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Friday, August 22, 2014
Protect Your Rights as a Property Owner

If you are a property owner in Broward County, you should have already received your Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (or “TRIM Notice”); and, like a lot of people, might have wondered “What do I do with this“”  Well, the Gayle Borden Group is here to help answer that question!

Step 1: Read Your Proposed Property Tax Notice.

Many property owners ignore their NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAXES (“TRIM Notice”) until it is too late to challenge an assessment or question the proposed tax rates. If you wait until you receive your bill in November to complain about your taxes, you will lose your right to appeal. The first thing to know is your taxes are calculated using this formula:

TAXABLE VALUE x TAX MILLAGE RATES + SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS = TAX BILL.

The Property Appraiser determines the market value and Save Our Homes value of your property. The Property Appraiser does NOT set any tax rates or collect taxes.  Your tax rates and non-ad valorem fees are set by the various taxing authorities (School Board, County Commission, City Commission, hospital district board, water management district, and so on) listed on your TRIM Notice.

Step 2: Speak Up About Proposed Property Tax Rates and Fees.

Your TRIM Notice contains proposed TAX RATES set by the taxing authorities (i.e., School Board, County and City Commission, etc.). Properties in Broward increased on average by 7.24% in taxable value this year countywide. If you want to question your proposed tax rates, non-ad valorem fees/special assessments, or services, you should contact your elected officials who serve on the taxing authorities and attend the public hearings in September. Your TRIM Notice lists the hearing dates, locations and contact phone numbers for each taxing authority.

Step 3: Challenge Your Proposed Assessment.

Your TRIM Notice reflects our office’s ASSESSMENT of your property as of January 1, 2014, as required by Florida law. Your assessment does not by Florida law reflect your market value today. For homesteaded property, your assessed value is your “Save Our Homes” value. The market value (“just value”) by law is determined a year in arrears by using a mass-appraisal process largely based upon sales of comparable properties during calendar year 2013 less the cost of sale.

BOTTOM LINE: If you believe the market value of your property printed on the TRIM Notice is not what a buyer would have reasonably paid for your property on January 1, 2014, you must contact or visit our office or file a value petition by the September 17, 2014 deadline.

Assessment Limitations

Pursuant to Section 193.155(1), Florida Statutes, beginning in 1995, or the year AFTER your property first receives Homestead Exemption, the annual increase in assessment shall not exceed the lower of the following:

(1) 3% of the assessed value of the property for the prior year; or (2) the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all urban consumers, US city average for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) makes this statutory determination each January. Properties homesteaded in 2013 or before will receive a Save Our Homes assessment increase of 1.5% for tax year 2014.  Non-homesteaded properties will receive a 10% assessment cap which is applied automatically and does not require an application. A property is reassessed and the 10% cap is removed the year after the property is sold or ownership transfers. For additional information, please refer to the FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) on the BCPA website.

If you think the market value for your property is wrong, the first thing you should do is email or call the BCPA office (see below).  An appraiser will listen to your concerns, and discuss the data they used to reach the value. If there was a mistake, they’ll correct it. If after speaking with them, you still believe the value is inaccurate, they can explain the easy steps you can take to file an appeal with the Broward County Value Adjustment Board (VAB), an independent and quasi-judicial review board. You can also avoid the “TRIM Season” crowds entirely by filing your VAB petition online (and paying the filing fee) at the VAB’s special petition website at: http://bcvab.broward.org/axiaweb2014

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR TRIM NOTICE“ PLEASE CONTACT BCPA:

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES & TOWNHOMES):
954.357.6831 (Scott Lewis, Supervisor - slewis@bcpa.net)

CONDO, CO-OP & TIME-SHARE PROPERTY:
954.357.6832 (Maureen Morrison, Supervisor - mmorrison@bcpa.net)

COMMERCIAL REAL PROPERTY (including DUPLEXES):
954.357.6835 (John McKean, Supervisor - jmckean@bcpa.net)

AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY:
954.357.7114 (William Barringer, Manager - wbarringer@bcpa.net)

TANGIBLE (COMMERCIAL) PERSONAL PROPERTY:
954.357.5424 (David Simpson, Supervisor - dsimpson@bcpa.net)

EXEMPTIONS AND ALL GENERAL QUESTIONS:
954.357.6830 (Kelly Brown, Manager - kbrown@bcpa.net)

REPORT HOMESTEAD FRAUD:
954.357.6900 (Ron Cacciatore, Director - rcacciatore@bcpa.net)

PROPERTY APPRAISER LORI PARRISH:
954.357.6904 - lori@bcpa.net


Posted at 3:54:49 PM
Monday, August 18, 2014
A1A Revitalization Update

FORT LAUDERDALE --Work is progressing ahead of schedule on the $11.8 million reconstruction of State Road A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18th Street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project team reports.

Work activities planned for the coming week include:

  • On-street parking on the west side of A1A will be closed between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14 Court for safety reasons. The City of Fort Lauderdale will remove the parking payment kiosks on both sides of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18th Street. No Parking/Tow Away Zone signs will be installed. Parking is available in Birch State Park which provides beach access via a pedestrian tunnel under A1A.
     
  • Crews will begin removing the sidewalk on the west side of A1A and continue removing the adjacent pavement from the parking and A1A lanes along residences between NE 14 Court and NE 18th Street. Because of this construction work, adjacent residents are advised to restrict the use of the pedestrian gates in their privacy walls that open onto A1A. Access to driveways along A1A and side streets will be maintained at all times.
     
  • The pedestrian crossing signal mast arms at NE 14th and NE 16th will be removed. Pedestrian access at the side streets is available at each intersection.
  • Crews will continue removing the old sea wall, sidewalk and pavement from the parking and travel lanes on the east side of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14 Court.

For safety reasons, pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists are reminded to refrain from going around barrier walls and barricades into active work areas.

The speed limit through the construction zone is 25 MPH at all times. Two-way traffic is being maintained with one northbound and one southbound travel lane. Motor vehicles and bicycles share the road.

The sidewalk is open on the west side of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14th Court. The sidewalk is open on the east side between NE 14th Court and NE 18th Street. A pedestrian cross walk is provided to transition between the east and west sidewalk near 14th Court.


Posted at 4:24:30 PM
Friday, August 15, 2014
New FEMA Flood Zone Maps - Effective August 18!

New Flood Maps

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finalized the new flood maps which will be effective on August 18, 2014. 

Currently, residents and businesses in Broward County are encouraged to view the new flood maps to better understand their potential flood risk and to help identify steps they may need to take to protect against property damage and loss.

Property owners should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy, even if it is not mandated for their location. All areas are susceptible to flooding, although to varying degrees. 

 Flood Zone Designations

The following flood zone designation determines whether or not flood insurance is mandated. 

Zone A 

Flood insurance rate zone determined by approximate methods, as no Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) are available for these areas. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply. 

Zone AE

Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds with flood depths greater than 3 feet. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply. 

Zone AH 

Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds to areas of shallow flooding with average depths between 1 and 3 feet. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply. 

Zone VE

Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds to coastal areas that have additional hazards associated with storm waves. Mandatory flood insurance requirements apply. 

Zone X-Shaded

0.2 PCT Annual Chance Flood Hazard

Zone X

Flood insurance rate zones that are outside the flood plain or the average flood depths of less than 1 foot. Flood insurance purchase is not mandatory. 

To search for your property flood zone information, click on the link below:

http://bcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html“appid=0b1b5ffc6f8440f9ab23d688bb79f063


Posted at 2:15:34 PM
Monday, August 11, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Aug 11 to Aug 17)



Music and comedy are at the forefront this week with plenty of live performances of both!  And for the sports fan, it’s beach soccer!  It’s all happening this week, right here in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Keep reading for our suggestions of "What to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale"!

On August 14, take in the USA v. Brazil Beach Soccer Challenge at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the event will mark the first nationally-televised beach soccer event to be held in the United States. A unique transformation will turn the Seminole Paradise parking lot into a beach soccer stadium for the night, where an audience of nearly 1,000 soccer fanatics will watch as their favorite team battles it out in the sand at 8:00pm. A pre-game party will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. featuring live entertainment, food, drinks and fun. The event is free to the general public, and seating is based on availability.

On August 15, see The Wayans Brothers perform at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Har Rock Hotel & Casino.  The famous family of entertainers, including Damon, Keenan, Marlon, and Shawn will be headlining the show that starts at 8:00pm.  Tickets are available starting at $49.  

Laughter for a cause!  Support “Laughing Out Loud for Scleroderma” at the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood), a private comedy performance with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres featuring nationally acclaimed comedian, Dom Irrera as he headlines a night of side-splitting stand up comedy.  As part of the event, you can also enjoy post-show drinks and dessert at the adjacent Sirocco Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge.  Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that affects about 300,000 people in the US. The evening will benefit the Foundation’s Southeast Florida Chapter which provides services for members in the Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties.  Tickets are $100/person.

Giants of Rock and Blues music, including The Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (of Rare Earth) and Kim Simmonds (of Savoy Brown), are set to bring hot fun in the summer to the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with August 15’s highly anticipated “Rock 'N' Blues Fest”.  This performance will be a special tribute to the legendary guitarist Johnny Winter, who passed away in July.  If you are a fan of classis rock and blues, you won’t want to miss this gathering of some of the best musicians in the business.  The show starts at 7:00pm and tickets are available from $25 to $105.

Thirty-seven years ago, we lost one of the greatest entertainers and pop culture icons of our time. Are you still lonesome for the energy, charisma and the incredible voice of the King of Rock-N-Roll“ Then come celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley, on August 16 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, when Elvis Tribute Artist Chris MacDonald presents his “Memories of Elvis in Concert”, a full production memorial tribute to the King of Rock-n-Roll complete with an 8 piece band and dancers.  Tickets can be purchased for $51 and the show starts at 8:00pm. 

Be sure to check in with us each week as we continue to share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.  


Posted at 3:43:00 PM
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
A1A Reconstruction Update Meeting, Tuesday August 12

FORT LAUDERDALE --The Florida Department of Transportation is holding an informal open house event to discuss the reconstruction of A1A from just south of Sunrise Boulevard to NE 18 Street in Fort Lauderdale. The event will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Galleria Mall – Upper Level, 2414 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33304.

Project plans, typical sections and renderings of the completed project will be on display. Project staff will be on hand throughout this event to discuss the construction and answer questions one-on-one.

Construction work began July 28 and is expected to be completed late 2015. The project includes:

  • Constructing a wide beachfront promenade on the east side of A1A consisting of a paver sidewalk
  • Installing a decorative sea wall with accent lighting
  • Constructing a raised median in front of Birch State Park
  • Constructing median islands and left turn lanes in the residential section
  • Installing a new underground drainage system
  • Relocating underground utilities
  • Restoring beach showers
  • Installing decorative turtle-friendly pedestrian lighting on both sides of A1A
  • Installing signalized pedestrian crosswalks at Birch State Park, NE 15th Court and NE 17th Street

Posted at 2:08:14 PM
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Restoration of A1A Has Begun!

FORT LAUDERDALE - The Florida Department of Transportation has begun the reconstruction of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale.  The long anticipated first phase of reconstruction began Monday, July 28th and is expected to be complete in December 2014. The stretch of road between NE 14th Court and NE 18th Street has been under repair since January of last year when it was severely eroded in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy.

Project 'A1A in Action', a $118.8 million undertaking, will include a new beachside promenade, landscaping, on-street parking, and bicycle lanes. It will also include a decorative seawall and a new underground drainage system, which will keep seasonal flooding under control.

Parking spaces and sidewalk will be closed and blocked on the east side of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14th Court. Two-way traffic, bike lane, parking and sidewalk will continue to be maintained on the west side of A1A for beachgoers’ convenience.  Parking spaces and sidewalk will be closed on the west side of A1A from NE 14th Court to NE 18th Street.  At this location, access will be maintained on the east side of A1A.  Repairs will take place Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The project is expected to be completed in 2016 and residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the new and improved A1A. 


Posted at 11:37:41 AM
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (July 28 to August 3)

It's quite an exciting week here in Fort Lauderdale!  Concerts, festivals, butterflies, and even a scenic 5K through the beautiful neighborhoods surrounding Downtown. 

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is hosting their 3rd Annual “Bugfest-by-the-Sea” Dive Festival July 27-August 2.  The week-long event features a series of fun and exciting events for divers and lobster lovers: a “bug” hunting contest with thousands of dollars in prizes, a bug hunting seminar, wreck diving workshop with Shadow Divers legend John Chatterton, underwater photo and video contests, free photo workshops, a PADI Digital Underwater Specialty Certification Course, free beach diving clinics, underwater pier and reef clean-up, SS Copenhagen Beach Dive, coral reef film presentation, a beachfront lobster cookout, and a Florida lobster mini-season kick-off party! 

On July 30, the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) will present Gavin DeGraw, along with Matthew Nathanson and Andrew McMahon.  The singer-songwriter (and Dancing with the Stars contestant!) is best known for his hit songs “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want to Be” - which served as the theme song to the popular TV drama “One Tree Hill”.  He has sold more than a million albums in the US since his rise to fame in the early 2000’s.  The show at the Hard Rock starts at 7:30. 

Don’t miss the classic rock band YES performing at the Hard Rock Live on August 1.  Formed in the late 1960’s, the English band achieved great success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music.  With hit songs like “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, Yes is considered one of the most popular, influential and critically acclaimed acts in the history of the progressive genre, and have influenced other big name bands like Dream Theater and Rush. Nine of their twenty studio albums have reached the top ten on either the UK or the US charts, with two reaching the number one spot in the UK. They have sold 13.5 million certified units in the US.  See them perform 4 decades worth of hits at the Hard Rock at 8pm.  Tickets start at $39.

The Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2 Street) will be hosting “Butterfly Weekend” from 12-4pm on August 2 & 3.  Learn how to build a butterfly garden, participate in a butterfly release and see the amazing IMAX film, “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3D on the BIGGEST screen in South Florida.  Through spectacular 3D imagery, audiences will witness beautiful butterflies flying off the screen into their arms. Based on a remarkable true story, the epic film immerses audiences in a triumphant journey of perseverance that spans thousands of miles and several generations -- tracking real monarch butterflies to their mysterious Mexican winter haven where audiences will discover a truly spectacular sight: hundreds of millions of REAL live butterflies in one of the most amazing places on Earth.  You can also get Butterfly Garden Tips: Learn what types of plants, dirt and species of butterflies you can put together in a butterfly garden, and take home some seeds to start your garden. Don’t miss the Butterflies Live! Presentation: Grab your seat for some fun with a live, interactive show about butterfly anatomy and life cycles. Learn all about the short but amazing life of a butterfly during this exciting program. The presentation is followed by a Butterfly Release!

Beginning at 7:00am on August 2, The KID Hero 5K is a USATF-certified run/ walk course beginning at Huizenga Plaza (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.) and weaving through scenic and historic sections of downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Pre-Registration (by August 1) is $35 for adults / $15 for children 17+under. Participants are encouraged to release their inner superhero by dressing up in their best costume. Sign up in teams or individually and you can raise funds on behalf of the children and families at KID.  KID will provide water, sports drinks, and healthy snacks.  Fun post-race activities include a celebratory breakfast party with delicious food, great music, and plenty of laughs.  A healthy, fun, and charitable way to spend a Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale!

Stay tuned for more information on events held throughout the greater Fort Lauderdale area.  And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.  


Posted at 2:15:42 PM

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