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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wednesday afternoon's crucial Hallandale Beach P&Z mtg. re property rights, wherein Mayor Joy Cooper's cronies will try to overturn homeowner's rights

Below is a copy of an important email that went out to the grapevine of concerned citizens and news media interested in what happens in Broward County and environs.

Wednesday afternoon's crucial Hallandale Beach P&Z mtg. re property rights, wherein Mayor Joy Cooper's cronies will try to overturn homeowner's rights

Some of you have no doubt already received this email from Hallandale Beach Comm. Keith London, but on the chance you haven't, I'm forwarding it for you to peruse and become familiar with the facts.

For almost everyone in this city who's genuinely committed to meaningful reform, transparency in fact and not just on paper, and financial accountability at HB City Hall, the thing that's hard to wrap their heads around is why is this happening?
Followed by, why now?

Especially given that this is as about as naked an attempt to take other people's property rights away as you'll ever likely see in South Florida, despite the fact that the contracts involved all say the same thing -people who want to change the rules must get a vote of a majority of the property owners involved.

That's something that Mayor Cooper and her pals and cronies simply don't want to do because they already know they can't use facts or logic in such a campaign, because it's so ludicrous on its face, so instead, they want to change the rules so they can get what THEY want.
Whatever that is, which even now they can't explain with a straight face.

Prior to Joy Cooper eventually being sued about this matter in the future, I hope someone is able to make sure that, to the extent possible, the city's taxpayers can be left off the hook for what she has tried to do personally for years -using city assets and resources to foist this issue and prospective legal bills upon all city residents- so that she can be made to bear the weight of her personal attempts to illegally breach contracts, and suffer the logical consequences.

Cooper will no doubt try to make sure that she has cover and try to have all of us pay for her legal bills to defend her unconscionable actions, as she has done before.
You can stop that from happening by doing something proactive NOW before that version of our future becomes the actual reality we suffer under.

Successfully killing this bad idea Wednesday will serve as a wake-up call to everyone that positive changes are coming to Hallandale Beach City Hall over the next 53 weeks.

I've written some blog posts on the Golden Isles Overlay in the past, so if you're still looking for more info besides what Comm. London has thoughtfully provided below, you may want to peruse this post of mine from July, prior to attending Wednesday afternoon's meeting:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keith London
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Subject: IMPORTANT REMINDER - Golden Isles Overlay Meeting - Planning and Zoning
To: "London, Keith" <KLondon@hallandalebeachfl.gov>


Please read to the bottom I have added new information!

The Planning and Zoning meeting regarding this topic is this Wednesday, October 26th at 1:30 PM. Attached is the agenda and all the information to review including a link to the agenda. I have also attached a copy of the letter, from our neighbor Dr. Bob Selz, explaining the intent of the overlay and how deficient and counter-productive this will be for our neighborhood.

The Planning and Zoning meeting is first of three battles for this issue. The Planning and Zoning committee will make a recommendation and it will then go to the City Commission after for a vote.

Your input at all levels is truly important. I know everyone has busy schedules but if you could make the Planning and Zoning Meeting to voice your opinion and needs it is very important. More important, your attendance at the City Commission meeting when this is voted on is imperative. I will provide you with advanced notice for when that meeting is scheduled.

You truly have a vested and important interest in this issue since you are a property owner in Golden Isles.

Remember, this is all being driven by Joy Cooper and a few of her cronies (Alex Berkovich, Jerry Nadelson, Suzanne Friedman and others). Please see the attached documentation with links below to the complete backup showing the people (named above) who can not or will not go and collect the signatures required totaling 50% of the owners of Golden Isles to change the deed restrictions. This is government looking for a solution for a problem that DOES NOT exits. None of us are quite sure of their hidden agenda; yet we do know we all have been living fine with the current deed restrictions for almost 60 years.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require any additional information.



Keith S. London

City Commissioner

Hallandale Beach

954-457-1320 Office

954-494-3182 Cellular









A. Approval of Draft Minutes from August 24, 2011 (Supporting Docs)


A. An Ordinance of the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida, amending Chapter 32, Article III of the City of Hallandale Beach Code of Ordinances, the "Zoning and Land Development Code", by amending Section 32-151, RS-5 Single-Family District and by creating Section 32-181, entitled Golden Isles Neighborhood Overlay District, providing supplemental standards relative to permitted uses, site development standards, signage and notice requirements. Providing for conflicts; providing for severability; providing for an effective date. (City of Hallandale Beach Application # 02-11-TC) (Staff Report, Supporting Docs)


A. Application # 04-10-P by Alan Waserstein Requesting Approval of the "Waserstein Gulfstream Plat" in Accordance with Article II, Division 2 of the Zoning and Land Development Code at the Property Located at 900 South Federal Highway. (Staff Report, Supporting Docs)

B. An Ordinance of the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida Amending Chapter 32, the Zoning and Land Development Code, Article IV Division 17, Signs, Relative to Prohibited Signs, Permitted Signs, and Nonconforming Signs, Providing for Conflict, Providing an Effective Date. (City of Hallandale Beach Application # 67-10-TC) (Staff Report, Supporting Docs)


A. November 23, 2011




Interested parties may appear at the aforesaid time and place and be heard with respect to the above. The agenda and related cases may be inspected as of Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at the Development Services Department, 400 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida during normal business hours, and Monday through Friday.










7 Members Present Attendance


9 Michael Butler Y

10 Terri Dillard (Alternate) Y

11 Seymour Fendell Y

12 Sheryl Natelson Y

13 Irwin Schneider N (excused absence)

14 Eudyce Steinberg (Vice-Chair) N (excused absence)

15 Arnold Cooper (Chair) Y












102 1. An Ordinance of The City of Hallandale Beach Florida, Amending Chapter 32, Article

103 III of The City of Hallandale Beach Code of Ordinances, The "Zoning and Land

104 Development Code", By Amending Section 32-151, RS-5 Residential Single-Family

105 District and Creating Section 32-181, Entitled Golden Isles Neighborhood Overlay

106 District, Providing Supplemental Standards Relative to Permitted Uses, Site

107 Development Standards, Signage and Notice Requirements Within the Golden Isles

108 Overlay District. Providing for Conflicts; Providing for Severability; Providing for an

109 Effective Date (This Ordinance is a result of Application #02-11-TC by the City of

110 Hallandale Beach).


112 Ms. Dominguez stated the proposal presented today is relative to the restrictive

113 covenants of the Golden Isles Neighborhood. In 1968, the City approved Ordinance 820

114 which sought to adopt covenants and allow the City to enforce them.


116 Ms. Dominguez: explained the City enforced this ordinance for many years. However, in

117 2008, our City Attorney provided a legal opinion which advised that Ordinance 820

118 could not be enforced by the City.


120 Ms. Dominguez: subsequently staff was contacted by Golden Isles Homeowner

121 Association to meet with the residents and consider options. October 20, 2010, the

122 Golden Isles Homeowner’s Association voted to request the City to only incorporate the

123 specific regulations in the covenant into an Overlay District.

Alex Berkovich (212 Holiday Drive) stated he is the President for the Golden Isles

248 Homeowner’s Association and he wanted to clarify misleading information that residents

249 have in regards to the present item.


251 Mr. Berkovich: stated in 2008, the Homeowner’s Association approached the City in

252 finding out what they could do to salvage or mitigate Ordinance 820.


254 Mr. Berkovich: further stated in the past 2or 3 years the residents received survey that

255 would show the City what the residence want and need. He added that basically two

256 things can be done to resolve this problem: either enforce Ordinance 820, or the City

257 overlay district should mimic the deed restrictions.



Staff and the GIHOA held several meetings with property owners in Golden Isles to discuss the idea of an overlay district.

Keith S. London

City Commissioner

Hallandale Beach

954-457-1320 Office

954-494-3182 Cellular



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