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Call Hialeah Senator Bryan Avila at (305) 364-3073 and ask him to get his facts straight and stop his crusade to redevelop historic coastal communities – NO on SB1346!
Keep our local zoning protections in place. With major infrastructure issues, bridges consistently breaking, and the impact of too many people on hurricane evacuations, the last thing we need is this real estate developer giveaway masquerading as ‘resiliency and unsafe structures’ legislation…
These bills would effectively remove the power of local communities to enforce historic preservation and maintenance regulations in coastal flood-hazard areas while encouraging maximum redevelopment of our coastal towns and neighborhoods.
Florida’s coastal economy is strong and this bill is not what we need.
“Miami Beach has seven sites that are on the National Historic Registry. Those are 7 sites that are recognized at the National level. Now there’s a big discrepancy between that and what the local historic preservation board has deemed historic… it leads you to question whether a lot of the sites are actually historic”
Miami Beach has over 1,200 structures listed on the National Historic Register.
In 1979, the Florida Secretary of State sent the following letter to the Miami Beach City Commission, advising of the listing of the Miami Beach Architectural District on the National Register of Historic Places.
“In 2012, Miami Beach voters voted on their own charter amendment to reduce the powers of the historic preservation board by 61%, so that speaks to.. what this issue pertains to, and what is going on in the background in Miami Beach….”
In 2012, Miami Beach voters by over 61% approved a charter amendment to protect the powers of the Historic Preservation Board.
Any change to City Code Chapter 118, Article II, Division 4, “Historic Preservation Board,” or City Code Chapter 118, Article X, Divisions 1—4, “Historic Preservation,” which, whether through amendment, exemption, repeal, or otherwise, reduces the powers and duties of the City’s Historic Preservation Board, or creates less stringent historic preservation standards or regulations, shall, before becoming effective be approved by a majority of the voters in a Citywide referendum.
(Res. No. 2012-27963, 7-18-12, approved by voters 11-6-12)
Once a building is classified as "nonconforming," the local jurisdiction loses the ability to regulate demolition or new replacement construction.
This would expose historic buildings to speculative demolition and seriously impact quality of life as neighborhoods become speculator targets.
If a building does not comply with the new construction code, then there can be no restriction on demolition.
This would also apply to historic buildings, which automatically do not meet the new construction code standards.
The bill appears to specifically target standard "demolition by neglect" clauses which give cities the power to require replication of a historic building if it is demolished by neglect. This has proven an important disincentive that has encouraged proper maintenance of historic buildings over the years. Removing this power will likely lead to the opposite of the intended outcome - more neglect of buildings, not less! Owners will be encouraged to neglect their buildings so that they may be redeveloped to the maximum amount.
Historic buildings have often had more certifications than new construction. In Miami Beach, most have already had their 40 year recertification, then inspections every 10 years subsequent. This bill throws all of that out of the window by classifying historic structures as de facto 'nonconforming,' since there is no way they could comply with "new construction FEMA requirements." Just because that is the case, however, does not mean that historic buildings are not resilient.
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