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Lighthouse Point ordinance on hurricane shutters

History and timeline of new Lighthouse Point ordinance on hurricane shutters.

City of Lighthouse Point Regular City Commission Meeting Minutes excerpts:

October 24, 2018 meeting minutes:
Communications:
Commissioner Long said that there was no code regarding when shutters or plywood should be
removed after a storm. City Administrator Lavisky said that the Florida Building Code requires
adequate egress from a house. The Building Official can enforce this code. Commissioner Van
Buskirk added that there is a danger of only having one exit and entrance into a house when shutters
are covering windows. City Commissioners would like further discussion on the topic to see if they
would like to implement a new code for the removal of shutters, however, enforcement could be an
Issue.

December 12,2017 meeting minutes:
Communications:
Commissioner Long inquired about an ordinance on hurricane shutters. City Administrator Lavisky
said that a draft ordinance is being prepared, which will be brought back to the City Commission for
review. All City Commissioners agreed that they would like to move forward with an ordinance
relating to hurricane shutters.

January 9, 2018 meeting minutes:
Reports of City Administration
Mayor Troast updated the City Commission on some pending issues that were brought up at the
December 12th City Commission meeting. They are as follows: updating the tree ordinance, a gift
policy, drive thru’s, staggered terms for City Board members, and hurricane shutters. Mayor Troast
said that in order to try to make things more clear for Administration, going forward he is going to
ask for a motion, a second, and a vote as to whether the City Commission wants to move forward on
an item. This will make it much easier to determine what we need to do to move forward. Commissioner Van Buskirk appreciated the Mayor looking in to these items, but thought that all of these items should have been brought back for further discussion.
A motion to include a discussion item on the January 23rd Agenda for a review of the current tree
ordinance, specifically the term “economic impact”, and suggestions for possible changes, was
made by Commissioner Joffe, seconded by Commissioner Van Buskirk, and CARRIED 5:0 as
follows:
Yes: Commissioners Joffe, Long, Maucker, Van Buskirk, and Johnson
Commissioner Long said that all topics of discussion do not necessarily require a motion or action
to be taken.
Commissioner Maucker said that there are degrees of discussion, and does like the idea of clarity.
Some discussion requires action, and some items are less formal.
Commissioner Joffe said that there should be no issue with clarity, and that staff is good at
executing when given clear direction.

Unfinished Business:
2. Discussion of proposed ordinance creating Section 14-9 relating to timeframes on the use of
Hurricane Protective Devices.
The City does not currently have a code in place regarding the timeframes on the use of Hurricane
Protective Devices. City Commissioners discussed the need to create an ordinance to better regulate
how long devices are installed over windows, doors and other structural openings. Their main
concerns were related to fire safety issues and the increased potential for home burglaries.
Consensus of the City Commission was to bring this item back for first reading at the January 23rd
City Commission meeting and to amend proposed Section 14-9 (b) (1) revised from fifteen (15)
days to twenty-one (21) days, and shall read as follows:
1. When the City falls within the National Hurricane Center’s five-day Track Forecast Cone for a
tropical storm or hurricane and for a period of fifteen (15) (15 was x’d out and replaced)twenty-one (21) days after the City is no longer within any five-day Track Forecast Cone;

January 23rd
4. First reading of an ordinance creating Section 14-9 of the City’s Code of Ordinances
relating to timeframes on the use of Hurricane Protective Devices.
A motion to read the title of the ordinance was made by Commissioner Van Buskirk, seconded by
Commissioner Joffe, and CARRIED unanimously. City Attorney Cirullo read the title of the
ordinance.
A motion to approve the ordinance creating Section 14-9 of the City’s Code of Ordinances relating
to timeframes on the use of Hurricane Protective Devises on first reading, was made by
Commissioner Long, seconded by Commissioner Van Buskirk, and CARRIED 5:0 as follows:
Yes: Commissioners Joffe, Long, Maucker, Van Buskirk, and Johnson
The ordinance on first reading carries the following title:
ORDINANCE NO. 2018 – 0959
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE
POINT, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 14, ENTITLED “BUILDINGS AND
BUILDING REGULATIONS”, ARTICLE I, ENTITLED “IN GENERAL” TO ADD A
NEW SECTION 14-9, TO BE ENTITLED “HURRICANE PROTECTIVE DEVICES”
OF THE CITY’S CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PLACE LIMITATIONS ON THE
TIMEFRAME FOR USES OF HURRICANE PROTECTIVE DEVICES;
PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING
FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

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7. Second reading and public hearing of an ordinance creating Section 14-9 of the City’s Code of
Ordinances relating to timeframes on the use of Hurricane Protective Devices. Advertised in the
Sun Sentinel on February 3, 2018.
A motion to read the title of the ordinance was made by Commissioner Maucker, seconded by
Commissioner Long, and CARRIED unanimously. City Attorney Cirullo read the title of the
ordinance.
The public hearing was opened. No one having come forward, the public hearing was then closed.
A motion to approve the ordinance creating Section 14-9 of the City’s Code of Ordinances relating
to timeframes on the use of Hurricane Protective Devices on second and final reading, was made by
Commissioner Long, seconded by Commissioner Maucker, and CARRIED 5:0 as follows:
Yes: Commissioners Joffe, Long, Maucker, Van Buskirk, and Johnson
The ordinance on second and final reading carries the following title:
ORDINANCE NO. 2018 – 0959
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE
POINT, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 14, ENTITLED “BUILDINGS AND
BUILDING REGULATIONS”, ARTICLE I, ENTITLED “IN GENERAL” TO ADD A
NEW SECTION 14-9, TO BE ENTITLED “HURRICANE PROTECTIVE DEVICES”
OF THE CITY’S CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PLACE LIMITATIONS ON THE
TIMEFRAME FOR USES OF HURRICANE PROTECTIVE DEVICES;
PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING
FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.