What is the peer-reviewed, scientific evidence base that supports the following whereas statements? Personal opinion or expert consensus are not acceptable responses given the cost to our citizens. We need to see the scientific evidence.
"WHEREAS, seawalls and similar structures contribute to coastal resilience when constructed in a manner that is substantially impermeable and meet a minimum height"';
and, "standard that effectively addresses existing tidal flooding and future sea level rise for the expected lifetime of the seawall or structure."
What is the peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that raising seawalls will contribute to the solution of harm from sea-level rise and tidal flooding?
Also, what is the evidence that this ordinance will be cost-effective compared to other solutions? Or even in combination with other solutions?
Provide the ordinance in pdf format so citizens can make suggestions or ask questions relevant to a specific part of the ordinance. Make it like a wikipedia page. Or crowdsource it. The smartest person always works somewhere else - another city, company, university, etc. Make use of that expertise.
- Publicize it. The last entry was a year ago. Right now the neighborhood site does more business. Maybe link it to the main page. 2. Provide substantive feedback to each suggestion or comment as quickly as possible. Right now, no one knows if anyone in the city even reads this stuff. 3. Make it the major site for HOAs and other organizations to present suggestions to the city. Again, provide feedback, and link to the main page. 4. Promote it as a crowdsourcing site to solve well-defined, specific city problems. The smartest person is always employed somewhere else. Sarasota crowdsourced a water-use ordinance. Even DARPA crowdsources. 5. Encourage employees to provide suggestions on city operations. 6. Offer a reward for the best suggestion of the year. 7. Offer a substantive monetary reward for any suggestion that is implemented and saves the city money. Particularly if it comes from an employee. 8. So, Lee, what do you think?
How can I download and print out the attachments? When I try to do that, I get a prompt that requires me to sign into Scribd for a free trial.
I propose you kill this proposed ordinance.
By the way. I hate this forum. Find something more user friendly.
There are four big issues that coninually need to be addressed on the beach:Traffic / 'Getting people out of their cars', Beach Renourishment, Lighting, Protection of endangered species.
There is a common solution to mitigate all of these issues which continues not to receive enough consideration. Dune restoration in collaboration with more plants to shade the beach from the road can help to solve these issues. Dune restoration is a cost effective and environmentally sustainable method of dealing with all of the issues listed above.
Obfuscating the view of the beach from the road will curb cruising on A1A. One cannot state that they want to get people out of their cars and also advocate that drivers should be able to see the beach from their cars at the same time. Most hotels and businesses will maintain a view over dunes from their elevated foundations and receive additional spending dollars from those who park and walk. I would point out that in Miami Beach, and sections of Del Ray and Boynton Beaches one cannot see the beach from Ocean Drive yet it does not deter visitors.
Dune restoration will help to maintain beach sand during storm events and shelter endangered sea turtles from lights on A1A. If additional foliage such as seagrape trees are used to shelter beaches the City can be more lenient with lighting restrictions. Beaches with Dunes were proven to be protected better during Hurricane Sandy along the eastern seaboard.
Lastly, dune restoration will help to protect all of the businesses on the beach from storm events and flooding, and mitigate maintenance after such events such as sand removal. This is a solution that could greatly improve the sustainability of our beaches, reduce costs to mitigate all of these issues and enhance and beautify our City. A few coconut trees and sea oats do not a sustainable coastline make.
I hope the Commission will consider my suggestion before proceeding on an environmental take permit for endangered species with which we share this coastal environment. Many other Cities have sustainable dunes such as these up and down our coastline. This is an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale to properly address this issue and solve many other problems resulting from development too close to our shorelines. Below are links to some images and examples of other communities' shorelines with appropriate dune foliage.
STOP All Aboard Florida - it will negatively change our quality of life. As a commuter, this project will impact me daily. As a waterfront property owner up the New River, it will affect our leisure and property values. As a taxpayer, our dollars are being used for a private enterprise - one that will fail on top of that. Please fight against this project. It affects the our way of life.
I want to start a magazine that will keep our community informed! I propose a monthly magazine that is completely advertising driven so it can be free to the community. It will be mailed to all homes (free of charge) in the Riverland and surrounding communities. It will have sections for upcoming events, real estate, lawyers, community/town hall meetings, general history about our community and lists of emergency outlets for human and pets. There will also be a section for lost pet posters and pets that are up for adoption and possibly up-and-coming new businesses!
A pedestrian bridge connection across the river at the cheesecake Factory would be awesome for pedestrians and cyclists. The City is getting much more pedestrian and bicycle friendly but there seems to be a big disconnect between both sides of the river downtown. The boats would probably need to have priority but it beats walking through the tunnel. Here's an example: http://inhabitat.com/lush-green-lilypad-bridge-spins-open-to-accomodate-boat-traffic/loebcapote-arquitetura-spinning-footbridge4-2/?extend=1