Historic Preservation Board Meeting - April 15, 2013







The Miami Shores Historic Preservation Board was called to order at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 15, 2013 with the following members present:


Seth Bramson

Alain Gonzalez

David Hunter

Marty Mennes





1.   Request for Certificate of Appropriateness

83 N.E. 100TH Street

Applicants: Cheryl Chapman

Request: Installation of Accordion Hurricane Shutters


Ms. Chapman was present and spoke on her own behalf in reference to her request to install accordion storm shutters on the historically designated home. Ms. Chapman indicated that Citizen’s insurance had revoked any discounts due to the lack of storm protection and that although they have hurricane panels, she and her husband are not physically able to install them prior to a storm approaching. Mr. Bramson spoke about the Board needing to think in terms of real life situations regarding safety and the need for insurance. Ms. Chapman confirmed that she had not solicited a quotation for impact windows, but had been told that they are very expensive. She indicated that she is not in a financial position to afford impact windows at this time. A discussion between Ms. Chapman and the Board ensued regarding her front door, which also needs to have storm protection installed.   Following a discussion regarding the various shutter options for the windows and doors, Mr. Gonzalez moved to approve accordion shutters for the rear and side windows of the home, a removable panel for the front door and impact windows for the arched windows on the front elevation of the home. Mr. Mennes seconded the motion for discussion purposes.  


Additional discussion regarding Ms. Chapman’s circumstances and the fact that although she had advised her contractor that the home was historically designated and to check with the Building Department for the necessary permitting approvals, the contractor had ordered the materials prior to obtaining the building permit. Subsequently, a vote on Mr. Gonzalez’s motion was taken with a 1 to 3 vote in favor of the motion. Therefore, the motion failed.


Mr. Bramson then moved to approve the installation of accordion shutters for all window and door openings with the assurance that the shutter frames would be painted to match the exterior wall paint of the home. Mr. Hunter seconded the motion and the vote was 3 to 1 in favor of the motion, with Mr. Gonzalez voting against the motion.








Following the vote in reference to Ms. Chapman’s Certificate of Appropriateness, a general discussion took place regarding the purpose of the Board and their role with respect to decisions as they relate to historically designated properties.




The April 15, 2013 Historic Preservation Board Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM.







Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk