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PROPOSED RESTAURANT FOR THE PIER AREA

THEY ARE NOT KIDDING

ONLY OFF SITE PARKING - FISHING PARKING GONE - REPLACED WITH MORE VALET PARKING - SECOND FLOOR BANQUET FACILITY - 40 FT. OF OUR BEACH FRONT (TO THE RIGHT OF WHERE KELLY'S IS NOW) TO BE TAKEN FOR THE BUILDING - INCREASED TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC!!!
Chart Pier Restaruants Size Comparison in Sq. Ft.

THE PROPOSED RESTAURANT WILL BE MORE THAN 18,000 SQ. FT.

CONNOLLY (current lease holder) SUBMITTED A PLAN IN 2001 FOR A 5,160 SQ. FT. RESTAURANT WHICH HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BUILD ACCORDING TO HIS LEASE, BUT NEVER DID.

KELLY'S RESTAURANT, NOW AT THE PIER IS 1,650 SQ. FT.

Peter Boinis (former owner of JB’s restaurant) wants a 54 year lease on the city (taxpayer) owned pier restaurant property.  (He proposes paying the city approximately $250/month more than the current lessee.)  He has already presented plans to the city to build a 16,000 square foot, two story, ocean front banquet hall and restaurant where Kelly’s now stands. There will be no parking for people who want to fish on the pier.

 

If you are worried about what is going to happen to your pier (and you should be) call your mayor, commissioners and city manager.  Tell them to give the pier back to the citizens of Deerfield Beach. Tell them to stop this insanity and leave our pier alone.  If you don’t do something to stop this, your pier will be gone forever. Are you going to sit back and watch our city commissioners, mayor, city manager and outsiders continue to destroy our beach area?

 

Call city hall at 954-480-4200.  Ask to speak to Mayor Capellini, City Manager Deetjen, Commissioners Noland, Gonot, Clarke-Reed and Trinchitella.

Eatery plan hard to digest, critics say

By Susannah Bryan Sun-Sentinel Staff Writer Posted June 13 2004

DEERFIELD BEACH · Plans for a two-story restaurant at the pier have sparked fierce sparring, with critics calling it a sweetheart deal for the developer...An expert agreed, saying the going rental rate for a pierside restaurant is more like $30 /a square foot compared with the 52 cents a square foot Boinis would pay under the proposal. "It just doesn't sound right to me," said Adam Von Romer, a senior investment associate with Fort Lauderdale-based real estate firm NAI Rauch, Weaver, Norfleet, Kurtz & Co. According to Von Romer, the rent should be closer to $300,000 a year to give the city an 8 percent return on the property, with the rent increasing to $1.4 million a year by the end of the lease to account for inflation. In 54 years, that $120,000 would be more like $1,800, Von Romer said. Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sun-sentinel.com or 954-572-2028. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE AND REGISTER (FOR FREE) AT THE SUN-SENTINEL PAGE.

Paper-plate ban during Deerfield Beach public hearing outrages pier restaurant foes

By Susannah Bryan Staff Writer Posted July 5 2004 DEERFIELD BEACH

The controversial proposal for a pier restaurant has taken a zany turn, with Broward Sheriff's Office attorneys caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between the city and beach activists. This time, the controversy is over paper plates. Not just any paper plates, but ones marked "NO" in black marker. Beach activists, toting the plates, came en masse to a June 15 meeting at which commissioners tabled a vote on the project. At the direction of Mayor Al Capellini, City Manager Larry Deetjen said he instructed deputies last week not to allow the plates into City Hall on Tuesday during a public hearing on the project.

Beach activists, who won't be permitted to speak until the second meeting, had hoped to use the plates to convey their opinions.

"It's insane," said Tom Connick, attorney for the activists, who say the city is trying to stifle free speech. "July Fourth, Independence Day, hooray."

On Friday, Sheriff's Office attorneys were trying to determine whether deputies had the right to take away the plates, spokesman Hugh Graf said. The project has drawn fierce opposition from beach activists, who worry that the restaurant will increase congestion on State Road A1A. They also object to granting the developer a 54-year lease on public property valued at $3.8 million.

"I wonder if all of the paper plates had `Yes' on them, ... would they be objecting so much?" asked Pam Militello, secretary of the Original Save Our Beach group.

Deetjen said the mayor decided to ban the plates out of a concern for order, decorum and cleanliness. After the last meeting, residents claimed they were "poked" by the plates, according to Deetjen. In addition, city crews had to pick up litter left in the parking lot, he said.

Connick scoffed at the charges, saying no poking or littering went on, since the activists held on to their plates for the next meeting.

"Come on," he said through chuckles. "Please."

Boca Raton restaurateur Pete Boinis was also told not to bring placards in support of his own project, said Jeffrey Greenberg, his attorney. "They're concerned about decorum in the meeting," Greenberg said. "We were cautioned in the same way as the [critics] were."

Connick said he met on Wednesday with Chief Ron Reffett of the Sheriff's Office Deerfield Beach district and was told the plates would not be allowed into City Hall. On Friday, Connick hand-delivered a letter to Reffett requesting he obtain written direction from Sheriff's Office headquarters as to the constitutionality of the ban.

Commissioner Peggy Noland, who opposes the project, was incensed by the effort to ban the plates. "That is freedom of speech," she said. "What is going on in our city? What are they afraid of?"

Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sun-sentinel.com or 954-572-2028.

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