Minutes of Meeting 9/10/18
- Tim Smith**
- Barry Curtis**
- Marie McGinley**
- Chuck Gregory**
- My Warhaftig
- Steve Jacobson
- Ross Parker
- Rob Smith
- Lorraine Saunders
- Carmen Smith
- Frank Polanco
- McKay Ferrer
- Ty Eriks
- Christine Fanchi
Tim Smith called the meeting to order and asked for introductions all around. The brewery owners were among those who attended, also My Warhaftig for Homes Inc. and Christine Fanchi from the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Special Report - Christine Fanchi
- 13th street light pole replacement
- Traffic box at 4th and 13th can be wrapped
- Budget - asked for a lot didn’t get much - will ask for 6 boxes, wrapping
- Lorraine/Marie motion for Frank to work with the city on wraps. Frank says 16 locations. He does photos. Passed unanimously
- NE 4th Ave. under construction. Dedicated turn lanes. Dedicated bike lanes. New lights
- Motion to stripe parking spaces russ/barry passed unanimously
- Old Dixie -- finished.
- Marie: Andrews… 13th street needs turn lane
- 16th street various issues.
- Street sweeping
- Trolley --- Marie asked for it to come to 13th St.; Christine: trolley being defunded
- Minutes had been distributed previously; motion by Barry/Marie: approve minutes, passed unanimously.
- Motion by Rob/Lorraine: approve treasurer’s report previously distributed by Mark Hartman who was not present. Passed unanimously.
- Marie: report on Kaboom playground at Warfield park. November 1st need volunteers. Marie/Lorraine motion to provide $300 food. Frank will photograph. Unanimous.
- Grant program, Central City Alliance Helps. 4 $500 grants. Mark Hartman to create application. Frank and Barry to be part of committee to evaluate/assign grants. Marie too. Oct 15 hand out apps nov 15 deadline Jan 1 barry / ross motion passed
- Ross. art committee report. Pedestals, can do 3 for $8k. Not including drawings and permit etc. not including artwork. Bear to provide one, Ross to donate one, other existing but to be raised. Tim: let’s go with $6000, two new pedestals. Barry/Rob motion, unanimous. Ross to honcho this.
- Ross: also working on Art Fair for 13th St. parking issues. No actions taken.
Spotlighted Old Business: Thirteenth Street Craft Beer and Wine Festival
- Tim: We got approved on 13th Street festival.
- $800 for cops, $1800 for cones etc.
- Bandshell. $300 for the labor. Not available on 3/9, could do week before, alternative bandshell possible but costs much more.
- 14 breweries in area…2 confirmed
- Marie/Barry: motion, change to March 2nd, 4 to 8 pm. Passed unanimously.
- Oddballs will be a sponsor
- Shall we do a contest? Tasters’ Choice: Sell tickets, give a cup, tickets, a ballot.
- Breweries provide beer and their setup
- Barry/Ty to work on logistics
- Tim: invite business owners to next meeting to get them involved.
- Proposal was made to have next meeting at Homes Inc. Garden...
- Transportation - 3 people as reported by Chuck
- Ocean View Rickshaw
- Cycle Party
- Consensus: we need all three. JoinPapa will be great to get inebriated patrons home, Cycle Party and Ocean View Rickshaw will provide transportation within the closed street for the event
- More Task Assignments:
- Josh - tasked to handle non-food non-drink vendors - he gets half. Barry/Lorraine motion. Passed unanimously.
- Chuck to discuss music with Artserve, Josh to talk to Radio-Active, possible Open Mic as well as bands. Sundays at Five will be one of the bands.
- Marie to design posters etc, with Todd
- Lorraine to do CCA booth, also CERT
- Steve - billboard
- Rob - construction and publicity
- Frank - Art committee (live art etc.)
- Katharine, Finance committee, not present.
- Marie/Barry motion: 50-50 split with Homes Inc. Passed.
I discussed website. Rob/marie motion to pay me $25/month for website. Passed.
Tim/Barry motion to adjourn. Passed.
McKay gave us a great tour of Gulfstream Brewery.
Next meeting: Gulfstream Brewery, Monday, October 15, 5:30 pm
Meeting minutes prepared by Chuck Gregory, Secretary, Central City Alliance, 10/6/18
Minutes of Meeting 8/13/18
Shawn A. Williams
Tim Smith called the meeting to order and gave the President’s report. I called the roll.
Minutes had been distributed previously, Tim/Marie motion/second approve minutes, passed unanimously
Mark Hartman presented the Treasurer’s report, $22,384.43 balance. ?/? motion to approve, passed unanimously
Question, Are members paid up? Probably not… Katharine to send me member forms, Tim to prepare email, I will send to all members. This still hasn’t happened as of 9/6/18
Discussion of our event early 2019
Mark: we need to set a date for our event. City plans 5 years ahead. If we want city support we need to get on the calendar.
Ross Parker will contact event organizer
Tentative date 3/9
Tim to check that St Patrick’s day parade is not that day?
Tim motion do it on the day the city is not
Homes Inc. as co-host provides license and insurance
Ron Weinbaum to poll breweries.
Ross will host a sign
13th Street Craft Beer and Wine Festival
Chuck to investigate trolley , green hopper, etc. bicycle taxi thing Shawn to help
Ross and Katharine to develop funding scheme. Ron to help
Marie to create letter/flyer etc.
Marie: motion - 50% to Homes Inc.
Marie: motion up to 1000 approved
Shawn to sponsor
Event Application was made to City for March 9, 2019
Transportation: Chuck has contacted Sun Trolley ($200/hr), The Free Ride, JoinPapa ($20/hr/car), CycleParty, and Ocean View Rickshaw.
More old business:
Marie: Regarding the Warfield Park Kaboom playground, they need volunteers… Sept 6 design meeting, Nov 1 build meeting
Tim: motion to provide support (food). Passed. No details...
Marie: Kathy is having 20th anniversary dinner for Homes Inc., … they are having Oct 20 fancy dinner $250/seat
Grants? How about CCA asking for applications, for grants.
Offer 4 $500 grants. Publicize it, board will evaluate…
Central City Alliance Helps
Barry/Marie motion. Approved.
Carmen asked about Archways
Barry/Steve motion to adjourn.
Next meeting: Gulfstream Brewery
Meeting minutes prepared by Chuck Gregory, Secretary, Central City Alliance, 9/7/18
My apologies: due to technical difficulties I did not get a full recording of the meeting, and my notes were lacking some details. Please rest assured that all motions were properly seconded etc. even though the person’s name may not have made it into the minutes.
by cwgregory | August 13, 2018 | Meeting Minutes |
● Chuck Gregory*
● Rob Smith*
● Marie McGinley*
● Barry Curtis*
● Mark Hartman*
● Donna Collins*
● Lorraine Saunders*
● Abby Laughlin*
● Cindy Smith
● Carmen Smith
● William Cody
● Frank Polanco
● Edward Catalano
● Shawn A. Williams
Barry Curtis called the meeting to order and gave the President’s report in the absence
of Tim Smith.
● Minutes had been distributed previously, Rob/Lorraine motion/second approve
minutes, passed unanimously
● Mark Hartman presented the Treasurer’s report, Marie/Lorraine motion to
approve, passed unanimously
Report on CRA meeting
Presented by Sean/Abby, with help of the large map on the wall. Discussion of
● Usage examples for the zoning types
● Areas covered
○ Walkable areas
○ Better sidewalks
Discussion on Public Art
No one present from Committee, Bear and Ross are the prime movers. General discussion at
Abby asked about wrapping utility boxes. Frank showed his work from oakland park where they
recently addressed similar needs.
Utility box near tracks on 13th st near tracks needs to be done.... tracks an issue... how to get
permission... FLDOT? FEC? overall cost < $2000 per box. Ask CRA for a fund? gofundme
1. survey, get all locations
2. establish funding, raise funds...
3. call for artists
4. art fund
committee: Shawn, Frank, Mark to help, tie-in with Art Committee. Will talk to Christine Fanchi,
Barry/Chuck motion to establish committee etc. passed unanimously
Discussion on Crime
Marie: no update on crime ... meeting Wed 18th at police substation
Abby described a breakin to her car, guy caught, trial in Aug/Sep
More Old Business
Marie, update on Intercession property. horton did presentation to smrca. passed 23-19.
question: speed reduction measures?
abby: At Transportation and Mobility dept, Diane out.
Marie: 1100 N Andrews, violations etc. City says it's a church. long and involved discussion with
comments from Chuck Gregory, Rob Smith, Carmen Smith, Marie, etc.
● Hope South Florida does not follow rules etc.
● City backs them on everything.
● Mark: talk to Ben Sorenson.
Discussion of Kaboom playground to be added at Warfield park. Park is not accessible due to
school. No good place for residents with kids. Etc.
To be continued... next month.
Discussion of meeting dates, how long Abby’s building will be available, etc.
Donna made an announcement. not coming to meetings, will no longer participate except for
special occasions. We all thanked her for her years of service.
No progress on event planning for Feb/March... food and wine festival? Taste of 13th?
Barry/Chuck moton: after Abby takes us on tour of her properties, we'll adjourn. Passed
Meeting minutes prepared by Chuck Gregory, Secretary, Central City Alliance, 7/13/18
Central City Alliance
Minutes of the Board Meeting June 22, 2018
The meeting took place at Oddballs Nifty Thrift on June 22 at 5:30 pm. We thank Oddballs for
providing the meeting place, and B’s Specialties for catering the event.
Attendees: Tim Smith, Barry Curtis, Marie McGinley, Chuck Gregory, Rob Smith, Abby Laughlin,
Ross Parker, Maureen Ruggeri, Luis Castillo, Steve Jacobson
Tim called the meeting to order and we introduced ourselves.
Motion by Rob / Ross accept treasurer’s report. Passed unanimously. Mark Hartman had left
report with Tim.
Motion by Marie / Barry accept minutes of annual meeting. Passed unanimously.
Real Estate Report:
● Ross Parker told about real estate deal, his friend hopes to buy empty lot across from
archways. Anthony Pugliese. Negotiations underway. Condo / etc. lot by tracks.
● Ross’s building: architectural drawings done, he’s adding bldg with frame shop / offices
then redo existing bldg for 3 retail storefronts
● Abby news: 535 building, leases almost in place, one of them high end furniture store.
Wine and tapas place in progress. Permits being pulled. Etc.
● Reminder by Rob, July 11 cra meeting don’t miss it
● Assisted living / memory care being attempted 12th st and 4th ave opposite fortneys.
Disussion: Public Art Committee. 1 meeting so far, Bear and Ross only attendees.
Discussion: Talked about 13th street as new arts district. Competition, fat and mass district. New
Talking about PUBLIC art not galleries... Bear has scupture for 4th?
Marie: talk about planting for Sunrise etc.
Abby/Barry motion: identify 4 places for sculptures.
Ross: do it by walking survey. Abby amended motion to identify priorities
Walking tour. Passed unanimously
Marie. Presentation on crime stats etc. business crimes going up... total crime not changing
much. Except: burglary, residences, 2014 and 2017, increased ...
...Tim: what do we want to do about crime in cca neighborhoods.
Marie, we want to learn more.
Marie/Barry motion: do additional analysis on crime stats. Passed unanimously.
Abby: talk about how to address issues.
Tim: police have free ring things, let’s get some, he’ll talk to cops
Discussion of events for our area:
● 3 different runs, last year the big festival.
● Are we doing it again? Shall we do February?
● Abby talk to Joshua.
● New Name: 13th street music and art festival. ?
● Ross, Abby, Marie, tasked to get proposals ...?
● Motion by barry/maureen, find promoter for the event.
Marie proposes a fixed time for meetings.
Motion by ?/Barry: marie will find time for meeting.
South Middle River report by Luis / Marie:
● Continuing issues re: former Church of the Intercession, ongoing disagreement over use
of property, multifamily or not, etc.
● Jerry Scanlon purchased. Has tried to sell several times...
● Horton bought on contingency of zoning change. Zoning still not changed.
● City will not approve changes as long as even one person objects.
● Need: support. Requested CCA take a stand. CCA declined official stance but
individuals may get involved.
● Code violation issue, property at 1100 N Andrews, Hope South Florida set up services
for homeless feeding etc. without authorization
● Heated discussion ensued
No further business discussed. Motion to adjourn ?/?
Meetings presented by Chuck Gregory, Secretary
Central City Alliance
Minutes of the Annual Meeting
The annual meeting took place in the garden next to Homes Inc. on Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 pm. We thank Katharine Barry for her generosity in providing the meeting place, and B’s Specialties for catering the event.
Tim Smith, President of Central City Alliance, called the meeting to order. To start things off he introduced the new board: Tim Smith, president, Barry Curtis and Marie McGinley, co-vice presidents, Mark Hartman, treasurer, and Chuck Gregory, secretary. The other board members were also introduced.
Next order of business was a special award presented to Margery Anderson, former treasurer and permanent board member, for her many years of service to the alliance.
Katharine Barry addressed the group, announcing the two recent Community Appearance Awards won by the 13th Street Complete Streets Project. This has been a wonderful success for the Central City Alliance.
Terry Nolen of South Middle River Community Association addressed the group, discussing various issues on the west side of 4th Ave. including their success in reducing crime with the help of FLPD and the challenges in getting things done in SMRCA. Possible zoning changes were discussed.
Abby Laughlin, a major business property owner on NE 13th Street, presented a report on her properties and other potential businesses coming to the area
- residential project, townhouses, vista ridge n and s .
- gus carbonell
- 3 br 2.5 b ...
- 10 units on s
- many other projects
- marie, minuteman press, developing 3 lots. 2 townhomes etc.
- Gulfstream Brewery - middle of June? 2 yrs to get permit! rain barrels recycled water etc.
- warsaw now landowners
- el buffa antiques
- paul ergon warehouse units
- ross parker, native visions, going to be retail soon
- abby's properties
- oddballs, deli coming
- 535 building, renzo grasse, fitness studio, jiu jitsu etc., afternoon students, evening events
- beer-wine-tapas, garden box? greenville? targeting locals
- local craftsmen, Todd mentioned...
- shout out to Native Realty Jamie Sturgis
- Sean, blog, urban planner
Marie made a motion to create a Public Art Committee with $2000 funding to start, seconded by Barry. Marie, Bruce Bunker, Lorraine Gregory, and Katharine Barry volunteered. Abby, Bear, Tim and Ross also expressed interest.
The possibility of extending the Sun Trolley service to serve our community. Currently the Flagler Village route and the Northwest Community route are the closest and neither one is within out boundaries.
Next was an extended presentation by Lieutenant Dave Cortez and Reginald Gillis of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.Topics incuded:
- priority: reduce crime
- last year 5%, now 16%
- RING. doorbell camera program. 100 to be given out. shareable video, neighborhood app.
- goal, reduce traffic homicides. 499 citations 3 months, 60 dui arrests,
- both cops worked undercover in the area etc.
- recruiting drive, 40 people by end of year
- trying for easier reporting without human interaction
Cijay (?) presented information about the Central City Community Redevelopment Area, and specifically about the rezoning project. It’s proposed that most of the area from Sunrise to 13th St. be rezoned for flexible, multipurpose building. An example would be a business with an apartment above it. There will be 3 public meetings about this.
Christine Fanchi discussed the award we’d won for Complete Street Project of the Year, and went into some detail about proposed changes to NE 4th Ave.
- now: 4th Ave. project to deliver bike facilities
- sunrise to 5 points
- buffered bike lanes
- trolley? bus route connections...
- 1416 ne 4th ave
- 66 unit assisted living 1169 ne 4th
- cumberland farms 4th and sunrise
- construction to start Sept
- 1 year construction
The rain was getting worse and the meeting was called due to weather.
Fewer Cars Has Meant More Retail For Upstart Fort Lauderdale Corridor
South FloridaEconomic Development May 30, 2018 Deirdra Funcheon, Bisnow South Florida
Longtime Fort Lauderdale resident Tim Smith said in the early 2000s, his middle-class neighborhood of Middle River Terrace had become beset with drugs and crime. “If people were walking around here, they were looking for drugs," he said. "If they were running, they were running from cops.”