By Richard Mundy
For Hometown News
Members of Moose Lodge No. 1263 showed up in force at the latest Ormond Beach Commissioner's meeting, demanding their one-day-a-week flea market remain open.
City officials have ordered it closed for not complying with city code.
Several members spoke, often to audience applause, detailing the good works the lodge does and looking for a solution to the problem.
Kelli Marx, manager of the market said, "It's come to my attention that the B9 zoning is not acceptable for a farmer's market. We were told that to amend it, it is going to cost us $3,000 -- that's a lot of money to us."
City Manager Joyce Shanahan explained the $3,100 fee is the estimated advertising fee charged by a local newspaper for the legal notice requirement.
James Felty, Moose Lodge Governor, citing Moose International documents, declared, "The Moose Lodge is a charitable, non-profit organization."
He had the city's violation notice, including the rules. Mr. Felty continued, "... rule 10 says 'car washes, bake sales ... and other such sales and fund raising events conducted by a non-profit organization ... shall be exempt from the requirements of this section.'"
Plans were made for lodge members to meet with the City Manager and City Attorney to work on a solution.
Another large group of citizens, all residents of the Tomoka Oaks condos, a 90-unit complex on North Nova Road, spoke to the commissioners regarding the application of a regulation that stated if any building is destroyed, it cannot be rebuilt. As a consequence, the federal government has advised that none of the condos are able to obtain federally guaranteed loans. They complained this is putting a hardship on the owners of the condos that basically impede them from selling since financing cannot be obtained. They came to the commission for help them with the situation.
After a number of them had spoken, Mayor Kelley said, "I think you have our ears up here, and we understand your plight."
Mayor Kelley advised representatives of the condo association to meet with the City Manager and City Planning Director to see if they could arrive at some conclusion to help them with the situation.
The Commission also approved two new grants for building improvements to the Highland Corp. for 48 W. Granada Blvd. and to the Heaster Family Partnership for 42 E. Granada Blvd.
Highland plans to do exterior renovation and landscaping at 48 W. Granada, which is the old Ormond Garage that was built in 1919.
The Heaster family plans to remodel the building at 42 E. Granada so it resembles a structure in an earlier time and in keeping with the remodeling of Granada. The name of the building is The Gaslamp Shoppes and the Heaster Family intends to have a bakery or coffee shop as well as a wine and cheese store.
The fate of the former Ormond Memorial Hospital site at 875 Sterthaus Drive was decided. The building was imploded on July 22, 2012. The site is about 27.6 acres. Commissioners changed 13.73 acres from "Public Institution" to "Office Professional," which allows residential. Preliminary plans for the entire property include 286 multi-family condo units in Ormond Renaissance Village, a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse and a house of worship.
Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to seek a new waste management service for the city.
Waste Management Inc. demanded cost of living index increases (not to exceed 3 percent) in years 3, 4 and 5 in any new contract and a payment of a 1.47 percent increase retroactive to October 2013. The commissioners had previously denied that increase, citing WMI's profits.
A representative of WMI informed the commissioners the terms were not negotiable. The commissioners voted 3-2, with Mayor Kelley and Commissioner Troy Kent voting no, not to renew WMI's contract and to seek new proposals.