Gum-Shoe Street Work

When attempts to obtain information are met with cloudy or confusing answers, a true detective would be duty-bound to hit the pavement ask another question, lift another rock, write another letter, search public records, open their eyes to inconsistency, call in a favor… but whatever they choose to do, they would be best-served not to allow a brush off, a stone cold glare, a paper shuffle, an adamant denial or the ever popular runaround to deter them. “Nothing to see here”, they’ll likely be told.

The detective knows better.

Folks, I have to let you in on a little secret. You have an amazing group of people in Lake Park who would give Dick Tracy a run for his money. They have been hard at work behind the scenes uncovering facts related to our Town’s Marina story which have not been entirely forthcoming without diligent investigation. While I have yet to see any of them wearing the cool hat or the trench coat or talking into their 2-way wrist radios… give ’em time; it could happen… I wouldn’t put it past ’em.

In Brent’s case, all he’d have to do is strap that iphone to his wrist and he’d be good to go.

Dick Tracy was a comic strip created by Chester Gould which debuted in the Detroit Mirror in 1931. The character, Dick Tracy was a police detective who used atomic-powered gadgets to help he and his fellow police officers solve crimes. He was the original “Crime Stopper”.

Until then, we offer the following from a current episode of the ‘Lake Park Marina Detective Chronicles’. This is a series of emails between Brent Headberg and some of the Lake Park Town Staff. The subject of the correspondence is the Marina Village and the Interlocal Agreement between the Town of Lake Park, Florida and Palm Beach County for the $2.4 million purchase of property for a boat trailer parking lot for the Lake Park Harbor Marina. Questions swirl, news articles have been written in the Palm Beach Post, stories have aired on WPTV News Channel 5 and residents aren’t finished asking questions about the curious dealings in these matters.

To follow the story, please begin reading the email thread at the bottom and work your way up.

This will be followed by yet another report later in the week. The email correspondence below sets the stage for that report to come.

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The latest Marina Village Site Plan

As of this posting, the latest email Brent sent to the Community Development Director has not been answered.

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Good Morning Nadia,
Please  cancel my request for copies of the proposed restaurant plans, I obtained copies from another source.
On another note, if you recall, when we met on August 23rd with the building official in your office, you told me that plans had not been submitted at that time.  There is a Community Development date stamp (Aug. 8, 2011) on the majority of the sheets of the plans that were provided to me.  It appears to me that certain information was withheld and the public was mislead.
Also, if you recall, the building official agreed with me that structures within the right-of-way of Lake Shore Drive are prohibited.  How can you accept plans that show improvements within a public right-of-way and still continue to ignore the legal right-of-way that runs through the marina boat trailer parking lot.  These plans also show parking improvements along the South property line of 126 Lake Shore Drive.  How will these improvements affect the boat trailer parking lot and through traffic on Lake Shore Drive connecting with Silver Beach Road?
Additionally, the angled parking being shown in front of 220 Lake Shore Drive is unacceptable and in my opinion will create a life safety issue for pedestrials and vehicles along Lake Shore Drive adjacent to the marina.
It appears to me that there is a blatent disregard for the public and especially for the adjacent property owners of this project.  The Town of Lake Park should consider this submittal unacceptable with the content shown on these plans.
Regards,
Brent Headberg, PSM

From: Nadia DiTommaso <NDiTommaso@lakeparkflorida.gov>
To: ‘Brent Headberg’ <brenthg@yahoo.com>
Cc: Maria Davis <mdavis@lakeparkflorida.gov>; James DuBois <jdubois@lakeparkflorida.gov>; Kendall Rumsey <krumsey@lakeparkflorida.gov>; Steve Hockman <shockman@lakeparkflorida.gov>; Jeanine Longtin <jlongtin@lakeparkflorida.gov>; Tim Stevens <tstevens@lakeparkflorida.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:24 PM
Subject: RE: Lake Shore Drive Right-of-way

Good afternoon Mr. Headberg-
 
My responses are below in blue.
 
Thank you.  Hope you’re having a great day.
 
Nadia Di Tommaso
Community Development Director
Town of LakePark535 Park Ave.
Lake Park, FL 33403
Community Development Department
Phone: 561-881-3319
Fax:  561-881-3323
 
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office directly by phone or in writing.
 
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Brent Headberg [mailto:brenthg@yahoo.com]
Sent: 
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 12:58 PM
To: Nadia DiTommaso
Cc: Maria Davis; James DuBois; Kendall Rumsey; Steve Hockman; Jeanine Longtin; Tim Stevens
Subject: 
Lake Shore Drive Right-of-way
 
Nadia,
 
It is my understanding that to comply with the Comprehensive Future Land Use Plan, the Marina Village Project will require a P.U.D. and replat of the entire block of the proposed restaurant that is being considered for rezoning.
 
Through this process, the underlying Lake Shore Drive right-of-way that still exists through the boat trailer parking lot must be dealt with.  This is the issue that we discussed with the Town’s Building Official last month in your office.  The underlying portion of Lake Shore Drive that you are referring to only relates to the area that now houses the trailer parking.  This area will not be included within the official boundaries of the proposed PUD and is a separate issue.  The parking lot construction and reconfiguration of the drive, based on what I have been told, passed favorably by the Commission and resident population around 7 years ago.  The area remains available to the public.
 
I will be following this restaurant project through the building and zoning approval process as a representative of all the adjacent property owners affected by this project.  As citizens of this Town and especially as affected property owners, our input is essential to the success of the approval process.  To avoid any litigation that could delay this project, or even stop the project completely, I suggest that the Town’s staff keep us in the loop.  Statutorily, we must and will keep you in the loop when the public hearings are scheduled. 
 
It has also been brought to my attention that demolition of the interior of the subject restaurant has already begun.  This is in direct violation of the Towns code without a building permit.  This statement is incorrect.  A few weeks ago, my code officer inspected the property.  Yesterday, I sent a code officer out there once again and a full interior inspection, followed by some research was performed.  Other than some interior storage of materials and equipment and surveying of the property, the code officer stated that no recent construction or demolition has currently taken place.  No violation has occurred, although the owner has been kindly reminded of the permit requirements.  I would like to see an inspection and report on the current condition of this building by the Town’s Building Official prior to any further consideration for the review of the application on this project.  Please be rest assured that our department is on it.  We want everything to be done per code as well.
 
This is not a good way to get a new project started.  See explanation above.
 
 
Regards,
Brent Headberg
220 Lake Shore Drive #3
Lake Park, FL
 

Sent from Brent’s iPad


Begin forwarded message:
From: Brent Headberg <brenthg@yahoo.com>
Date: September 29, 2011 11:56:08 AM EDT
To: Nadia DiTommaso <NDiTommaso@lakeparkflorida.gov>
Subject: Re: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
So you ARE saying that a package has been submitted.  So what’s missing.  When was this submittal package provided for your review? Date?  Any additional submittals since the initial one?Sent from Brent’s iPad

On 
Sep 29, 2011, at 10:44 AM, Nadia DiTommaso <NDiTommaso@lakeparkflorida.gov> wrote:
Good morning Mr. Headberg-
 
I do not have any more information than what you already know regarding the right-of-way issue. 
 
The submittal package is not yet complete.  Certain items are still missing.
 
Hope you’re having a great day.
 
Nadia Di Tommaso
Community Development Director
Town of LakePark535 Park Ave.
Lake Park, FL 33403
Community Development Department
Phone: 561-881-3319
Fax:  561-881-3323
 
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office directly by phone or in writing.
 
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Brent Headberg [mailto:brenthg@yahoo.com]
Sent: 
Thursday, September 29, 2011 7:23 AM
To: Nadia DiTommaso
Cc: Common Sense; creativeg2@aol.com; Cynthia Grey; fritz11448@comcast.com; Gerald Rapoza; Jim Lloyd; John Mede; Jorge Quintero; Karen Young; Ken Gibson; Mary Dyer; Mollie; Sharon & Tony; Susan Lloyd
Subject: Re: 
Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
 
Good Morning Ms. DiTommaso:
 
I haven’t hear back from you since we met on August 23rd.  An article in the Palm Beach Post yesterday indicates that Leasing of South Florida has submitted plans to Lake Park.
 
You also promised to look into the overlapping right-of-way of Lake Shore Drive into the Marina boat trailer parking lot.
 
If plans have been submitted, I would like a copy of those plans to see how they affect our neighborhood.
 
Regards,
 
Brent Headberg
220 Lake Shore Drive #3
Lake ParkFL 33403
 
561-315-4801
 
From: Nadia DiTommaso <NDiTommaso@lakeparkflorida.gov>
To: ‘Brent Headberg’ <brenthg@yahoo.com>
Sent: 
Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:35 AM
Subject: RE: 
Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
Good Morning-
 
Pursuant to our discussion last night, I have arranged for the Building Official to meet with us.  As mentioned, at this time the Town is still waiting for some plans from Leasing of So. FL. and it is best to wait until these are received and preliminarily reviewed by staff in order to discuss them.  Nonetheless, if you would still like to meet with myself and the Building Official to share your concerns at this point, we will more than gladly meet with you.  Please confirm.  Thank you.
 
Nadia Di Tommaso
Community Development Director
Town of Lake Park: 535 Park Ave.
Lake Park, FL 33403
Community Development Department
Phone: 561-881-3319
Fax:  561-881-3323
 
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office directly by phone or in writing.
 
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Brent Headberg [mailto:brenthg@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:15 PM
To: Nadia DiTommaso
Subject: Re: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
 
Hello Nadia,
 
Thanks for setting this meeting up with the Building Official.  Tuesday, August 23rd at 3:30pm works for me.  Did you invite Leasing of South Florida to attend?  They should bring the drawings they showed me a couple of weeks ago so we have more details to talk about.  The drawings I had a chance to look at in their office is why I have a lot of questions about their site plan and various other parking and access issues.
 
There may also be someone else from our condo that wants to attend.
 
See you next Tuesday.
 
Regards,
Brent
 
From: Nadia DiTommaso <NDiTommaso@lakeparkflorida.gov>
To: ‘Brent Headberg’ <brenthg@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:14 AM
Subject: RE: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
I invited the Building Official to attend as he can respond to any Building Code questions you may have.  I will certainly listen to any comments and suggestions you may have as they relate to the Marina site, as these will enable me to apply them to my commentary for Leasing of So. Fl when I get to that point in the review stage.  Next Tuesday, August 23 at 3:30pm here in my office works for the Building Official and myself.  Please confirm.  Thank you!
 
 
Nadia Di Tommaso
Community Development Director
Town of Lake Park: 535 Park Ave.
Lake Park, FL 33403
Community Development Department
Phone: 561-881-3319
Fax:  561-881-3323
 
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office directly by phone or in writing.
 
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Brent Headberg [mailto:brenthg@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:18 PM
To: Nadia DiTommaso
Subject: Re: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
 
Nadia, 
 
Next week would be better for me, anytime after 3pm.  What about availability of Building Official  and Leasing of South Fla?Sent from Brent’s iPhone

On Aug 16, 2011, at 4:01 PM, Nadia DiTommaso <NDiTommaso@lakeparkflorida.gov> wrote:
Good Afternoon Mr. Headberg-
I am available this Thursday (08/18) at 3:30pm or Friday (08/19) at 11am.  Let me know if this works for you or if you would like to schedule for sometime next week. 
 
Nadia Di Tommaso
Community Development Director
Town of Lake Park: 535 Park Ave.
Lake Park, FL 33403
Community Development Department
Phone: 561-881-3319
Fax:  561-881-3323
 
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office directly by phone or in writing.
 
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Maria Davis
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:55 PM
To: ‘Brent Headberg’
Cc: Nadia DiTommaso
Subject: RE: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
 
Mr. Headberg:  The files in the email that I forwarded to you are the exact files that I forwarded to the commissioner.  If there’s anything missing, then it was missing from the files that I sent to the commissioner.    I simply forwarded an email that I sent to the commissioner to you . 
 
As far as meeting with staff, I would welcome your input.  By copy of this email, I request Nadia to schedule a meeting with Mr. Headberg accordingly.
 
Sincerely,
Maria V. Davis
Town Manager
Town of Lake Park
535 Park Avenue
Lake Park, FL  33403
561-881-3304
From: Brent Headberg [mailto:brenthg@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 6:29 PM
To: Maria Davis
Subject: Fw: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
 
Dear Ms. Davis:
 
The attached PDF files you included seem to be certain sheets of a complete set.  The Topographic Survey and the full color Site Plan prepared for Leasing of South Florida was done by D.L. Blanton, Inc.  The full color rendering titled LAKE PARK – PROMENADE CONCEPTS and the PARTIAL LAKE PARK MARINA SITE PLAN were prepared by Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc.  These drawings and renderings appear to be a part of a preliminary design directed by Leasing of South Florida.  There are several discrepancies from page to page including the right-of-way issues that exist overlying the existing boat trailer parking lot in use today and access issues for the adjacent private properties.
 
I would like to sit down with your Community Development Director and the Town’s Building Official to discuss these issues and get their position on this proposed Marina Village project.  At the last Commission Meeting, the commitment was made to respond to the County that the project would move forward with all phases as stipulated in the Interlocal Agreement.  There are issues, in my opinion that will directly affect the approval of the developer’s intentions and their ultimate design of this project.
 
I’ve been in this business a long time and maybe I can be of some help in resolving some of the issues at hand.
 
I look forward to meeting with your staff and if you want the developer and their architect/engineer included, let’s get it setup.
 
Regards,
Brent
 

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Maria Davis <mdavis@lakeparkflorida.gov>
To: ‘Brent Headberg’ <brenthg@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:21 AM
Subject: FW: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
I researched my electronic files and paper files and will send you the few documents that I found.
 
Sincerely,
Maria V. Davis
Town Manager
Town of Lake Park
535 Park Avenue
Lake Park, FL   33403
561-881-3304
From: Maria Davis 
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:57 AM
To: ‘Karen Marcus’
Cc: rhering@pbcgov.com; Patrick Sullivan; Wayne Creber (sales@southfloridayachts.com); Michael Pisano
Subject: Lake Park Interlocal Agreement for Water Access Funding for Land Acquisition
 
Commissioner: 
 
Per your request, attached please find the Town’s Interlocal Agreement for the funding of the subject land acquisition.  As discussed, this is an existing parking facility with adequate infrastructure to provide for a very “fast track” project completion.   This project will add an additional 30 boat trailer spaces to the marina.  This will bring our boat trailer parking inventory up to 72 spaces.  Additionally, this parcel provides for the increase of 16 vehicular parking spaces.    
 
The owners of the property are prepared to add a restaurant (on a fast track basis) on the west side of Lake Shore Drive immediately fronting the Marina .  The Town Commission has agreed to reserve and allocate several boat slips for transient boat traffic.
 
Also, the Town Commission has agreed to provide for a pedestrian promenade on Lake Shore Drive .  The Town will aggressively pursue alternate grant funding for the design and construction of the pedestrian promenade.
 
Please advise me what our next step should be.  If there is anything else you need from me, please let me know.  I will send the attached documents in hard copy also.
 
I can’t thank you enough for your support. 
 
Sincerely,
Maria V. Davis
Town Manager
Town of Lake Park
535 Park Avenue
Lake Park, FL
561-881-3304
 
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