FORT LAUDERDALE – Realtor Rick Gibson has been appointed to serve on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s newly formed Community Redevelopment Advisory Board (CRA), which was created under the mandate of the City Commission to help formulate and implement strategies to redevelop and improve the area between West Sunrise Boulevard, Northwest 16th Street, I-95, and Flagler Drive.
The board will consider such strategies as encouraging new commercial and residential construction, making infrastructure improvements such as sidewalks, street lighting, and traffic calming devices, and measures which could offer grant or financial incentives to residents and business owners looking to improve their properties.
Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom noted the “important duties” and planning the board members including Gibson will be undertaking for the area’s future, and said she “look[s] forward to working with this board to make this portion of the city a more vibrant area.”
“This appointment is an honor, considering the impact to the city of CRAs in general and this particular CRA’s central location,” Gibson, who has an extensive background in marketing and communications, and was recognized as Best Community Realtor 2011, told the Agenda.
“The LGBT community has historically resided and operated businesses in the areas affected by the CRA boundaries,” he said.
“I am very excited to be able to have input to the city on how to make these areas safer, more valuable, and to promote business,” added Gibson, whose affiliate was recognized this year as the RE/MAX 2012 Number One South Florida Team.
“Naturally, due to the proximity to Wilton Manors, and to the number of LGBT residents in the CRA boundaries, this will over time have tremendous positive impact for the greater good and the LGBT community,” he predicted.