City designates historic areas in North Beach

Normandy Isle , North Shore

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

City designates historic areas in North Beach:

design guidelines to be drawn up for new construction and adaptations

In two special meetings this week, the City Commission considered historic designations for the North Shore and Normandy Isles areas of North Beach. 
 
After comprehensive testimony by City staff and a great deal of public input, often contentious, the Commission came back today for discussion and votes. Ultimately, the Commission voted to include the entire area in a conservation overlay with design guidelines for style, height, massing, and resiliency adaptations and local historic designations for all areas except a small section of properties along the Tatum Waterway which are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise (though the conservation overlay means those properties would also fall under the design guidelines). In the meantime, the Commission voted to extend the moratorium on demolitions in the area until those guidelines can be drawn up by staff.
 
Commissioner John Alemán organized the special sessions to ensure the Commission had all of the information regarding the impact of sea level rise on the communities being considered for designation. In a letter to the community following the heated session on Monday, Alemán  wrote “All around the Florida coastline, we face an emotionally and economically troubling conundrum: historic structures are irreplaceable, and adaptations will not save them forever. As elected leaders we work to answer ‘What is best for the continued life and vitality of the City?’” In explaining options for moving forward to preserve the past while protecting the future, she appealed for collaboration:
 
Ultimately the best path forward can only be achieved if the preservation community chooses to join the adaptation planning process in a constructive way and compromise based on economic and geologic realities. Preservation should work alongside of, instead of in opposition to, planners and property owners wishing to safeguard their nest eggs. As Ann Horowitz asserts in The Effects Of Sea Level Rise On Historic Districts And The Need For Adaptation, "historic preservation professionals and property owners will need to realize that adaptations may affect integrity, but without the adaptation, the historic resources may be lost."
 
The Preservation vs. Development paradigm is obsolete. We are in this together.
 
Full letter here.
 

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