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pam triolo

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Madame Mayor and Commissioners,
I ask you to please approve this project tonight for the future of the City of Lake Worth Beach. The residents have spoken a number of times, both through the height vote and through recent petitions, social media and more and they say they want this project done Now! Please don't let history repeat itself and plague this project with delays, lawsuits or worse, the building finally giving in to the heat, humidity and lack of love and respect both the building and its investors deserve. Are you ready to tell your neighbors and voters that you could NOT get this job done? Are you ready to tell the 25% of LWB people below the poverty level in need of jobs that you would NOT approve a project that will be a game changer in their family's lives? Are you willing to let the very same group of anti-everything people (with a few new palm beach faces) win in stalling this project for another decade or more? This building won't last. Will you?

Please accept this email as my public comment to be read into the record for the City Commission Meeting June 7, 2022:

Anthony Marotta, 327 N Lakeside Dr. Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460. I live 4 blocks from the subject site, I am in favor of Gulfstream project moving forward and the City Commission approving the project as presented.

It has been continually repeated that the City needs the hotel for the economic impact it will have, and the community has for years overwhelmingly supported the reopening of a viable hotel. The voters took the opportunity to directly voice their desire to have a successful and viable hotel at the site by approving the necessary height change to allow for the additional building. This economic impact has now been confirmed by an independent study stating the investment the City of LWBch makes will be returned almost 8 times over.

It is important also to state that the investment the city is making is in infrastructure such as road improvements and sidewalks, things it is already supposed to be doing, but don’t typically come with a significant return on them.

The hotel operations will bring needed jobs for community residents and contribute significantly to the tax base and facilitate tourism in our city and the accompanying tax revenue and economic activity to the local business owners. Those of Restoration St. Louis have a tremendous track record of keeping dollars circulating in the local economy, and will be doing the same in LWB. This is unbelievable opportunity that this city in dire need of economic prosperity that will lift all residents and help to address some affordability issues by providing decent paying jobs, and an huge economic boost.

The proposed design and architecture are without question an enhancement to the area and the activation of the sidewalks are street level would be of significant community benefit. The project is in harmony with the LDRs and is in line with the City’s Strategic Plan that focuses on fostering safer neighborhoods, encouraging community pride, building a vibrant and diverse economy, planning for the future, and enhancing the natural, historic, and cultural environment of the City.

It would be a major challenge to find legitimate reasons, steeped in fact, to demonstrate that this project is not an overwhelming win on all aspects to the City of Lake Worth Beach.

As the elected decision making body charged with the task of making decision in the best interested of those who reside in LWB, please listen to the overwhelming voice of the residents and give it your full support and approval.

Thank you.

June 7, 2022

From:
Ginny Powell
224 North Palmway

Dear Mayor and Commissioners,

I am pleased with the HRPB-approved plan for the historical building restoration portion of the Gulfstream Development Project and that the CO for the historical hotel must be issued 1st, or concurrent with, the annex.

While the size, scale and set-backs for the annex building and garage are apparently compatible with the Land Development & Sustainability Bonus requirements, I am disappointed that the project was approved by the HRPB without consideration of its overall mass and bulk, and that there are few architectural features that tie it to the original hotel. This is one of the most important projects to ever come before our city, and I feel it has not been given the close scrutiny it deserves. Just because you can legally build it to maximize every square inch of space doesn’t mean you should. It would to prudent to trade some square footage to get a softer look that had a lower profile so the historic hotel stands out from the new structure instead of being overwhelmed by it. Look for compromises to allow for more green space, additional permeable surface for stormwater drainage, and increased parking.

With regards to the old hotel: will it stand up to the rigors of renovation or to the impacts of new construction that will be underway just a few feet away? Have there been any engineering evaluations to show that it will? What happens if we are in the middle of construction and find that the integrity of the old hotel is compromised and has to be demolished?

My 1st instinct was to urge you to vote NO on June 7. But I now feel it is in the best interest of our city to approve the project with conditions, and focus your energy on components that can still be tweaked to make it a better, more sustainable project. This includes ensuring that the city gets a fair deal with regards to any developer incentives being considered. I’ve heard numbers that seem excessive - as high as $10 million. Please spell these numbers out in detail and make sure they are fair for the city prior to approval. Also, please ensure that no portion of the beach property is allocated specifically to Gulfstream residents or guests.

Thank you.

I am happy to see the historical hotel come back to life but am against the many specific issues spelled out by the Gulfstream BOD.

It covers up the Gulfstream, that landmark is very important to Lake Worth Beach. It's too big, too tall. Go back to the drawing board.

Tropical Ridge Neighborhood association votes yes for Gulfstream hotel

It covers up the Gulfstream, that landmark is very important to Lake Worth Beach. It's too big, too tall. Go back to the drawing board.

Erin Coxon

33460

No. I looks too big.

Philip Ross Munro

33460-1920

It appears that there are simple 'fixes' needed for this project to get underway. Remedial actions must be taken to comply with Security of the Interior's Standards regarding tax abatements, issues of permeability and the need to address the overall mass of the proposed Annex. The current design overwhelms the Landmark portion of the Gulf Stream blocking views of the hotel and offers nothing to inspire commentary of our uniqueness. Simple changes as outlined in an email that was compiled with data pertaining to costs and impact studies was sent to the Commissioners yesterday. Remedial changes to the current proposal are needed to benefit all residents, the developers and guests so as to enhance and elevate the image of the hotel and of our City as a destination location.

The Gulfstream Hotel has been an iconic fixture in downtown Lake Worth Beach for close to a century, but may not even be viable much longer. Regardless, the proposal before the commission tonight appears to be solid and is backed by a group with a well established resume for restoring and re-imagining historic properties. It has become very apparent to me that they have assessed and considered every aspect of how to bring the Gulfstream back it's former prominence. This project should be approved and move forward to construction.

I ASK FOR A NO VOTE BY THE CITY COMMISION ON ORDINANCE #2022-09 BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE hrpb BOARD HAD NO KNOWELAGE OF MOST OF THE MATERIAL BEFORE THEM AND ACKNOWELEGED IT AND USED WORDS LIKE UNCOMFTORABLE AND SCARY WHEN VOICING THEIR THOUGHTS ON RECOMMENDING APPROVAL TO THE CITY COMMISSION. THE 10 FOOT WIDE ROAD THAT WE HAVE TO SHARE WITH VALET PARKING, 150 VENDORS,OPPOSING PARKING GARAGE EXITING CARS, LOADING ZONE IS BOTH ILL THOUGHT OUT AND DANGEROUS FOR OUR RESIDENTS TO ACCESS OUR ONLY PARKING. tHE EXPANSION OF THE HISTORIC HOTEL RESTAURANT AND 4700 SQUARE FOOT PARTY DECK BOTH INCREASE THE NONCONFORMITY AND MAKE THE NEED FOR AN ADDITIONAL REVIEW OF THEIR ACTURAL PARKING NEEDS. THE PARKING ON Golfview is extremly limited and when you throw into the mix the 58 full time jobs and 94 part time jobs for the Annex and 26 full time jobs for the historic hotel with no explenation or planning for parking and now throw in our 68 residents of the Gulfstream condominiums you have a parking disaster. Now add in the city gave the county the parking for snook islands north of lucerne on Golfview. On Discover PBC Enviromental Resources page they also state that additional parking for Snook island is available at Bryant Park. when a parade and festival in the park like Pridefest among others parking can be scarce as west as F Street with the hotel closed. What will happen to the many festivals when this project opens.Send it back for proper planning and better disclosure of the real impact of this project on our limited public waterfront.

Dear Gentle People,
I love Lake Worth Beach. I love our brand: “20th Century South Florida Beach Vernacular Architecture”. Pristinely restore our existing “jewel in the crown”, The Gulfstream, with ergonomic European design and make second building a showpiece for sustainable architecture based on EKOTECTURE to propel our city into the future while preserving our brand. The Gills presented design unfortunately does not express that possibility.
An additional 300 cars at Bryant Park is irresponsible. Our children are rightly blaming baby boomers for this fossil fuel/Climate Warming nightmare. SLOW DOWN! Get alternative designs of which we can be proud. We should be seeing designs from many firms. The 1 firm presented design is an abomination and unfortunate. Restoration St. Louis designs are impressive for that city. I applaud. Lake Worth Beach is not a congested big city, full of busy city life. We are the last nostalgic remnant on the coast of “20th Century South Florida Beach Vernacular Architecture”. This rush to get a hotel open immediately or sooner is shortsighted.
Saturday my dog was happily swimming in the 2’ deep puddles in Bryant Park, after one rainstorm. I urge you to embrace the framework of EKOTECTURE to make the second building a showpiece of sustainability for humanity instead of a 1980s Econolodge. I urge you to nix the parking garage. It is disgusting to imagine this legacy for our children especially as cities all over the world are getting cars out of their cities. NO! Do not “ pave paradise put up a parking lot”.

Dear Mayor Resch, Commissioners McVoy, Díaz, Stokes and Malega,

I am writing in support of all
good things for Lake Worth Beach.
I am in support of the current project to restore and build the new annex for the Gulfstream Hotel.

Being the owner of a beautiful 1921 cottage, I would also like to see this 1923 hotel restored in the capable hands of the Gills.

How can we help anyone or anything if we do not allow our city to prosper?

Why are some of our commissioners assuming if we support this project and stand up for what was previously voted on we are rubber stamping? An investment in this project is an investment for all of
our citizens. The Hotel and land are sitting there and some people are concerned with giving too much away?

This project has gone through many phases, we have seen questions painstakingly answered by the Gills and their team.

There have been a few who have organized this rather obvious enormous show of support.

We are not rabid, we are not excited ( usually a term used for little children) as we have been referred to by some
Commissioners in the press. We , as citizens have not been given much credit by these Commissioners.

We love our city.
We are going the extra mile to remind you that we don’t want to see this wonderful dream of a project slip through our fingers. Some may have wanted that from the beginning for various reasons but we cannot stand by without a strong presence to do what so many and I believe it is a vast majority, wish to see happen.

How many others will come and work with us if we let this not go though?

Kathleen Sommers Naiditch
226 N Ocean Breeze
Lake Worth Beach, 33460
kathleen.sommers-n@gmx.de
561 8333659

It is time to restore this iconic building. Lake Worth Beach area has so much to offer the community and those that want to visit here! It is tragic that this building has sat in disrepair for so many years. It is TIME for a restoration-the sooner the better!

Dear Honorable Mayor and City Commissioner's,
As a 25 year resident of Lake Worrh Beach I can’t image a better opportunity than this project for the Gulfstream Hotel to pass. The crowning jewel of our downtown has been an eye sore for far too long. During its brief reopening many years ago it became the meeting place for so many of our residents. I strongly believe this is a much need addition to the entire city. Please let’s get this off the ground without any further delay.

This is the easy part, please approve the required changes so the Gulfstream Project can go forward.

I am a 22 year resident of Lake Worth and it’s time for the elected officials to do their jobs. The citizens want the GulfStream to be restored and be the lovely unique place it once was. Is the design perfect? No maybe not but it’s still a great building and can be a center for gatherings and fun as it used to be. BRING BACK THE GULFSTREAM and do something great for Lake Worth!!!

Like you, I care deeply about our city and its ability to grow and flourish while maintaining its unique character. It is from this place that I fully support and encourage the City Commission to vote in favor of the Gills' proposal. It is clear that the opportunity with the Gills is an absolute diamond of an opportunity. We have a proven, nationally-recognized developer committed to renovating a central, historic and signature business in our downtown after nearly 2 decades of sitting vacant. Like anything, such a significant step forward requires an investment of resources, leadership, and of course support. It's clear that the majority of our city's residents -- new and longtime -- are in overwhelming favor of this proposal. Thank you for representing our interests and voting in favor of this historic opportunity.

I am a small business owner in Downtown Lake Worth who has activities for our youth teaching Latin dance and hoping to promote a healthier life style by dance. But for some reason the City is ok with differing Tax for 10 years for this Developers who are only looking on their own pockets benefit. Than to assist with activities for the community since based on the last call I made they said that I can create a program but I have to make sure that the City will get compensated monetarily directly through the proceeds of the event for them to be up to promote or present something to the community.
It is very sad to hear that our sewage system which is already working above of its capacity will have to be overlooked causing further cost to all of the city tax payers down the road instead of having the developers show a token of good faith into making things right and be willing to place a seed on their own investment.

Please move forward with approval of the Gulfstream renovation. A majority of city residents voted to increase building height limits to encourage the Gills to purchase the property in March 2020 after two different developers purchased and failed to renovate since the hotel closed and was boarded up in 2005.

I've heard some commissioners voice concern about providing economic incentives, but a quick google search on commercial real estate incentives show that incentives such as tax abatements are common across the country. One educational post noted that "incentives are the cost of doing business in today’s marketplace. For communities and states that offer incentives, it allows them to remain competitive, attract new business and can help spawn additional economic development... However, those cities that either don’t offer incentives or provide weaker incentives can be at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to development appeal. Businesses are going to favor cities with tax incentives. Or, favor a city offering 10 years of tax abatement versus 5 years."

The Gills have demonstrated again and again that they are sincere in listening to and responding to our questions and concerns. Failures of previous potential developers show how fortunate we are to have the Gills in our community.

As RuPaul would say, don't f**k this up. The majority of Lake Worth voted for action and progress. Please approve this project so we can bring life back to the Gulfstream and to our city.

I am for the Gulfstream Project 100% as is in its entirety.
Vote to approve for the sake of our city's future.
12 Year resident of Lake Worth Beach

My name is Ricardo Martin and I live at 419 North Lakeside Drive. I am expressing my support for the Gulfstream project, both its new building and restoration of the historical building. This project is a great opportunity in a historical development market that has great barriers-to-entry and with a limited number of participating National Developers. Despite a threatening economic recession we have a Group, Restoration St Louis, that expresses its interest to continue to go forward in a market with staggering increases in construction material costs, unreliable labor force, and willing to build in an unproven hotel tourist market such as Lake Worth Beach. There are calculated risk, and only an experienced hotelier, experienced historical restoration developer and builder, and a Group that is a preferred Marriott brand can pull this off. Yes, the site is an attractive site, but no quality hotel has been built in Lake Worth for nearly 100 years, and there are also many business risks with a new hotel operation. The time has come for unity and a unanimous vote from the Commission to go forward.

I am excited to see the restoration of the Historic Gulfstream Hotel but have some concerns.

I am very concerned about the removal of 21 mature Oak Trees currently on the adjacent lot. These large Oak trees should be saved and replanted in Bryant Park as a contribution from the developers to enhance the park while providing much needed shade for residents.

The lack of shade trees along Lake Avenue and keeping the Royal Palms instead as street trees seems ‘old school’ and not in keeping with our motto of being a walkable city.

Also the total lot coverage is more than the maximum allowed of 70%. According to page A-005 in the back-up the lot coverage has been reduced by including 11,000 Sf on the 3rd floor garage roof and calling it a Green Roof. Should this be allowed in the calculations of lot coverage? Or should the building be set back to allow more permeable green space at street level?

The annex building does not seem to enhance the Historic Hotel as it should but overpowers it by its mass. Also the architecture of the annex seems to lack a sense of playfulness and charm that would be expected in a Florida vacation hotel or the quirkiness that draws visitors to Lake Worth Beach.

As an affected party I must object to Ordinance as presented.

There will be severe damage to our environment. The large parking lot currently returns the water back into the sand to replenish the fresh water. With the new plan that
freshwater dumps into the storm sewer.

The EPA built a huge freshwater recovery system under Golfview Rd. to help stop the saltwater intrusion. This plan does the opposite. The plan even calls the rooftop pool a permeable
surface. What a loophole!

The parking plan has a devastating effect on the neighborhood. There will be 99 rooms with no parking, approximately 80 employees with no parking, an expanded restaurant and lounge with no increase in the parking.

The city is to be blamed for the parking fiasco. They allowed the Gulfstream Hotel to create 68 Condos with 13 parking places. The city designated all the parking on the West side of Golfview Rd. from 1st ave North to 1st Ave south as residents only to help correct their maleficence. Then when the Hotel needed parking for the restaurant and bar the city removed the signs. They damaged the neighborhood again.

Now they want to build on 3 of our original parking places. To make matters worse, they want to close the alley and force the condo owners to queue up with the valet, garbage and recycle trucks, and delivery trucks to get to our building.

This could have been avoided if the city would have enforced their own codes in the past.

Don't repeat the dark days of the Cities past.

I am excited to see the restoration of the Historic Gulfstream Hotel but have some concerns.

I am very concerned about the removal of 21 mature Oak Trees currently on the adjacent lot. These large Oak trees should be saved and replanted in Bryant Park as a contribution from the developers to enhance the park while providing much needed shade for residents.

The lake of shade trees along Lake Avenue and keeping the Royal Palms instead as street trees seems ‘old school’ and not in keeping with our motto of being a walkable city.

Also the total lot coverage is more than the maximum allowed of 70%. According to page A-005 in the back-up the lot coverage has been reduced by including 11,000 Sf on the 3rd floor garage roof and calling it a Green Roof. Should this be allowed in the calculations of lot coverage? Or should the building be set back to allow more permeable green space at street level?

The annex building does not seem to enhance the Historic Hotel as it should but overpowers it by its mass. Also the architecture of the annex seems to lack a sense of playfulness and charm that would be expected in a Florida vacation hotel or the quirkiness that draws visitors to Lake Worth Beach.

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