Seth Platt, Senior Associate, LSN Partners about 3 years ago

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.

https://www.google.com/maps/@26.458594,-80.058762,3a,75y,107.59h,81.48t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOwkc-HEpwnQGT7L1XhRv7w!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@26.046568,-80.113311,3a,75y,130.63h,76.33t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sphGXWBoN8yAFsAcHea5rwg!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Boynton+Beach,+FL/@26.465143,-80.057775,3a,75y,65.17h,84.08t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s7ac2A-iTXr0sh2w0rDmPUQ!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x88d8df208877e343:0xeeeca5b1b3279236

https://www.google.com/maps/@26.005607,-80.116344,3a,75y,113.92h,81.16t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1seF_KjXKNilyW4lMUE7wteQ!2e0

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Helen Gray over 3 years ago

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.

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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!

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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

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Your citizens should be outraged by a government that is so calloused they turn a charitable act into an illegal activity! If you want to clean up your town, start at the beginning --the less fortunate of your town! Do everyone a favor and take care of your community! And if you can't, don't bother the ones that feel a moral obligation to do so.

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Create an organization chart within the employee directory. This will allow employees to understand the departmental hierarchy and how they may receive assistance without engaging management with questions that may not require management engagement. Also, for internal customers that are new to the organization, it would provide a visual guide for key resources that they may need to perform their job.

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No place to sit. Homeless sleep on them. They also leave their trash. Waste of tax dollars spent to create another unofficial homeless shelter.

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The tourist area and las olas is such a high quality neighborhood yet the downtown surrounding neighborhood is not so much. There should be more security put in place to reduce crime..so many burglary has existed within the past couple months in my neighborhood. The city should also try to remove section 8 in the neighborhood near downtown to bring up the property values.

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Ft. Lauderdale should stop abusing homeless people by taking their meager belongings, or making it harder for organizations to feed them and offer resources. Being homeless is not a crime, but mistreating them and depriving their humanity is morally felonious. A prosperous community cannot be truly great or worthy of commendation if it shuns those for whom capitalism has failed.

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Idea: Downtown

Jessica Garten about 4 years ago

Smooth out the roads and get rid of the bricks. Use stamped bricks instead. Paint / clean the only tunnel in Florida. Build more office buildings instead of condos. Need more places to lock up bicycles.

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