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					July-August 2006

Official Publication of the Sailboat Bend Civic Association

Sewer Progress in Sailboat Bend
By Larry Shaw

Homeowner’s Meeting All Welcome! 3rd Monday of every month Monday July 17th August 21 7:30 pm Salvation Army Bldg
Broward & 9th Ave

Progress is wonderful, but sometimes the process can be a pain in the what not.. I love the idea that the neighborhood is finally getting real sewers & new water mains, but good lord, this construction is driving me nuts!
For those of you yet to have the pleasure of the road crew outside your house, let me give you a little preview of the delights awaiting you. The road outside (Tequesta Street 1000 - 1100 block) is dug up and furrowed like a Nebraska field in winter. I have a 12" pipe across the entrance to the yard, ramped with dirt, behind which is another 8" rubbery pipe. No big deal, a breeze for my Explorer. All day long, the huge backhoes & caterpillar machines tear the road, swail, trees & shrubs apart like pitbulls. The noise is deafening, the house literally shakes. Monday morning, I'm informed by a worker, there'll be a 30' x 15' x 20' deep hole outside the driveway. Too much for my Explorer this time, I'm contemplating removing some fence panels out the back . . . Then there's the water pump thing right outside our SE fence corner, a monstrosity of a thing pumping a gazzion gallons an hour of stinky aquifer water into a makeshift tank, which then gushes out down another pipe to who-knows-where. The noise gets to you, 24 hours a day, been almost a month now it seems. Oh and did I mention the fence has now rotted due to the overspill from the tank? Ah well, I know I'm just having a good old moan, and I apologize and thank you for listening! I pity those of you who have beautiful flowers, trees & shrubs bordering your property - they will likely be torn apart by these machines; I literally stood and watched as one backhoe operator swung his boom around recklessly at high level and ripped a half dozen branches from the oak out front, which had barely survived Wilma. Progress . . coming your way soon. Enjoy! Captain Chuck Willard comisserates with Shaw that your are LUCKY! You should have lived with the 4 years of infrastructure thru the final phases of six (Million Dollar) waterfront view houses still in progress Lennar has been constructing across the street from my family. My daughter had to move to Ft. Meyers for her recovery from cancer. We have breathed heavy dust, through out our non-airconditioned home (built in ol' Florida style of natural air flow)...That not including the discarded roach coach debris from every phase of construction worker on such a huge construction site....their new Continued on page 6

Commissioner’s Message 2 President’s Message 3 Pioneer Dies 5 Where do we go from here 7 Fire Station Renovation 9 Sewer Mishap 9 Ask Lori 11

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ing to its original condition. This will include moving the front entrance to its former location directly off of Andrews Avenue. Although crafted by acclaimed architect August Geiger, extensive repairs are currently needed in order to preserve his work. In addition, the front porch has begun to sink, causing structural complications. Although it will cost the Club apEvery day hundreds of cars speed past Andrews Avenue while driving on Broward proximately $500,000 to renovate the building, members are actively working to raise this money. As current chair of the Boulevard, oblivious to the little pink building nestled in the midst of Stranahan Park. Few would guess that this building, Club’s Restoration and Preservation Committee, Kitty Preziosi has worked with Judy Dixon and other committee memdwarfed on all sides by giants that house the city’s top business and government officials, was formerly a nexus of influ- bers to coordinate fundraisers, increase Club membership, ence. Built in 1917, this tiny structure serves as home to the and apply for State and County grants. Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club, boasting a rich legacy. Fortunately, initial restoration efforts have already begun.

From the Desk of Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson ….

Neither Broward County nor the City of Fort Lauderdale formally existed in January of 1911 when eighteen pioneer women founded the Women’s Civic Improvement Association (whose name was later changed to the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club). Many of its early members were key leaders in the community. One such member was Ivy Stranahan, who, along with her husband, donated the very land on which the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club stands today. Virginia Shuman Young, another well-known member, became mayor and had a Fort Lauderdale elementary school named after her.

Glenn Wright and Steve Goldstrom of La Preserve LLC recently provided $30,000 to replace and relocate the building’s air conditioning system. The Fort Lauderdale Citizen Volunteer Corps also repainted the inside of the building in May. Complete restoration will allow the Club to maintain its historic role.

As the oldest civic association in Fort Lauderdale, the Club is currently involved in the community in a variety of ways. Over the past few years, club members have personally sewed quilts and hospital gowns for Operation Smile, an organization that takes medical teams worldwide to children Fort Lauderdale became incorporated only three months after who are born with facial deformities. In the same period of time, members held two showers in which household goods the Club’s founding, thrusting the founding Club members were collected for Women in Distress. One of their most reinto the cultural and political forefront. They were the social activists of their day, clamoring for everything from sanitation cent projects was the sponsorship of a puppy training for Caand sewer systems to relief for Native American and African- nine Companions, a group that provides disabled persons with specially trained dogs. Annual activities include a donaAmerican populations. As the founding residents of Fort Lauderdale, Club members spent their time dealing with city tion of gifts to the Jack and Jill Children’s Center and the infrastructure issues in the 1920s and homestead exemption presentation of a $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating Fort Lauderdale high school student. Yvena Lesperance of in the 1930s. The Club’s relationship with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and Ivy Stranahan’s early associa- Fort Lauderdale High School was the deserving student chotion with the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs meant that sen this year. the Club was likewise involved with the Suffrage and Prohibi- The members of the Fort Lauderdale Club cannot be easily tion Movements. stereotyped. They are mothers, business professionals, and While evidence of the Club’s early influence is prominent, it goes largely unnoticed today. For instance, the Club participated in a competition to name Fort Lauderdale’s port, resulting in the name “Port Everglades.” Club members also assisted the City of Fort Lauderdale by forming its first volunteer fire department. The U.S. military recognized the prestige of the Woman’s Club by christening a World War II fighter plane in its honor. The Woman’s Club Building, built in 1917, has been the stage of bake sales, craft shows, receptions, grassroots efforts, and community outreach events. In its infancy, it housed the city’s first library, providing for the foundation of the modern Broward County Public Library System. Moreover, the building served as a refuge for displaced persons after the devastating hurricane of 1926. In 2004, the building reached a significant milestone when it officially received historic designation from the City of Fort Lauderdale. In the same year, Club Member Judy Dixon became head of the newly created Restoration and Preservation Committee, whose mission it is to restore the 1917 Buildretired women with various talents and abilities. Although they come from all walks of life, these women, led by Club President Gloria Hood, are united in their care and concern for the poor and needy. Their motto, though adopted decades ago, continues to ring true today: “For the cause that needs assistance For the wrongs that need resistance For the future in the distance And the good that we may do.” As a member of the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club, I am continually impressed by the care and integrity demonstrated by my fellow members. The Woman’s Club is truly one of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest natural resources. For more information about the Woman’s Club, please visit http:// And as usual, if you need to contact me please call me at 954-828-5004 or email me at My pre-agenda meetings are on the first and third Monday of the month at 5:30pm at City Hall. I look forward to seeing you there.


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The past couple of months have seen a number of changes within Sailboat Bend. Our newsletter editor, Connie Weissbach, has retired and will be moving from the neighborhood. Connie, we are very grateful for the long hours you dedicated to getting the newsletter produced. Keith Mungal has stepped up to the plate and volunteered to be the new editor. We will be outsourcing the production of the newsletter, which will allow Keith to concentrate on the content. ing that is bringing down the character and attractiveness of the neighborhood. On SW 14th Avenue, buried in the overgrowth, there are the remains of a coral stone and tile house that, according to the historic study of 1988, dates from 1918. Although this house predates the Clarke house, and, unlike most of the houses of that era in Sailboat Bend, was constructed of stone, there was no outcry from the neighborhood over the “demolition by neglect” of this structure. In fact, there were voices in the neighborhood that felt the house should be allowed to collapse into itself without any consequence because the property is owned by the descendants of one of the early residents of Fort Lauderdale. period) pursue action against another derelict property because of the property owner’s personality. If a property is derelict, it should be reported- the same standard needs to apply across the board.

For those property owners with derelict properties, please show consideration for your neighbors (and some pride of ownership) and bring your property up to standard. This also applies to bulk trash, overgrown yards, trashcans and abandoned/unregistered vehicles. For those residents living next to derelict properties, it is ultimately up to you to take the initial acThe derelict houses at 700 (Clarke tion; a neighborhood posse is not the house) and 712 SW 2nd Court were preferred answer to cleaning up the razed by the City following a fire in neighborhood, do your part and talk to SW 2nd. Although this is not the end result that the neighborhood wanted If the Sailboat Bend Civic Association your neighbor- if that fails, bring Code Enforcement into the equation. We all for these houses, we should be thank- is to have any credibility, we can not ful that the eyesore at the entrance to turn a ‘blind eye’ for 20-30 years to live in this community; let’s make it our neighborhood is finally gone. one derelict property because we ‘have sparkle. Unfortunately, these are not the only a warm spot in our heart for the owner’, and at the other end of the Bill Nielson two derelict buildings in Sailboat neighborhood (and over the same time Bend. Almost every street has a build-

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Fort Lauderdale pioneer dies at 98 after 96 years in area Frances McAllister 1908 - 2006 By Noreen Marcus
She played hide-and-seek with Seminole children under the indulgent eye of Ivy Stranahan. Shirttail Charlie once chased her up a tree near her family's boarding house on the New River, where J.C. Penney and his wife spent winters.
Arriving in Fort Lauderdale in 1910, Frances M. McAllister knew a vibrant town that now exists only in historical records and museums like the Stranahan House. Mrs. McAllister, 98, died. She was probably the last continuous resident of Fort Lauderdale from before it became a city in 1911, according to Patrick Scott, a lawyer and history buff who knows her family. "A very strong family in Fort Lauderdale history and in Broward history," pronounced Helen Landers, the county historian. In 1910, only two nearby cities, Dania and Pompano, were already incorporated and it would be five years before there was a Broward County. Mrs. McAllister, a "fitter" of gowns for generations of society women, never lost the memory of her earliest days in the small farming/resort town on the river. On Aug. 17, 2004, she sat down for a taped interview with Landers and Scott in her Sailboat Bend home. She remembered coming by train from Mississippi and finding "mostly just sand and dirt." Her father, Lester Smith, had moved from Rochester, N.Y., to Brookhaven, Miss., to buy a cotton plantation, but "the boll weevil got him." By the time he arrived in South Florida with his family, he was in his late 50s. In 1912, he built the three-story structure that evolved into the Smith Apartments, where today condos tower above the river near the Stranahan House. It was intended to shelter the Smith parents and children in one wing, an aunt and grandmother in the other; however, people fresh off the train would show up at the landmark and the Smiths let them stay. "They just started making room for everybody," Mrs. McAllister said. who worked in the high school a few blocks away. "My father loved the teachers and he really took care of them," she said. So did a teenage Frances Smith, who drove them in the family Dodge to "Miamuh" every Saturday to shop at Burdines. There were other forms of recreation, such as boating to the beach before there were causeways. "We used to dig for clams in Port Everglades," Mrs. McAllister said. At Wednesday afternoon picnics, the crowds shared tubs of fresh fried fish. The women wore stockings as part of their swimming costumes and changed discreetly in a white building with a wrap-around porch called the House of Refuge. The Stranahans' place was a refuge for the area's Seminole children. "They'd just run through the house and tear it up," with Frances Smith in close pursuit. The chase was reversed with a Seminole called Shirttail Charlie, who once scared Frances so badly, she ran up a tree and stayed there all afternoon until her father came to her rescue. He is remembered in the name of a restaurant on the New River. Mrs. McAllister recalled dancing at the Garden Court on Las Olas Boulevard, the Rainbow Gardens in Miami and the Trianon on South Andrews Avenue. And she never forgot the days the Midwestern poet James Whitcomb Riley and the movie director D.W. Griffiths came to town. School let out so that Frances and her 10 or so classmates could go sit on the Stranahans' porch and listen to Riley recite his poems. Griffiths was spotted around town filming, a megaphone in his hand, and appeared at the opening of the Broward Hotel. One unpleasant memory was the 1926 hurricane. Newly married and pregnant, Mrs. McAllister was living with her first husband, Carey Roberts, in a bungalow behind the Smith Apartments when the storm hit. Their home suffered major damage. "We didn't know about shutters and how to protect ourselves," she said. Still, they survived. Mrs. McAllister gave birth to a daughter, Mary Frances Roberts. Today, her name is Sister Therese Margaret Roberts, O.P. (Order of Preachers), and she is a Dominican nun and a guidance counselor at Piper High School in Sunrise. Sister Therese speaks admiringly of her mother, who outlived two husbands and functioned independently for 40 years, most of them spent in the high-pressure world of women's couture. She worked for the Martha boutique, for Elizabeth Arden -- as Arden's personal fitter, the daughter said -- and at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbor. She retired from Neiman Marcus at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale about 20 years ago. "It's amazing how strong they were," Sister Therese said of her mother's family. A memorial service will be held at Barry University Chapel, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Mrs. McAllister will be buried in the historic Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, with her parents, her aunt, her grandmother and her brother who died in infancy. South Florida Sun-Sentinel Posted March 24 2006 Noreen Marcus can be reached at or 954-356-4519.


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Sewer Progress continued from front page
trucks ..and material trucks often blocking the only access road to our house. I could go on and on. As for a protective barrier canopy of huge ficus trees which would have softened the dust flow....they saw fit to accidentally destroy ALL that with their heavy equipment. Oh well its almost over...I hope you all get rich from this excalation of real estate you can take your profits and move to a NICE place to live. [Now] that's PROGRESS !

Cav Cavanaugh Makes the Mark
CORAL SPRINGS: Cav Cavanaugh a long-time resident of Sailboat Bend, lowered his own national record in the 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the U.S. Masters National Short Course Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Cavanaugh, 70, competing for Gold Coast Masters, broke the national record Friday during the leadoff 50-yard leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay in 25.66 seconds. He beat his own time winning the individual event in 25.41.


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In a state with hundreds of smart and talented public officials, we still find ourselves in the middle of an unresolved crisis as it relates to property insurance. It does not take great analysis to conclude property insurance is rising too high too fast. In the past two years the state of Florida has witnessed over 10 catastrophic storms, leaving billions of dollars of insured and uninsured damage in its aftermath. For those who follow the Legislature, know that this has been an issue that has been ignored for several years. Cynics will say the insurance company’s have a strong presence in our Capitol and more importantly on Election Day for many of our state officials, therefore the everyday family gets the shaft. That may be so, but this happens to be an issue where the everyday family needs to be put in front of Tallahassee politics. At the end of the day all solution must point in the direction of stabilizing the insurance market, increasing market competition, and lowering insurance rates. It also does not take great analysis to conclude: insurance companies simply raising our rates and cutting back our coverage alone will not stabilize the insurance market. We cannot allow every industry from utilities to insurance companies to use hurricanes as the sole factor for record increases to everyday Floridians. This happens to be one of those very serious issues that have very serious consequences. Many of us have already seen family, friends, and fellow Floridians leave this state because of issue relating to the affordability of homes and homeowners insurance. Recognizing the many great reason why so many of us live in this beautiful state, the opportunity for us to resolve this property insurance crisis is still here. We must first create an environment where insurance companies can fairly compete. Then we must revamp our Hurricane Catastrophe Fund making it possible for homeowners to receive direct assistance. This will make it possible for the state to share the windstorm coverage risk and burden with the private insurance companies and minimize the suffering of way too many Florida homeowners. Recognizing this year is an election cycle that will bring about a new governor, cabinet, and a third of the legislature we do have an opportunity for a fresh start. If we can put Floridians first before politics, we will in the very near future resolve this permanent reality with a common-sense approach. Alain Jean Candidate for the Florida House of Representatives District - 93


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Mother and Children In Sewer Mishap
The sewer construction in Sailboat Bend is an aggravation to all the residents, but this is a true story. I was backing out of my driveway and my car stopped. I had no traction. I opened the door and saw that my tires had sunk [into the sewer road construction]. A few guys working nearby saw what happened and came to my aid. As they were walking around the car one of them fell through the road. We saw then that the road was hollow and that my back tires were actually hanging so we rushed to get the kids out. for use? Julian Siegel, a friend, reported that although it may seem bizarre, Heather Lefka called me at approximately 4pm on Friday [May 12]. Her rear wheels were stuck in a trench that had formed below the surface, due to the early morning rain. The trench was over 4 feet deep. In front of her house, her car at an angle, screaming and honking her horn for help, one of the nearby [sewer] workers was coming to her aid. As the helper approached, at about 3 feet I called the police, they sent a traffic aid who was very nice, away from her, he disappeared! He sank about 5 feet as but his advice was to call a tow truck. Of course you could another hole opened up!!! As I got to the scene, there was heavy equipment pulling her car out by chain. Of course, not bring a vehicle behind or near my car. I made several calls before I was referred to the Waterworks 2011 depart- her infant and toddler were in the car with her, as they were ment, thankfully getting them before they left for the week- going to a birthday party. end. They contacted the construction company and also came out themselves. The contractor had a piece of equipment that was able to pull the car out. They then dug up the hole. According to what they told my husband, it had not been properly filled in with rock after the work Thursday [May 11], and the rain caused the dirt to give. My concern is that it was not filled in properly . . . we drove over that section of road several times that day, and could have ended up seriously hurt. We were EXTREMELY lucky we had not been pulling in when the road gave. Is no one checking on the work besides the contractor? The city? ANYONE? Who is responsible for keeping the streets safe

SBCA and FLFBA cooperate to renovate historic fire station..
Now that the West Las Olas Fire Station is under the custodianship of the Fort Lauderdale Firefighter’s Benevolent Association (FLFBA), both talks with SBCA Vice President, Dave Parker, and a round table discussion at the June 8 meeting of the FLFBA revealed that cooperation between the two is the prevailing attitude in preserving, renovating, and designating the structure as a historic landmark. ““There is a willingness to cooperate with us, “said Parker of the FLFBA. “We’re established in a descent relationship.” Parker cited that the SBCA has been guaranteed storage for its files. The SBCA is also guaranteed access to the building for both board and committee meetings. What was not guaranteed was permanent office space, but even the FLFBA bemoaned during their meeting that the structure will not even house them with an office due to space limitations. Both the FLFBA and the SBCA are working together to secure the fire station as a historic building through the State of Florida. “It’s still a building that has historical significance in our community,” said Parker. Only time and perseverance will tell if their combined efforts will meet all of the requirements necessary for the designation. In the meantime, the FLFBA continues to proceed with its renovation plans. May 20 and 21 found active firefighters, FLFBA members and residents of Sailboat Bend joined together in minor reconstruction of the building such as scraping paint from tiles in the main bay area, uprooting carpet from a small corridor, and taping window panes in preparation for painting. Though the FLFBA projects that it will be two years before the fire station-as-museum will be fully operational, they say, “If you see the doors open we encourage anybody to stop by.” Their next restoration party is slated for July 15 and 16, and it promises to be, once again, a time for both the FLFBA and SBCA to join hands in preserving a historical structure in our community. By JC Martinez


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“Ask Lori…Parrish on Appraisal” Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Answers Your Questions... Tallahassee Approves Increased Accountability for Property Appraisers!
Dear Lori: Thank you for supporting “portability” of Save Our Homes. While our family was disappointed to learn that Tallahassee politicians killed property tax reform this year, we would like to learn more about your 2006 Legislative Package. Did any of your legislative proposals become law? L.B., Margate, Florida the 67 county Property Appraisers are available for all taxpayers to see. We are please to announce that the Governor agreed with this common sense reform and signed our measure into law. Beginning July 1st, 2006 all Florida Property Appraiser audits will now become truly “public documents” for the County Commissions and local taxpayers to review. Past audits of the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office often found procedural, statistical and analytical errors that were never made public. If you would like to learn more about our 2006 State Legislative Package, and check the status of these and other new state laws, please visit our website at and click the “legislation” menu option.

Florida Property Appraisers are currently subject to very little oversight. This is how, for example, a former Broward County Property Appraiser was able to ignore Florida Law requiring physical inspections of all properties every three years – allowing most properties to languish with 12 – 15 years between inspections. Because of that failure, some people didn’t have to pay any taxes on buildings not assessed on the Sincerely, tax roll…while you were paying more to make up the difference. This is the reason why I asked Miami Dade County State Senator Alex Lori Parrish

Diaz de la Portilla and Broward County State Representative Jack Seiler If you have any questions for Lori, please call her office at 954-445-5732, to ensure this never happens again. We joined together to support a new or write her at the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, 115 law (SB490 and HB 979) requiring that the Florida Department of South Andrews Avenue, Room 11, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 Revenue notify the Mayors and County Commissions when audits of

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The boundary of Historic Sailboat Bend begins at the F.E.C. Railroad tracks on the east, Broward Boulevard on the north and the New River on the south and west. Its name comes from the most severe bend of the river at the site of the Performing Arts Center. This newsletter is published from advertising revenues and SBCA funds.

Sailboat Bend 2006 Civic Association
Board of Director & Officers President, Bill Nielsen 954.523.7440 Vice President, Patrick DeVosjoli 954.525.8811 Vice President, David Parker 954.527.4162 Treasurer, Daryl Jolly 954.467.0003 Board Secretary, Randy Swenson 954.522.9540 General Secretary, Connie Weissbach 954.522.0014 Paul Bogges 954.767.4510

Committees Historic Preservation Board Liaison
Don Wilkin 954.728.8090 HPB meeting, 1st Monday, 5 pm City Hall, 1st Floor, Comm Chambers 100 N Andrews Avenue

SBCA Board Meeting
Held at 7:30 pm every 3rd Monday of each month. To place an item for discussion email the president at Items to be discussed at the general meetings shall be voted upon by the board.

WEB Master
John Kleinedler 954.462.1655

SBCA General Meetings
Held at 7:30 pm every third Monday of each month at the Salvation Army, SW 9 Ave. and Broward Blvd. The SBCA general membership meetings are open to all residents of Sailboat Bend and the general public is invited to attend. Directions are Broward Blvd. east from I-95 to SW 9 Ave. Plenty of parking is available on the south side of the building.

Randy Swenson 954.522.9540

Master Plan & Traffic
John Kleinedler 954.4621655

Nolan Haan 954..467.0050 Mary Hughes 954.618.6180 Richard Locke 954.523.2059 Bill Saunders 954.463.7064 Veronica Sazera 954.764.1753 Dee Terry 954.527.0990 Hilda Velez 954.462.7477

Council of Civic Association Liaison
Bill Nielson 954.523.7440

Development Guidelines Committee
Daryl Jolly 954.467.0003

ADDRESS & PHONE PO Box 1021, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-1021

Home & Garden Tour
Andy Quinones 954.462.1655

Newsletter Editor
Keith Mungal 954.309.7362

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