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BHICC Newsletter - April 2015

Upcoming Elections:

Our town's annual elections are right around the corner on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Town Hall, 9665 Bay Harbor Terrace.  PLEASE make sure make your voice is heard and VOTE!
The League of Women Voters will have a Candidates Forum, Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall.  Please plan to be there and meet the candidates for the upcoming election.

In addition to Incumbents Isaac Salver and Robert Yaffe, residents Kenneth Eskin, Doris Marano, and Elizabeth Tricoche have qualified as candidates for the Tuesday ,April 21st Town Election.  The top two vote getters will win four year seats and the third successful candidate will win the partial term (1 year) created by the vacancy after the resignation of Solange Rousselot.

A committee from the BHICC will be contacting the three new candidates to hear their views on issues that are important to our community. We will share this information with our members.

Please see the town website here for more details.

Are You Tired Of Construction Work Being Done On Saturdays?

At the March 2015 Town Council Meeting I asked the council members to please pass an ordinance to stop all construction and demolition work on Saturdays for the entire community.

The item will discussed at the April 13th meeting and I’m hopeful that the ordinance will pass. Please attend the April meeting and let the Town Council know how you feel about this topic. Construction and demolition work on Saturday’s robs us all of enjoying our homes and our weekends, these are times when we should be able to relax with family and friends. Many worshippers have to walk around or near construction sites while on their way to and from services and cannot have a peaceful and reflective day at home. If you support this ordinance but cannot attend the meeting please e-mail Marlene Marante  It’s possible that new construction will continue for the next 5-10 years!

Important Information on New Construction Projects:   

There are numerous new buildings being constructed in BHI and there are ordinances, rules and regulations that all contractors must follow regarding work days and hours and debris disposal.
If you live next to or near a construction site and you see that the construction company is not in compliance you should call Code Enforcement (305-933-1786) during regular business hours or for after hours issues contact the Bay Harbor Islands Police Department (305-866-6242). It will also be helpful to notify our Town Manager, Ron Wasson,

  1. New construction sites must be fenced in and completely secured
  2. A portable toilet must be screened. No portable toilets are allowed to be in plain view.
  3. Work hours; Weekdays 9:00am---6:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am---5:00pm (on occasion pre-approved extended work hours are often scheduled during the construction phase. Residents may receive this information in advance providing they request the schedule from Mr. Wasson)
  4. Work sites that are on the water must have netting to prevent debris from falling into the water
  5. Debris must be watered to limit dust
  6. Rodents have been seen at many sites, the town and contractors are responsible to set up traps or poison, if you see live rodents contact Mr. Wasson

If a new development is planned adjacent to your building, it's a good idea for your Board of Directors to meet with the developer and contractor prior to the demolition and construction process.  Your BOD may want to contact the association’s attorney to attend the meeting or provide counsel and advise your Board. Such meetings must take place before the permit process begins.  By doing this your Association will put the developer and construction company on notice should there be any damage to your property during or immediately following the new construction. Get involved! Protect your building! 


Please talk to your neighbors and help keep them informed. If they're not a member of the BHICC encourage them to join and register for e-mail updates. Forward this newsletter  to your friends and neighbors. Attend the Town Council's monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month if you are able. Do whatever you can to help keep Bay Harbor Islands community as special as we know it!

Vincent Martino
- President BHICC



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