The 2019 Annual Meeting agenda is now online. You can read it by clicking here.
Booting is an alternative to towing. Port de Mer signed a contract with a booting company. The booting company will patrol our parking lots and ramps whenever they want, 24/7, starting tonight. When they see an unauthorized vehicle, they will put a ‘boot’ on it. The boot is something they put on the tire so the vehicle cannot be driven. The car will not be moved. The owner will be able to use their key to open the doors and trunk and have access to whatever they want in the vehicle. However, they will not be able to drive it until they call the booting company (the info is on the sign in visitor parking) and pay a fee.
TO ALL HOMEOWNERS,
The purpose of this letter is to advise you that starting June 1, 2018, we will be cleaning out the common storage areas in the Garages to comply with Fire regulations and ensure safety. Unfortunately, these areas have become unsightly and unsafe.
Following are guidelines for common storage in the garage:
- Bicycles must be clearly identified with a sticker or some means of identification. Many bikes have been left to rust for years.
- Furniture, plastic bags, motorcycles/scooters, mattresses or similar items are not to be stored in common areas.
- Storage closets for each apartment should not have anything placed above the top of the closet i.e. no metal, mattress etc.
All items stored in the common areas of garage must be clearly identified with an Apt. and Bldg. number.
Please also take note of the following reminders:
All vehicles parked in our garages must have PDM stickers. If you require a sticker, contact the PDM office.
Upper Deck Parking
- Vehicles parked in owner or guest spots MUST have a PDM sticker or a visible parking permit. Owners can obtain visitor parking permits from the office.
- Trucks and Vans are not permitted on the property.
- In accordance with posted signs, illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owners’ expense.
It is imperative that trash be handled in a responsible manner:
- All trash via the chute to the trash room should be secured in bags.
- Boxes should be broken up and taken to the recycle bins in the trash rooms. (Boxes block the trash chute).
- Newspapers should be taken to the trash room to eliminate flying all over.
From time to time we will be reminding you of rules and regulations and making requests to help keep our community looking its best while we continue to restore Port de Mer to the premier property we all know it to be. If you have your home rented, please be sure to remind your tenants of the rules and regulations and share the contents of this communication.
PDM Board of Directors
Yesterday, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter issued a Recommended Order regarding Hillsboro Beach’s filing against the Boca Inlet. This filing requested that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) not allow the Boca Inlet to place dredged sand north of the Inlet. The Boca Inlet Management Plan (IMP) stipulates dredged sand be sent south for the benefit of downdrift beaches; however, the Judge’s perspective is that the IMP does not represent a “rule,” and can therefore be disregarded if DEP so chooses.
Judge Favors Boca, But Hillsboro Gains 3 Important Benefits from Administrative Hearing
First, while this recommendation obviously favors Boca Raton, Boca’s argument that the Deerfield groins, not the Boca Inlet, are the cause of Hillsboro’s erosion could serve us well in the Deerfield litigation. The Judge says that since Deerfield’s beach is stable under current conditions, the influence of taking sand from the ebb shoal and sending it north would not impact Deerfield and therefore should not impact Hillsboro Beach.
Coastal scientists disagree on what percentage of Hillsboro’s erosion problem should be assigned to the Inlet versus the groins. In this Judge’s opinion, the Inlet is not to blame.
Second, our petition against Boca’s action was successful in delaying Boca from sending sand north until the next time they bring in an ocean-going dredge. Historically, this has been six to eight years.
Third, in legal terms, one of the positions taken by this Judge is helpful for the Deerfield case. Deerfield claims in their countersuit that the Town has no right to bring legal action of any kind because the Town owns no beachfront property. The Judge affirmed that the Town of Hillsboro Beach has legal “standing,” even though the Town does not own beachfront property per se.
Obviously, we would have preferred the Judge agree with the Town’s position and mandate that Boca follow the Inlet Management Plan’s stipulation to send all sand south. However, while we didn’t win this particular round, the Judge DID provide us with important legal points that should be helpful in the more direct battle pending against Deerfield Beach.
I hope you enjoy your holidays.
Deb Tarrant, Mayor, Hillsboro Beach