"We and our neighbors …. have received no response nor have phone calls been returned. "

A few months ago, didn’t the council say: “No more Used [ Car ] Boat Lots in Port Orange” ?   What has changed?
On Dec 13, 2013, at 6:31 AM, “Dianne Gardner” <dtgardner@cfl.rr.com> wrote:
December 13, 2013
Mr. Greg Kisela
City Manager
City of Port Orange
Port Orange, Florida
re: Atlantic Marine Development -Case No. 13-65-000001 Atlantic Marine Planned Commercial Development
Dear Mr. Kisela:
Please consider this a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act for any document held by the City of Port Orange that is related to the Atlantic Marine Development project and Jack Wiles. This development directly abuts my home at 618 Ruth Street and six other Ruth Street homeowners and all of the homeowners on Powers Avenue.
This request has become necessary due to a total lack of communication with us and transparency on how the city is handling the Atlantic Marine Development and its association with Jack Wiles, agent for the development.
This request relates to any printed documents, minutes of meetings, emails, internal memos, or electronic information held on computers, etc.
We and our neighbor have sent emails to you and others mentioned in the address line requesting information, clarification and help with this development which has already negatively impacted our neighborhood.  We have received no response nor have phone calls been returned.
Very truly yours,
Dianne Templeton Gardner
618 Ruth Street
Port Orange, Florida 32127
386-527-1641 -Dianne Gardner
386-527-1959 -Mike Gardner


“Greg Kisela” <gkisela@port-orange.org>
To: “Dianne Gardner” <dtgardner@cfl.rr.com>
Cc: “Allen Green” <AllenG@port-orange.org> “Jack Wiles” <jackwilesrealtor@gmail.com>

Mrs. Gardner: by copy of this e-mail I am asking Robin Fenwick, the City Clerk, to assemble the information you have requested.
As it relates to the project, I am under the impression a neighborhood meeting was being organized to share with any interested party the details of the development.  I believe the project is tentatively scheduled to go before the City’s Planning Commission in January and then to the City Council. By copy of this e-mail I am asking Wayne Clark, the City’s Community Development Director, to confirm if my understanding is correct.
We do have a fence permit request.  I have directed Community Development to retain a licensed surveyor to review the assortment of surveys that have been submitted to try to determine the correct boundary for the fence.
I also understand that a permit was issued to remove some trees on the property that is slated for storage of boats.   I do not know the  status of that work.
Please advise if I have missed any pertinent information that you desire clarified.
Greg Kisela
City Manager

3 thoughts on “"We and our neighbors …. have received no response nor have phone calls been returned. "

  • December 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    We are preparing to hold the meeting on Wednesday, January 8th at 6 PM in the City Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room. Tim was planning to contact the neighbors to confirm the date, time and location early next week when we have finalized the setup.
    The Atlantic Marine Planned Commercial Development (PCD) rezoning request is currently scheduled for consideration at the January 23rd Planning Commission meeting and the proposed neighborhood meeting date will allow time to get the public comment before we finalize the information for the Planning Commission and City Council.
    Wayne Clark
    Community Development Director
    City of Port Orange
    (386) 506-5615

  • December 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Once it is available, can you forward to council the proposal that the planning commission is to review in January so we can get up to speed?
    Also, please let council know the details of the neighborhood meeting that’s being set up.
    Don Burnette, MBA
    Vice Mayor, City of Port Orange

  • December 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Dear Margaret,
    Thanks for returning my call to the Engineering Department this afternoon regarding the Atlantic Marine Tree Removal Permit. I understood you to say that:
    1) you were the only person whose approval was necessary for issuance of the permit,
    2) you were aware that a Code Enforcement Complaint regarding unpermitted tree removal had been made before the permit was issued,
    3) you determined that no illegal tree removal had occurred and that the developer was only removing trash and debris from the lot, and
    4) you issued a tree removal permit based on that determination and your own visual inspection of the property.
    It was my contention in our phone conversation, and still is, that the only way you could have determined that no trees had been illegally removed was by relying solely on the word of the developer or people employed by the developer. I pointed out that even a superficial sampling of residents on Ruth St and Powers Av would have revealed that dense forest and natural vegetation had been destroyed. Finally, as per our phone conversation, I feel strongly that the City of Port Orange should enforce its own ordinances and require the developer to file a restoration plan for the destroyed areas. The City, knowing very well that Jack Wiles was planning a commercial development on this property, should have followed the Land Development Code and required tree and topographical surveys, etc. and an Approved Site Plan before any land clearing was allowed.
    Mike Gardner


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