Word of the Week: Moratorium

Susan Askew
Susan Askew
City Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 8, 8:30 am
City Hall, Commission Chambers, 3rd Fl
When City Commissioners meet next week, they will consider several ordinances creating temporary moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, development in North Beach, and detox and medical rehabilitation centers.
Detox Centers, etc: While this moratorium covers a number of categories, it is most notable for its inclusion of “residential detoxification centers” and “Adult Congregate Living Facilities” (ACLF). Last Fall, the Planning Board upheld Planning Director Tom Mooney's denial for Normandy Living LLC to build and operate a detox center on a three-property corner it acquired in Normandy Isle at 1904 Marseille Drive, 7100 Rue Granville, and 1950 Normandy Drive.

The reason: The proposed drug and alcohol detox center did not meet the City’s definition of an ACLF. This temporary moratorium would be effective for 180 days and allow the City time to create adequate regulations for crisis stabilization units, residential detoxification centers, community residential homes, and residential medical rehabilitation centers. In addition, the City says the term Adult Congregate Living Facility (ACLF) "has become obsolete and … needs to be updated to conform to state law". According to the Staff report, “The proposed moratorium would allow the City adequate time to conduct a zoning and planning analysis, and determine the locations best suited for these such uses.” This is a first reading and public hearing scheduled for 10:05 am. The second reading is scheduled for March 1, though the moratorium would be retroactive to the first reading date of February 8. Details are here.

Normandy Living LLC was scheduled to appear before the Design Review Board next week but “withdrew the item and removed plans.”
Medical marijuana dispensaries: While Commissioners work on regulations and best locations for the now-legal sale of medical marijuana, a temporary moratorium has been in place to ensure no facility comes in under the radar and begins operating under its own rules. This ordinance would extend a moratorium already in place until May 17th. It passed last month on first reading 4-3. Voting in favor: Commissioners Ricky Arriola, Joy Malakoff, John Alemán, and Micky Steinberg. Opposed: Mayor Philip Levine, and Commissioners Michael Grieco and Kristen Rosen Gonzalez.
This second reading and public hearing is scheduled for 10:00 am. Details here.

Two moratoriums on demolition in North Beach are also on the agenda:
Demolition moratorium for properties fronting Tatum Waterway. Second reading and public hearing scheduled for 10:15, though note the items ahead of it. This is only an approximate time. Our previous coverage here.

North Beach National Register Conservation Districts Demolition Moratorium. First reading and public hearing set for 10:30 am, again an approximate time.
Prohibition of advertising signs on marine vessels in response to complaints about those boats with ads floating around on the City’s waterways. Second reading and public hearing, 10:20 am (approximately!)
Details here.
Later in the day, Commissioners will take up the discussion on prohibiting chain restaurants and retail on Ocean Drive. The Planning Board last week recommended the ordinance favorably with suggested changes. First reading and public hearing scheduled for 5:04 pm. Details here.

The Commission’s full agenda is here.

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