"Restore the SE 13th Street Median"
BACKGROUND INFO

Sept. 16, 2004 — Workers pave a median owned by the City of Fort Lauderdale to provide 'private' parking for the First Christian Church on SE 13th Street. Grass was torn out to turn the neighborhood's attractive linear park/entryway into a parking lot for 14 cars. The area's landscaped medians were declared a neighborhood asset in the S. Andrews Master Plan and by a former City Manager and city Parks Director.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Secret Deal Turns
Publicly-Owned Green
Space Into 'Private'
Asphalt Parking Lot


Area property owners kept in dark until after permit issued

CITIZENS FIGHT TO REMOVE
ASPHALT, RESTORE GRASS
IN HISTORIC MEDIAN


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INTRODUCTION

What's happening out there is not right
(written before the asphalt went down)

By Cal Deal --- GO


Citywide Council of Civic Associations
Supports Restoration of Median

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BEFORE and AFTER Photos

August 2003

October 2004

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TOM TAPP OPPOSES
MEDIAN PARKING LOT

Former Parks & Rec Director renews his opposition
in letter to City Commission, calls project unjustified

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How Did Your Commissioner Handle the Median Issue?

 

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REPORT CARD!

 

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HAMILTON FORMAN ADMITS
DESTROYING CITY BARRICADES

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Fort Lauderdale Property & Right of Way Committee Meeting
9/20/04 289K PDF file


AERIAL PHOTO SHOWS HOW PARKING DESTROYED MEDIAN

New photo shows asphalt parking lot

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Exxxxxcellent!

NEW TIMES ARTICLE
ON MEDIAN CONTROVERSY

"In the Name of Mr. Burns"

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Left: Mr. Burns and angry citizens
on TV's "The Simpsons."


CHUCK RITCHIE

Former City Planning Director
Opposes Parking on Median

Letter to the City Commission


Is Median Parking "For the
Safety of the Children????"

SEE THE CHAOS FOR YOURSELF


A Little History

Thomas Hoskins

I went into my copy of "Checkered Sunshine" and learned that the wide streets and medians in Poinciana Park/Croissant Park were put in at the insistence of Thomas E. Hoskins and his wife.

Hoskins was a Chicago investor and part of a group that bought the entire Croissant Park subdivision. Frank Croissant was their developer and sales manager.

The streets were designed to rival the ones built in Hollywood by Joseph Young, the Hollywood developer (Young Circle). Take THAT, Hollywood!!

Hoskins became Mayor of Fort Lauderdale in November 1929 and served for two years. The current Poinciana Park neighborhood includes part of the original Croissant Park plat.


THE 10th COMMANDMENT

"Thou shalt not covet ... any thing that is thy neighbor's."

Exodus 20:17


Cal Deal
Fort Lauderdale FL

(954) 522-2828 • E-Mail