Who to contact for the possibility of building a public skate park in Fort Lauderdale? Most Cities have a skate park except Fort Lauderdale
- 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?
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.
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
Perhaps better instructions on cans. We have many visitors who do not recycle at home apparantly. Public Service Announcements in form of a quiz show. Perhaps with bright eyed children competing on where to put some more unusual items. Wire, Xmas lights, styrofoam, bug spray containers, etc. There are items which I look at and wonder where it should go. I see such atrocities going into recycle bins sometimes I cringe.
We need more bike paths and bike lanes. Automobile congestion as gotten out of control. The city needs to incent people to get out of their cars. For the elderly, maybe more golf cart options, but more bike paths that connect to places people go to is the key. (Why was a bike path left out of the plans for the new Middle River Bridge??)
City citizens will never have equality until they have the same access to information, whether they are rich or poor. Learning doesn't end when the school bell rings. I learn more now than I ever have, and I've been out of school for over 50 years. All from the internet.