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All About Our Trees

All About Our Trees: Past, Present and Future is the topic of Atlantic Beach Preservation’s meeting on Thursday, February 2nd at the Community Presbyterian Church, 150 Sherry Drive, in Rm13 at 6:30pm. 

The meeting will focus on the most effective ways to enforce our tree ordinance. Speakers include John November, who is currently on the Beautification and Natural Resources Advisory Committee, and Rick Bell and Maureen Shaughnessy who served on the former Tree Conservation Board as well as City Planner and administrator of the Tree Ordinance, Derek Reeves. 

There will be a public discussion after the presentations. 

Atlantic Beach Preservation’s mission is to inform and promote citizen participation in our city government to ensure the preservation of our citizens’ quality of life. All of our events are open to the public.

 

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Mayport CRA

THE BASICS

CRAs are a specifically focused financing tool for redevelopment. CRA Boards do not establish policy for the city or county – they develop and administer a plan to implement that policy. The CRA acts officially as a body distinct and separate from the governing body, even when it is the same group of people. The CRA has certain powers that the city or county by itself may not do, such as establish tax increment financing, and leverage local public funds with private dollars to make redevelopment happen. The CRA term is limited to 30 years, 40 years if extended. After that time, all revenues (presumably much increased from the start of the CRA) are retained by each taxing entity that contributed to the CRA trust fund.

 

On September 26th, the Atlantic Beach Commission held a Workshop Meeting  regarding the Community Redevelopment Area proposal for the Mayport Corridor. At the meeting a packet was presented from the consultants, VHB. Here is a copy of that report.

http://weblink.coab.us/WebLink8/ElectronicFile.aspx?docid=696369&dbid=0

There are many communities in Florida that have a CRA and they have been successful in improving the community.

What is a Community Redevelopment Area or District?

Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. Since all the monies used in financing CRA activities are locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans. Examples of conditions that can support the creation of a Community Redevelopment Area include, but are not limited to: the presence of substandard or inadequate structures, a shortage of affordable housing, inadequate infrastructure, insufficient roadways, and inadequate parking. To document that the required conditions exist, the local government must survey the proposed redevelopment area and prepare a Finding of Necessity. If the Finding of Necessity determines that the required conditions exist, the local government may create a Community Redevelopment Area to provide the tools needed to foster and support redevelopment of the targeted area.

There are currently over 220 Community Redevelopment Areas in the State of Florida. To obtain a current list, visit
https://dca.deo.myflorida.com/fhcd/sdip/OfficialListdeo/.

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Safe Routes to School? Let Your Voice Be Heard!

There are many important issues facing our community this month. A big issue is the a vote on the Safe Routes to Schools contract

http://weblink.coab.us/WebLink8/0/doc/694078/Electronic.aspx 

There are pro and cons for the Safe Routes to Schools.

It would be nice to have a safe route for our children to Atlantic Beach Elementary. Also, many citizens would like a larger sidewalk for running and biking. Those are all pluses. However, the path isn't addressing the children who really need a bike path to the west of Sherry Drive. Those children have no bike path at all and are the majority of the schools students.

There will be a cost to our city as well for driveway repairs and tree removal. The children will actually be closer to the road in order to accommodate the 8 ft path. And do we want more impervious area with all the flooding we are experiencing? Is the city approving this just because it's Federal money and they don't want to turn it down...even if it doesn't serve our town? Side walks like these are on Hodges and other areas where there is a lot of traffic at speeds of 40mph. Do we want to look more like a big city or do we want to keep our current sidewalks that are right sized for our town?

This is for us to let our city government know how we really feel.

This is a blog so feel free to add your comments and carry on the conversation.

​The video of the sidewalk path is bellow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx_UiwrMDqM&feature=youtu.be

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Diner Update

The injunction that the Barry Adebe sought to delay Gate from demolition of the building next to the Diner was denied after a four hour hearing last Friday. You might have noticed that cones have been placed in the parking lot. A fence will be erected around that area. The demolition is expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Barry Adebe has two more legal avenues that are in progress: A lawsuit against the City of Atlantic Beach for honoring his original 51 parking spots granted by the city; An appeal of the quasi-judicial hearing decision in May that granted the Diner only 30 parking spots.

It is a shame that our Diner is under continued threat by Gate. The Diner is Atlantic Beach's "Cheers". The go to place for good food and conversations with neighbors. Let's all support Barry during this difficult time.

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