What’s it like dealing with the Margate Planning and Zoning Board? Glad you asked.
Listen below to some audio clips from recent Margate Planning and Zoning Board meetings.
Wow. During the APRIL 2019 meeting, a member of the Margate Planning & Zoning Board actually said this: ‘The condo association are all out of towners. I don’t really care if they approve it or not. We’re (the ones) living here.’ LISTEN >>
The Margate Planning and Zoning Board is primarily determined by Mayor Becker. He picks most of the board members. Six Margate citizens are appointed to the Planning & Zoning Board by Mayor Becker.
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Notable: Mayor Becker’s brother-in-law is Tom Collins, who’s the Mayor’s designee on the Margate Planning and Zoning Board. Collins owns Colmar Hardware, where Mayor Becker works.
Social Media Feedback: Mayor Becker, by ordinance, wields incredible power with the Margate Planning & Zoning Board. Becker has substantial influence over the Margate School Board too. With growth of 2nd homeowners, does this create a divisive environment between voters and non-voters?
Should we develop every last inch of Margate? Squeeze out every ratable dollar possible?
Becker ultimately shares is responsibility for actions and/or errors of Margate’s Planning and Zoning Board. A lack of proper code enforcement?
Resident Joe Clearkin. His Recent Experience With The Margate Planning & Zoning Board:
What would you do if your neighbor’s property didn’t comply with current building codes?
See what happens to Joe Clearkin of Fulton Ave in Margate. New construction next door to Joe, featured a non-compliant deck height, 2-feet higher than code allowed at that time.
Summary: Creative interpretation of city code & ordinance. Even though an error was likely made, it’s easier to run out the clock on disputes. Just slow walk the issue til a 20 day period has expired.
Clearkin feels that the City of Margate selectively enforces building & zoning code. City code officials, along with solicitor John Scott Abbott & Richard Deaney the Administrator, were not helpful in a timely manner. Efforts to develop a fair and equitable deck code have been thrown out the window. The rear deck is set at elevation 13.0, rather than 10.67 as code dictates. That deck is now a ‘non-conforming’ deck to the code in place at time of permitting.
Here’s how homeowner, Joe Clearkin, sees it: When members of the Margate Planning and Zoning Board began attacking my character and occupation, it was clear they were out to protect zoning officers [ Roger McClarnon & Jim Galantino ] for their improper permit.
When deck construction began on 3/4/19, and I saw the height of the deck extending above the masonry piers. I immediately notified the builder of my concerns. I contacted the City on March 8 2019, yet they took no action. They responded on March 27, 2019. In their opinion, the deck was at the proper height, per city code.
The City of Margate purposely delayed responding to my complaint. My efforts to follow the administrative process to remedy the non-compliant construction were held against me. The City delays in responding were rewarded.
Clearkin: why do Margate officials continue with misleading deception to residents? The deck was built 2 feet, 4 inches higher than the code at time of permitting allowed. From their own liability standpoint, Margate wasn’t going to let an appeal be heard.
Margate denied the appeal, stating 20 days had expired. This isn’t the first time Margate used a delay tactic.
The City of Margate has decided that bigger, higher and wider is the way to go. Without regard for existing owners or written codes.
Clearkin: The Margate City Administration is supporting and condoning code officials who are not doing their job. These conscious errors and mistakes will only continue.
Margate Planning & Zoning Board
- Richard Patterson – Chairman
- Michael Richmond – Vice Chairman
- Michael S. Becker – Mayor, Commissioner of Public Works
- Tom Collins – Mayor’s Designee
- Jim Galantino – Building Inspector
- Michael Cristaldi – Board Member & Zoning Officer.
- Joe DiGirolamo – Board Member
- Margaret Guber Nulty – Board Member
- Despina Hess – Board Member
- Craig Palmisano – Board Member
- Remy Pelosi – Board Member
- Clem Wasleski – Board Member
- Ron Gruppo – Board Member