After attending the previous City of Plantation City Council Meeting, the Plantation Gateway Development District Advisory Board Luncheon and the Special Magistrate Meeting, it was a learning experience that I had to convey to the City of Plantation City Council the matters that I observed.
During the May 9th, 2018 City of Plantation City Council Meeting I spoke about the decade of my efforts to get the City of Plantation to enforce the the ordinances equitably throughout the City of Plantation and specifically on Christopher Longsworth, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, INVESCA Development Group, Strata at Plantation swale that is directly across the street from my residence.
Attending the Plantation Gateway Development District Advisory Board Luncheon I happen to be seated next to the owner of the recording studio off NW 3 Ct. He had some of the same issues as I have when it comes to the City of Plantation’s selective code enforcement, code enforcement not enforcing the ordinances of the city as well as the limited Police presence.
Attending the Special Magistrate’s Regular Meeting, I learned of a 12 or 24 unit condominium of retired, fixed income families that had the building damaged during last years hurricane. According to their rules, they need to get three estimates for the repairs, have a association meeting to approve the estimate, determine an assessment, then collect the assessment money in order to have the repairs completed. Apparently their rules were not up to the City of Plantation time frame and the City of Plantation has found them in violation and when I attended, the condominium came to the Special Magistrate Meeting for a Hearing to Reduce the Fines that have been compounding while these retired, fixed income residents completed their repairs. Believe the amount was upwards of $12,000! The repairs were completed and the Special Magistrate reduced the fine to $1,000 and $750 court costs. Still a lot of money for retired, fixed income residents. The condominium needed more time to again have a assessment approved by their board and collect the money to pay the fine.
Speaking with the Inspector after the Special Magistrate Meeting and asked why the landscaping violation dating back to January or 2017 has not come up for a hearing his response was simply POLITICAL!
There had been some effort on the part of Christopher Longsworth to comply by starting to do some landscaping to the swale but I have seen this type of effort before and was and am not buying it. No irrigation has been installed and the amount of work done is trivial and the property continues to be non-compliant.
Not one word was said in response to my addressing the Council and as I spoke of the Special Magistrate Inspector’s response of a POLITICAL reason why Christopher Longsworth, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, INVESCA Development Group, Strata at Plantation swale had not been fined, Mayor Bendekovic left the council before my three minutes were up!