NAC Action Alert
FLORIDA
Haulover Park Boat Storage Facility

December 2, 2012

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FROM SOUTH FLORIDA FREE BEACHES /  FLORIDA NATURIST ASSN

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DATE: December 2, 2012
SUBJECT: Florida: Haulover boat storage facility
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee. In close coordination with the local naturist activists of South Florida Free Beaches / Florida Naturist Association, NAC is asking for your immediate involvement. At issue is a planned boat storage facility that threatens to diminish public access to Haulover Beach, an important designated public clothing-optional beach that is a part of Haulover Park in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Naturists are calling for the commissioners to follow established legal procedure for such public projects and they are asking for a proper study before the facility is irrevocably approved for construction. Neither has been done. The present emergency effort is aimed at postponement of an imminent hearing that may otherwise seal the deal on the matter.

NAC IS ASKING YOU TO TAKE ACTION: WRITE TO MIAMI-DADE COMMISSIONERS
Time is extremely short. NAC asks that you contact as many Miami-Dade commissioners as possible. Make your comments by e-mail or by phone. A list of Commissioners and their contact information is given below.

WHO SHOULD WRITE?
NAC is requesting ALL NATURISTS and other concerned individuals to contact Miami-Dade commissioners on this important issue, regardless of your place of residence. Lawmakers and policy-makers in South Florida understands the importance of out-of-town and out-of-state visitors who come to enjoy the region. While all are encouraged to make their voices heard, the participation of South Florida residents is, of course, particularly important.

SEND YOUR E-MAILS NOW!

Richard Mason of SFFB/FNA writes two days ago:
We've just learned that on Tuesday, December 4th, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners will be voting for acceptance of the Revised General Plan for Haulover Park.

The main revision to the current General Plan is a 580 car Boat Storage  Facility to be built in the North Parking Lot, the lot closest to the  naturist beach. It takes up as much room as two football fields and will leave many naturist beach users hiking with their beach gear an extra  mile because there will be about 100 less parking spaces. Not to mention more traffic.

Here's our chance to stop this development from  being snuck in the back door by Sally Heyman, Haulover Park's Commissioner. We are the citizens who call Haulover Beach "our" beach and we deserve to be heard on this issue. This plan will turn this public land into a commercial development, which, by law, requires a majority of a countywide vote. That's what she wants to avoid.

In 2001 the County Commission approved a Haulover Beach Park Master Plan, determining that the best location for the Boat Storage House was at the current location of the existing boat storage rack. We believe those reasons are still valid.

We are emailing, hand delivering and calling the M-D County Mayor and all County Commissioners, asking that this hearing be postponed for at least 60 days so interested parties can be brought up to date on the issue and submit feedback to the Board of Commissioners to consider. We're providing them a summary of the main objections expressed by you through SFFB. We're hoping that the Commissioners will consider this input. The Mayor has recommended this plan be approved.

We are also enlisting the help of The Naturist Society, The Naturist Action Committee, Gay Naturist International, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation and SFFB sponsors and friends. I believe we can, united, make our opinions heard.

Please find a moment to email or phone in your request for the rescheduling of this hearing this weekend, or phone them on Monday.  Below you'll find a contact list with name, email and phone numbers. If you have specific objections to the plan, please let them know.

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
mayor@miamidade.gov 305-375-5071

County Commissioners:
Barbara Jordan
bjordan@miamidade.gov 305-375-5694
Jean Monestine
district2@miamidade.gov 305-375-4833
Audrey Edmonson
district3@miamidade.gov 305-375-5393
Sally Heyman
district4@miamidade.gov 305-375-5128
Bruno Barreiro
district5@miamidade.gov 305-375-5924
Rebeca Sosa
sosa@miamidade.gov 305-267-6377
Xavier Suarez
district7@miamidade.gov 305-375-5680
Lynda Bell
district8@miamidade.gov 305-375-5218
Dennis Moss
DennisMoss@miamidade.gov 305--375-4832
Javier Souto
district10@miamidade.gov 305-375-4835
Juan Zapata 
district11@miamidade.gov 305-375-5511
Jose Diaz
district12@miamidade.gov 305-375-4343
Esteban Bobo, Jr.
district13@miamidade.gov 305-375-4831

You can find a list of concerns on the South Florida Free Beaches website at 
www.sffb.com/pdfs/boathouseNov2012.pdf so you can understand the impact of this storage facility on those who enjoy the freedom of Haulover Beach. Since this is considered a tourist destination, snowbirds' interests carry as much weight as local users, so everyone's efforts count. We hope you'll take this opportunity to express your opinion.

We need to be prepared if this effort fails to get the issue tabled, and we won't know that until the meeting. Therefore, anyone who can attend the meeting needs to be there to voice their concerns. You must be registered to speak. You can fill out and print the speakers card in advance at
http://www.miamidade.gov/commission/library/agenda-coordination-speaker- information-card-against.pdf or you can fill it out there and give it to the Clerk when you arrive. The public meeting begins at 9:30 AM on December 4, 2012, but try to be there by 9:00 A.M. We expect the issue to be heard mid-morning. Location is:

  County Commission Chambers
  2nd Floor, Stephen Clark Center
  111 N.W. First Street
  Miami, FL

It would be very helpful if those who attended the August 20th "public hearing" in Sunny Isles were on hand to inform the Board of  Commissioners about the details of that meeting and the handling of  citizens' concerns by Commissioner Heyman.

If this Revised General Plan is passed, the Boat Storage House will most likely end up in the North Parking Lot. It's very rare to amend the  General Plan once it's been approved.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me. I hope to see you there and thanks in advance for your help.

Richard Mason
President, South Florida Free Beaches/Florida Naturist Association
phone: 305-2833-3633
richardm09@comcast.net

WHAT IS NAC DOING?
The Naturist Action Committee has been working on this matter in a support role, conferring regularly with the local activists of South Florida Free Beaches/Florida Naturist Association.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Additional information and links are available, along with this NAC Action Alert on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

  
www.naturistaction.org

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Action Alert under Current Alerts.

HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!
The Naturist Action Committee is the volunteer nonprofit political adjunct to The Naturist Society. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you. After you’ve contacted the commissioners, please consider sending a donation to:

   NAC
   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:
www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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