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"WAC member Jim Timmerman urged that rather than detail all the technical specifications and construction standards, the manual and associated ordinance include by reference nationally accepted standards."
And the rebuttal from Mr. Pinter, Community Services Director of Marco Island:
"recommends spelling out the allowed methods and uses, saying 'we are more restrictive than the state and Federal requirements'.”
Why does government as represented by Mr. Pinter, always recommend the most cumbersome approach in drafting a manual?
It is a no brainer, simply refer to current state and Federal regulations, including the ASTM and the Miami-Dade building code, currently accepted as Florida standards. Any deviation from existing methods can be listed as an exception in the body of the manual. Result: less boilerplate crap that can easily be referenced.
Creating a draft that can easily reference existing codes/standards coupled with a listing of Marco Island code exceptions is the more prudent approach, unless we like to pass paper.
Why? Because Marco Island is more restrictive? Same rebuttal was made by Mr. Pinter in the review of the ROW (Right-of-Way) Standards Manual.
God help us all.
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