Biscayne Park Village Commission Votes on Variance for Gates

In a decision that has garnered community interest, the Biscayne Park Village Commission voted on a variance application for the installation of manual driveway rolling gates at a recent meeting. The meeting delved into a range of topics, with the variance request dominating the discussions due to its implications for public safety and community aesthetics. The debate was nuanced, involving the weighing of the urgency of safety concerns against the potential impact on the village’s character.

The variance request was made by a homeowner identified as Simon Fidel, who cited the significant number of vehicles passing through Griffin Boulevard as a safety hazard and an impediment to the use of his property. Fidel’s request to install two manual driveway rolling gates was backed by detailed testimony, images of the property, and a narrative about the challenges posed by high traffic and trespassing. The applicant’s presentation aimed to provide an overview of the issues surrounding the variance, including safety, property rights, and public welfare considerations.

During the meeting, the commission conducted a quasi-judicial hearing where witnesses were sworn in. This process allowed for public input, with members of the community speaking in favor and against the application. The commission underscored the importance of basing their decision on substantial evidence related to the village’s code and not on generalized opposition.

Several residents voiced their support for the installation of gates on their properties, highlighting instances of feeling unsafe due to increased foot traffic and the potential risk of trespassers. One resident suggested the addition of speed bumps to mitigate traffic problems, while a personal injury litigation attorney emphasized the importance of prioritizing safety over aesthetic concerns.

Advertisement

Conversely, opposition to the variance brought up concerns about the precedent it might set within the community. Individuals argued that the gates could negatively affect the open, green character of the village and that traffic on Griffin should be considered without altering the frontage of properties. Concerns were also raised about the need for driveway gates and the potential liability to the village if a gate was denied and an accident occurred.

The Planning and Zoning Board provided insights into their decision-making process, discussing the balance between allowing reasonable use of the property and safeguarding substantial property rights without causing detrimental effects on public welfare.

The commission ultimately voted 3 to 1 against recommending the approval of the variance application. The discussion among the commissioners included alternative measures, such as placing a potted plant in the middle of the driveway, modifying the driveway layout, or closing one entrance on Griffin. They debated the implications of allowing a gate on one side of the property, with considerations of aesthetics and practicality.

Advertisement

In another matter, the commission addressed a variance request for a fence on Griffin Street. The core of the debate was whether the applicant had met the necessary criteria for variance approval. The discussion included skepticism over the urgency of the applicant’s situation, the appropriateness of a six-foot metal fence, and potential alternative solutions. Ultimately, a motion to approve a six-foot fence on Griffin Street was passed with a majority vote of 4-1.

The meeting also encountered a procedural hiccup when it was discovered that the public notice for a variance request for a swimming pool setback was incorrect. The commission deferred the hearing to ensure proper notice and to avoid potential legal challenges, despite the homeowner’s request for an expedited process.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on the organization of the agenda, emphasizing the need for separate public comments for each quasi-judicial hearing based on the village attorney’s recommendations. The commission voted to amend the agenda accordingly and adjourned following the resolution of agenda items.

Advertisement

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Jonathan E. Groth
City Council Officials:
Veronica Amsler, , Art Gonzalez, , MacDonald Kennedy, , John Holland,

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Planning Board,Zoning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
FL
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
MA
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
NJ
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes
Minutes
Recording