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Bal Harbour no longer providing landscaping for gated community

Bal Harbour’s Village Council approved an ordinance requiring residents of the village’s only gated community to pay a fee for maintenance costs. Currently, landscaping upkeep is performed by Bal Harbour’s public works department.

By Rodolfo Roman
Special to the Herald
Bal Harbour’s only gated community will have to pay a special assessment fee to cover maintenance costs.

The Village Council gave final approval to an ordinance requiring residents in the gated community to pay costs for maintaining landscape in the area at the April 28 meeting.

There are 187 single family homes and 11 apartment buildings containing 105 units in the gated residential district. The security district, about seven-tenths of a mile long and approximately half a mile wide, is located north of Village Hall and Bal Harbour Shops.

The fee amount hasn’t been determined. Currently, maintenance is performed by Bal Harbour’s public works department. The village pays for it using money from its general budget.

Residents of the residential district already pay a security assessment, which is $910 a year for a single-family home. The village administers the funds on their behalf by contracting a security firm, Kent Security, which provides security officers for the guardhouse and performs routine maintenance on the security gates and systems.

Also at the meeting, the village council also approved to create an advisory committee that would make recommendations about improvements and levying special assessments within the area.

The committee would include five members: Four appointed by the council, plus the council person representing District 5, currently Assistant Mayor Joni Blachar. To qualify, members must own property within the gated residential section and must reside at the property while on the committee. For those interested, a letter of interest or a resume indicating qualifications may be mailed to Bal Harbour Village 655 – 96th Street Bal Harbour, Florida 33154. Deadline is June 15.

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