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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood.  The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol.  The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood.  Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty.  Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town. 

 

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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood. The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol. The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood. Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty. Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town.

We currently have 325 households out of the 1,000 homes in Rio Vista participating. This allows us to schedule the patrol for approximately 8 hours per day 365 days per year.

 

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POLICE WORK IN RIO VISTA AND LOOKING AT THE RECORDS

POLICE WORK IN RIO VISTA AND LOOKING AT THE RECORDS

SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINA CURRIE, ESQ.

15 MONTHS & 52 ARRESTS!! THANK YOU FLPD & PROTECT RIO VISTA!!

Recently I have witnessed and heard of some Rio Vista residents questioning the seriousness of the work the Protect Rio Vista Patrol/Fort Lauderdale Police officers are doing in our neighborhood. In an attempt to quantify the work FLPD does for our neighborhood I performed a public records request where I requested “a list of individuals who were arrested in Rio Vista in or arrested outside of our neighborhood from 8/24/2017 to 12/5/2018 where the arrest was stemming from "alleged criminal acts" that took place in Rio Vista”.

The result was 52 arrests in the past 15 months (as of 12/5/18). Here is a summary of the arrests, recognizing arrestees are innocent until proven guilty:

  • 11 arrests were for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol and 1 of those was a 2nd offense
  • 7 arrests were for Burglary Related Charges
  • 5 arrests were for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle or for Grand Theft $300 - $5,000
  • 12 of the 52 arrests were of a person 17 or under, the youngest being 13.
  • The month with the highest number of arrests was January 2018 with 7 arrests.
  • 2 arrests were for Domestic Violence Related charges
  • 15 of the 52 arrestees were Female

For more details, including mug shots, please follow the link to read more.

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Latest News and Events

County Response to Sewage Spills

The following is a response from Broward County to our President regarding the County's response to the sewage spills in Fort Lauderdale:

Ms. Currie,

I will notify Commissioner Ryan of your request. Please keep in mind that the County has no direct involvement with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s water and wastewater infrastructure. And my understanding is as of now the city hasn’t requested any help from the County, be it supplies or people. The only role the County plays is one of oversight, delegated to the County from the state. Specifically, it is our Environmental Protection and Growth Management Division that takes the lead on oversight. Please see below for an update that they sent to me. Feel free to share this with your members. The FDEP referenced is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The City of Fort Lauderdale (City) is under a September 2017 Consent Order from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) as a results of the numerous sewer spills in prior years. The 2017 Consent Order was done in collaboration with our agency, and it establishes the regulatory framework for handling current and future sewer spills in the City, including appropriate fine schedules based on specific volumes of sewage discharges. Pursuant to our Specific Operating Agreement (Delegation Agreement) with FDEP, the day following the first sewer break (12/10/2019) we reached out to the FDEP and they confirmed that they would be taking the lead on the compliance and enforcement.

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AHF Project on Board of Adjustment Agenda 1/8/20

The "AHF Project" Update Residents Requested from the RVCA Board

 

pdfCommission_Memo_20-001_Attachment_-_Staff_Report.pdf

 
Just a reminder from our last General Meeting, we have been advised that the "AHF project" will be on the January 8, 2020 Board of Adjustment ("BOA") agenda residents are encouraged to share feedback with all members of the Commission and the BOA.  As requested, the RVCA President transmitted all past opposition statements to the BOA and requested they be added to materials going out to BOA members. 
 
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING 
City Commission Chambers City Hall 
100 N Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:30 PM
 
(Select the AHF Backup link on that site for detailed information)

Included on the agenda: CASE: PLN-BOA-19100002 
OWNER:  AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, INC. 

AGENT:
 KENDALL COFFEY 
ADDRESS: 409 S.E. 8TH STREET, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL., 33316 TRIO PLAT 153-38 B POR OF PAR A & ALL OF PAR C DESC AS: COMM AT THE NE COR OF PAR A, W 156 TO POB, S 145, W 95, N 119.82, NE 35.48, E 69.82 
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TO POB, TOG WITH PAR B, & LOTS 10 THRU 13 OF HOAGS SUB LOT 2,3 BLK 58 FT LAUDERDALE 2-10 B 
ZONING DISTRICT: RAC-CC 
COMMISSION DISTRICT: 4 

APPEALING: Sec. 47-24.12. B - Variances, special exceptions and interpretation of Unified Land Development Regulations. Appeal of interpretation or application of Unified Land Development Regulations (board of adjustment). Appealing the Zoning Administrators Interpretation of; Section 47-18.32(D)(5) - The Zoning Administrator has made the determination that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) project is a Level V Social Service Residential Facility (SSRF). Whereas the applicant has stated the proposed use is a Mixed-use affordable workforce housing development and not an SSRF.


NOTE REGARDING PUBLIC COMMENTS
The public is invited to submit comments on any of the agenda items.

Simply click "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." to e-mail your input about an agenda to the appropriate parties.

Comments must be submitted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of a meeting.

Keep in mind that your e-mail address, comments, and other information will become part of the official public record, as required by Florida law.  If you do not want your personal information included in the official record, do not proceed.

AHF Project on BOA Agenda Jan. 8

The AHF appeal of the city's ruling on their use will be on the January 8 Board of Adjustment agenda.  For details and how you can submit comments, follow the link below.

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Mayor and Commissioner News Conference 12/18

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Here is the full text of the Mayor's statement at the press conference this morning. 

MEDIA BRIEFING – 10:30 AM – DECEMBER 18, 2019

Good morning.

I would like to share some good news with everyone about the 54-inch sewer main repair.

During the overnight hours, crews were able to install a line stop on each side of the damaged portion of the pipe along with a 36-inch bypass line.

At approximately 3:04 a.m. this morning, the line stops were activated, the valves on the bypass line were opened, and the sewage flow was diverted around the damaged section of pipe and into the bypass pipe.

The bypass line is functioning properly, the wastewater collection system is back online, and sewage is no longer spilling from the pipe or reaching the Tarpon River.

Tanker and vac truck operations have been discontinued and pumps and diversion lines have been demobilized.

With the system stabilized, work is beginning on repairs to the damaged portion of the 54-inch pipe. Crews plan to dig an access pit around the pipe so it can be cut out, removed, and replaced with a new section.

While the pipe replacement moves forward, cleanup activities and site remediation work will continue.

Some of the construction equipment will begin being removed from the site.

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