Who are we? Citizens for Responsible Growth for Riviera Beach
is a non-profit Florida Corporation composed of unpaid
volunteers from our community. It was formed in response to a
proposed project that would have massively over developed a
portion of Singer Island.
What is our goal?
We are trying to prevent unbridled over
development of Singer Island and Riviera Beach. We are in favor
of redevelopment but not to the extent that it will destroy the
things which bring us here. Excessive uncontrolled building
would overload our roads, add to congestion, degrade our fragile
coastal environment and the quality of life in Riviera Beach.
How are we going to achieve it? By disseminating
information through the press, at speaking engagements,
community meetings and E-Mail, we are able to inform and educate
our community. With awareness and commitment we can shape
the future of Riviera Beach and Singer Island.
We have retained Attorneys and a Traffic Expert to support
Palm Beach County Commissioners including Karen
Marcus, State Senator Jeff Atwater, State Representative Carl
Domino, US Congressman Ron Klein and others have been helpful by
expressing their interest in the issues affecting Singer Island
and Riviera Beach and by intervening with various governmental
agencies. We are working with these elected officials and
governmental entities who will listen and are responsive to the
problems in Riviera Beach. Unfortunately, the former City
Government has been bent on over development and not at all
interested in responsible development.
All of us, Together, are a powerful force for controlling
what happens to our community. We need your help and support for
us to succeed.
What have we accomplished? We
financially supported Litigation which resulted in a 25%
decrease in the size of the Canopy Palms/The Resort Project
(200,000 Sq/Ft and 100 Units less than originally proposed).
A ten story parking garage was changed to a one level
underground design. The setback from the road was
increased and a building entrance drive was rerouted to prevent
traffic jams from backing up onto Ocean Drive.
We had significant input in rewriting the
RH Zoning ordinance to control density on Singer Island. It
was passed. Unfortunately, the City of Riviera Beach has altered
definitions in The Comprehensive Plan to partially negate the
progress we achieved with the RH Zoning.
With the help and support of Karen Marcus and the County
Commission, we modified the Palm Beach County Traffic
Concurrency Exception Area (TCEA) to prevent excessive traffic
on Ocean Drive.
We helped mobilize the
community to vote the incumbents and developers' candidates out of office.
We supported and
facilitated the Public Beach Coalition effort to assure that
all the people of Riviera Beach will continue to enjoy their
Through the efforts of many people, the permitting
Governmental Agencies have become sensitized to the problems
that exist with the City and its redevelopment plans. Rather
than rubber stamping applications for permits, thoughtful
consideration is now being given to each one.