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File Number: 122305
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File Number: 122305 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-997-12 Control: County Commission
File Name: GFA REVISED PLAN FOR HAULOVER PARK Introduced: 11/19/2012
Requester: Regulatory and Economic Resources Cost: Final Action: 12/4/2012
Agenda Date: 12/4/2012 Agenda Item Number: 5G
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed

Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/4/2012 5G Adopted P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Mr. Jack Kardys, Director, Parks, Recreation and Opens Spaces (PROS) Department, provided an overview of the proposed revised General Plan for Haulover Beach Park. He indicated that Haulover was one of the County’s heritage parks and its general plan was revised in 1944, 1969, 2001 and 2012, in response to public recreational needs. Mr. Kardys noted this proposed plan would improve traffic circulation between State Road A1A and park facilities; improve beach accessibility for pedestrians, bicycles and people with disabilities in compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA); improve transit connectivity; provide more green space and trees; restore sand dunes; expand the nude beach by 350 linear feet; improve the marina, rebuild the existing fishing pier and pier restaurants; build a promenade for greater public access to the shoreline; and renovate the existing tunnel ramps for better beach access from the parking lot. Mr. Kardys noted the public involvement encompassed public meetings held in September 2011 and June 2012 with the Arlen House Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach; meetings between staff and the naturists on June 6, July 3, August 3 and August 30, 2012; and a public meeting workshop held on August 20, 2012. Mr. Kardys said he recently spoke with the City of Sunny Isles Beach Mayor, Norman Edelcup, and the Bal Harbour Village Manager and neither had issues concerning this proposed plan. He further noted both the Site Review Committee and the Shore line Review Committee, upon their review of the plan, recommended approval and found it to be compliant with Article 7 of the County Charter. Mr. Kardys noted the existing 498 naturist’s parking spaces would remain intact and an additional 103 overflow spaces would be paved by Westrec Corporation at no cost to the tax payers as part of dry dock storage development commitment, bringing the total accessible parking spaces to 601. He also noted the nude beach was moved further south to line up with one of the tunnel ramps and parking lots. Vice Chairwoman Edmonson opened the public hearing for persons wishing to speak in connection with this resolution, and the following persons appeared in opposition: 1. Ms. Manuella Adrian, 300 Bayview Drive, #1507, Arlen House Condos, Sunny Isles Beach, noted her primary concern was the impact of increased traffic, obscured view of the bay, and reduced property values of properties adjacent to the Park as a result of relocating/building the new dry dock boat storage facility at Haulover Beach’s north parking lot. 2. Ms. Francine Weissman, 960 Mockingbird Lane #620, Plantation, expressed concern regarding a reduction of parking spaces for visitors to the nude beach as a result of this plan. She requested this item be deferred for 60 days in order to give adequate notice to interested parties who wish to provide additional input. 3. Mr. Ken Tauer, 2451 SW 14 Court, Ft Lauderdale, requested a 60-day deferral on this item and suggested the proposed boat storage facility be redesigned and located as called for in the 2001 master plan; the handicap parking area be moved closer to the beach, and there be increased parking spaces. He expressed concern that the proposed plan was not entirely ADA compliant. 4. Mr. Richard Mason, President, South Florida Free Beaches, 3650 NW 181 Street, Miami Gardens, expressed concern regarding the area designated for the proposed boat storage facility, and that the community was not engaged in this process. He requested the boat facility be relocated in the area called for by the 2001 master plan and requested a 60 day deferral. 5. Ms. Shirley Mason, 3650 NW 181 Street, Miami Gardens, requested the boat storage facility be located in the area called for in the 2001 master plan, and that the item be deferred 60 days. 6. Mr. Seth Paronick, 670 NE 67th Street, Miami, expressed concern about the potential negative impact the new boat storage facility location would have on the environment, traffic, and parking, which was not adequately addressed wih the public. He requested a 60 day deferral. 7. Mr. Paul Frederick, 2620 SE 5th Court, Pompano Beach, requested a 60 day deferral. 8. Ms. Cynthia Fish, 900 River Beach Dr, #520, Ft. Lauderdale, requested a 60 day deferral to determine a more viable location for the new boat storage facility. 9. Mr. Ted Mozino, 2781 SW 36th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, spoke in opposition. 10. Ms. Norma Mitchell, Vice-President, South Florida Free Beaches, 4650 SW 110 Avenue, Cooper City, expressed concern that the parking associated with the new boat storage facility would have a negative impact and felt a redesign could resolve the problem. She requested a 60 day deferral in order to develop a solution with the Parks and Recreation staff. 11. Mr. David Baum, 1709 N. 41 Avenue, Hollywood, requested this item be deferred for 60 days. The following person(s) appeared in support: 1. Mr. Stanley Price, Law Offices of Bilzin Sumberg, 1450 Brickell Ave, attorney representing Westrec Corporation (owner/operator of Haulover Marina), noted his involvement with this project for over the past three years. He also noted his client entered into a lease agreement with the County; underwent a public hearing process; the plan was reviewed by the Shore line Review Committee and was in compliance with all requirements of the PROS Department. He said his client welcomed its neighbors; the project would reduce traffic on A1A; and provide additional parking. He noted the primary concerns could be resolved by implementing a tram system within the parking lot. Mr. Price reminded the County Commission of the contractual agreement and the client’s contractual rights. Hearing no one else wishing to speak, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson closed the public hearing. It was moved by Commissioner Heyman that the foregoing proposed resolution be adopted. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sosa, followed by discussion. Commissioner Heyman expressed appreciation to members of the South Florida Free Beaches Florida Naturist Association and to residents of the Arlen House Condominium for attending today’s (12/4) meeting. She reflected on speaker Norma Mitchell’s comments about being a stakeholder of Haulover Beach and the opposition expressed to the proposed revisions to the Haulover Park General Plan; however, Commissioner Heyman pointed out that everyone was a stakeholder, irregardless of the Park’s District location. She commented on what a wonderful asset Haulover Park was to Miami-Dade County and how the County could not obtain a better return on its tax dollars than it had with this park. Commissioner Heyman noted, upon her election as a County Commissioner, funds from the Safe Neighborhood Parks program were allocated for significant overhaul and for a master plan in the amount of $24 million, which was now being concluded with General Obligation Bond (GOB) funds. Commissioner Heyman said this project was over ten years old and to defer it for additional information would not make a difference. Commissioner Heyman noted that any concerns over bay obstruction, traffic congestion, and boat deployment were addressed and that the suggestion made by Arlen House for the top of the proposed dry dock structure to be made green was accepted by the developers. Commissioner Heyman said that development of the Ocean Rescue structure on the beach area of the Park would facilitate additional beach side parking for physically challenged patrons; and upon completion of Park improvements, parking spaces would increase from 2,700 to 4,158 spaces. She noted access into the Park would be addressed through configuration of the parking lot. Commissioner Heyman advised that information on the proposed Plan revision was available on District 4 Web Page; District 4 Newsletters; and the PROS Department Web page. She noted the County had also allowed South Florida Free Beaches to direct the public to the PROS Web page, via their news publication. Commissioner Heyman noted the Sunny Isles Beach Administration, the Bal Harbour Beach Administration, as well as the surrounding mainland, were supportive of the Safe Neighborhood improvements and the current GOB funded improvements. She noted that no user conflict existed; the revisions had been inclusive; and PROS had responded to emails regarding this issue. Commissioner Heyman said all users had been given consideration and the Master Plan impacted all current uses and would expand on those uses. She urged the County Commission members to support this proposed resolution and expressed appreciation to Mr. Kardys for reaching out to the public on an ongoing basis. In response to Vice Chairwoman Edmonson’s inquiry regarding ADA compliance, Mr. Kardys noted staff met with the Commission on Disability Issues Board who oversees ADA accessible issues for Miami-Dade County. He expected the tunnel ramp to be under construction within the next six months; noted 33 parking spaces on the east side of A1A, and 12 spaces on the west side, were striped for accessibility; and the proposed plan revision realigned all of the disabled parking spaces to be located in front of the tunnel. Commissioner Diaz asked whether a certain amount of parking spaces could be constructed for Haulover Beach, and Mr. Kardys assured Commissioner Diaz that nothing would inhibit parking for beachgoers and accessibility would be improved. He noted traffic circulation off A1A and parking spaces would improve since the relocation of the proposed boat storage facility would increase the number of parking spaces for boats and trailers and provide for a longer queuing area to exit A1A. He further noted six new launching spaces would be opened at no impact to the parking for the beach and advised that, upon finalizing the beach headquarters, additional handicapped parking spaces would be available on the east side of A1A. Commissioner Diaz asked whether any action had been taken by the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the inlet. In response to Commissioner Diaz, Mr. Kardys said part of the plan revisions moved the jetty approximately 600 feet and added a fishing pier which would keep the beach intact. He noted that he would follow up with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine whether there were any other viable solutions. Mr. Kardys also noted dredging might be required to make the channel deeper. Commissioner Diaz recommended that boater education be provided to people who had facilities in proximity of the Park. Commissioner Suarez said $70 million of GOB funding was being used for the proposed improvements to Haulover Park which would include an eight-story boat storage facility in a different location. He noted all issues pertaining to wildlife, the environment, the parking, including handicapped parking, had to be considered; as well as the traffic congestion that was being created in this area. Commissioner Suarez inquired about the County’s contractual obligations with Westrec. Assistant County Attorney Monica Rizo advised that the County Commission approved an amended and restated lease with Westrec where it extended its lease agreement with the County over two years ago to build a new boat storage facility. She noted Westrec was obligated to seek all permits and development approvals that were required for construction of the facility. Assistant County Attorney Rizo also noted an existing lease agreement was in effect under which both parties had been performing and that Westrec was paying 100 percent of the cost of the proposed improvements. Mr. Kardys noted Westrec was also paying $350,000 for the additional improvements to reconfigure the parking lot to ensure that no net loss of parking spaces occurred. Commissioner Suarez asked what type of public input and environmental hearings were held; and whether any environmental analysis and impact statements were conducted to determine the effects of the proposed boat storage facility. Mr. Kardys advised that the location of the proposed boat storage facility would result in minimal impact on the environment. He noted the proposed project was considered by the Shoreline Review Committee and the Site Plan Review Committee who determined there were no impacts that could not be mitigated. Ms. Maria Nardi, Chief, Planning and Research, Parks Department, said that the proposed project must meet Federal and State requirements. She noted part of the process with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Permitting, Environment and Regulatory Affairs, involved the mitigation of any environmental issues. Mr. Kardys noted the Army Corps of Engineers permit was in progress and coordinated with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other necessary agencies. Commissioner Suarez asked Commissioner Heyman whether she would consider a 30-day deferral to review this issue further. Commissioner Heyman stated she did not oppose Commissioner Suarez obtaining additional information; however, would not support deferring or delaying this item. She noted the environmental groups had expressed support for this proposal and asked Mr. Kardys to provide Commissioner Suarez with a report on the various environmental groups that expressed their support for this item. Commissioner Suarez inquired about the number of boats that would be accommodated by the proposed storage facility; and the size of the facility being proposed at Matheson Hammock. Mr. Kardys advised that the current boat storage facility consisted of 300 spaces and would be expanded to 508 spaces. He noted he was unsure of the size of the facility being proposed at Matheson Hammock. Responding to Commissioner Monestime’s concern that nearby property owners’ views would be obstructed, Mr. Kardys stated the proposed facility was located approximately 1,000 feet from the existing condominium, and that no unit would be completely blocked as the corridors on either side were preserved. Commissioner Monestime asked whether the private developer had conducted any studies regarding the economic impact upon conclusion of the proposed improvements and initial investment, to which Mr. Kardys responded that the pro-forma called for approximately $1 million in revenues that would be generated to Miami-Dade County to be used for park enhancement and maintenance. He noted the current net revenue generated was approximately $200,000 annually; however, this amount would increase to approximately $1 million per year. In response to Commissioner Monestime, Mr. Kardys reiterated that public meetings were held with the property owners in the area in September 2011 and on June 27, 2012; a public meeting occurred on August 20th that included everyone who would be impacted; and meetings with the naturists occurred in June, July, and August, 2012. Commissioner Barreiro expressed his support of the proposed plan revisions for Haulover Park; however, requested assurance that the other proposed improvements in the plan would be accomplished. Mr. Kardys said construction of the boat storage facility and parking lot improvements would begin upon the final permitting process. He noted the improvements to the tunnel for disabled access would be occurring and would be funded by the Department through capital funds; a Request for Proposals (RFP) would be advertised for the fishing pier; and the restaurant in the Marina was approved earlier in today’s (12/4) meeting. Mr. Kardys said that as GOB funds became available and infrastructure issues were addressed, a series of RFPs would be advertised to seek assistance with the investment costs and to ensure a public/private partnership. Commissioner Barreiro noted he was hopeful that private marinas would be treated with the same respect and ability to apply for private dockage as was given to the County’s marinas. He noted a double standard should not exist for boat permitting slips. Commissioner Sosa spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution. She inquired about the funding source and Mr. Kardys noted the boat storage facility would be funded entirely by private funding provided by Westrec, which included approximately $350,000 of parking improvements. Mr. Kardys said the tunnel improvements would be funded through a combination of Capital Outlay Reserve and GOB funds. In response to Commissioner Moss’ inquiry on financing of the pier and the size of the pier, Mr. Kardys said typically the financing model that would be followed would entail capital costs being borne by a private operator. He noted the pier would be built outward from a jetty at Haulover Park and a cut of approximately 2,000 feet long of shoreline existed that anyone could fish along. Mr. Kardys said the entire western edge of the Park along the bay side was open and the Master Plan called for fishing structures throughout. Upon conclusion of the foregoing discussion, the County Commission approved the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 11/19/2012 Assigned Craig H. Coller 11/20/2012

County Mayor 11/19/2012 Assigned County Attorney 12/4/2012

County Mayor 11/19/2012 Assigned Jack Osterholt 11/7/2012 11/19/2012

Legislative Text


WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying memorandums, copies of which are incorporated herein by reference, and has conducted a public hearing in compliance with the provisions of Section 33-303 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby finds that the proposed Revised General Plan for Haulover Park located at 10800 Collins Avenue, more specifically described as follows:


is necessary to provide recreational opportunities for and protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Miami-Dade County, Florida and in so finding, has considered, among other factors, the type of function involved, the public need therefore, the land use pattern in the area, and the nature of the impact on the surrounding property.


To: Honorable Chairman Joe A. Martinez
And Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Carlos A. Gimenez

Subject: Governmental Facilities Hearing Application GF12-02 Revised General Plan for Haulover Park


It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners approve the attached resolution approving the revised General Plan for Haulover Park, located at 10800 Collins Avenue, south of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, in compliance with Section 33-303 of the Code of Miami-Dade County. This item was prepared by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources at the request of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDPROS) and is recommended for approval.

LOCATION: 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami-Dade County


IMPACTED: Countywide

FOLIO NUMBER: 30-2214-008-0010

SIZE: Approximately 177 acres

BACKGROUND: Haulover Park was acquired by Dade County in 1939. Development of the park began in the 1940’s, and it remains today as a public beach and regional open space for the enjoyment of all county residents. Haulover Park is a Metropolitan Park, designed to preserve valuable natural historic resources, while providing a broad mix of resource dependent recreation opportunities. This application revises the plan approved for Haulover pursuant to Resolution No. R-162-02. The plan revision is designed to update park facilities to better respond to current recreational demands, improve pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and enhance the quality and diversity of natural resources.

ZONING: GU, Interim Zoning District; BU-2, Special Business District; IU-1, Industrial, Light Manufacturing.

JUSTIFICATION: This application is being processed as a Government Facility to allow the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) to continue improvements and renovations at Haulover Park. The application will allow PROS to enhance, renovate, improve and develop public facilities that will serve all County residents.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Haulover Park revised General Plan addresses the following: traffic circulation improvements; improve access to the beach for bicycles, pedestrians, and people with disabilities; improve transit connections; improve beach access through tunnel ramps; provide more green space; expand the dry rack storage facility capacity up to 510 spaces; rebuild the pier; rebuild the marina and pier restaurants, and restore the dunes. Once implemented, the General Plan will provide enhanced service to residents of Miami-Dade County. Parking areas to support all park uses are included. Parking on natural terrain used for overflow during special events is also indicated.

DEVELOPMENT: The revised General Plan for improvements and renovations to the park was the subject of a public meeting held on August 20, 2012. Information gathered at the public meeting was considered and where appropriate, incorporated in the plan. The plan will be implemented as funding becomes available.

FUNDING: Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond funds are available for improvements to Haulover Park. The total estimated cost of improvements to Haulover Park is 70 million dollars. The improvements listed will be developed with a phased approach, as funding becomes available. Park operation and maintenance funding will rely on park fees and charges, concession revenue, lease fees and the General Fund.

SITE REVIEW COMMITTEE: The committee’s task is to review projects subject to 33-303 of the Code of Miami-Dade County with regard to the public need for the proposed facility, its impact upon the surrounding community, and other similar considerations. The committee reviewed this project on September 27, 2012 and recommended approval.

PUBLIC HEARING: Section 33-303 of the Code of Miami-Dade County provides that, prior to the construction, erection or operation of a government facility in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County, a favorable public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is required. The BCC may only authorize the use, construction, erection and operation of such facilities in any zoning district after considering, among other factors, the public need for the facility, the type of function involved, existing land use patterns in that area and the nature of the impact of the facility on surrounding properties. The attached report from the Miami-Dade County Site Review Committee addresses these factors.

REVIEWER: Gilberto Blanco, Supervisor

DELEGATED AUTHORITY: This resolution approves the revised General Plan for Haulover Park.

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