Marina Lofts Development Approved, Rain Tree Not Even Considered at City Hall Meeting

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The city's Planning & Zoning Board met Wednesday night at Fort Lauderdale City Hall and recommended approval for the Marina Lofts development high-rise apartments proposed for near downtown Fort Lauderdale, without even considering the 100-year-old rain tree at the center of the controversy at the meeting.

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- Water Taxi Employee Fired for Video Defending Rain Tree: "Tell Him to Stick It Up His Ass and Fire Me"
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A city resolution that declared commissioners must consider the tree in any proposed development years ago, but that was evidently ignored at the City Hall meeting.

Commission will vote on it all at an undetermined later time. But things don't look good for the tree, and those seeking to save it.

Chris Brennen, the former Water Taxi, who was fired after making a YouTube video in defense of the tree, voiced his displeasure on the meeting's lack of mentioning the tree on his Facebook page:

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His supporters have voiced their encouragement to not give up on his crusade to save the rain tree.

Meanwhile, activist Jessica Kross has organized a petition to save rain tree:

No determinations have been made at this time by Planning and Zoning and there will be another City Commission meeting based solely about the Tree - last night was the night for the Developer, Asi Cymbal and his Hired Crew to present their plan which is incomplete, did not address the SERIOUS issues about this project, 4 inch sewer pipes, ingress and egress out of that tiny neighborhood, the height, # of units and over-density of the buildings, THE SHADOW effect over all of Riverwalk - HUGE and he left out the MOST pertinent times out of that report and thank goodness someone caught all that and did get to present the truth on that. And much much more, Oh, THE Massive FPL power poles 300,000 volt transmission lines, he thinks he can move to within 25 feet of where people live! Well - they won't have to buy microwave ovens! And MORE! Read all the posts join the Group page Save The RAINTREE its open to all - and LEARN MORE.

A member of the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club, Rose Bechard-Butman, wondered allowed how the commission can make a decision on the complex without considering the tree.

"Do we degrade our history and all of our natural resources in order to do this?" she asked.

The date for commission action has not yet been determined.

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kagbsw
kagbsw

Hi guy's. I'm a Westerner. The best way to do this is have the place packed with people, not only inside the room, but outside, down the hall and into the street. Let the hearing people know there job depends on the out come. Ha ve the press there. Then elect people that are into conservation. Believe me this work's. I know cause I've done it. We saved over 4,000 acres from development in a very prestine area of CA.

GOOD LUCK and don't give up

jesred
jesred topcommenter

HEY COULD YOU PLEASE POST THAT THE FINAL HEARING ON THE FORT LAUDERDALE RAIN TREE IS 8/20/13 AT 6pm at CITY HALL, 100 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, First Floor, Next Tuesday. Free parking in the Garage next door - Do not park in RESERVED spots. Please PLEASE COME OUT AND BE OUTRAGEOUS IN GREEN FROM HEAD TO TOES AND BRNIG A SIGN - SAVE THE RAIN TREE FOR A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PROTEST.

SAVE THE RAIN TREE !

jesred
jesred topcommenter

I wish I had known about this article when it came out - someone just brought it to my attention - Here is the Petition - sign right here- JOIN THE THOUSANDS!!! the link:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-fort-lauderdale.fb23?source=c.fb&r_by=58799

MORE INFO: City Hall has not Granted the PEOPLE a Time and date for their voice. The Next hearing where a final decision about the Fort Lauderdale Rain Tree will be made is on 8/20/13 @ 6PM at City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Ave., First Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Free parking in the garage right there - do not park in reserved spots - The Petition and all the signatures will be presented to Mayor Seiler and the City Commission that night. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND - AND PLEASE DO - Be OUTRAGEOUS IN GREEN FROM YOUR HAIR TO YOUR TOES- BRING YOUR SIGN - SAVE THE RAIN TREE - COME OUT FOR A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PROTEST - There is no reason they cannot build around this Tree! There is an Ordinance in place - from 1987 Protecting this Tree from Removal and Harm. ONLY the CITY COMMISSION has the power to set aside the Order- LET THEM KNOW WE DON'T WANT THIS - WE WANT THE TREE SAVED AND LEFT ALONE UNHARMED AND BY THE RIVER THAT IS ITS HOME!  PLEASE COME OUT AND HELP US SAVE THE RAIN TREE - THE ONLY EXPERT THAT SAYS THE TREE WILL SURVIVE A MOVE IS THE ONE RETAINED (THAT MEANS HIRED AND PAID FOR BY THE DEVELOPER). ALL other experts that have studied and cared for this almost 100 year old tree for the City Say a move will kill this delicate ornamental tropical tree. The "professional tree mover" has NEVER moved a tree of this kind - not a hardwood - the Trimming alone and the disruption of its root system which extend over 250 feet away from and around the tree (there is not root ball) this will kill this tree, slowly but surely a terrible death that takes YEARS. READ THE PETITION. GET THE FACTS, DONT' BUY INTO THE DEVELOPERS PROPAGANDA. Want to talk about it - Get with me! I don't mind, Jessica Kross on Facebook, send me a friend request - COME TO THE HEARING. SAVE THE FORT LAUDERDALE RAIN TREE - FROM DEVELOPERS AND POLITICIANS!

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