Celebrate Fourth of July at the Sportsplex
Coral Springs residents are invited to come out to the Sportsplex
and watch the sky light up with a spectacular Fourth of July
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with fun for the entire
family. Kids of all ages can enjoy food, games, giant
slides and a bounce house. Musical entertainment begins
at 6 p.m. with top 40 songs performed by Venus & Mars,
followed by Jimmy Buffett-inspired hits from David
Soreff and the Coral Reef Revue.
Top off the night of celebration with this year’s
fireworks show at 9 p.m. Please do not bring
your own fireworks, just sit back, relax and
enjoy the show!
The Sportsplex is located just east of the
Sawgrass Expressway between Sample
Road and Royal Palm Boulevard.
Flag Day For more information about this event, please call Parks and
Recreation at 345-2200.
The City of Coral Springs will be having
a Flag Day Ceremony on June 14th at
6:45 p.m. in front of City Hall. Anyone with
This year’s Fourth of July Celebration
a worn flag can bring it to the ceremony is sponsored by:
for a proper and dignified disposal.
Tradition calls for a ceremonial burning of
old, frayed, tattered or faded flags.
For more information, please call Parks
and Recreation at 345-2107.
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inside this issue
Basketball Player Bob Kroeger of Gym Opening
Colorado shows off his skills
during the recent Men’s Masters The Coral Springs
National Championships, held Gymnasium scores big
at the new Coral Springs
Gymnasium in May. with successful first event.
See page 5 for details. Page 5
CITY COMMISSION Members of the Fire Department learn
new techniques and improve upon old
Mayor John Sommerer
Vice Mayor Maureen Berk ones as they experience intense
Commissioner Rhonda Calhoun training throughout the City.
Commissioner Alan Polin
Commissioner William Stradling
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June/July 2001 www.coralsprings.org CITIZEN • 1
Traffic in Your City:
Intersection Hot Spots Targeted for Improvement
Traffic is a topic on the tip of
everyone’s tongue. It is one of the
major concerns raised every year at the
City’s Slice of the Springs meetings,
which has led to a number of traffic
calming projects within specific neigh-
borhoods. However, traffic lights and
signalization ultimately fall under the
responsibility of Broward County.
The adjacent map shows Coral
Springs “Hot Spots.” These are spots at
which residents, and/or the City, have
requested new signalization. Each
request goes to Broward County Traffic
Engineering for study, and the County
then comes back with a response.
Dick Brossard, Director of Public
Works for Broward County said, “We
have a very strong team of professional
engineers, technicians and field staff
who conduct professional in-depth
reviews of all requested traffic signals,
but occasionally we do have to say Traffic volume is measured by LOS, or Level of Service, with an LOS of A-D being acceptable
and an LOS of E or F being unacceptable. Some of the Hot Spots in Coral Springs are marked.
no.” However in many cases, the
outcome is positive. For example, by County Traffic Engineering Division just prevention.
July 2001, there will be a new signal recognized that traffic is an emotional “There is no easy answer,” he con-
on Riverside Drive between Sample issue. “One of the questions we hear all tinued. “Each intersection has its own
and Wiles Roads. the time is: how many people have to particularities. Some need more than a
die before you fix this intersection? Of one second delay on red, some need
WAYS TO MEASURE TRAFFIC course, we don’t want to see any less. We look at field conditions, at the
There are several accepted ways in speed of approaching traffic, at the
which to measure traffic. The County’s “We need to see behavioral physical distance and time it takes to
original comprehensive plan used changes in people. So often cross the road from point A to point B.
general tables based on volume only. we make adjustments and What we really need to see are behav-
Additional studies conducted by the people still run through the ioral changes in people. So often we
City’s traffic consultant, Kittleson & intersection.” make adjustments and people still run
Associates, used a higher level of through the intersection.”
detail, known as arterial planning. This - Jihad El Eid, The Coral Springs Police Department
Broward County Traffic
method considers traffic signal timing, Engineering Division Director has launched an agressive campaign to
traffic volume, distance between stop red light running at major intersec-
signals, and roadway geometry to better injuries. But when people have seen tions, and the Community Development
accommodate residents and traffic severe accidents at the same inter- Department has worked hard to
coming through the roadway. section, it is sometimes hard to under- implement speed humps and other
One of the most common misconcep- stand that traffic signalization may not traffic calming devices in many places
tions about traffic concerns the timing have necessarily prevented that in the City. However, reducing acci-
of the lights. In reality, 53 of 61 of the accident. Often times other factors such dents at intersections must begin with
signals in the City are coordinated, if as speed or driving under the influence drivers following the posted speed
you drive the speed limit. In some are at work. limits and obeying all traffic laws.
instances, there is a safety trade off — “In truth, traffic signals have the
for example, installing a left turn signal potential to increase some types of Traffic Trivia
at Royal Palm Blvd. and Coral Springs accidents and reduce others. The There are
Drive slowed traffic, but that signal is
also saving lives.
criteria we use is that there has to be at 61
least 5 accidents a year that could have traffic signals in the City and
been prevented by a signal. We look at
TRAFFIC SIGNALIZATION 3-year period. It doesn’t have anything 1,361
Jihad El Eid, Director of the Broward to do with the severity of the accident, in Broward County.
2 • CITIZEN www.coralsprings.org June/July 2001
City Delivers Value by Keeping Taxes Low
The City is entering into its budget dents better value for their dollar than This example applies to a homeowner
process for Fiscal Year 2002. The many surrounding areas. whose property is assessed at $200,000
millage rate and special assessments will If you are like most people, you and who has taken the $25,000
be set in July, for adoption by the City probably pay your estimated taxes as Homestead Exemption. The payment is
Commission in September. part of your mortgage. The bank holds divided among a number of countywide
In comparison to other Broward your money in an escrow account and agencies, as shown in Graph 1. Of the
County cities with similar populations pays your tax bill for you, and you 18.6% that goes to the City, $109.10 is
and services, Coral Springs ranks may never even realize how your earmarked for payment of general
favorably, with its residents enjoying one money is being allocated. The example obligation debt. The remaining $677.51
of the lowest millage rates around. The below is intended to give you a better of the initial $786.61 goes toward the
City has 12 departments which offer idea of how the average taxpayer's City's operational budget, as shown in
more than 92 major services, giving resi- dollars are spent. Graph 2.
A typical Coral Springs homeowner with a property (primary residence) assessed at $200,000 who has
taken the $25,000 Homestead Exemption might expect their taxes to be allocated this way:
Graph 1 Graph 2
*Of the 18.6% that goes to the City, $109.10 is earmarked for payment **General Government also includes Planning,
of general obligation debt. The remaining $677.51 of the initial $786.61 Commerce and Development, and Capital Outlay.
goes toward the City's operational budget, as shown in Graph 2.
June/July 2001 www.coralsprings.org CITIZEN • 3
Rooms To Go www.coralsprings.org
Purchases Coral Community Features Added to Website
Springs Property The official City website,
Rooms To Go, the nation’s largest located at www.coralsprings.org,
and fastest-growing furniture retailer, was recently re-launched with a
has closed on 46 acres of property in fresh look and a host of features
the Corporate Park of Coral Springs. aimed at promoting community
Rooms To Go has plans to build a involvement in the website.
700,000 square foot regional head- Be sure to visit the site to
quarters and distribution hub that will check out the following features:
employ 600 workers, with a proposed
• Community Calendar: The
expansion to 800,000 square feet.
Events section of the site
Developers Steve Blumenthal and
includes a link to submit an
Carlos Lopez-Cantera of the Pan
event to the calendar. Once
American Group Inc. were instrumental
submitted, your event will be
in the Rooms To Go deal.
added to the calendar in 1-2
The net fiscal impact of the project
days. All local organizations,
upon the City’s General Fund in its first
including schools, churches and charities, are encouraged to post their events
year of operation is expected to be
on the Community Calendar.
$330,000. The present value of the
future stream of benefits to the City’s • e-Flash: If you register on the site, you can receive periodic emails on the
General Fund isprojected to be $6.8 topics that interest you, from sporting events to business information to public
million. In addition, the local market safety updates. All you need is an email address to sign up, and your infor-
will be stimulated through the creation mation is kept private and will never be given to anyone.
of hundreds of jobs.
• Past event coverage: From the home page, click on “See video and photos of
“Our job is to attract appropriate
past news and events” and view scenes from local and City events, such as
commerce and industry to Coral
EarthFest, Cinco de Mayo and the Diving Grand Prix.
Springs. Rooms To Go is an excellent
company and welcomed addition to our • Your questions and feedback concerning www.coralsprings.org can be sent to
corporate community,” EDF email@example.com.
Chairperson John Walsh said.
Enterprise Coral Springs Promotes Economic Health
Enterprise Coral Springs is a and also provides economic incentives development of over 300,000 square
dynamic alliance that links the City’s for business retention. The Council of feet of speculative office and industrial
progressive business organizations and Executive Officers is a corporate trustee space to improve our competitive edge
serves as an umbrella organization for program designed to address the special in the marketplace. The economic
the City’s business development needs of large corporations. Member impact of this development activity
entities, which include the Economic corporations commit private resources upon our local economy is approxi-
Development Foundation, the Council to create a unified and powerful voice mately $180 million of added output,
of Executive Officers, and the Chamber to act on critical issues and generate earnings and investment. Only
of Commerce of Coral Springs. solutions for the benefit of its members $300,000 of incentives were utilized to
As a “one-stop” resource, Enterprise and the community at large. The generate this economic impact.
Coral Springs coordinates the efforts of Chamber of Commerce develops and Therefore, Coral Springs’ return on
these organizations, ensuring the long- supports the City’s vital small business investment during this period was a
term economic health of the City and community. remarkable $600 of economic impact
its business community. City Manager The past two years have been partic- for every one tax dollar invested.
Michael S. Levinson said, “Together, ularly successful for the EDF. The Because of the significant increase to
these organizations are increasing our EDF plays a major role in the long- the non-residential tax base, the City
non-residential tax base, bringing in term economic vitality of Coral has been able to consistently balance its
appropriate industrial and commercial Springs, assisting in every phase of budget without a property tax increase.
development and keep our operating corporate relocation, expansion, and Yet the City is continuously upgrading
tax rate low.” retention. During fiscal years 1999 and and expanding its already high levels of
Each organization plays a specific 2000, the EDF helped to attract 13 services, particularly in the public
and important role in the economic companies to the City of Coral Springs safety area. This is just one of the many
health of our community. The EDF and assisted in the expansion of 3 reasons why Coral Springs is not only a
attracts and assists executives consid- existing companies. great place to do business, but also a
ering corporate relocation or expansion In addition, the EDF assisted in the great place to live.
4 • CITIZEN www.coralsprings.org June/July 2001
New Gymnasium Scores Big With Athletes
The lines had just been placed on the
courts when the Coral Springs
Gymnasium hosted its first big event,
the Men’s Masters National
Championship Basketball Tournament,
Dave Furer, Barbara Ahrens, and Greg Celentano of
in May. This prestigious event draws Ahrens Companies and Juan Molina of Team Architecture
players from around the nation and were instrumental in the design and building of the gym.
world, a tradition it’s been keeping for
14 years in Broward County. The tour- Coral Springs Gymnasium is the best together well. It’s a fabulous facility.”
nament had been played the past seven venue yet. At the opening ceremony the City
years in Coconut Creek but now it has “I think it’s very nice, very attractive. expressed special appreciation to
found a new home in Coral Springs. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 10,” Director of Public Works Bob Glenn,
“This gym is excellent,” said 53- Showers said. “The lighting is clear and Director of Parks and Recreation Rick
year-old Mike Visman, who played on bright, too. That’s important for us Engle, and their staff members for all
the Masters team from Sacramento, older players,” he laughed. their hard work.
California in the 45 and over division. While basketball is the primary sport The gym offers open play hours
“Everything is covered, from A to Z. played at the new gym, it won’t be the when special events are not scheduled.
The wood floors are the ultimate and only recreational activity. The gym is Residents are charged a fee of $1 and
they’re so easy on our knees,” Visman also the site for numerous classes such non-residents pay $3. Open play hours
joked. as dance, karate, children’s cooking and will be updated weekly, please call the
Sixty-five-year-old Fritz Showers has self defense. An arcade game room is Coral Springs Gymnasium information
been playing basketball since he could another special feature in the 36,000- hotline at 755-4636, extension 970, for
walk. He has played in other similar square-foot facility. current information.
tournaments before but said the new In March 1998, residents voted for The Gymnasium is located at 2501
the bond issue that directed funds to Coral Springs Drive and is open seven
construct a new gymnasium. Work days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For
began in Spring 2000 and was com- more information, please call 345-2202.
pleted in April of this year at a cost of
“I would like to say thank you to
the citizens of Coral Springs for
approving the bond issue that made
this gym a reality,” said
Commissioner Bill Stradling.
Mayor John Sommerer agreed,
“This is something we wanted to do
for a long time. Everything came
G. A. Salmon (above) and the rest of the
Sports Image team traveled from Missouri
for the tournament. Players from 40 to
over 70 years old came from all over the
world to compete for their age division title
at the new Coral Springs Gymnasium.
June/July 2001 www.coralsprings.org CITIZEN • 5
Firefighters Enhance Life-Saving
Skills with Intensive Training
Thick smoke pours from a burning to arrive in their time of need and we
building in Coral Springs. Firefighters accept nothing less in our training
need to get to the source of the flames programs,” Stover added.
and put them out quickly to keep the Training allows firefighters to perfect
fire from spreading and endangering various techniques of fighting fires and
their lives and the lives around them. handling emergency situations. Another
They chip away at a hole on the roof, day of training involves transporting
but the axes aren’t hitting the right “victims” on and off Broward County’s
spots, so they stop what they’re doing. new $3.8 million rescue helicopter.
Did these courageous men and women “This is an excellent opportunity for
just give up? No. There’s a better way Coral Springs firefighters,” said Lt.
to do this job. Randy Ovcen, flight paramedic.
Enter Richard E. Stover, Chief of “They’ve already been trained on our
Training and Public Education. He other air rescue helicopter, the A-Star,
shows the firefighters how to hold the and now they’re getting familiar with
tools and where to hit with the greatest our new EC-135,” he added.
impact to ventilate the roof of the Being safe while loading or
burning building. That’s the luxury unloading victims is key in air rescue Coral Springs firefighters train on a regular
these firefighters have on this day of missions. Besides concentrating on the basis at the local stations. Here, two
firefighters practice switching their air tanks.
intensive training. They get the chance injured person, firefighters must be In a real fire situation, firefighters may have
to do the job over and over until they aware of hazards around the helicopter. to replace their tanks while inside the
can do it safely and correctly. The force of winds coming from the burning structure, and they must be able to
do so quickly without removing their masks.
“This type of training allows the fire- tail rotor can reach hurricane strength
fighters to learn new techniques and so rescuers must approach cautiously Haupt, Jr.’s arrival. Haupt came from
sharpen the old ones. This could make and with precision in a designated Norfolk, Virginia where he retired as
the difference between life and death safety zone. Chief of the Norfolk Fire and
when it comes down to how quickly Controlled practice burns and emer- Paramedical Services Department. The
and safely we do our job,” Stover said. gency rescue drills are but small parts Chief’s goal is to ensure that all of the
The City of Coral Springs prides of the daily training that the City’s fire- City’s firefighters receive the most
itself on the proactive direction of the fighters must complete to meet the Fire current training available to the fire
Fire Department. Rigorous training is a Chief’s goals and the City’s expecta- service.
key component of the Department’s tions. The Training and Public For more information about public
vision to serve the community. Education Division of the Coral classes and firefighting courses offered
“The citizens of Coral Springs expect Springs Fire Department has undergone by the Training and Public Education
the best-trained firefighter/paramedics a major overhaul since Chief Donald Division call 346-1322.
Before you dial 911, Local Heroes
ask yourself: A Big Heart Comes
• Are lives in danger? in a Small Package
• Is property in danger? Crossing the street almost ended
• Is a serious crime in the life of little four-year-old
progress? Marquise Macharie. The New York
boy was visiting Coral Springs when
a pick-up truck hit him. It didn’t look
If the answer
good for the tiny victim. His skull
to all three is NO,
was crushed and he had numerous
call the Coral Springs cuts and scrapes. Pictured are: Marquise's mom, dad & uncle,
Non-Emergency Line at Miraculously, just days after the
Firefighter/Paramedic Beth Walker (holding
Marquise), Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew
344-1800. accident, Marquise left the hospital
and wanted to thank the people who
Robins, Assistant Chief Steve Frey, Lt. Joe
Russoniello, Volunteer Firefighter Michael Castro
(front). Not pictured are: Firefighter/EMT John
saved his life before he left town. Wickham and Battalion Chief Dave Nilio.
“This is what makes it all worth-
911 is for while. To see him walk up with a
Firefighter/Paramedic Beth Walker,
one of the first rescuers on scene.
Emergencies! smile on his face less than a week
later was really wonderful,” said
Visit www.coralsprings.org to read
more about this heroic story.
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Above: Coral Springs firefighters recently got a visit from a Broward
Sheriff's Office Medical Evacuation helicopter to prepare themselves for
their duties in a case when one of their patients needs to be airlifted to a
The Coral Springs Fire Department conducted controlled burns and
other training exercises during April at the former Barnes & Noble
Bookstore at Atlantic Boulevard and University Drive. The training
included (clockwise from left) shattering windows and then gaining access
to the building by safely removing the glass panels, dismantling door
locks, cutting through roof materials, and putting out flames in the con-
trolled burn areas inside the building.
June/July 2001 www.coralsprings.org CITIZEN • 7
Community Updates A Home of Their Own:
Know the Current S.H.I.P. Program Brings Family Together
Restricted Water Rules
Modified Phase 2 water restrictions
remain in effect for Broward County.
Please remember to obey the fol-
lowing rules for the lawn watering of
five residential acres or less.
Addresses ending in odd numbers
can water 4-8 a.m. on Wednesdays
and Saturdays. Addresses ending in
The Joyces’ new home will be built by the end of the year.
even numbers can water 4-8 a.m. on
Thursdays and Sundays. John and Jenny Joyce spend part of fying for the S.H.I.P. grant was our best
Hand watering with one hose with their days dreaming about their new bet to realizing our dream,” Jenny said.
an automatic shutoff nozzle is home and can’t contain their John and Jenny shared the news they
allowed from 5-7 p.m. daily, except excitement. had been granted the housing funds
Fridays. New landscaping planted for It’s been about a year since the with John’s brother and sister-in-law.
fewer than 30 days may be watered
couple learned they qualified for the As it turned out, James and Rebecca
4-8 a.m. daily, except Fridays, with
spot watering anytime. State Housing Initiative Partnership Joyce also qualified for the S.H.I.P.
For complete information call the (S.H.I.P.) administered by the City of program. Once their home is com-
South Florida Water Management Coral Springs Community pleted, both couples will live side-by-
District at 1-800-662-8876 or visit Development Department. The S.H.I.P. side in the new duplex.
www.sfwmd.gov or the City’s program provides $10,000 toward the “This is so exciting. We’ll be living
website at www.coralsprings.org. For purchase of a home to applicants who next door to each other and now our
tips on how to conserve water, visit meet certain criteria. In this case, the kids can grow up together,” Jenny said.
www.everydropcounts.org. City bought the land in Glenwood for “We’re thankful to the Lord it all came
the Joyce’s home and donated it to the through for us. It was just meant to be.”
Zip Code Update couple. Soon, ground will be broken on To learn more about the State
In March, the City of Coral the new house and construction will be Housing Initiative Program call the
Springs received a letter from the completed by the end of the year. The City’s Community Development
United States Postal Service rejecting 1,500 square-foot duplex will have Department at 344-1114. The next
our request to create a new Zip Code three bedrooms, two baths and plenty round of funding begins in July 2001.
in the northern part of Coral Springs.
The proposed change was supported of room for their toddler. Application packages are available after
by the majority of residents in the “I’ve lived in Coral Springs most of July 1.
affected area, and would have aligned my life and I really wanted to buy a For additional information, please
all Coral Springs Zip Codes with our house here. Being a budget-minded log onto the Neighborhoods section at
municipal boundaries. Thus, Coral couple, my husband and I knew quali- www.coralsprings.org.
Springs would have become the
default address for all USPS data- Know The Code
bases, meaning mail and packages
would be addressed to Coral Springs, Permit is Required for Satellite Dishes
rather than to Pompano Beach.
“We are disappointed with the The City’s policy on satellite dishes COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS
Postal Service's rejection of our is broken down into two categories: Satellite dishes that are two meters
request. The City Commission has buildings in residential districts and or less (78”) in diameter are exempt
unanimously directed our information buildings in commercial districts. from any zoning regulations for
services department and the City location and aesthetics, but do require
Attorney to actively pursue proper RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS an electrical permit to also insure the
procedure to appeal this decision,” Satellite dishes that are one meter system is properly grounded. If they
Mayor John Sommerer said. or less (39”) in diameter are exempt exceed this the same rule follows to
Zip Code designations are used to
from any zoning regulations for obtain the building permit.
determine a number of things,
including revenue sharing for some location and aesthetics, but the home-
State and Federal programs. The owner is required to obtain an elec- The zoning code requires satellite
change could generate potential trical permit to insure the system is dishes that are not exempt to be effec-
benefits to residents with regards to properly grounded. If the dish exceeds tively concealed within any object
insurability and could result in lower these dimensions, then the home- permitted in residentially zoned dis-
homeowners, windstorm, flood and owner must obtain a building permit tricts such as a screen enclosure or an
car insurance rates. For these reasons, which requires zoning, structural and umbrella table.
the City continues to pursue the electrical review for location, instal- For more information, call Code
matter and will keep residents posted. lation, and proper screening of it. Enforcement at 340-4210.
8 • CITIZEN www.coralsprings.org June/July 2001
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:
Residents Volunteer to Take Out the Trash
Trash doesn’t stand a chance in the healthy and beautiful community. I get Clean and Lean
Meadows-Dells neighborhood of Coral that great feeling inside of doing some-
Springs. Each month, resident Lynn thing generous. It also gives me the Clean Up Your
Wilson gathers up a dedicated group of opportunity to say thank you to the Neighborhood and
volunteers who don’t mind getting a community for giving me a safer life,” Burn Calories Too!
little dirty picking up someone else’s she added. Activity Calories Burned
litter tossed along the streets. Coral Springs Code Enforcement Painting over graffiti 171
“I started this project to get the Officer Robin MacDonald has been Planting trees and flowers 162
neighborhood and the Meadows and pitching in since the street clean-up Clearing an illegal dumpsite 225
Dells Neighborhood Association project began in October of last year. Collecting recyclables 216
involved,” Wilson said. “This is where “The clean-up started with just a few Picking up litter 171
we live and we want to keep it clean. I of us. Now more and more people have
wanted to educate our neighbors and joined in. It’s a great team effort,” Estimated calories burned are based
our community and it’s working,” she MacDonald said. on 30 minutes of activity for a 150-
continued. The spirit of volunteerism doesn’t pound person.
The volunteers come in all shapes surprise Lynn Wilson.
and sizes, young and old. Students earn “I expected it to catch on quickly. Source: The Calorie Council
service hours by pitching in and come The kids who help out are proud of
away with t-shirts, McDonald’s food themselves and we are too. It’s a great mostly it’s paper products, glass and
certificates and movie passes. They also motivator for everyone to throw trash plastic bottles — stuff that people
leave with a sense of accomplishment. where it belongs – in the trash can — don’t think about when they toss it
“I’ve lived most of my life in this and not on our streets.” Wilson said. out their windows while driving,”
neighborhood and it’s taken care of me. The primary targets for clean-up are MacDonald said.
When I heard about the cleanup project Riverside and Westside Drives and 44th Some people are careless or maybe
I thought why not volunteer and turn Court between Wiles and Sample have forgotten that littering is a crime,
the tables and help take care of the Roads. Unfortunately these areas attract a crime with tough consequences. If
community that’s taken care of me,” litterbugs so volunteers rotate cleaning you are caught tossing out trash, you
said Coral Springs High School senior days among these main streets. Picking can face fines from $50 to $1,000 and
Amanda Boothby. up trash on the designated days usually spend up to a year in jail. If police spot
“Cleaning up the neighborhood gives takes about three hours. you using your car or truck to dump
me the satisfaction of looking at a more “We find all kinds of trash but debris you can get three points on your
Volunteers relax following the neighborhood cleanup project in the Meadows and Dells
communities. The volunteers pitch in once a month to remove trash on Riverside and
Westside Drives and on 44th Court between Wiles and Sample Roads.
June/July 2001 www.coralsprings.org CITIZEN • 9
Gasoline and Electric is Better:
Hybrid Car is Newest Addition to City Fleet
It looks likes any car. It drives like
any car. But it’s not just any car. Meet
the City’s newest addition to its fleet of
service vehicles: The Toyota Prius.
“The Prius is a hybrid car powered by
a combination of a gasoline engine and
an electric motor,” Fleet Services
Supervisor Rick Jensen explains. “When Commissioner Alan Polin (right) checks out
you step on the gas, the electric motor the new hybrid car, which has an in-dash gas
and electricity consumption monitor (above).
boosts the power from the gas engine to
save fuel. When you put on the brakes, bustible engines are increasingly adding
the power pack gets charged and when to the greenhouse effect and global
you stop, the engine shuts off so every- warming,” Commissioner Alan Polin
thing runs off the electric motor.” said.
The hybrid Prius is unassuming in its This is the City’s first alternative-fuel
small stature but it’s a powerhouse in vehicle but this type of car has proved
fuel economy, squeezing out 47 miles to itself as an efficient workhorse in Japan
the gallon, or almost 600 miles on its for two years. It’s now available in the
11.9-gallon tank of gasoline. United States where popularity is
“This initiative to add hybrid-engine growing for alternative-fuel vehicles.
vehicles to our fleet is based upon a The waiting list is three months long
desire to have a public policy created at and a new Prius costs about $20,000.
a local level that fosters clean air. I Coral Springs purchased its energy- Teens Earn
believe that the best way to develop a efficient hybrid in Hollywood slightly Community
comprehensive and intelligent environ- used, with only 1,800 miles on the
mental public policy is to start at the odometer. Other automobile manufac- Service Hours
local level and address the fact that turers have plans to develop models
carbon dioxide emissions from gas-com- that are powered by alternative means.
Prune, Don’t Top Trees When
Preparing for Hurricane Season
During the height of hurricane
season, topped trees are a common
sight in South Florida. “Topping” a tree Left to right: Warren Lindsey; Jeff
Hoover, Utilities/Streets Division;
is another term for hatracking, tipping, Caroline Sanecki; Jason Sanecki;
roundover, shaping and stubbing. In Crystal Rogers; Jodi Fisher; Nadia
this process, a tree’s main limbs and Adelman; Neenu Thekkumkattil; and
branches are chopped or cut back in Severely
severe fashion. chopping The City of Coral Springs salutes
The goal of topping is to control the back a tree’s a group of dedicated teens that
limbs, called teamed up with the Volunteer
height and spread of the tree; however, “topping,”
this method is never successful. If will either Services Division and Utilities
topping doesn’t kill the tree, the kill the tree Division for a community service
or encourage project.
recurring sprouts are usually far more it to grow
numerous than the normal growth more dense These energetic students helped
would be. The tree typically returns to than before. out by painting fire hydrants in the
its original height within a short period in South Florida after Hurricane Westchester area of the City.
of time with a very dense and dan- Andrew documented that properly The teens earned community
gerous crown. maintained trees were much more service hours to meet their high
Topped trees are not only ugly; they likely to survive in high winds than school graduation requirements of
devalue your property and pose serious their abused counterparts. 40 hours. For more information on
hazards. Tree rot and weakly attached Tree pruning should promote the volunteer opportunities with the
regrowth threaten homes and structures strength and beauty of your trees. The City of Coral Springs contact Kim
when storms approach. Surveys taken Tree Trimming, continued on page 16
Sanecki at 346-4430.
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Institutional Network in Development:
City Approves Agreements with Advanced Cable
The Coral Springs City Commission sions for additional PEG channels are also benefit from the implementation of
approved a 10-year, non-exclusive in place. provisions of the INET agreement.
cable franchise agreement and a 15- Residential cable subscribers should The resultant infrastructure
year institutional network (INET) also experience improved customer scheduled during the first year lays the
agreement with Advanced Cable service from Advanced Cable groundwork to offer a broad set of cost-
Communications at the April 17th City Communications. The franchise effective technology based services to
Commission meeting. These agree- agreement incorporates the City’s new the business community. Examples of
ments are the result of months of nego- ordinance establishing customer service anticipated services include: desktop
tiation between the City and Advanced performance standards, which went into hardware, software, training and
Cable Communications, and yield effect April 1, 2001. The agreement support; access to network based file
benefits to both cable subscribers and includes both penalties and incentives sharing, e-mail and fax services;
the local business community. to encourage Advanced’s compliance internet access with e-mail capabilities;
Residential cable subscribers will be with these standards, which will be web page development, maintenance,
the first to experience the resultant monitored on a quarterly basis. content management and hosting; and
increase in public, education, and gov- Residents will also benefit from the development of e-commerce applica-
ernment (PEG) cable television pro- rollout of internet-based City services tions with business partners and/or cus-
gramming. Within sixty days, that are tied to the INET agreement. tomers.
Advanced Cable Communications will Over the course of the next eighteen Coral Springs Mayor John Sommerer
dedicate one channel for PEG purposes, months the following City-based said, “The partnership between
and will air all educational pro- services will become web enabled: Advanced Cable Communications and
gramming distributed through BECON utility bill inquiry and payment; the City of Coral Springs will enable
(Broward Education Communications building inspection requests and results; the City to provide more convenient
Network). Because of the anticipated building plan review status checking; and cost-effective technology-based
growth in PEG programming, whether registration and payment of City-spon- services to our residents and business
originated by the City or distributed sored recreational programs; and citizen community. It also creates a new
from other sources like the School complaint tracking. revenue source for the City, helping to
Board or County Commission, provi- The local business community will keep our local tax rate low.”
Young Entrepreneurs Learn Success Secrets from Executives
Coral Springs High School class-
mates Jessica Neal, Danielle Sheffield
and Stephanie Porcella listened intently
as Chief Executive Officers from local
companies shared their experiences High school
while rising to the top of their careers. Neal, Danielle
Hosted by the Council of Executive Sheffield and
Officers (CEO), a not-for-profit corpo- Stephanie
ration of business leaders, the Young notes as they
Entrepreneur’s Session provided candid listen to local
dialogue among executives and teens business leaders
that focused on core values and what it secrets of success
takes to succeed in today’s marketplace. at the recent
“Work hard, possess an ethical Young
attitude, continue your education, plan Entrepreneur’s
for the future, be honest with yourself,
and give with no expectations in business,” said 16-year-old Jessica Neal. cation and you have to enjoy what
return,” explained attorney Bernard T. “I’ve learned a lot about the tricks of the you’re doing to succeed.”
Moyle, of Benson, Moyle & Mucci. trade,” she added. The CEO group is a strategic
“These values will help you succeed no Seventeen-year-old Danielle Sheffield business unit of Enterprise Coral
matter what career you chose.” agreed. “I heard some great ideas like Springs and works in partnership with
The messages from the five-member having a good plan, never stop trying the Coral Springs Economic
CEO panel were motivational and and follow your dreams.” Development Foundation. The group is
inspirational to the more than 50 “It takes plenty of work,” 16-year-old committed to working closely with local
students in attendance. Stephanie Porcella said. “You really high schools in the area of school-to-
“We’re thinking of starting our own have to have a good foundation in edu- work initiatives.
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Swimming Programs Teach Valuable Lessons in Water Safety
The City’s Parks and Recreation
Department and Swim Central recently
hosted a drowning prevention and pool
safety program at the Mullins Park pool
as part of a county-wide initiative for
water safety education.
About 300 Parkside Elementary
students attended the demonstration
designed not only to teach lessons in
water safety, but also to make children
more familiar with emergency per-
After seeing the water safety
sonnel and equipment. demonstrations, students were
First grade teacher Linda Skidd treated to an inside look at an
applauded the program. “It’s our hope ambulance given by Volunteer
Firefighter Michael Castro
that the children won’t be afraid if a (above).
drowning ever does occur and that
they’ll know who to call for help.” During the pool safety
“I learned that if you see someone and drowning prevention
drowning you can call the rescuers. I re-enacted a drowning
would save someone,” said student scenario demonstrating
Kaitlyn Wolfe. how they pull a victim from
the water (above left and left).
Swim Central is an organization that
offers grants to help pay for swim provide lessons at the Cypress Park available upon request.
lessons in the area. The City of Coral Pool, Mullins Park Pool and the Aquatic For more information on the Learn to
Springs partners with the American Red Complex. Classes are available for all Swim Program, please call the City
Cross Learn to Swim Program to ages and private lessons are also INFO line, 755-INFO, code #377.
Register Now Summer Activities
for Museum’s Art Spaces Still Available in Summer Camps
Camp Workshops There is still time to register your mances for the six-week session. A
The Coral Springs Museum of Art child at one of the exciting summer grand theatrical production at
offers eight weekly Camp Workshops camps that still have spaces available. summer’s end is sure to please both
during the summer for kids and teens Campers entering first through fifth campers and parents. Creative Arts
aged 5-15, beginning June 18 and con- grades will enjoy action-packed weeks Camp is open for campers entering
tinuing through August 10. The two- of games, outdoor sports, arts and third through sixth grades.
hour classes are held daily, Monday crafts, movies, special events and Third through fifth graders won’t
through Friday. The museum also offers much more at Ramblewood want to miss the Fun and Fitness Day
three, four-week Saturday art class Elementary and Middle Schools, Camp. Openings are available in three
schedules, June 9-30, July 7-28, and Forest Glen Middle School, and Eagle and six-week sessions. Fun and Fitness
August 4-25. Ridge Elementary School. Six-week or Day Camp is filled with sports such as
Taught by professional artists, the three-week sessions are still available water polo, swimming, arts and crafts,
classes include something for all levels at the Elementary Camps. field trips and special events.
of creativity. Campers can register for The Coral Springs Gymnasium is Special needs campers will enjoy a
fun topics ranging from “Adventures in the site of the Extended Hours Camp fun session of swimming, games, arts
Art,” to drawing, painting, and collage, for six-week and three-week sessions. and crafts, sports and field trips at the
to working with clay and paper maché, Openings for campers entering the first Special Populations Camp.
and classes like “Art & Literature,” and through sixth grades are waiting to be Sports Camp is open for second
“Exploring Sculpture.” filled. The gym features three bas- through fourth graders who want to
Classes are individually priced and ketball courts as well as a game room sharpen their athletic skills. Six-week
range from $55 to $100. with ping-pong, air hockey and pool and three-week sessions are available
The Coral Springs Museum of Art is tables. Extended Hours campers can for sports instruction, tournaments,
located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive in also enjoy games, arts and crafts, field trips and special events.
the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. special events and field trips. Please call the City of Coral Springs
Summer museum hours are Monday At Creative Arts Camp youngsters Parks and Recreation Department at
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For get to show off their talents with 345-2200 to register for one of these
more information please call 340-5000. dance, drama and singing perfor- exciting camping adventures.
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Exotic Plants Wreak Havoc on Local Ecosystem
What exactly is an exotic plant and (e.g. Australian Pine) or brittle wood some form of competitive advantage
how is their existence harmful to our (e.g. Indian Rosewood). These plants over native species. This advantage can
South Florida ecosystem? are referred to as nuisance plants and be in the form of a faster growth rate,
An exotic plant is defined as a plant often pose a public safety hazard. which can literally leave slower
species that is not native to an area in Of the nearly 25,000 exotic plants growing native plants in the dark and
which it is growing. that can be found in Florida, less than unable to grow. In some cases the
one percent are classified as invasive or invasive exotics are better at utilizing
ARE ALL EXOTIC PLANTS nuisance exotics. Unfortunately, this available resources, such as water,
A PROBLEM? small number of exotics causes signif- leaving native plants high and dry.
Not all exotic plants introduced to icant damage to intact ecosystems The dominance of one plant species
this area are a problem. When an exotic resulting in widespread habitat in an ecosystem is reflected in the loss
plant exhibits “aggressive” and “com- destruction at an alarming rate. This of diversity and the increase in endan-
petitive” behavior that disturbs the small group of plants comes with a gered species. The effect of exotics on
species composition of an ecosystem by large price tag. During the fiscal years an ecosystem is not limited to plants
crowding out and replacing native 1999 and 2000, 10 state agencies spent but rather trickles down the food chain.
species, it becomes a problem. An nearly $91 million on the eradication of A loss of native species can lead to the
exotic plant exhibiting this form of invasive plant and animal species in total elimination of important food
behavior is characterized as an invasive Florida. sources for plant eating animals. This in
exotic. turn leads to reduced food sources for
Another group of exotic plants are HOW DO INVASIVE EXOTICS carnivores, which will either move on
those that have undesirable character- HARM ECOSYSTEMS? to intact ecosystems, leading to over-
istics such as unstable root systems Generally invasive exotics have Exotic Plants, continued on page 16
Scenes from EarthFest 2001
More than 800 residents visited Sandy
Ridge Sanctuary for the most successful
EarthFest ever on Saturday, April 21 in
celebration of International Earth Day.
In addition to tours of the Sanctuary,
visitors of all ages were able to see and
touch live animals, including turtles, a
baby alligator and butterflies.
Free refreshments, giveaways, silent
auctions and raffles, as well as informa-
tional exhibits, entertained visitors before
and after the tours. For more information
about Sandy Ridge Sanctuary, visit the
Parks section at www.coralsprings.org.
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National Prayer Celebration Unites Local Faiths
Although an outdoor celebration was preempted by rain, the
Thirteenth Annual National Day of Prayer gathering carried on inside
the City Commission Chambers. The May 3 event brought together
more than 100 people representing 20 various faiths who prayed for
our nation and its leaders.
This year’s theme was
“One Nation Under God”
and commemorated our
country’s rich religious
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Cinco de Mayo Festival Entertains, Educates
The Coral Springs Mutli-Cultural Advisory Committee hosted the
First Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration in partnership with the
Broward County Libraries on Saturday, May 5. This entertaining and
educational event was held at the new Northwest Regional Library
and attracted hundreds of people.
Cinco de Mayo – the fifth of May – celebrates the defeat of the
French Army by the Mexicans at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
“The Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee wanted to mark Cinco
do Mayo with a gathering of all our Hispanic cultures to join in the
celebration of music, food, and entertainment, while paying tribute to
our Mexican neighbors,” said Joyce Campos, Coral Springs
Community Relations Manager.
The Cinco de Mayo festival featured a crowd-pleasing variety of
authentic Mexican food, arts and crafts, and entertainment.
at the Cinco
was treated to
a variety of
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Tree Memorial Program Tree Trimming, continued from page 10
City Offers Tree National Arborist Association (NAA) days and add to the value of your
Memorial Program recommends you have your trees pruned property.
The City’s Tree Memorial by a professional who complies with
Program allows family or friends to NAA standards. Limbs are selected for DISPOSAL INFORMATION
dedicate a tree in memory of a loved stability and strength while weak or Tree trimmings, branches and logs
one. The City can provide a tree at deformed tree limbs are removed. The must be placed at the curb in front of
cost and will install the tree within result is a more natural look and a each residence in bundles of four feet or
any of the City parks. The location stronger, healthier tree. less and not exceeding 40 lbs. Leaves
must be in an area where a tree
When selecting a tree trimmer, ask for and grass clippings must be placed in
would normally be planted. The
average cost for a tree is $100. a written estimate, proof of insurance garbage cans or plastic liners. Under
In addition, a plaque can be and compliance with local codes. A true normal conditions, yard waste is col-
placed at the base of the tree. City professional will not be afraid to give lected on each regularly scheduled
staff will install the plaque in the references. Beware of “tree experts” pickup day. Citizens with proof of Coral
ground, which must be 5" by 7" or knocking on doors, offering to cut back Springs residency may dispose of larger
4" by 6” and must be provided by trees for “safety reasons.” Homeowners branches at the Waste Transfer Station,
the person dedicating the tree. should select a professional who will located on Wiles Road at N.W. 126 Ave.,
Please call the Parks and perform competent work at a compet- on weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Recreation Department at 345-2107 itive price. If you have any questions regarding
for more information about the Tree Your well-pruned trees will survive tree maintenance, call Community
Memorial Program. dangerous storms, give shade on hot Development at 344-1114.
Exotic Plants, continued from page 13
crowding in the new area, or simply die as much water as a This tree produces
due to lack of food. native tree. This tree large amounts of
was actually intro- reddish-brown berries,
FIVE MOST WANTED duced to the country which are a favorite
Have you seen these nuisance plants in the early 1900s to food source for many
in Coral Springs? help drain wetlands. In birds. The seeds are
our present drought widely distributed by
AUSTRALIAN PINE: Frequently condition this is of birds, which accounts
found growing along canals and as a course a particularly Melaleuca for Bischofia seedlings Bischofia
windbreak along property lines. serious problem. being found some
This quick growing, distance from mature trees.
tall, wispy tree is an BRAZILIAN PEPPER: Brazilian Bischofia is common in disturbed
extremely aggressive Pepper is also mistakenly known as areas but also invades established
exotic. It quickly Florida Holly. This shrub was intro- ecosystems such as cypress domes,
crowds out native duced to Florida in the late 1800s as a hardwood hammocks or pine flatwoods,
plants. The fallen landscaping ornamental. It was very thereby displacing native plants.
needles release a popular due to the bright red berries
chemical into the soil that ripen in winter. EARLEAF ACACIA: Earleaf Acacia
preventing the growth Australian Pine This plant is actually a relative of was introduced to South Florida from
of other plants. Poison Ivy. Sensitive people can react Australia in the early 1900’s. It was
The Australian Pine roots are very to the plants sap with reoccurring planted extensively in Florida as a
shallow and is one of the trees most contact dermatitis. street tree.
commonly knocked over during a Many people are The Earleaf Acacia gets its common
windstorm. allergic to this plant’s name from the twisted seedpod, which
pollen. It grows very vaguely resembles an ear. This tree is
MELALEUCA: This tree native to quickly and if not con- commonly found growing in many
Australia is easily identified by its trolled will crowd out intact ecosystems. It
paper-like bark. The Melaleuca forms other plants forming does well in areas with
seed capsules at the ends of its large monocultures nutrient-poor soils that
branches. Each of these capsules Brazilian Pepper
which are ecological burn occasionally and
contains thousands of seeds, which are deserts. are sometimes sub-
dispersed when the tree is subjected to jected to drought con-
“stress” in the form of fire, herbicide or BISCHOFIA: Bischofia is a fast ditions. These features
cutting. growing ornamental tree introduced to apply to numerous
The Melaleuca is of particular South Florida from south east Asia in South Florida
concern because it uses up to five times the early 1900’s. ecosystems.
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International Divers Triumph at Aquatic Complex
International divers at the 2001 FINA/USA
Diving Grand Prix wowed spectators with their
precision and strength. Men’s and women’s
teams from China, Australia, and the United
States dominated the four-day event.
This event would not have been possible
without the assistance of our local sponsors:
Applebee’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Outback
Steakhouse, Coral Springs Medical Center,
Budget, Arvida Realty Services and the Sun-
Sentinel. Special thanks also goes to the
Aquatic Services staff for their hard work
during the event.
For more photos and event results, visit www.coralsprings.org.
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