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Should AB Have A 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 26, 2017 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 their community. Sanford, Florida is a wonderful example. In 1993, Sanford began planning for a Community Development Area to revitalize the Lake Monroe Waterfront and Sanford Downtown business areas. Although the CRA was established in 1995, it took several years before there was enough building fund monies to undertake their First Street streetscape upgrading. After this first project, several other improvements were made. Now Sanford has a vibrant downtown that with several annual events that bring over 1,000 visitors each. Click here for a video of Sanford's lively city today!

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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All About Our Trees

All About Our Trees: Past, Present and Future is the topic of Atlantic Beach Preservation’s meeting was held on February 2, 2017 at the Community Presbyterian Church.

The meeting focused on the most effective ways to enforce our tree ordinance. Speakers were  John November, who was at the time on the Beautification and Natural Resources Advisory Committee now known as ESC, 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. 

For more information about this meeting, please email us.

 

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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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