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The Victoria Park Times is the official publication of the Victoria Park Civic Association

THIRD QUARTER 2020
Keeping Victoria Park Beautiful
Calling all SOBs
A Realtor’s Perspective
and more...
Keeping Victoria Park Beautiful
Calling all SOBs
A Realtor’s Perspective
and more...
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2020 to be tax deductible up to 100 percent of adjusted gross income.
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THIRD QUARTER 2020
VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
You’re Invited!
Join Us At Our Upcoming VPCA General Meetings
September 2nd, 2020 - 7pm to 8pm ET
VISIT VPCA.ORG TO REGISTER FOR THE SEPTEMBER MEETING
We will be holding the monthly general meetings via
Zoom until further notice. Check Facebook for details or
sign up for email updates to
vpnews@vpca.org
.
The Victoria Park Civic Association
newsletter is the official publication of the
Victoria Park Civic Association providing
our local homeowners, residents, businesses
and professionals in the Victoria Park area
with relevant local news, civic updates
and events information specically and
exclusively focused on our own area.
Written and produced by the Victoria Park
Civic Association, it is published quarterly
and mailed directly to residential and
business addresses in our area. Additional
free distribution is provided via the Victoria
Park Civic Association member network,
advertisers and special events.
VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
PO Box 4472
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33338
Please note: The views and opinions stated
in this newsletter are solely those of the
authors and do not necessarily represent
the views of the Board or the members of
the Victoria Park Civic Association
Editorial & Photo Contributors
Chas Adams, Monique J. Damiano,
S.R. Dato, Steven Glassman,
Maggie Gunther,
Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach,
Christopher Leonard, Catherine Maus,
Steffi Paskow, Kip Reynolds, Barbara
Weinstein and Scott Wyman
Published on behalf of
The Victoria Park Civic Association by
S.MARK Graphics, Inc
500 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: 954.523.1980
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Publisher
Mark Budwig
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Creative Director
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Copyright 2020, S.MARK Graphics, Inc., Publisher, and The Victoria Pork Civic
Association. All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced in whole
or in port, regardless of technology used, without express written consent from
publisher. The Victoria Park Civic Association and publisher reserve the right to
reject any editorial submissions, advertising or copy either moy deem to be
unacceptable or inappropriate for ony reason at their sole discretion. Every effort
has been mode to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of this publication and no
liability can be attached to or be accepted by the publisher or The Victoria Park Civic
Association for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies.
CONTENTS
8 VPCA President’s Message
Steffi Paskow, President, VPCA
10 Minute-by-Minute
Draft minutes from the VPCA 6 & 7/20 General Meetings
14 Commissioner’s Message
Fort Lauderdale District 2 Commissioner Steven Glassman
18 Fort Lauderdales Community Court Helps
Neighbors in Need
By Christopher Leonard & Monique J. Damiano, City of Fort Lauderdale
20 Development Update
Planning Committee Chair Catherine Maus reports
22 Keeping Victoria Park Beautiful
By S.R. Dato
24 Calling all SOBs
By Maggie Gunther
26 VPCA Member Spotlight
28 A Realtor’s Perspective
By By Kip Reynolds, PA, CRS
29 Recipe Of The Month
29 Events
30 Kids Corner
31 VPCA MEMBER DISCOUNTS
VPCA members’ discounts & special offers from local businesses
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THIRD QUARTER 2020
VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Victoria Park Civic Association
Where does the time go? Summer is now in full swing,
and I hope you and your families are enjoying the
longer, light-filled days. As I write this letter, we are in
Phase 2 of the COVID-19 re-opening, which has restored
some normalcy: visiting local businesses and enjoying
our local parks, restaurants, and beautiful beaches.
While some restrictions remain, it is truly amazing and
inspiring how this incredibly challenging time has, in
large part, brought people together in many ways and
under some unexpected circumstances.
Over these last few months, I have recognized just how critical it is that the
Association’s priorities change and adapt to remain a robust and valuable
resource to its members and the community. As such, I have made it an integral
part of the VPCA’s mission to learn what more we can do. Since February,
improving our communications has been a top concern. This effort will continue
in several ways: having new and different topical presentations at our monthly
meetings, sharing more relevant, essential, and fun information on our Facebook
page, and providing newsletter content that supports critical matters which are
important to residents.
As a reminder, we have included resources in last months issues to assist folks and
make it easy to tend to important civic matters:
The 2020 Census. If you have not filled out the census form, please do asap!
Accurate census data is critical to receiving proper funding for schools,
hospitals, and fire departments. It also helps with planning new homes and
businesses and neighborhood improvements. It also determines how many
seats allocated in the House of Representatives for each state. So please take
a few minutes and make it a priority.
Vote Early! If you are concerned about going in person to your polling
location due to Covid-19, vote by mail. Register for your mail-in ballot asap!
Early voting starts in August, which is just around the corner.
Some new Social Initiatives happening are:
The VP Book Club! For book lovers, its a great way to meet your neighbors
and enjoy a mutual hobby. There is still room to add more members, so reach
out so we can include you!
A VP Bike Tour in the local park is being coordinated, so please reach out
to our social chair, Maria Benitez, at social@vpca.org if you are interested in
signing up to participate.
In closing, I’m proud to announce that we have launched a new VPCA website.
Its still very much a work in progress, and I appreciate all of the dedicated
chairs and volunteers who continue to edit and add content.
As a last reminder, there is no VPCA Meeting for August. The next meeting will
be in September via Zoom, for which an agenda will be available soon. I hope
you all can make it.
Wishing you all continued safety and good health.
Steffi Paskow
President
Victoria Park Civic Association
OFFICERS
President Steffi Paskow
president@vpca.org
Vice President Catherine Maus
vicepresident@vpca.org
Secretary Rebecca Kendig-
Rohrbach
secretary@vpca.org
Treasurer Joseph Evancho
treasurer@vpca.org
COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Aesthetics
Nick Caporella, Jr.
aesthetics@vpca.org
Children
Nicollette Hagey
children@vpca.org
Communications
Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach
vpnews@vpca.org
Crime Watch
Krystyn Skrinak
crimewatch@vpca.org
Membership
Kip Reynolds
members@vpca.org
Planning & Zoning
Catherine Maus
planning@vpca.org
Recycling
Don Gillin
recycling@vpca.org
Safety
Krystyn Skrinak
cert@vpca.org
Social
Maria Benitez
social@vpca.org
Trafc
Jilan Bruce
traffic@vpca.org
Utilities
Sandy Leiper
utilities@vpca.org
Liaisons to Fort Lauderdale
Council of Civic Associations
Barbara Weinstein
Daniel O’Connor
CFLCA@vpca.org
COORDINATOR
Meetings
Myrna Pototsky
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YOU DO! YOU DO!
Make a difference in YOUR neighborhood through VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION membership
Victoria Park is a diverse collection of residents who enjoy a special place in our rapidly growing city. We all
desire and deserve a safe, clean, and well-maintained community in which to live and raise our families.
The Victoria Park Civic Association is dedicated to giving you a voice to make that happen.
Make your voice heard on vital issues concerning YOUR neighborhood
Neighborhood Safety, Crime and Traffic School Zoning • Planning and Development
Recreational Amenities Code Violations and Zoning Enhancement of Neighborhood Parks
Help strengthen and support YOUR neighborhood
Your membership helps maintain the beauty of our neighborhood parks and entranceways
Your membership supports popular neighborhood events throughout the year.
Shop local using your VPCA Member Card and receive special discounts from over 50 businesses.
Membership Levels:
Individual: $25 (Age 62+ $20) Family: $35 (Age 62+$30) Business: $35
Additional contributions to the Green Space Maintenance Fund and/or the Capital Improvement Fund
to help defray ongoing neighborhood improvements are greatly appreciated.
To JOIN or learn more, visit us online at:
www.vpca.org/join-vpca
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THIRD QUARTER 2020
VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
June 3rd, 2020 – 7pm to 8pm
Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting Room
Attending Board: President, Steffi Paskow
Vice President, Catherine Maus
Secretary, Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach
President Steffi Paskow Opened the Meeting
at 7:06pm ET
Motion to approve last month’s meeting minutes.
Approved.
Fort Lauderdale Police Update: Lieutenant Ron
Magno, presented by Steffi Paskow
Reminder to be diligent about locking vehicle
doors and removing valuables. Direct ofce line for
Lieutenant Magno: 954-828-6625.
Community Court Presentation
Paul Upp & Scott Edwards
In 2019, Community Court assisted over 50 homeless
individuals to get off the street. The organization is
centered on people helping people and focused on
connecting homeless individuals with organizations
that can assist with job and housing placement. They
do not accept monetary donations. Zoom meeting
held the 1st Monday of each month at 8pm. For more
information, contact scott@helpsoflo.com or paul@
helpsoflo.com. Website is www.helpsoflo.com.
Vice Mayor Steven Glassman
Thank you to Paul and Scott for their important work
with the homeless population. Latest count for Broward
County is approximately 2,500 homeless individuals.
This has been a topic of the commission recently and
the hotel voucher program placed over 100 individuals
in housing for 30 days with option for 30-day extensions.
The support of all 31 municipalities is crucial to
supporting change in this area of our community. Since
the program is brand new, statistics are not readily
available on its effectiveness but there are plans to
monitor success rates after 30 and 60 days. The key to
long-term success is not just providing meals and rooms
but ensuring wrap around services are utilized.
2020 Census – The City of Fort Lauderdale and Vice
Mayor Glassman’s Ofce have been distributing email
blasts almost daily, along with pushes on social media.
Vice Mayor Glassman also produced a video stressing
the importance of the 2020 Census. There will be calls for
volunteers to distribute information door to door coming
in the next few weeks. The numbers are improving but
still lower than they should be. We were in the low to
mid 40% and have seen an increase to almost mid 50%.
The response to the 2020 Census is vital to securing our
local share of federal government funds. If you know
individuals, ask if they have completed census and
encourage participation if needed.
Protesting/Looting – Residents would like to have
advance notice if possible. The recent events were a
City of Lauderhill event that moved to downtown and
was peaceful for the bulk of the event. Social media
posts gained traction and another group arrived that
spun off into less peaceful actions with a short window of
notice. The City of Fort Lauderdale responded as quickly
as possible, to include the National Guard. Curfew has
been lifted as of this evening’s meeting. There is a team
of individuals monitoring online and local distribution
channels to be proactive for anything that may arise.
Welcome New Members: Please say “hi” in the chat
box or if you are calling in. State your name and where
in the neighborhood you live.
President Updates: Steffi Paskow
Holiday Park Staging Area
This will be a three to six-month process and the local
contracting team has been doing a better job of
keeping the area tidy: fences are no longer knocked
down, moved larger equipment away from the
townhouses near 7th Avenue.
E-Newsletter
Seeking ideas for content. Please reach out with ideas.
Minutes of June 3 & July 1, 2020
General Membership Meeting
It’s only one hour...on the first
Wednesday of every month!
(except August when no meeting is held)
MINUTE BY MINUTE By Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach, Secretary
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Continued on page 10
July 4th Fireworks
The City Commission moved forward with plans
for four firework displays. Shows will not be open to
spectators and neighbors are encouraged to view
from backyards and porches. More information will be
shared as it becomes available
Facebook
The VPCA team pushes a lot of relevant information out
via the Facebook page. Please follow. https://www.
facebook.com/VictoriaParkCivicAssociation
333 NE 7th Avenue Project: Catherine Maus,
Planning/Zoning Chair
The VPCA Planning Committee has had many discussions
with the project applicant and among the VPCA
membership. We are requesting to call up for a public
hearing. Vice Mayor Glassman has indicated it would
be helpful to have a yes/no vote from the neighborhood
as to whether we approve this project. If a commissioner
decides to call it up, Vice Mayor Glassman indicated the
hold hearing should be at the June 16th meeting. The
details of the project are: a 14 story building, inside the
Victoria Park neighborhood, there is no other building of
this size in our neighborhood, 53 dwelling units, parking
is a double stacked mechanical system run by a 24 hour
valet. VPCA has voiced non agreement with layout,
traffic, and overall size of the building. VPCA members
only vote via SurveyMonkey with first and last names,
membership status, and whether you support or not
support project as it stands.
Committees Chairs: Updates
Aesthetics: Nick Caporella Jr, Chair
Thank you to those that sponsored flags to be placed
by entrances for the upcoming Flag Day. Thank you
to Karl for becoming the 9th and 15th ambassador.
Still seeking ambassadors to be eyes and ears of
entranceways. If you live near one of the entry ways,
please consider volunteering to submit any repairs or
suggested maintenance items. Thank you to Jeanne
and her neighbor for assisting with Progresso Hammock
Greenway repairs. Small maintenance done at 15th
Street / 9th entrance with sprinklers and soon to be
sodded. Planning to have all Victoria Park entrances
decorated in alignment with holidays. Slide show of
status of current entranceways was shown.
Children: Nicolette Hagey, Chair
No updates.
Communications: Rebecca A. Kendig - Rohrbach, Chair
Social Media: 1,058 likes on Facebook, 38 followers on
Instagram
Encouragement to follow VPCA on Facebook for
updates and Instagram for neighborhood photos.
Kip Reynolds was featured in a Miami Herald
article recently regarding painted rocks around the
neighborhood. New website launch is slated for
June 15th. Seeking individuals to volunteer for the
Communications Committee.
Membership: Kip Reynolds, Chair
Thank you to all new and renewing business members.
New, personalized membership cards are being
distributed. If you have not received, please contact Kip
Reynolds at members@vpca.org. If anyone is plugged
into social media, we are looking to collaborate with the
Vic Park Painted Rocks page and others that may align
with VPCA interests. If you are interested in being a block
captain to encourage membership and involvement
with VPCA, please contact Kip.
Utilities: Sandy Leiper, Chair
City of Fort Lauderdale – Engineering update on small
water program. Status is approx. 75 % complete and
moving along quite well. Project North of 6th Street
(Victoria Park A) – contractor is working on punch list
items and it appears it will have minimal impact on
residents. South of 6th Street (Victoria Park B) is currently
under construction at about 50% completion. About
11,000 feet of pipe left to install and will require testing
and clearing to begin roadway repaving. Entire project
is expected to be completed by end of 2020.
Strips of North of 6th Street – List of punch list items and
will be reinstalled.
Planning/Zoning: Catherine Maus, Chair
Request regarding FL Panther project to move the
eating area slated to face east to move to face west to
reduce noise into the neighborhood.
Sidewalk Installation – Currently in the hands of the
City of Fort Lauderdale to begin project. No timeline
update at this time.
CFLCA Liaison: Barbara Weinstein, reported by
Rebecca Kendig Rohrbach
Fort Lauderdale Business Alliance has crafted
and launched campaign aimed at promoting
local businesses. Visit ilovelocal2020.com for more
information.
Social: Maria Benitez, Chair, reported by Steffi Paskow
Suggestion to organize a social distancing bike ride.
Date and time to be announced. If interested, please
contact Maria at social@vpca.org.
Meeting adjourned at 8:11pm ET
Next Meeting: July 1st, 2020 7:00PM – 8:00PM ET via Zoom
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MINUTE BY MINUTE Continued from page 9
July 1st, 2020 – 7pm to 8pm
Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting Room
Attending Board: President, Steffi Paskow
Vice President, Catherine Maus
Treasurer, Joseph Evancho
Secretary, Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach
President Steffi Paskow Opened the Meeting
at 7:00pm ET
Motion to approve last month’s meeting minutes.
Approved.
“The Victoria Park Times” – Ofcial Newsletter of the
VPCA
Steffi gave kudos to our new publishers, SMARK
Graphics, on an excellent e-newsletter for June/
July and highlighted our new kids’ corner with a
coloring contest for July. Visit www.vpca.org for more
information.
Mark Budwig indicated the first printed newsletter will go to
the printer on the 15th of July with a distribution schedule
of 25th of July. If interested in discussing advertising, please
reach out to Mark at mark@smark.com.
Motion to approve last month’s meeting minutes.
Approved.
Please note the previous months meeting minutes are
sent with the meeting reminder and meeting.
Fort Lauderdale Police Update: Officer John Davis
Burglaries: May – 5, June – 1
All took place within fenced in property areas.
Burglary does not have to be within your home to
be categorized as such. No houses were entered or
broken in to. Encouraged residents to be diligent about
not leaving anything out in plain view.
Vehicle Burglaries: May – 9, June – 8
Most took place around the perimeter of Victoria Park.
Seven were unlocked vehicles and four were door
handle checking to see if the vehicle was unlocked
(still categorized as a burglary). Two arrests were made
related to burglaries: one involving a smashed window
of a U-Haul and another smashed window.
Robberies: Three total with one involving a known
person who was arrested, another involving a stolen
bicycle, and another involving a person invited into the
home and stealing watches while homeowner slept.
Time of day for incidents varies with burglaries happening
mostly during daytime hours, vehicle burglaries mostly in
late evening hours, and robberies in afternoon.
Questions were about an individual hiding from
police on someone’s roof at 17th Avenue and 5th
Street. Officer Davis confirmed the individual was
apprehended and was one of the robberies noted in
his report. Also, the homeless encampment near the
BB&T on NE 17th Way. A resident reports mattresses and
other debris in the mornings from overnight activity.
Officer Davis reports that there has been an influx of
homeless individuals into the area and to report any
activity to the police department. And, whether any
police are assigned to handle potential traffic because
of the fireworks display in Holiday Park. At this time, all
ofcers will be assigned to the beach areas given the
close and Parks & Recreation will be managing the
fireworks. All residents are encouraged to view from
their homes as there will be no spectator area within
Holiday Park.
Code Enforcement: Paulette DelGrosso
Extremely busy with complaints considering
neighbors are at home and noticing more within
the neighborhood. Complaints will be addressed
immediately if lifesaving or later when returning to
normal operations. Pandemic has affected how code
ofcers work particularly because special magistrate
hearings are suspended, and the city does not want to
over burden property owners with costly repairs at this
time. Responsibilities have shifted from crowd control to
monitoring businesses for COVID-19 violations. Please
be patient with response time regarding complaints.
The city is currently allowing short term rentals after a
pause of about a month. The code department will
be out of the ofce this Friday and Saturday for the 4th
of July holiday and would encourage you to contact
the police non-emergency number if you have any
disturbance with noise and/or parking. Please ensure
to get a police report number and notify the vacation
rental department regarding the incident. Ofcer
DelGrosso requested to be in touch with the resident
who reached out regarding a specific vacation rental
within the community.
Regarding the BB&T homeless encampment area, at
times planting landscaping can encourage encampment
even though it may be thought to deter. Officer DelGrosso
will investigate and contact BB&T. Noted that increased
police presence and posting an affidavit of no trespassing
would be helpful if needed to remove individuals from the
site. There has been a noticeable uptick in encampment
activity given the pandemic.
City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation:
Enrique Sanchez
Rescheduled for September’s meeting.
Redundant Sewer Project: David Mancini, Jr.
Current work zone is at 6th Street and 11th Avenue with
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City of Fort Lauderdale GIS
Map Date: 4/24/2020
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Map Date: 4/24/2020
REDUNDANT FORCE MAIN PROJECT
CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Approx. 1.2 miles)
INSTALLED (Approx. 1.0 mile)
Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD)
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Commission Districts
No. 1 - Heather Moraitis
No. 2 - Steven Glassman
No. 3 - Robert L. McKinzie
No. 4 - Ben Sorensen
SOUTH (DMSI)
NORTH (MURPHY)
NE 21st ST
NE 19th ST
NE 13th ST
NE 13th ST
NE 24th CT
NE 27th ST
NE 30th ST
NE 35th ST
NE 37th CT
PLANT A
E OAKLAND PARK BLVD
E OAKLAND PARK BLVD
BAYVIEW DR.
BAYVIEW DR.
NE 26th ST
N FEDERAL HIGHWAY
N FEDERAL HIGHWAY.
N FEDERAL HIGHWAY.
E SUNRISE BLVD
E SUNRISE BLVD
NE 18th ST
NE 20th AVE
NE 15th AVE
NE 15th AVE
NE 9th ST
NE 6th ST
NE 6th ST
NE 11th AVE
E BROWARD BLVD.
E LAS OLAS BLVD.
N FEDERAL HIGHWAY.
S FEDERAL HIGHWAY.
E LAS OLAS BLVD.
SE12th ST
SE 7th ST
SE 10th AVE
SE14Tth CT
SE17th ST
SE 9th AVE
SE 2nd CT
SE 10th TER
Evergreen Cemetery
Tarpon River
Tarpon River
MIDDLE RIVER
NE 8th ST
S ANDREWS AVE
N ANDREWS AVE
N ANDREWS AVE
Phase 1
Start: 03/11/2020
End: 08/05/2020
Phase 1
Start: 04/27/2020
End: 08/05/2020
Phase 2
Start: 01/29/2020
End: 04/30/2020
Phase 3
Start: 04/15/2020
End: 06/29/2020
Phase 4A
Start: 07/01/2020
End: 10/28/2020
Phase 4B&C
Start: 06/17/2020
End: 12/30/2020
Phase 5
Start: 08/05/2020
End: 01/06/2021
Phase 6
Start: 09/02/2020
End: 03/31/2021
Phase 2.2
Start:
End:
Phase 3.1A
Start:
End:
Phase 2.1
Start:
End:
Phase 3.1B
Start:
End:
Phase 3.2A
Start:
End:
Phase 3.2B
Start:
End:
Phase 1.1
Start:
End:
Phase 1.2
Start:
End:
Phase 1.3
Start:
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Phase 1.4
Start:
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Phase 1.5A
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PROGRESS UPDATE
COMPLETION DATE: 06/30/2021
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plans to move drilling south to 2nd Street. Completion
date is expected within 2 months. Once completed, the
drilling will turn east along 6th Street and move from 11th
Avenue to 15th Avenue with an expected completion
time of 1.5 months. Following, the drilling will turn north
along 15th Avenue up to Sunrise Boulevard.
Advisories regarding progress to next phases, changes,
and traffic flow will be distributed. If you have questions or
concerns, please contact David at 754-264-9594 (cell).
Questions:
Residents have trafc concerns around NE 14th Avenue
into NE 9th Street, specifically the two gates for Victoria
Park Place and once drilling begins on NE 15th Avenue
when will notifications go out. The drilling at NE 15th
Avenue is about 4-6 months out to begin and notices
typically go out around 2 weeks prior to the start and
then again, a day before. Maintenance of Trafc (MOT)
Plans have not been developed yet for this stage of
work. The team will get them out to the VPCA once
plans are drafted. Trafc flow has been good at 6th
Street and 11th Avenue with the detours. The new 54
in force main will progress east along 6th Street then
north along 15th Avenue as shown in the map. There
is a small 36-inch pipe which needs to run west from
15th Avenue to 14th Avenue on 9th Street. It is a small
pipe and will be installed by open cut so it will be a very
quick operation, maybe two weeks at maximum. As
we get closer to the date, we will coordinate this work
with any affected driveways and/or access to the park.
Access to both will always remain.
As we get closer, the maps and MOT plans will
become available and the construction team will
open for input on how it can be made better.
A resident requested more detail for the project
schedule.
Please reference map showing location and
dates discussed. Keep in mind the blue represents
directional drilling and trenchless work zones are at
each end of the blue line.
What is the expected completion date of this current
phase of the project?
We are about two months away from pulling the pipe
under 11th Avenue. In about one month, we will start
using the pipe above ground as we get closer, MOT
plans and traffic advisories will be distributed and
coordinated with input from the community.
What is the total distance to be ‘drilled’ from this site
during this phase of the overall project and what
is the total distance drilled during this phase in an
average posted work week (6 days/week, 12 hrs./
day)?
The current drilling phase will be a world record
length of 3,100 feet. The installation of the pipe or
“pullback” should take about 64 hours of nonstop
work at 24 hours a day. The long lead-time of the
installation is not actually installing the pipe but
drilling the tunnel. This 3,100-foot drill from mobilization
to pulling the pipe should take approximately three
months, with an additional month of cleaning and
testing the pipeline before making the connection.
A good estimate of production rate is approximately
200 feet per week.
Welcome New Members: Please say “hi” in the chat
box or if you are calling in. State your name and where
in the neighborhood you live.
Vice Mayor Steven Glassman
Vice Mayor Glassman’s ofce has been working with
code enforcement on vacation rentals and specically
regarding two properties: 312 NE 12th and 1210 NE 4th.
One of the properties is registered and the other is
not. Since special magistrate hearings are suspended,
ofcial action is delayed. There is a long list of concerns
regarding both properties that will be formally
addressed once things get back to fully functioning.
As of the date of this meeting, Broward County has
not yet implemented a mandatory mask rule. It was
discussed during a recent mayors’ call. It is extremely
important to wear a mask and practice social
distancing. The number of positive cases is increasing
with the average age in the upper 20s and lower 30s.
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BEACH PROJECTS SWIMMING ALONG NICELY!
Aquatic Center and Las Olas Marina Moving Full Steam Ahead
The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down work on major capital
improvement projects throughout our City. Two initiatives continuing to make
progress are the Aquatic Center renovation and the Las Olas Marina project on
Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Originally constructed in 1965, the Aquatic Center boasts over half a century
of swimming history, including being the site of 10 world records. The current
renovation project is designed to restore its former glory, by enabling the
complex to once again attract national and international championship events
and recapture its standing as one of world’s top facilities for swimming, diving,
and training.
To help achieve this goal, the City Commission recently approved funding
for enhancements to the project that include constructing the world’s first
27-meter permanent dive tower, featuring a full complement of springboards
and nine platform levels (1M, 3M, 5M, 7.5M, 10M, 15M, 20M, 24M and 27M). We
also agreed to move forward with the design and construction of a new, two-
story south building that will include locker rooms, restrooms, a weight room,
administrative support space, meeting rooms, first aid stations, timing rooms, and
other associated amenities. Additionally, the Commission gave the go-ahead to
add a north observation deck to the project that will include 2,800 square feet
of public viewing space, an elevator and stair tower, decorative lighting, exterior
architectural cladding, and decorative railings.
Significant progress is being made on this landmark project. Crews have
successfully completed the Aquatic Center’s deep foundation system, which
included installing a series of concrete cylinders (called augercast piles) that
are drilled 60 feet into the ground to support the pools, pool deck, dive well
and buildings. The floor and walls of the competition pool have been poured,
and a waterproof seal has been installed in the dive pool. Commercial divers
worked 20 feet underwater to construct the seal, which required 1,200 cubic
yards of concrete, 136 cement trucks, and two boom lifts to track and monitor the
placement of the concrete.
The next phase of the project will focus on coordinating concrete pours for the
floor and walls of the dive well and for a large surge tank to regulate water levels
in the competition pool. In the coming weeks, work will also begin on the Aquatic
Center’s new grandstand, bleachers, and concession areas.
Upon completion, this game-changing project will redefine the beach for
generations and restore our rightful position atop the world of swimming and diving.
A second major initiative moving forward on the beach is the new Las Olas Marina.
Earlier this summer, Mayor Trantalis and I welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior
David Bernhardt to town and provided him with an overview of the project.
Plans for the new Las Olas Marina include 7,000 linear feet of dockage, a three-story
24,000 square-foot marine services building with a casual restaurant, ship store, and
ofce space, along with a gym, swimming pool, and outdoor patio. The marina
will also feature a two-story 11,000 square foot upscale waterfront restaurant with
outdoor dining areas offering spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The $70 million project, which will be built, paid for, and operated by Suntex
Marinas through a public/private partnership agreement with the City, recently
received approval for a $1.1 million matching federal grant through the Boating
Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP). Funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Steven Glassman
City Commissioner
District II
City Hall, 8th Floor
100 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954.828.5003/5004
SGlassman@ fortlauderdale.gov
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the BIGP is a nationally competitive grant
program that provides federal dollars
to construct, renovate, and maintain
boating infrastructure facilities for transient
recreational vessels 26 feet or longer.
During his visit, Secretary Bernhardt talked
about the importance of providing federal
support for projects like the Las Olas Marina
that strive to achieve a balance to meet
the needs of outdoor marine recreation,
prosperity of the local economy, and
protection of the natural environment. He
also mentioned the possibility of federal
funding to assist local communities with
efforts to clean and protect local waterways.
The Las Olas Marina is projected to create
more than 650 jobs during construction and
1,110 full-time equivalent jobs. The project is
expected to generate $221 million in annual
economic impact, $6 million in annual state
and local tax revenue, and $446,000 in
annual real estate property tax revenue.
Since obtaining site plan approval from
the City Commission, developers of the Las
Olas Marina have been working closely with
staff and regulatory agencies including
the Broward County Environmental Protection
and Growth Management Department,
the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to secure the necessary permits to
begin construction. As part of the permitting
process, an extensive environmental
assessment has been completed on the
upland and submerged portions of the
property, riparian boundaries have been
established, and additional analysis and
data collection have been conducted and
submitted to the appropriate agencies.
Permit applications are now being reviewed
at the local and state level, with final
approval expected this fall.
Pending permit approvals, construction of the
Las Olas Marina is expected to begin during
the fourth quarter, and is estimated to take 18
months to complete.
We look forward to breaking ground on
this signature project that will enhance
Fort Lauderdale’s position as the “Yachting
Capital of the World.
Las Olas Marina
International Swimming Hall of Fame
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Symptoms are not as severe as with the wave of the older
population previously. Much of the uptick is attributed to
individuals gathering in their homes and with families to
celebrate special occasions such as graduations. Please
use caution with 4th of July celebrations and make
attempts to stay outdoors, at least 6 ft apart, refrain from
personal contact, and wash your hands frequently.
The city has stepped up code enforcement for non-
compliance and has been diligent with issuing fines,
citations, and closing businesses that should not be
operating. No bars are open currently. Please report
anything you see of discomfort to 311. Beach is closed
from July 3rd to 5th and the main beach parking will
be closed from tomorrow evening at 9pm. There will
be no fireworks on the beach but scheduled for four
locations: Holiday Park, Carter Park, City Hall, and the
Beach Community Center on the Galt Mile.
333 NE 7th Project – Zoning issues were based on the
downtown master plan. Vice Mayor Glassman spent time
discussing concerns at recent commission meeting but the
motion to a hearing did not get seconded. Encouraged
all participants to get involved if there is a project you feel
strongly about proposed for the neighborhood. There has
been contact made with the developer and a request to
please be a good neighbor through process.
City Commission has the last meeting before summer
recess this Tuesday. Next meeting after recess is August
18th. Agenda will include the proposed downtown master
plan and maps, but the ofcial agenda has not yet been
published. Vice Mayor Glassmans position is that we
should be voting on this after summer recess which would
allow more time for public input. There are quite a few
changes to boundaries to include down-zoning and up-
zoning, which have not been officially announced yet.
Maximum millage rate for tax assessment – we work
with the information we receive from the city manager
and in coordination with the budget advisory board.
As of now, it does not look like there will be a millage
rate this year. The 35 million gap will be filled. Luckily,
we have had residents paying taxes in previous year,
but this is likely to change moving forward.
Testing at Holiday Park will be closed for July 4th.
Questions:
Where the fireworks will be set up in Holiday Park?
North of the dog park, 18-minute shows in Holiday Park,
Carter Park, and City Hall and 10 minutes in the Galt
Mile. Encouraged to contact the mayors ofce and
other three commissioners regarding any opposition.
Where is down-zoning in Victoria Park? Referencing
the 333 NE 7th project as being in the wrong transition
zone. Currently near downtown and we want it to be
an urban neighborhood.
What is the city doing to address the homeless in
Holiday Park, particularly the drug use observable
during daytime hours? Let his ofce know immediately
regarding anything you see and/or contact the 24/7 line
at 954-828-8000. Please provide specific incident(s) and
include as much detail as possible. Little to no reports as
of now so please notify us so we can investigate.
What regulations are in place regarding COVID-19
and large complex pools and condo rentals? Broward
County has implemented that gyms/pools in buildings
are open with use only by residents. No visitors
permitted. Individual buildings may implement more
restrictive procedures if deemed necessary and most
have their own rules pertaining to mask wearing in
public areas. Anything implemented by the county
supersedes anything the city would implement.
Any updated information pertaining to YMCA
construction? No additional information currently.
Committees Chairs: Updates
Planning/Zoning: Catherine Maus, Chair
333 NE 7th Avenue – Encourage neighbors to attend
the commission calls to express positions regarding
development in community. Permits have not yet been
submitted or approved. Information pertaining to
traffic concerns and road closures will be distributed
once available.
1777 N Victoria Park Road project – There have been
changes to the plan that benefit the residents of
Victoria Park. The south side of the building has been
given more detail, which is the side that faces the
neighborhood. The entrance and exit have been
curved north to Sunrise Boulevard so if you are entering
and exiting, it would make sense to enter from Sunrise
Boulevard vs. Victoria Park Road. If you’re interested in
more information or getting involved with this project,
please contact Catherine at planning@vpca.org.
Utilities: Sandy Leiper, Chair
City of Fort Lauderdale – Victoria Park A (north of 6th
Street) is a matter of finalizing punch list items. Work
now is being done in Victoria Park B with about 8,000
more feet to be done. Stopping in at David’s Mancini’s
ofce to coordinate information. Please mind the MOT
signs and detours when driving. Stay out of work areas.
Aesthetics: Nick Caporella Jr, Chair
Slide show of entrances photos. 6th Street entrance –
neighbors interested in landscaping project and need
MINUTE BY MINUTE Continued from page 11
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details. 15th Street entrance – light out on west side of
road. 20th Street – small issues with lighting on east side.
Landscaping disturbed because of sewer project will
be addressed. Entranceway ambassadors are needed
to monitor for anything unusual or in need of repairs
and forward a photo once a month to monitor. Email
to aesthetics@vpca.org if interested. We are waiting on
insurance to finish repairs in Hammock where vehicle
caused damage. Investigating new LED lighting on 20th
Street. Jeanne Lalli and her friend sponsored a new dog
waste station in the middle of Progresso Greenway.
Children: Nicolette Hagey, Chair
No updates.
Communications: Rebecca A. Kendig-Rohrbach, Chair
New website is up and still a work in progress – vpca.
org, launched in June. Chairs and board reviewing for
modications. If not on email distribution list, please
send email to vpnews@vpca.org. Encourage to follow
FB for current information. In need of volunteers for
some committees, please reach out to president@
vpca.org or secretary@vpca.org if interested.
Membership: Kip Reynolds, Chair
Membership appeal to all that have not renewed
will go out in the next month. Seeking any social
media alliances to drive membership, please contact
members@vpca.org.
CFLCA Liaison: Barbara Weinstein
No updates.
Social: Maria Benitez, Chair, reported by Steffi Paskow
Looking to do a bike tour. Reach out to Maria at
social@vpca.org if interested.
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The City of Fort Lauderdale was one of five jurisdictions
in the nation to receive a federal grant to implement
Florida’s first community court in early 2019.
Fort Lauderdale’s Community Court was developed
in collaboration with the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
Court of Florida, Broward County, Broward County
Clerk of Courts, the Ofce of the Public Defender,
the State Attorney’s Ofce, and several service and
treatment providers, including Henderson Behavioral
Health. This collaborative, neighborhood-focused
program addresses low-level, quality of life offenses
and municipal ordinance violations by proactively
engaging individuals in need and connecting them
to supervised treatment and community-based
resources and services.
Community Court focuses on the root causes of each
defendants issues and centralizes access to a variety
of services, including substance abuse treatment,
behavioral health, housing, employment, identification,
medical, and other services and benefits. Program
participants receive appropriate therapeutic and
community service-based punishments, such as
community service, drug treatment, and/or social
services, to have their cases dismissed.
Through generous donations from community partners
and neighbors, goods and services, such as hygiene
kits, showers, haircuts, meals, clothing, and housing
placements, are also provided to both community
court clients and walk-ins.
In just a year and a half, Fort Lauderdale’s Community
Court has helped more than 1,000 Broward County
citizens get back on the right path. Community Court is
thriving as a “neighborhood-focused court” aimed at
helping neighbors in need of services and resources.
For more information about Community Court or
volunteer opportunities, please contact Christopher
Leonard, Community Court Coordinator, at
(954) 828-6139 or cleonard@fortlauderdale.gov.
From left: Bradley H. Weissman, Assistant City Attorney, City of Fort Lauderdale; Alain E. Boileau, City Attorney, City of
Fort Lauderdale; Rick Maglione, Police Chief, City of Fort Lauderdale; Florence T. Barner, County Court Judge, 17th
Judicial Circuit; Devika L. Carr of Counsel of the Law Office of Steven Schaet; Jack Tuter, Chief Judge, 17th Judicial
Circuit; Dean J. Trantalis, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale; Brenda D. Foreman, Clerk of Court, Broward County; Ben
Sorensen, District IV Commissioner, City of Fort Lauderdale.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE
FORT LAUDERDALES COMMUNITY COURT
HELPS NEIGHBORS IN NEED
By Christopher Leonard & Monique J.
Damiano, City of Fort Lauderdale
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Primary Election
Early Voting Dates, Hours,
and Sites
AUGUST 8TH THROUGH AUGUST 16TH
Monday to Friday
August 10th through August 14th
11am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday
August 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th
9am to 5pm
For a list of voting sites, visit: https://www.browardsoe.org/
Voting-Methods/Early-Voting-Dates-Hours-and-Sites
For more information on how to vote, visit the Broward County
Supervisor of Elections at https://www.browardsoe.org
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DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
On June 16th, a motion to “call up” the 333 NE 7th Avenue project for public hearing failed because no
commissioner seconded Vice Mayor Glassman’s motion. That means the project is effectively approved. Thank
you to the residents who followed the project with me and voiced their concerns.
The project at 1770 E Sunrise Boulevard has been revised slightly to address VPCA concerns. The entrance and
exits on Victoria Park Road have been curved so that traffic should enter the building from Sunrise and exit north
to Sunrise. Also, more detail has been added to the south side of the building, which faces the neighborhood.
Virginia Shuman Young (VSY) Elementary School Principal
Cynthia Felton kindly reached out to VPCA to let us know that
a mural is planned for the wall of the school facing Broward
Boulevard. VSY is working with an art agency on the project and
will share with us a rendering of the proposed artwork soon. She
estimates the project will take 30 days once started.
Lastly, the city staff have contacted VPCA to talk about our
concerns regarding the Downtown Master Plan and its character
areas. It is the character area assigned to NE 7th Avenue that
was the basis for the approval of the 333 project. We plan to
continue to work to get that character area changed. I need
help with this process. I would like to form a working group
because our impact is much greater when our numbers are
bigger. Please contact me at Planning@vpca.org if you are
interested in this issue.
By Catherine Maus, Planning/
Zoning Chair for VPCA
View from Victoria Park of the rear of the 1770 building
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It is no surprise that, according to historians, Victoria Park was considered by many to be the heart of the area’s
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and the renowned Intracoastal Waterway, Victoria Park has long been known as one of the most beautiful
areas in Fort Lauderdale. To this day, it retains the status as a prominent and attractive community in the city,
along with some of the finest real estate. Its quaint yet modern, upscale vibe and diverse population make it a
special place for residents, business owners, and visitors alike.
With many canopied tree-lined streets, a delightful mix of original and newly constructed homes, and prime
waterfront, Victoria Park exudes inherent beauty that is obvious by just walking or driving around. You know
you have entered Victoria Park as soon as you drive through one of the six distinctive entrances or pass by a
lovely landscaped median or roundabout within the neighborhood. And while sometimes subtle, the scenic
backdrop of these common areas not only adds immeasurable pleasure and value to the district but also
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The volunteers of the VPCA Aesthetics Committee work to maintain and continually improve the
neighborhood’s visual appeal. In the past, the Committee has achieved much with projects like street tree
plantings, NCIP grants for historic street signs, the designation of Progress Hammock Memorial Greenway as a
memorial park, Celebration of Victoria Park’s 85th Anniversary, and the creation of signage for pet owners to
pick up after their dogs.
The Committees ongoing projects consist of fundraising, entryway sponsorships, and ambassador programs,
as well as Art and Jazz in Victoria Park. Some long-range projects include reactivating the city Save Our Swales
program, creating a greenway for the west end of the neighborhood on NE 7th Avenue, and meeting with the
city to develop a plan to improve upper 6th Street.
As evidenced by all the wonderful initiatives, the Aesthetics Committee is undeniably an integral part of the
Victoria Park Civic Association and its mission to make Victoria Park the best place to live, work, or play.
The Aesthetics Committee has numerous opportunities for active members and volunteers interested in
keeping Victoria Park beautiful. For more information, please contact Nick Caporella Jr., VPCA Aesthetics
Chair, aesthetics@vpca.org.
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FEATURE
Calling all SOBs: Playful Marketing Campaign
Engages Supporters of Broward to Buy Local
and Safely Kick-Start the Economy By Maggie Gunther
Broward County, Fla., June 18, 2020 – Dancing
delightfully close to the edge of controversy, a
community-wide coalition of local leaders today
announced a new collective impact local stimulus
campaign, spearheaded by Six Pillars Broward, to help
kickstart a safe economic reboot of Broward County.
Nearly 120,000 people lost their jobs in the month of
April, because of COVID-19 pandemic closures.
Conceptualized by Zimmerman Advertising, the playful
community campaign cajoles consumers to identify
as SOBs – Supporters of Broward – and do their part
to support local businesses. With a wink, its colorful
signage, ads and merchandise boldly remind people
to eat, drink, shop and otherwise spend locally like an
SOB, but also to wash, wear a mask, social distance
and otherwise be safe and prevent the spread of
coronavirus like an SOB.
The campaign launched today with a virtual event
featuring video and live content from multiple
locations throughout Broward County, highlighting
the community’s many cultures and diversities. The
90-day stimulus initiative is co-chaired by Tony Coley,
Regional President – South Florida, Truist, and Penny
Shaffer, Market President – South Florida, Florida Blue.
In addition to inspiring individuals to be Supporters of
Broward, the campaign encourages major companies
and organizations to reroute spending to local firms
and engage Broward County certied small businesses
as new sources for goods and services.
“Being a Supporter of Broward today means making a
lasting impact on our local businesses and in the lives of
hundreds of thousands of our neighbors, friends, children,
grandparents, and generations to come,” said Coley.
“We need everyone to step up and proudly say, ‘I’m a
Supporter of Broward!’ We are all in this together, and
together we will make Broward County better than
ever before,” said Shaffer.
The multi-channel campaign comprised of print,
broadcast, social, digital and outdoor media highlights
local businesses of all sizes and types, nonprofits, cities
and Chambers of Commerce throughout Broward
County and engages consumers through a series of
creative promotions, incentives and contests to buy
local and be an SOB. The campaign is a special
project of Six Pillars Broward, a community-wide
initiative of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and its
501C3 Alliance Foundation.
“Never before has it been more important to come
together as a community to strengthen our local
economy, support one another and be Supporters of
Broward. Six Pillars Broward is honored to bring together
diverse leaders united in our love and pride for our
community,” said Joseph E. Hovancak, Executive
Director of Six Pillars Broward.
“This work was intended to get people’s attention
to focus on the local businesses right in their own
backyard. We don’t want Broward businesses to just
survivewe want them to thrive,” said David Nathanson,
Creative Chairman of Zimmerman Advertising.
For more information, visit www.ProudSOB.com and
follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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VPCA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Barbara Weinstein, Liaison to CFLCA
My introduction to VPCA was quite accidental. I received
a copy of our monthly newsletter in the mail and thought
“hmmm…even though I am a condo owner, I guess I
can join since they mailed me this magazine. And since
the meetings were held right around the corner, why
not attend? What a happy accident. I was impressed
with how active and influential the organization was
in making Victoria Park a great neighborhood. I loved
finally meeting some neighbors. But it was an off-hand
comment that really got me involved. I politely told
the Membership Chair, “if you need any help, let me
know.” Well, I was artfully “reeled in” and have enjoyed
involvement in activities, engagement with neighbors,
and a wonderful sense of community ever since.
I have served on the Membership Committee, chaired
the Safety Committee, and represented VPCA at the
Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations. I have
also had great fun volunteering at many of our festivals,
get-togethers, and clean up days. How did I decide
where and how to get involved? Mostly, I just followed
my interests, either long-standing or of the moment.
Some of my volunteer efforts have allowed me to
contact city staff or city ofcials and learn so much
about how our city worksand how to leverage that for
our neighborhood. Some of my volunteer work has been
just plain funhanging out with neighbors as we had
social events or neighborhood improvement activities.
So, if you were to ask me what being involved in VPCA
means to me, here is what I’d say: its been a great way
to engage with neighbors and experience a great
sense of community. I like that I now meet people I
know when I go to the grocery or walk through the
neighborhood.
I invite all of you
to get involved
in whatever way
appeals to youjoin
a committee, chair a
committee, or come
out “episodically”
whenever you can to
lend a hand. You will
always be welcomed!
And I would like
to also challenge
those of you who
are participating
already: reach out to
neighbors and friends and bring them along. That is how
I made my way into this great group and I will always
appreciate it.
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A REALTORS PERSPECTIVE By Kip Reynolds, PA, CRS
Greetings friends and neighbors of Victoria Park and
welcome to our new normal. The global pandemic
has reached our backyard and brought a myriad of
personal challenges along with national and global
implications that seem to hold a fair amount of
uncertainty for everyone everywhere. A difficult time of
adjustment and a fair amount of upheaval to be sure.
As a professional real estate agent for over 15 years, I
have seen a fair amount of good, bad, and everything
in between. What has never disappointed is the
amazing resilience of our South Florida market. Whether
it is a mortgage crisis, recession, floods, fires, hurricanes,
or termites we South Floridians are made of tough stuff.
We come back every time.
According to a recent article in the Sun Sentinel, rising
mortgage delinquency rates in Florida are raising
fears that the pandemic could lead to another
foreclosure crisis potentially worse than the period of
time following the 2008 housing crash. Indeed, there
is data that holds Florida at the fifth highest among all
states for missed mortgage payments. A bit over 10% of
mortgage borrowers were delinquent, in foreclosure, or
negotiated a forbearance. It works out to about 389,000
of 3.7 million mortgages in the state. The article further
reminds us that Florida relies on travel and tourism as a
backbone industry to our economy. Hotels, theme parks,
cruise lines, beaches, waterways and on and on all
underpin our wonderful state economy. The COVID-19
virus has decimated these fundamentals.
Our local and federal governments have tried to
address these challenges. Moratoriums on foreclosures
and evictions, although helpful in the short term,
are due to expire. For federally backed loans the
moratorium expires at the end of August, while the
statewide foreclosure moratorium expired July 1st. There
are some that feel the number of foreclosure filings will
rival that after 2008, but the majority believe this will not
be the case.
There is data that suggests mortgages are being paid
when compared to previous months and years. The
state’s current delinquency rate is a great deal lower
than its all-time record of 25.4%. One strong reason
being that our local and state economies are on much
better footing than the post mortgage crisis period. Plus
let us not forget that people who bought post mortgage
crisis had a lot more skin in the game. They put 10%-20%
down on 30-year fixed mortgages. It is important to also
remember the federal government instituted laws that
put a stop to predatory lending practices. New guidelines
separated appraisers from lenders and pushed real
estate agents to further curb unethical practices.
So, all this is great, but where does it leave our local city
and neighborhood? Mortgage rates are at record lows
and many homeowners are refinancing to rates in the
low 3% range. Interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages
are even lower. Although hospitality is a large industry
in our city we are also made of retail, healthcare,
construction, education, professional (scientific and
technical), administration, and transportation to name a
few all with combined income higher than those earners
in tourism and hospitality. All of these people may now be
refinancing or finding mortgage rates so appealing they
are considering the move from rent to purchase.
In my own experience, tenants who rent in high end
complexes that border our neighborhood have reported
they cannot use their gyms or pools or even the puppy
poop areas because of the crisis. These same corporate
rental communities are giving breaks to their residents,
that pre-Covid-19, were simply not possible. People living
in these units are starting to wonder why pay a premium
for something that might not even be accessible.
I had the opportunity to lease a townhouse that was
renovated with lots of improvements. It has a roof deck,
gas appliances, accepted pets, office for two, two car
garage within walking distance to many conveniences
and even a small fenced front yard. It rented full price in
four days. Another example is a townhouse in the heart
of Victoria Park. It was in excellent condition, but not
recently renovated. Sold full price in two days. Buyers
and tenants coming from current renters seeking solitude,
snowbirds that cannot go home yet, and prospects from
Dade county complaining of high prices and congestion.
Bottom line, even in a global pandemic amidst
troubling statistics and experts that have tales of
doom and gloom business is happening in our market.
Buyers and sellers are completing transactions. Of
course, there will always be periods of adjustment with
challenges along the way. To me our special location
in our wonderful city affords us all a prosperous future
no matter what may come.
Source: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/
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INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon Red Star active dry yeast OR 3/4
teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 to 115 degrees F)
INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt and yeast until well
mixed. Pour in warm water and use a wooden
spoon to stir until a shaggy dough forms. The mixture
will be wet and very sticky to the touch.
2. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set aside
in a warm place 8 to 18 hours until dough rises,
bubbles and flattens on top.
3. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Once oven is
preheated, place a 6-quart Dutch oven (with cover)
in oven 30 minutes before baking.
4. Punch down dough. Generously flour a sheet of
parchment paper; transfer dough to parchment
and, with floured hands, quickly shape into a ball.
Place dough on parchment paper and sprinkle top
lightly with flour. Top with a sheet of plastic wrap and
let rest 30 minutes.
5. Remove Dutch oven from oven. Uncover dough
and carefully transfer to Dutch oven, with or without
parchment paper beneath (if bottom of Dutch oven
is not coated with enamel, keep parchment paper
beneath dough). Cover Dutch oven and return to oven.
6. Bake bread 45 minutes covered, then another 10 to 15
minutes uncovered until dough is baked through and
golden brown on top. Cool slightly before slicing.
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EVENTS
VPCA Book Club
August 13th, 2020 at 5:15pm
Zoom Meeting: Register via vpca.org
Book Selection:
The Last Trial by Scott Turow
For more information, contact
secretary@vpca.org
VPCA Bike Ride
August 22nd, 2020 at 10am
Meeting Location: Holiday Park, near basketball courts
For more information, contact
Maria Benitez at social@vpca.org
VPCA Monthly General Meeting
September 2nd, 2020 from 7-8pm
Register via vpca.org
For more information, contact secretary@vpca.org
*Reminder – there will be no general meeting in August
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VPCA Coloring
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VPCA MEMBER DISCOUNTS
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BIG LOUIE’S PIZZERIA
1990 E. Sunrise Blvd.
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BIG WHEEL CYCLES
1001 E. Sunrise Blvd.
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BROWARD SIGNS
525 E. State Rd. 84
954.320.9903
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CAFFÉ EUROPA
910 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.763.6600
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CHRISTINA WAN’S
664 N. Federal Hwy
95 4.527.0228
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COOKIES BY DESIGN
1141 N. Federal Hwy
954.565.8522
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DOWNTOWN CHIROPRACTIC
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1601 E. Broward Blvd.
954.463.1166
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2501 N. Federal Hwy.
954 567 4488
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1306 E. Las Olas Blvd.
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GRAN FORNO BAKERY
1235 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.467.2244
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100 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. C1
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LAS OLAS CHABAD JEWISH CENTER
1302 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.780.6770
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LUIGIS COAL OVEN PIZZA
1415 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.990.8647
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$5 off bill of $30+, dine-in only
MATHNASIUM
2990 N. Federal Hwy.
954.947.3434
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MATTHEW PARKES SALON
420 SE 6th Ave. (in Echo Salon)
954.918.0797
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MODERN SIXTIES WINE LOUNGE
1828 E. Sunrise Blvd
954.616.5216
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10% off nonhappy hour bill
MONSTER SUBS
1978 E. Sunrise Blvd.
954.463.7997
10% off any order, including platters
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333 Himmarshee St.
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OFFSHORE POOLS
12717 W. Sunrise Blvd.
954.980.1910
New clients: third month FREE
OPTICAL SPECTRUM
804 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.463.1566
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$100 gi- certificate toward any full pair of
prescription eyeglasses, clear or sunwear
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634 N. Federal Hwy.
954.302.7717
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Ask about our free ‘discovery visit’ for
VPCA members
PURE BARRE FORT LAUDERDALE
2408 N. Federal Hwy.
954.566.2202
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Ask for VPCA member special offer!
SERAFINA RESTAURANT
926 NE 20th Ave.
954.850.9959
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$10
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SHOE DOCTOR
1930 E. Sunrise Blvd.
95 4.76 9.116 0
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10% off any service and/or product
SILK LASER + AESTHETICS CENTRE
924 N. Federal Hwy.
954.462.7455
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$15 B12 Injection or FREE B12 with
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SIP JAVA CO.
638 N. Federal Hwy.
954.990.5597
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10% off coffee drink
SUAN THAI & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
290 N. Federal Hwy.
954.870.6169
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10% offcheck, dine-in only
SUNSET PET GROOMING
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929 N. Federal Hwy.
954.525.6988
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10% off grooming for VPCA members
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1017 E. Las Olas Blvd
954.761.2122
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918 NE 26th Ave.
954.829.5557
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Ask about our special offer for VPCA
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1007 N. Federal Hwy., #1008
954.232.8422
Ask for our special offer for VPCA
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THE WINDOW GUY WINDOW CLEANING
1851 SW 25 St., Unit 3
954.588.4034
15% off all services
TROPICAL CAFÉ
915 N. Federal Hwy.
954.828.1234
$1.00 off any Sandwich/Lunch
UPLOAD FITNESS
928 N. Federal Hwy.
954.617.6468
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FREE 30-day all-inclusive membership
for Victoria Park residents
VICTORIA PARK ANIMAL
HOSPITAL & DOGGIE DAY CARE
626 N. Federal Hwy.
95 4.617.8724
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10%
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WAGNER TIRE & AUTO
1740 E. Sunrise Blvd.
954.463.7588
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$18.95 oil change & tire rotation (5
quart); additional charges may apply
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