I. Status of Working
Waterfront Legislation -
Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director, provided copies of
the 2005 “Working Waterfront Legislation”, House Bill 955, which
provides the opportunity to local municipalities and County’s to adopt
ordinances to provide economic incentives for existing marine industrial
businesses. Mr. Bibeau
distributed copies of the November 2004 “Florida Senate – Working
Waterfronts” Interim Summary Report, noting pages 6-8 outlines
currently available and proposed tax relief options for existing marine
industrial businesses. In
addition, Mr. Bibeau
distributed a November 2005 memorandum authored by County Manager George Burgess to Miami-Dade County
Mayor Carlos Alvarez, Chairman Joe Martinez and all members of the Board
of County Commissioners, highlighting the tax relief & economic
incentives which the Working Waterfronts legislation enabled the County
(and City) to consider providing by ordinance.
Mr. Bibeau reported a County intergovernmental affairs staffer
informed him the current State legislative session Senate Bill 2104
proposed amendments to last year’s Working Waterfronts, seem to be
minor, will not significantly change the existing legislation.
The EDC agreed it would be prudent for the County and City to
continue considering adopting the required local ordinances to provide
the additional incentives to preserve and maintain the working
waterfront, upon conclusion of this years session in early May 2006.
Status of the “Boat Slip Bank” Resolution – Mr.
Bibeau thanked Mr. Lee Hefty for attending the meeting, and distributed
copies of the EDC’s November 2005 minutes, containing Mr. Hefty’s
previous presentation on the item. Mr.
Hefty provided copies of the “Restrictive Covenant Running With the
Land In Favor of Miami-Dade County”.
Mr. Hefty explained the covenant would run in perpetuity with the
land, noting the transfer of allowable power boat slips / dockage,
including both dry dock and wet slips, from one specific parcel to
another. Mr. Hefty stated
the County will not be involved with any negations regarding the
potential price to transfer the aforementioned power boat slips,
therefore recommends ceasing the use of the “Boat Slip Bank” term
when discussing the possibility of transferring power boat slips from
one parcel to another via the covenant.
Mr. Hefty noted the covenant requires the Board of County
Commissioner’s approval. Mr.
Hefty stated power boat slips on the
may only be relocated to
another parcel on the
, and not to other parts of the
County. Mr. Hefty clarified
if a boat arrives and departs from a property via trailer, it does not
need a permitted slip or dockage. Hefty
stated although the base line number of allowable power boat slips must
stay with the property, any additional allowable slips may be
transferred via the covenant. Mr.
Hefty explained sail boats are exempt to restrictions.
Mr. Hefty explained the attachment found near the end of the
Miami-Dade County Manatee Protection Plan is merely a list of the slips
provided for in the Marine Operating Permits (MOP) issued at that time,
and is not a firm determination of the number of slips available to each
listed property. Mr. Hefty
added DERM is willing to work with interested parties in determining how
many slips are available on any given parcel, and would consider any
historical pictures showing slips in making any determinations.
Commissioner Barreiro stated he is waiting on the State’s
upcoming determination regarding potentially removing the Manatee from
the “endangered” list due to their population increase, before
considering any potential amendments to the existing policies.
of the Marine Industrial Zoning Overlay Ordinance – The
EDC thanked County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro for
sponsoring the MRC recommended new
“Marine Industrial Zoning Overlay” ordinance, which was drafted by
the Miami-Dade County Planning and Zoning Department.
Mr. Bibeau distributed copies of the ordinance, which was
unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners at first
reading, along with a “Frequently Asked Questions about the Proposed
IU-M Marine Industrial Zoning District” document, authored by the
Planning and Zoning Department. Commissioner
Barreiro stated the item was scheduled to be heard by the INLUC
committee on May 16, and his office is working with the Department of
Planning and Zoning on noticing an additional informational public
meeting on the ordinance prior to May 16.
Commissioner Barreiro then excused himself from the meeting.
The EDC continued to discuss the ordinance with Joe
McManus, Planning and Zoning Department.
Mr. McManus noted the current stage in the process simply creates
the Marine Industrial category in unincorporated
. The subsequent step in the
process would be for the Planning and Zoning Department Director to file
an application to the Board of County Commissioners to apply the newly
created zoning category to the riverfront properties located in
, which would require an additional set of mandatory notices mailed to
the immediate and surrounding property owners.
Mr. Burke and Mr. Valdez stated in the future they may want to
consider a residential development on their property within the subject
area. Mr. McManus stated
although residential uses are not allowed under their existing
“Industrial” zoning category, nor the proposed Marine Industrial
zoning category, any property owner may at any time submit an
application to amend the zoning at their individual property, which the
Board of County Commissioners would consider on a “case by case”
basis. Mr. Burke and Mr.
Valdez stated they would like the proposed marine industrial zoning’s
front yard setback requirement to be reduced from 20 feet to 10 feet.
Mr. McManus replied the proposed 20 foot setback is consistent
with the setback currently required under their existing
“Industrial” zoning category, while inserting an exemption for
guardhouses. The EDC noted
perhaps the 20 foot setback may be measured from the road, which would
therefore allow the inclusion of the CSX Railroad easement within the
setback from the street, rather than measuring the setback from the
property line. In addition
Mr. Burke and Mr. Valdez stated they would like the proposed height
restrictions to be consistent with the FAA height restrictions.
Mr. Burke and Mr. Valdez stated they may ask the Board of County
Commissioners to consider amending the setback and height restrictions
on the floor while considering the ordinance.
Dr. Bohnsack, Executive Director of the Miami River Marine Group
(MRMG), stated they will be recommending on the floor while the Board of
County Commissioners considers the ordinance for an additional item of
allowable uses within the proposed district be inserted for
transportation related uses, consistent with intermodal transportation,
such as short-sea-shipping operations, truck depots, etc.
Mr. Novack stated those additional multi-modal transportation
uses may already be permitted under the existing ordinance.
The meeting adjourned.