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Cocoa Beach / Palm Bay / Satellite Beach: Petitions! Online And In Person.

The Cocoa Beach group gathering signatures for a ballot initiative on building heights in the City has to take the day off today because of other things in their lives. They are reporting good results in finding people to sign the petition, but obviously they need more people to help. If you are concerned about this issue and want to help, drop us a line and we’ll forward it to the right people who will then contact you. Even if you can help them collect signatures or talk to people for an hour would be a huge help.

The folks in Palm Bay will be back at the (called the South Mainland Service Complex) at 450 Cogan Drive SE, today from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

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They too are facing a monumental task and if you want to help, you can contact them or drop us a line and we’ll forward that to them for you.

There is a new group in the petition drive arena as well.

A group called “Satellite Beach Sustainable Outreach” has an online petition for a moratorium on certain types of development until the issues with water / sewage infrastructure in the area have been addressed.

Their petition reads (in part):

CALL TO ACTION: Sign this petition to Help us SAVE the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. Please sign the petition to PREVENT another sewage DISASTER in the Indian River Lagoon to save the Lagoon and Protect Brevard’s billion $ tourism industry. We must STOP ALL MEDIUM and HIGH DENSITY DEVELOPMENT BREVARD BEACHSIDE because the sewage infrastructure can’t support it. Make sure the Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, the developers, the county and the governor know residents do not want high-rises! To prevent more SEWAGE DUMPING DISASTERS in the Indian River Lagoon we need SUSTAINABILITY with low density development. We need local moratorium to stop medium and high density development until sewage infrastructure is fixed. We need the Indian River Lagoon declared a disaster by the Governor; and we need better State laws to reduce developers power at the expense of our environment. We demand a new impact study of population growth to protect wildlife and water. We must STOP beachside cities from raising the height allowed of buildings to protect the Indian River Lagoon.

They also have a Facebook page.

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To be honest, we don’t like online petitions as it is hard to regulate them and hard to see whether the person signing them is in the affected area. We also have some concerns with what this group is focused (and we have discussed our concerns with them.)

However, they are involved. That’s what matters.

Even if we were to totally disagree with them (and we don’t) we like the idea of having a discussion on these issues and we love the idea of citizen involvement. It’s easy to sit at home and be fat and happy, but getting out there and doing the work, making your voice heard and taking a part in your community matters and should be applauded and encouraged.

So there you have it. Cocoa Beach needs help and is having to take the day off. Palm Bay is out there again in the sun (and this week, the rain.) They too can use help. Satellite Beach needs your help in spreading their message and their online petition, which is pretty daggone easy to do when you think about it.

Get out there. Get involved.



One Response to “Cocoa Beach / Palm Bay / Satellite Beach: Petitions! Online And In Person.”

  1. Frances says:

    To AAfterit

    An individual resident or business owner that is trying to retrofit or build a new structure in the City of Cocoa Beach is faced with various city building site issues. Some residents felt that Commissioner Williams had a good idea with his ‘proposal request’ but his attempt to discuss and add his ballot proposal was not successful at the commissioners’ previous meeting. On 5/17 the Cocoa Beach City Commissioners decided to postpone their response to another request from a local citizen’s group to also add that proposed amendment to the November ballot.

    Current Florida Statues’ with regard to municipal charter amendment changes that occur after the baseline year 2011 could put our current city charter requirements in legal jeopardy.

    Note: Florida Statute 163.3167, paragraph 8, indicates that any initiative or referendum pertaining to a development order might be prohibited if we try to change anything in our City Charter related to development orders; updates might be considered a conflict with the Florida Statute if legally challenged.

    What would a judge decide…, throw out everything in our city charter or revert back to the existing charter terminology??? No one knows.

    It is reasonable to assume that adding an ‘informational/ mandated type’ of proposal request to the ballot like the Williams’ proposal would not cause a solution that will evaporate our present day city charter section. The proposed Sec. 6.08. – Building Height Limit Accommodation request to be added to the ballot would not only enforce federal and state rules and regulations like FEMA but encourage and accommodate present and future construction on our barrier island.

    Echoing raised on hoecakes’ Lagoon concerns:
    “CALL TO ACTION: Sign this petition to Help us SAVE the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. Please sign the petition to PREVENT another sewage DISASTER in the Indian River Lagoon to save the Lagoon and Protect Brevard’s billion $ tourism industry. We must STOP ALL MEDIUM and HIGH DENSITY DEVELOPMENT BREVARD BEACHSIDE because the sewage infrastructure can’t support it.”

    The Cocoa Beach Charter Review Committee’s recommendation to the city commissioners (to be discussed at an upcoming workshop) could establish a change in two other city charter’s height sections (Sec. 6.04. – Building Height Limit and Sec. 6.07. – Comprehensive Plan Adoption Requirements ) which now limits structures at 45 ft to 70 (plus another 8’) which could also open the door to a new Variance Procedure which could allow structures well over 100 ft. State statutes’ evidently do not allow a city to now set a height ceiling so once the present one is disposed of the sky might become the limit!

    I would welcome inputs from amateur legal minds with regards to legal terminology to update the city charter’s height accommodation to avoid having all our height recommendations thrown out of the city’s charter if challenged?

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