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MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING May 17, 2011

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall.  The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals present:


PRESENT:

 

 

 

Jim McCoy

Hunt Davis

Al Davis

Steve Loffredo

Jesse Walters

ALSO PRESENT:

Tom Benton, Village Manager

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Mr. Robert Levy provided the Council with a review of the 2011 Legislative Session.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)          VILLAGE CLERK                                                                    Barbara A. Estep

 

A)     AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, ZONING ORDINANCE NO. 270, SECTION 301, “ZONING MAP OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE” BY CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 160 N.E. 99TH STREET, MIAMI SHORES, FROM RESIDENTIAL (R-18.5) TO PARKING (XX), REPEALINGANY AND ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 

                                                                                   

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record.  Mayor McCoy opened the Public Hearing.

 

 

 

Joanne Hatton    Dr. Hatton spoke against the proposed rezoning, citing the problems with littering, loitering and speeding along the roadway.  She indicated that there is plenty of available parking in the area without developing another parking lot.

 

Barbara McGregor          Ms. McGregor also spoke against the rezoning application, concurring with the comments made by Dr. Hatton.

 

Avi Kramer                   Mr. Kramer was present representing the property owner and spoke of the need for dedicated parking for the theatre building.  He indicated that the comments made by the residents regarding speeding and trash were not relevant to the rezoning request.

 

George Fishman             Mr. Fishman indicated that there appears to be enough vacant parking spaces in the downtown area.

 

As there was no one else wishing to be heard, Mayor McCoy closed the Public Hearing and asked for input from the Council.  Individual Council Members voiced their opinions on the proposed rezoning, indicating that some of the issues discussed by the residents would be alleviated by the additional parking lot, that parking is needed to allow for the lease of currently empty storefronts, and the fact that the parcel is zoned for parking in our comprehensive plan.  Speaking against the proposed rezoning, Councilman Loffredo indicated that he doesn’t believe that there is a need for the parking lot and expanding the business district into the residential area isn’t necessary.  Following the discussions, Councilman Davis moved to adopt the ordinance on second reading.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the motion.  Councilman Loffredo voted against the motion.

  

B)     APPROVAL OF THE MAY 3, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Loffredo moved to approve the May 3, 2011 Council Meeting Minutes as presented.  Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

C)     AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, AMENDING SECTION 21-32 OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE CODE, ELIMINATING LANGUAGE ADDRESSING CERTAIN TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR UTILITY PURCHASES MADE BY ANY RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION THAT POSSESSES A CONSUMER CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION ISSUED UNDER FLORIDA STATUTE CHAPTER 212, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.                               

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record.  Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing.  No one present wished to speak on the proposed Code amendment and Mayor McCoy closed the Public Hearing.  Councilman Loffredo moved to adopt the ordinance on second reading.  Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

2)         VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                 Al Davis

 

A)     DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING COUNCIL MEETING START

                           TIMES.

 

Councilman Davis introduced the issue, indicating that over the years the start time for the Council Meetings have changed and he believes that moving the meeting to 7:00 PM rather than the current 7:30 PM would be beneficial.  None of the Council Members felt that it would be a problem.  At the conclusion of the brief discussion, Councilman Davis moved to change the Council Meeting start time to 7:00 PM effective with the next meeting.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

3)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements into the record.

 

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Herta Holly       Mrs. Holly spoke of the Doctors Charter School receiving the Gold Seal of Excellence Award from the State Consortium of Charter Schools.

 

Mayor McCoy asked that Zach McWilliams, a Troop 305 Boy Scout that was in the audience come forward and speak.  Zach indicated that he was present as part of his work on an Eagle Scout badge.

 

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Al Davis            No Comment

 

Hunt Davis        Vice Mayor Davis spoke of the upcoming Memorial Day Service.

 

Jesse Walters     Councilman Walters echoed Mrs. Holly’s comments regarding the Charter School, spoke of the successful Thursday Night Jazz evening at the Country Club, and his pleasure at our civilized election when compared to some of the neighboring community’s elections.

 

Steve Loffredo   Councilman Loffredo thanked the residents that attended the meeting and spoke of the upcoming Property Owners Association Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.

 

Jim McCoy        Mayor McCoy recognized Marta Martinez from Commissioner Edmonson’s office and asked her to thank Commissioner Edmonson for her support of the community.  Mayor McCoy also spoke of the Memorial Day event.

 

Mr. Benton advised the Council that Commissioner Edmonson’s office would once again be sponsoring the Village’s July 4th Fireworks, which garnered a round of applause.               

 

6)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The May 17, 2011 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.