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#42184 Jun 16, 2013
Commercial Blvd project
its only just begun
#42185 Jun 17, 2013
I do think it needed a face lift and its good they are getting things done.
What I still don't have an answer for and I brought these points up to the commission at different times are the following concerns. It seems to be a done deal, but needs to be mentioned.
1. They got the idea to redo Commercial Blvd because as they said it was the gate way into town. That maybe so, but that's exactly what was said about 12 years ago when they redid it the last time. Therefore, I can only assume every 12 years or so they will form a new charter review board and redo Commercial Blvd?
Like 12 years ago they are also removing even more parking spaces which I find odd since they said they needed to redo it to fill up the storefronts, yet removing parking spaces reduces potential revenues needed to keep these storefronts open. Anyone?
2. What about Elmar Dr. and A1A south of Pine? These have not been touched except for new construction and those areas were done by the builders with each conforming Elmar to fit their model and not the overall look of the Drive. Why is this allowed to be piecemealed out? That decision goes way back so I'm not just looking at this commission.
3.)The process of moving this forward was based on the question given to the people of "What would you like and don't worry about the cost." now they come back to all those who complain about it and say we spent a lot of time and money getting input from the people so it's to late now. Look at the original question put forth and what other result could transpire?
It seems similar to shopping for a car and getting a sales person asking what kind of car would you like and don't worry about the price. A car then is delivered with a bill you now have to pay. Then you complain about it. The response is you never said anything about it when they asked what you wanted.
Well that happens to be true and its pointed out to you a new car was needed so you deal with it. If that's the way it works - Ok, but I like to think we know better. Yet it's happening, so I guess we don't.
#42186 Jun 17, 2013
The Real Majority?
In some parts of the world the majority means (The Bolshevicks)
( Communists ) Russian for The Majority. Then There is (The Waffen).
#42187 Jun 18, 2013
so what was/is the outcome of
Arthur stating facts to fight for a proper lowering of the high sewer bills
for large hotels
#42188 Jun 19, 2013
when will the project be completed
#42189 Jun 22, 2013
Probably 6 months after the scheduled date and two or three commission's vote to increase the budget by a few millions to take care of 'small' stuff they forgot to include in the original bid.
#42190 Jun 23, 2013
Wrong! Commission already voted to spend more than the budget to add all the bells. Contract is for guaranteed maximum price. Highered a firm to manage project instead of town being manager. Firm highered will negotiate with contractors.
Don't worry. The commissioners are still spending your tax dollars for "their pet projects" and TM friends are getting their dessert.
#42191 Jun 23, 2013
Tonight, Sunday evening June 23 at 9PM Florida
time on Comcast Channel 111 Investigation Discovery
an hour long TV show regarding the unfortunate horrific acid murder attack of the Manager of Souters on El Mar Dr in LBTS. The mastermind behind the crime lived on El Mar Dr across the street from Souters presently serving life??? in prison.
#42192 Jun 23, 2013
this crime shocked LBTS and the nation
#42193 Jun 23, 2013
While no one should stand in the way of progressive positive progress , let's just pray when the up-grades are complete it does
not bring along with it crime and crimminals looking to pray on
innocent residents of LBTS .
#42194 Jun 24, 2013
See the point, but if one brings a very good logical opposing position - to some of the items, then your "progressive positive progress" may result, as you relate, in us being worst off. Then shouldn't one voice his or hers opinion about what they think is a better?
That's the way I know of getting it changed or altered. Otherwise what happens is it gets done and as you say, crime increases, then we have to deal with this new problem which may mean making those changes later on, at a much greater cost.
Its been the position of mine and others that the project needed to be done with the difference as to what degree. It was brought up a number of times the project should have been more in line of an improvement then a total redoing.
Just think about the other opinion. Widen the sidewalks a few feet - not almost double it. Create more parking along Commercial - not reduce it.(This is being called a huge mistake.) Improve on the landscaping, no need to remove the royal palm trees when they will replace them with smaller palm trees, which blocks the view of the store fronts which happens to be totally against what they said was the intent of doing this in the first place. This whole project was To improve the business outlook on Commercial. The final cost figures have not come out yet by the way.
Read the backup for the meeting tomorrow on this issue - they have still not received the permits from the State regarding the area affecting the coastal construction line. They say it will be OK, but if that was so then why haven't they got the permits yet? Without those permits they can't give an solid cost/time figure.
It could then be said that the contractors got their way because the commission allowed it. Again, if you start this whole thing by asking the people what they want without any concerns for cost, what do you expect?
The people will want what looks to be better without consideration for what will happen to the business during and after the project along with not really paying attention to the costs when we clearly have other priorities. Why? Because of the belief they have some idea of what that they are doing with our money. If crime and cost increase out of proportion to the benefit, then its a fact they will be heard. But that's OK, that's for the next commission to deal with and that is whats really wrong around here.
#42195 Jun 24, 2013
life sentence is too kind for these criminals
#42196 Jun 27, 2013
so are we
are we not getting sand???
#42197 Jun 28, 2013
watch the video of the meeting
#42198 Jul 5, 2013
2013 fireworks - the best
thank you Mayor Minnet
#42199 Jul 16, 2013
Wait and see?
Why is so much time being taken to finish up the first block?
Why would they cut up royal palm trees only to plant new ones - the same size - right across the street? Cost?
Why the give a dam attitude ?
Who is running, have so much to use?
Why the attacks on Eric the Chamber treas. just after word got out he was running for commission?
Why no anger about all the waste?
What are we becoming?
#42200 Jul 16, 2013
don't you know
Government projects generally are slow works in progress...
F Y I - some other projects in town which were supposed to be completed in a year took almost two years from start to completion
Some of the palm trees were moved over and planted by the church ... they are not new trees ... but probably cost small fortune to move them and plant them across the street ... which was not the best judgment call during beginning of hurricane season... they take awhile to reroot firmly so as it is now they could possibly fall and cause serious damage during hurricane winds.
As for Eric ... sorry no comment because this writer does not
know him; however, if Eric resides in LBTS and is a qualified
registered voter he has every rightto run for office. Good Luck to Eric
#42201 Jul 16, 2013
outcry of the public, calls to town hall
moved some of the palm trees from one side of the street to the other;
BAD COSTLY MOVE this time of year at the onset of
hurricane season for these huge palms which should
not have been moved this time of year as they take
months to firmly relocate root systems.
It would have been less costly and sensible to
plant new young palm trees.
#42202 Jul 21, 2013
Do you know what the regulations are concerning removing trees? You cannot even cut down a healthy tree in your front lawn without permission. Why did all those tall palm trees appeared on El Mar drive four or five years ago? Do a little research before posting a call to arms post madam.
#42203 Jul 23, 2013
El Mar Dr median has several tall thin palm trees moved to El Mar
from another location in town but if you recall, those 'slender' palm trees were planted on the median and not close to buildings, those on El Mar Dr were not as difficult to move as they were not cumbersome or heavy as the 5 ??? or so King Palm Trees recently moved at beginnning of hurricane season replanted close to the church building roof on Commercial Blvd
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