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Monday, April 12, 2021

HOLLYWOOD BEACH REDEVELOPMENT HONORED WITH TOP RANKING

BEST PRACTICE CITIES' CATHY SWANSON-RIVENBARK LED COMPLEX PROCESS THAT CREATED WINNING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

Bober said Margaritaville has transformed the beach and created the spinoff development and reinvestment that it promised. 

“But for the tenacity -- within the context of a very difficult economy – of Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, myself and the developer, I don’t think this project would have come to fruition.”

HOLLYWOOD BEACH REDEVELOPMENT HONORED WITH TOP RANKING

BEST PRACTICE CITIES' CATHY SWANSON-RIVENBARK LED COMPLEX PROCESS THAT CREATED WINNING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP


Lon Tabatchnick, who developed Margaritaville in partnership with Starwood Capital, from concept to opening in 2015, said the project delivered everything promised, including a resort with a coveted Four Diamond rating. 

Margaritaville enhances the beach with free concerts at the historic bandshell at the edge of the resort and it achieves a goal of linking the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway – with a water taxi stop at the resort’s 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill on the intracoastal.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

HOLLYWOOD BEACH REDEVELOPMENT HONORED WITH TOP RANKING

BEST PRACTICE CITIES' CATHY SWANSON-RIVENBARK LED COMPLEX PROCESS THAT CREATED WINNING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

Peter Bober, who served as Mayor of Hollywood during the successful redevelopment process, said Margaritaville revitalized a care-worn but storied property that dates back to the founding years of the city. 

The site once was home to Florida’s largest bathing pavilion, the Hollywood Beach Casino, that featured a shopping arcade and Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Margaritaville is the greatest thing to happen to Hollywood Beach since the 1920s,” Bober said.

“It’s a textbook example of how a public/private partnership can actually happen with the public being completely engaged in the process. The finished product exceeded my wildest expectations.”

Saturday, April 10, 2021

HOLLYWOOD BEACH REDEVELOPMENT HONORED WITH TOP RANKING

BEST PRACTICE CITIES' CATHY SWANSON-RIVENBARK LED COMPLEX PROCESS THAT CREATED WINNING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

The Margaritaville development created hundreds of jobs, a revenue stream for the city that will be worth hundreds of millions and an activity generator that has boosted tourism in the historic beach district between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.

“In 2009, the City of Hollywood was teetering on bankruptcy. City attempts to develop the parcel that became Margaritaville had failed three times. 

The result is a 99-year lease agreement that provides the City's General Fund with a significant revenue stream, a 1,000-car parking garage for beach visitors, a catalyst for additional private sector investment and increased foot traffic for hundreds of small Hollywood Beach businesses,” said Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark.

Friday, April 9, 2021

HOLLYWOOD BEACH REDEVELOPMENT HONORED WITH TOP RANKING

BEST PRACTICE CITIES' CATHY SWANSON-RIVENBARK LED COMPLEX PROCESS THAT CREATED WINNING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

A top 10 ranking in Conde Nast Traveler, AAA Four Diamond status and resilience through the pandemic have proven the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort to be one of the best public/private redevelopment projects in the nation.

Best Practice Cities (www.bestpracticecities.com) Founding principal Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, while serving as City Manager for Hollywood Florida, steered the project through uncharted and difficult waters.

Her leadership created not only the #7 resort among all Florida resorts ranked by Conde Nast readers, but also an anchor for redevelopment and reinvestment that has kept hundreds of small businesses on Hollywood Beach alive even in unmatched challenges during COVID-19. 


Thursday, April 8, 2021

ACCESSIBLE HOUSING (16)

PLANNING BEST PRACTICES CAN ACCOMMODATE MORE WHEELCHAIR USERS

By promoting accessibility, communities not only support populations who wish to age in place; they also create more flexible, sustainable housing for all.

This feeds into the late architect Ron Mace's concept of Universal Design, which is defined as design usable by all people to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialization.

"We know that an overwhelming majority of older adults desire to remain in their current homes," Peters says. 

"It makes sense to plan on someone having a mobility disability, whether due to accident, illness, or age."

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

ACCESSIBLE HOUSING (15)

PLANNING BEST PRACTICES CAN ACCOMMODATE MORE WHEELCHAIR USERS

"There is at least a 60 percent probability that a newly built single-family home today will have at least one person with a disability living in it in the next 50 years,"

says Brian Peters, community access and policy specialist for IndependenceFirst, a disability advocacy and resource center in Milwaukee.

Many planners and elected officials think accessible housing is only needed by people with existing disabilities, Peters says, 

but according to a 2018 AARP survey, while 76 percent of Americans over the age of 50 want to age in place in their current residence, a third of those surveyed say it won't be possible without major, often expensive modifications, like in the bathroom above.