated that the operating budget is $3.4 million; over $2 million allocated in
contingency (60% of total budget), which is due largely to the S Curve Project
2; no additional staff positions is being requested. He stated that since the
Hillsboro Streetscape has taken time to complete and increased costs there are
Trust Fund: Mr. Baia stated that at the
end of FY07 there is an anticipated $3.5 million in the fund; in addition to
the contingency fund. He stated that these funds can assist in offsetting the
financing gaps of the Hillsboro Streetscape Project. In addition, any future dollars
will be allocated to the trust fund. He stated that he is confident that funds
will be available to pay for the projects as they come forth.
Façade Program: Mr. Baia stated
that a major reduction in the budget is due to this area. He stated that last
year he anticipated the program being successful and allocated $750,000 to the
program. Unfortunately, only one (1) applicant applied; therefore, Mr. Baia
recommended reducing the funding from $750,000 to $300,000, and reducing the
amount from $100,000 to $75,000 for one (1) building. This will allow the CRA
to complete four (4) businesses in the upcoming year; nonetheless, this would be
contingent upon implementing the architectural standards.
Poitier asked when the decision was made to lower the amount for the façade
Baia replied that he recommended said action be taken at this time.
Originally, there was a concern about values and the millage rollback; in an
effort to be conservative, it was reduced. Further, there is flexibility and
if the Board wishes to increase the figure, it may do so.
Poitier stated that it is important the high standards be maintained; thus, she
suggested the funding level remain at $100,000.00. She stated that in
maintaining a high standard, it would entice others to come in and shop. She
expressed opposition to reduce the amount from $100,000 to $75,000.
Baia asked if the Board wish to increase the façade program amount from
$300,000 to $400,000.
Gonot stated he supports $300,000.00, since no funds have been expended.
Militello stated that it will probably be another year before any changes are
made at the Cove Shopping Center.
Gonot stated that if necessary, the funds can be changed later in the year.
Poitier stated that based on history with the west side façade treatment,
required additional funds were required to maintain high standards. Ms.
Poitier recommended that the amount remain at $75,000.
Militello expressed concern about the water mains and piping in the beach area.
She stated that in the Phase 2 of the A1A project new piping was proposed. She
asked if there is flexibility to perform additional work if needed.
Baia replied that the capital improvement program includes much of the SR A1A
corridor, in different phases; as long as the specified area is included, there
should not be problems. Additionally, he stated that funds cannot be used on
projects outside of the capital improvement plan. If the designated area is
not in the CRA area, it can be added to the CIP, per the Board’s direction.
Mr. Baia stated that funds from contingency would have to be used on a portion
of the S-Curve Phase 2; however, with the remaining funds, other projects can
Poitier requested clarification regarding the Super Homestead Exemption.
Baia replied that homes in the CRA area can take advantage of the Super
Homestead Exemption, if passed in January 2008; however, based on calculations,
it would not be in the best interest of those near the beach to support the
Poitier stated that she believed the Super Homestead Exemption would provide a
$50,000 exemption, instead of $25,000.
Baia stated that it is a graduated figure, and based upon his research, using
the Property Appraiser’s calculation, many parcels would not benefit.
made by Mr. Militello and Seconded by Ms. Poitier to approve the FY 2008
Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Vice Chair Popelsky, and
Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.
ITEM 2 TAPE
1, COUNT 0464
CRA Resolution 2007/ - A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE
CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY ADOPTING THE SR A1A
MASTER PLAN WITH THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE______________________.
Baia, CRA Director, stated that last
year, McMahon and Associates was contracted to perform this project and will
present alternatives to the Board. He recommended that the Board select one of
the alternatives to provide direction to Staff.
Gonot requested clarification on the PD&E Study. He asked if there must be
a PD&E Study alternate.
Baia replied that at this time, it is unclear whether the alternative will be
incorporated into the PD&E. Although there is a possibility, direction
from the Board is welcome.
response to Ms. Militello’s question, Mr. Baia replied yes, this is the area
around the beach. Further, he stated that the Master Plan is focused on the
commercial area. He stated that McMahon and Associates is available to answer
DePalma, McMahanon and Associates, outlined Phase III of the Master Plan for SR
A1A. Additionally, he provided a brief recap of what has been accomplished
since the comprehensive plan of 2004. Major features of the plan dealt with
the Board’s direction in 2003 concerning public safety, as well as pedestrian
linkages and bicycle plans. He stated that the Master Plan addressed major
intersection improvements of SR A1A and Hillsboro Boulevard, since there is no
eastbound alignment; reliever road, surface parking lot and how they can be
reconfigured to allow additional parking capacity. The major focus was the
east/west segment of 2nd Street of the S-Curve, between the parking
garage, businesses, and the international pier (the core of the commercial
Mr. DePalma stated that consistent with FDOT guidelines, a number of
alternatives were reviewed; to include: A) a no build scenario, wherein,
nothing is done; B) Provide on-street parking; which addressed the elimination
of the angle parking, due to its impact on the corridor, issues associated with
accidents and pedestrian safety. In 2004, they implemented some of the FDOT
guidelines with parallel parking. He stated that Alternative B does not
include the north side parking, as there was not enough area for spaces. In
addition, he stated that a bus stop was incorporated in the curve line; after
discussions with FDOT, it was determined that this idea was not acceptable.
Mr. DePalma stated that Alternative C eliminates on-street parking, which would
require the ordinance being amending. After addressing parking needs, there
were several different considerations for the absence of parking on 2nd Street. Those included: improvements to surface parking lot. To accommodate
the alternatives, the parking lot was reconfigured in a north/south direction,
closing 1st Street, extend from Ocean Way to Hillsboro Boulevard,
gaining approximately 113 additional spaces. Mr. DePalma commented on creating
a validation system and a partnership with a parking garage to allow additional
space. Further, he evaluated a shuttle system, entering into a private/public
partnership, for beach shuttle.
DePalma stated that there have been extensive reviews with FDOT, Metropolitan
Plan Organization (MPO), as well as other agencies. The preference of the agencies
was to eliminate on-street parking and the bus bay, to create a more pedestrian
friendly environment. Mr. DePalma commented on other research mechanisms
utilized, as well the possibility of pursuing grant monies. He said that Ms.
Militello worked very hard on this project, but also challenged them on interim
DePalma stated that the need for a traffic signal becomes evident if the
reliever road can be connected from Hillsboro Boulevard East to the
International Pier. The measurement of traffic flow would warrant the need of a
signal; pedestrian activity does not fully justify the need for a signal. To
assist with evaluations, Mr. DePalma met with FDOT and the contractor to determine
solutions for implementation; thus, interim measures does exist.
Mr. DePalma said that public meetings were held and attended by businesses
individually, and business groups. There were three (3) major public workshops
that were well held. He stated that based on comments from the public, 64%
were in favor of improvement, while 36% were not. Of the 64%, 21% supported Alternative
B (allowing parallel parking on the south side of A1A); while 43% supported Alternative
C (the total elimination on parking on A1A).
DePalma stated that their recommendation has always been Alternative C –
Elimination of On-Street Parking, as it is consistent with the reviews and
comments received from public agencies. He provided various reasons why
Alternative C is the best option, to include the management of traffic through
the corridor, reduced pedestrian interaction with traffic, wider pedestrian
promenade, and greater visibility to the businesses.
Mr. DePalma stated that the City has captured approximately $2.7 million in
earmarked funds to help facilitate implementation. He stated that the PD&E
Study will take the project further. The use of State funds and the study will
work in conjunction.
Militello asked that Mr. DePalma explain PD&E, and why it is important to
the project. Mr. DePalma concluded by stating the project has been on the MPO’s
unfunded list since 2004.
response to Ms. Militello’s question, Mr. DePalma stated that PD&E stands
for project development and environmental study. He stated that they have
attempted to follow FDOT guidelines, which address environmental acts. Moreover,
they did not review all environmental aspects; however, the FDOT PD&E
guidelines is followed, will allow them to follow the guidelines and take advantage
of some of the funding. He stated that the Board now has the opportunity to
implement CRA plans giving the guidelines of the PD&E.
Gonot clarified that these are federal funds.
DePalma asked that the Board take action on the alternatives presented this
Poitier stated that she is not prepared to vote the alternatives; the
information was not included in the Boards back up material. She said that the
study shows that 36% suggest no action. She asked who is reflected in the
DePalma replied that it was a combination of the general public and business
Gonot asked if it were possible to not provide a preference, but allow the
PD&E process to continue and accept the recommendation of the study.
DePalma stated that they are attempting to reach all applicable agencies in an
effort to move forward with the project; Notwithstanding, the Board presented a
vision for the beach area in 1998 and they have presented a picture that
closely resembles the Board’s and the public’s vision.
Baia stated that the reason for the preference is that this is the heart of the
beach area. He stated that they are only asking the Commission to verify
whether their vision lines up with that of the Commission, or are their other preferred
Capellini said that the State has classified this as one of the most dangerous
road, as traffic backs up onto A1A; he said this was stated by an FDOT employee
approximately 15 years ago. He explained how the traffic backs up, due to
visitors exiting various beach facilities. He said that one of the Board’s
most important jobs is to protect the public. He commented on parking spaces
not being lost as they have been reconfigured in their design.
Militello said that businesses that are mostly directly impacted by reducing
the parking are not in favor. She stated that she is aware of the
reconfiguration to add additional parking around the Wings area; however, many
business owners prefer patrons driving up to the business and entering. She
said there is currently no parking in front of the parking garage, making it
difficult for restaurants to earn revenue.
Ms. Militello expressed concerns with the idea of a trolley, which has no
proven success. Although, the idea sounds great; the reality is that trolleys
will make frequent stops and generate even more traffic stops; another impediment
to traffic flow. Additionally, she expressed concerns with the valet parking
on A1A for restaurants, which create pedestrian and traffic back up.
Unfortunately, there have not been any solutions to these problems either.
Ms. Militello stated that the accident rates were not that extensive for people
backing out; the greatest threat is pedestrians across the street. Moreover,
she stated that this project will have an exorbitant cost taking many years to
complete. She stated that her greatest concern is that there is no validation
that the proposal will work. She also commented on residential participation
and the bridge being stopped at season. She stated that there are built in
problems which will never be resolved. Since there are many unanswered
questions, Ms. Militello stated that she does not believe a motion is warranted.
Ms. Militello concurred with Mr. Gonot in that the Board should wait on the
result of the PD&E Study, as well as the tax proposal.
Poitier stated that it would have benefited the Board to have the information
prior to the meeting. She stated that the alternatives presented appear to be
workable solutions. For example, if a shuttle was in use, and the City joined
ventures with an enterprise, the shuttle may be successful. She stated that
there are alternatives agencies that can provide funding to proceed with the
project. She stated that she has not had the opportunity to participate in a
joint venture, public/private partnership in Deerfield Beach. She commented on
obstacles with paying for parking only to partake
a 2 hour outing. She stated that she is not prepared to make a motion on these
Chair Popelsky asked the Board whether they favored bringing the Motion back at
a later date.
Gonot replied it is not necessary. Mr. Gonot reiterated the statistics
provide by Mr. DePalma, with 64% being in favor of change. Nevertheless, on
the recommended alternative, at 43%, shows that 57% did not agree with the
alternative. He stated that he is not sure if the Board has the answer, but
believes action must take place. He recommended that FDOT be given an
opportunity to review the matter. There is a majority of the people who do not
agree with the alternatives. He said that he does not have the vision, and
there are too many conflicting interests.
made by Ms. Poitier and seconded by Militello to move the agenda. Voice Vote:
YEAS: All votes yeas. NAYS: None.
3 TAPE 1, COUNT 1322
CRA Resolution 2007/012 - A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD
OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
APPROVING THE COMMERCIAL FAÇADE APPLICATION FOR THE HOWARD JOHNSON HOTEL
SPECIFIC TO IMPROVEMENTS ON THE EASTERLY FAÇADE FOR AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED
Baia, CRA Director, stated that Howard
Johnson Hotel is requesting $400,000, for the façade program, as their project
estimate was in excess of $200,000. He stated that this is normally reviewed
by him, the Planning Director, and an architect that volunteers for the
design-review committee. The architect works for the firm, thus there is a
conflict and it was decided that he not provide input; the Planning Director
was not available. He stated that Howard Johnson Hotel would like to start
construction as soon as possible.
Militello stated that construction has already begun. She stated that she
recalls $20,000.00 was given to an establishment in the area and a lien was
placed against the property.
Baia stated that the lien was placed on the sand parcel that they owned.
Militello asked if the Board decided to go forward, would the lien be placed on
the sand property or an additional lien on the property.
Baia stated that he normally recommends the building; however, Howard Johnson
has not proposed how the lien should be placed.
Militello recommended granting Howard Johnson the same as the other
establishment, $20,000.00; subject to imposing a lien on the appropriate piece
response to Mr. Gonot’s question, Mr. Baia replied that the original request
was for the full amount of $100,000.00.
response to Vice Chair Popelsky’s question, Mr. Baia replied that he is not recommending
$100,000, but $20,000.00.
was made by Vice Chair Popelsky and Seconded by Ms. Militello to adopt CRA
Resolution 2007/012, approving $20,000.00. for façade treatment.
Capellini abstained, as his firm has worked for the Howard Johnson owners.
Call: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Militello, Ms. Poitier, and Vice Chair Popelsky. NAYS:
ITEM 4 TAPE
1, COUNT 1437
CRA Resolution 2007/013 - A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD
OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
APPOINTING ANDREW HYATT, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, AS INTERIM CRA DIRECTOR
EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2007.
was read by title.
Baia, CRA Director, announced that he
will be leaving the City and recommended Andrew Hyatt, Community Development
Manager, as CRA Director effective Wednesday September 12, 2007.
Gonot asked if the City Manager agrees with the recommendation.
Mahaney, City Manager, replied yes, as
long as he is made the director, instead of interim director.
made by Vice Chair Popelsky and Seconded by Ms. Militello to adopt Resolution
2007/013 as amended, appointing Andrew Hyatt as Director.
being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.
ALBERT R. CAPELLINI, P.E., CRA CHAIR
CMC, CITY CLERK