|Posted by Anne Siren on April 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM|
By Judy Wilson
Deerfield Beach – Mayor Jean Robb presented several of her initiatives this week, saying she would ask for formal action at future commission meetings. Top of her list is establishment of a charter review committee. Robb said some changes now allowed by ordinance should be given to the electorate and other things need to be eliminated or changed. Robb has chaired several charter review committees in the past and said “there were things we should have looked at but didn’t.” She said she would elaborate further at another time.
Commissioner Bill Ganz said he would not favor establishing the committee without further discussion and Vice Mayor Ben Preston asked what the directive would be for the reviewers.
Robb said she would “table the issue for now” but asked the city clerk to determine what elections are being scheduled by the county prior to the next city ballot in 2015.
Noting the difficulty in filling advisory board seats, the mayor also suggested disbanding the Memorial Committee and giving the Deerfield Beach Historical Society street-naming responsibilities and increasing the size of the Community Appearance Board to include two members from the now defunct Beautification Committee.
Pier lease being challenged by the mayor
Deerfield Beach - The lease-holders of the Deerfield Café, the new restaurant on the fishing pier, may have to rethink their 24/7 business plan. Mayor Jean Robb said this week she wants to reconsider commission action taken before her election that permits the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day. She said she wanted the commission to hear her concerns about the extended hours in that location.
In February, the commission granted a request from Toula Amanna to extend the 6 a.m. to midnight hours stated in the lease but retained the ability to revert to the original agreement if late-night problems occur. Amanna had contended that the extended hours could produce much higher revenues for the restaurant and as much as $40,000 a year for the city.
Two commercial buildings approved
Deerfield Beach - A commercial addition to the Target Super Store on Hillsboro Boulevard was approved by commissioners Tuesday night. The 48,425 square feet of retail space will be attached at the east side of the Target building on what is now a grassy pad making the entire structure 241,364 square feet. The plat for the 23 acre property owned by United Growth Capital also sets aside two outparcels for future development. One was a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, the other a Subway store.
Construction of another large commercial building was also ok’d by the commission. A 97,615 square-foot decorative tile showroom and distribution center will be built at 1901 W. Sample Road bordering Crystal Lake.
Owner is Bedrosian’s Inc. Commissioner Richard Rosensweig asked if landscaping would block views of the building for people living across the lake. A fence and required landscaping will be installed, he was told.
Funding set for summer programs
Deerfield Beach – A summer camp program at Westside Park will be funded by a $50,000 grant from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund and a private benefactor chipping in another $125,000. The new funding sources replace a former grant provided by the Children’s Services Council.
Children ages 5 to 12 are eligible to attend the camp which will be held June 10 to Aug. 16.
And students in grades three to 12 needing tutoring in math can attend summer classes at the Cathedral Community Church, 365 S. Dixie Highway.
Funded with $5,000 from the Cathedral Community Development Corporation, certified teachers are hired to help students improve their skills in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry and pre-calculus.