The Beach - The Story

     A short section of the Fort Lauderdale Beach is gone!


          

     In an event that came as quite a surprise, about a 4 block area of the Fort Lauderdale beach was totally overwhelmed by the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy.

      The destruction is about ten blocks north of Sunrise Boulevard.

                
                            removed traffic lights - base is now at edge of ocean 


                
                                          
no showers today!

     
     Mayor Jack Seiler and City Manager Lee Feldman say they are working on the problem "around the clock".
 
     Feldman says we are fortunate that the Florida Department of Transportation declared the area an "emergency", and the road is a State road, so the short term solutions should be paid for by the State.

            
                           
FDOT pow wow today at the beach

     

     Seiler says that other local and State officials are also coming to the aid of Fort Lauderdale. Both beach County Commissioners, Tim Ryan and Chip LaMarca, say they are ready to help, and State Senator Maria Sachs has called Seiler to offer her support.

                                      
                                        Sachs

       Manager Feldman says the massive flooding and destruction just in that area might have to do with the fact that the reef system in that area is "not as elaborate" as the rest of the beach.

     But one thing is for sure. In the area just south of the destruction, where the City and State planted sea oats about ten years ago, the beach weathered the storm well. Here is the sand dune protected beach today- just blocks from the destroyed beach.

        
              Sand dunes protected this part of the beach in front of the State Park

      Planting the sea oats was a controversial move when it came in front of the City Commission about a decade ago, and some area residents fought it hard .
 
     They were worried that the sand dunes that the sea oats create would "ruin the view" of the ocean, so the Commission ( I was on it then), settled for putting the Sea Oats only in the portion of the beach in front of the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.  

     Ironically, one of the leaders of the sea oat opposition back then was no other than beach resident and infamous City Hall grumbler Art Seitz, who has been taking some amazing pictures of the beach destruction and was out there again today. 

     I took his picture as he was taking mine!


                          

     Art says he still stands by his position that the sea oats shouldn't be planted when the beach is replenished. 

           

     

 

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  • 11/26/2012 2:59 PM City Activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    Bravo Tim. In pointing out that Art Seitz wa s against the "sea-oats plantings) Where is your big mouth now Artie???. Miranda Lopez ha s been pointing this out since th e storm hit(she also has pics Artie). Obstructing people's views. No have th e water @ your front door is the answer. When the water subsides plant those damn sea grass, oats etc. Screw th e turtles, screw your view Art(move). Again where they did the plantings the sand stand on th ebeach, the water did not come over the wall etc. This is nature taking its course, but we have to get w/ the Fema, Dot, County. An d start drenching-get it plastic surgury poster child there Ida Lee. Enough of your view and your damn magazine. Drenching is the answer no we get these pompous, rich, eccentics w/ there bs-my view,my view. Look in the mirror some of you. There is your answer to your view. Your arrogant, self centerd asses will no longer be tolerated.
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  • 11/26/2012 3:29 PM Beach Rat in the Know wrote:
    It is a scientific face that sea grasses and dunes help prevent beach erosion. The residents (such as Art) and city leaders who blocked planting of these years ago are now reaping the consequences of their ignorance and stupidity. Dumping concrete blocks and barriers on the sand does little other than create an unsightly mess, as your pictures attests.

    The answer to restoration is a many millions of dollars one, where sand needs to be restored to the beach, dunes reshaped, and sea grasses planted and tended to.

    I have little faith that the FDOT or the city government numbnuts are capable of implementing a real longterm solution.

    The city engineers are the same ones that for years claimed it was "normal" to have leaks in a car tunnel. Finally the state has stepped in and has been repairing the federal highway tunnel for the prior year.
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  • 11/26/2012 3:47 PM rob wrote:
    global warming anyone? look for more and more of this in the future, glad I'm an old guy.......Art is clueless
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  • 11/26/2012 5:01 PM selfish through and through wrote:
    Beach crazies like Art Seitz and Mel Rubinstein only care about themselves and their view. When a building is proposed across the street from Birch Crest condo, then Rubinstein and his crony Judy Scher voice opposition, but it was OK for them to support the massive garage on A1A that got shot down by the Commission because it wasn't in their site. Seitz lives in the Shore Club on a very high floor and spends his days complaining about the Pelican Beach Resort across the street. He should be happy that there are sea oats in front of his property or else his pool would be in the ocean now. What a fool.
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  • 11/26/2012 5:18 PM sad man wrote:
    The following email from Seitz made the rounds yesterday along with another ton of photos. He blames Rodstrom for everything now, including climate change, but if not for the fact that she dumped him from the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board, he would probably be as far up her behind as he always was. Pity the fool.


    FORT LAUDERDALE NOVEMBER 2012 DAMAGE BROWARD COUNTY SCENIC HIGHWAY A1A --NEAR NE 16TH CT. OPINION: THIS IS ONLY PART OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING TWO TERM OBLIVIOUS, UNCARING, VISIONLESS, LOBBYIST'S TOOL, DISTRICT 2 ROYALTY -- COMMISSIONER CHARLOTTE RODSTROM'S SORRY OUT OF FOCUS TENURE IN OFFICE. THREE YEARS INTO OFFICE, SHE COULD'T EVEN NAME THE BEACH PARKS IN HER DISTRICT!! BLIGHTED EMPYY IRELAND'S INN IS A MONUMENT TO HER LACK OF INTEREST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND A1A GREENWAY ROUTE ALONG OUR BEACH!! FOR MORE ABOUT HOW SHE DID NOTHING TO PROTECT US. READ BROWARD BULLDOG AND CHANNEL 10'S BOB NORMAN. I WON'T BE VOTING FOR MRS. RODSTOM DURING THE $230,000. EARLY 2013 SPECIAL ELECTION. PHOTOS ART SEITZc2012
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  • 11/26/2012 6:05 PM I'm with Robert wrote:
    Robert Walsh is right. Ms.Lee has been very vocal against" dredging" the beach. I have heard her numerous times that it would look unsightly looking out her million dollar plus condo. Same thing with Mr.Seitz. Look at your view now people.
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  • 11/26/2012 6:44 PM Anonymous wrote:
    I saw Maria Sachs, she drove by in her limo on the way to the airport to go to Tallahassee. She was reported to have said the beach here in Lauderdale by the Sea needs to be fixed. Enjoy having a minority Senator who does not give a damn about Fort Lauderdale
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  • 11/26/2012 6:44 PM Mother Nature wrote:
    Its nature's way of telling you something's wrong.........fort lauderdale are you listening?
    Mayan Condo may want to reconsider taking that dune out

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-09-20/news/fl-hrb-dune-0920-20120920_1_sand-dune-condo-owners-judge-rules

    http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/10/petition_to_save_mayan_beach_s.php
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  • 11/26/2012 6:46 PM Anonymous wrote:
    did the incompetents in the city water department shut off the supply valve on water to those showers?
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  • 11/26/2012 7:56 PM not a fan wrote:
    Tim, Didn't this blowhard Seitz sue you once? Why do you and others even pay attention to him?
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  • 11/27/2012 6:39 AM brucie wrote:
    It is obvious to me that those in power must educate themselves with environmental facts, which would have led them to reject such limited understandings as from some residents. Educate yourselves as to what a barrier island is and why they exist, and stop pandering to people who don't care about the facts but just want what they want when they want it. The beach needs to be re-sanded, a dune must be put in place, and let nature do what it does better than all of us combined. Let the Mayan dune destroyers be aware!!
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  • 11/27/2012 2:22 PM tourist wrote:
    What will city do without parking meter revenue on this stretch of beach? Were the meters lost to the surf?
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  • 11/28/2012 11:00 AM airline steward wrote:
    The former commissioner for this part of the beach, Charlotte Rodstrom, was just seen on an airplane from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, and also flying with her was Scott Wyman. I guess he was invited home for the holidays. So much for his impartiality while still being employed at City Hall as a Commissioner's aide! What was the Mayor and Commissioners thinking?
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    1. 11/28/2012 11:49 AM Anonymous wrote:
      they weren't thinking.
      they acted out of self preservation, as anyone new elected in January 2013 could upset the apple cart and status quo in place since March 2009.
      Look how much the 5 have accomplished since then.
      Look how well the city has fared under their rule.
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    2. 12/3/2012 12:06 AM Stinking in Denmark wrote:
      This totally stinks of impropriety. Is Scott playing her Court Jester?
      And to think the former commissioner/former vice mayor didn't know Scott's salary package?
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  • 11/28/2012 2:33 PM Marilyn Hurst wrote:
    Thank you...thank you...thank you Tim Smith for going out and getting the in-depth story of our 'beautiful beach'. Instead of focusing on 'the sky is falling' you show us how to fix it! Praise God!
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  • 11/28/2012 8:10 PM City activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    Well shock me. Charlotte took Scott on Holiday. What is in those pants Scooter (10inches or what). So what she took him to her cabin I'm assuming(big deal). An d Art Seitz when Char had you on the beach advisory bd-oh then she was better than slice bread. When she takes your anglo-saxon ass off now sh e is a "sef centered bitch" huh. Good for you Scott. Get out the "Johhny Walker" Char, I'm sooo jealous.....
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  • 11/30/2012 9:06 AM John Henry wrote:
    Great job on the photograph with the two girls sunbathing at the bottom. I've always said Ft Lauderdale Beach has the best senic views.
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  • 11/30/2012 2:58 PM Jeff Sullivan wrote:
    And so the lead story on NBC news last night was further scientific confirmation that the polar ice caps are now melting faster than anticipated even just a couple of years ago.....Greenland, 5X's faster. Let's get a grip- if we don't get our heads out of the sand, mother nature will do it for us... eventually. Maintaining the beach is going to take great care and it's going to be expensive...are you listening Mayan? The people that don't like sand dunes and sea oats in their precious views might weigh that against giant concrete seawalls? NIce! And FYI, we can't get the rubber tires that are destroying our reefs out of the ocean- how hard and expensive is it going to be to retrieve the hundreds of concrete barriers we are now going to have strewn across that section of our beach?
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  • 11/30/2012 3:03 PM Jeff Sullivan wrote:
    And so the lead story on NBC news last night was further scientific confirmation that the polar ice caps are now melting faster than anticipated even just a couple of years ago.....Greenland, 5X's faster. Let's get a grip- if we don't get our heads out of the sand, mother nature will do it for us... eventually. Maintaining the beach is going to take great care and it's going to be expensive...are you listening Mayan? The people that don't like sand dunes and sea oats in their precious views might weigh that against giant concrete seawalls? NIce! And FYI, we can't get the rubber tires that are destroying our reefs out of the ocean- how hard and expensive is it going to be to retrieve the hundreds of concrete barriers we are now going to have strewn across that section of our beach?
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  • 11/30/2012 6:07 PM Anonymous wrote:
    quicker engineering response by city/FDOT could have prevented complete loss of wall, sidewalk, etc. willy nilly placement of curbs in sand was not an engineering solution
    stabilizing the road bed to save a few blocks for two lanes of traffic will cost almost a million dollars
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  • 11/30/2012 11:15 PM City Activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    I know it is going to cost a fortune to repair all this damage.I have to tell you Tim, I rented a Mini Cooper convertiable today oh beacause I can and had a very stressful week. Anyhow to have that wind in my hair and to breath that amazing salt air is worth its weight in gold. People we are sitting on a gold mine.Whatever it takes Mayor Seiler full speed ahead. We need this beach it is our biggest money maker. It pays for all your special projects etc. Again Mayor whatever it takes. Now i'm off to "South beach" to show off my convertiable that I don't even own. Uh ha.......
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  • 12/1/2012 10:22 AM Lester Zalewski wrote:
    Short one for the engineers out in blog land. Move sand from south park that is above sidewalk grade to needed areas with park personnel and equipment now!! Apply to state and Federal for funds. Have information meetings with citizens as you go, we can not allocate assets but we will vote 15 JAN and in 2yrs.!
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    1. 12/1/2012 2:37 PM engineer wrote:
      "Buy" the Mayan sand dunes near port entry that the judge ruled the condo can demo. Relocate sand dunes and sea oats to the stretch on A1A north of Birch, AFTER driving 600 l.f. of sheet piles along east side of A1A to depth of 40+ feet, pouring slurry wall on west side of sheet piles to depth of 40' or so, backfilling limerock under missing road and pouring new concrete road deck. Write check for emergency contract for $1,200,000.00 for repair work. Send bill to taxpayers.
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  • 12/1/2012 10:30 AM Lester Zalewski wrote:
    PS
    Ask Art to go photograph all the above sidewalk grade sand in south park.

    This is a County State and Federal issue but fort Lauderdale needs to take the lead now!

    Lester Zalewski
    lesterZ.com
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    1. 12/1/2012 10:04 PM engineer wrote:
      Correct. Army of Corps of Engineers Jax office needs to be involved pronto.
      FDOT controls A1A - the road, not beach and littoral waterways, including beach, coastline, reefs, sea bed and Atlantic Ocean.
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