The Bahia Mar Vote: Final Thoughts
The details of the Bahia Mar Community Center proposal are disturbing. Here's why:
PROPOSED BAHIA MAR COMMUNITY CENTER
Do our Commissioners realize that MOST if not all of their neighborhood associations will be excluded from using the Bahia Mar "Community" Center??
Only associations "within the greater Beach and/or Intracoastal area" will be allowed, according to the "Conditions of Approval" in the ordinance that's up for a vote tonight. In the Commission's backup materials, it says the center is for "official community groups from the GENERAL AREA." [Exhibit 1, Page 2]
That means the entire Northwest can sit at home and quietly pay their taxes, because they are excluded!
Look at the map below ... how many neighborhoods fit into the "greater Beach and/or Intracoastal area?" Who knows — it's not defined. Could Bay Colony use it? They are on the Intracoastal, but far away. Could Victoria Park use it? Where does the "greater" Beach area end?
To me, the intent is to limit use, not make it as broad as possible, because the room will remain a part of their hotel operation. (See text below)
DESCRIBE THE COMMUNITY CENTER — IN WRITING!
There is NO description of the Community Center in the "Conditions of Approval." The size ... the location ... it's NOT there! (The "Conditions of Approval" are part of the PUD ordinance.)
The only "descriptions" of the Center I've seen vary in both size and location!!
A developers' 2011 PowerPoint slide — certainly non-binding — shows a building on the north side of the hotel with a red arrow pointing to the top floor. (Image below) A year earlier, a slide pointed to the middle of that same building, where there would be NO westward view, and no floor was indicated. (Image below)
A 2010 developer's slide showed the Center at a flat 3,500 square feet. A 2011 slide says the center is "approximately" 3,500 square feet. But in the current City Commission backup materials, the Center has shrunk by 200 square feet. The stated size is now 3,301 square feet. [Commission "Exhibit 1, Page 2."] But the size is NOT specified in the all-important "Conditions of Approval!"
Our Commissioners should have this nailed down in writing BEFORE they vote.
RESTRICTIONS ON NEIGHBORHOOD USE OF "COMMUNITY" CENTER (Complete text below)
• Established neighborhood associations only
Enjoy your "Community Center."
— Cal Deal, 6/21/11
Who gets to use the "Community Center?" Map of Neighborhood Associations:
2011 PowerPoint Slide below shows Community Center at western end of this wing,
In 2010, their PowerPoint slide pointed to
In the June 21, 2011 backup materials, the Community Center has shrunk by 200 square feet.
Commission Exhibit 1, Page 2
In November 2010, the developers' slide
Complete text of "Community Center" section
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