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Pembroke Pines CITY CONNECT Residents of Pembroke Pines have always known that the Chapel Trail Park Nature Preserve is one of Broward County’s best kept secrets. Now, everyone will know because the City has won the “Best Kept Secret” Award for the Preserve as part of South Florida Parenting’s Hi Kids Crown 2012 Competition. Aug/Sept 2012 Each year, South Florida Parenting, an online and print magazine geared towards parenting in South Florida, gives recognition to winners from five categories: Outings and Activities, Family Eating, Family Shopping and Services, Important Matters and Best Kept Secret. Nominations are made and then readers go online and vote for the favorite family-friendly places that they think offer the best activities, products and services. Winners with the most votes are chosen from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and recognized in the magazine’s July issue. According to South Florida Parenting Magazine Editor Kyara Lomer-Camarena, there were hundreds of nominees and thousands of votes this year. The City oversees the Chapel Trail Nature Preserve, which is 450 acres of wetlands that is home to 120 species of birds, deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, snakes, turtles and largemouth bass. Established in the Volume 1, Issue 6 1990s, the Preserve features 1,650 feet of winding boardwalks which allow Please turn to page 3 Pembroke Pines City Commission From left to right: Angelo Castillo (District 4), Jay Schwartz (District 2), Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Iris A. Siple (District 3), Carl Shechter (Vice Mayor – District 1) Mayor Frank C. Ortis 954-435-6505 ……. Commissioners: Carl Shechter, Vice Mayor 954-436-3266 ...... Angelo Castillo 954-436-3266 ………. Jay Schwartz 954-436-3266 .....….. Iris A. Siple 954-436-3266 ..............… City Manager: Charles F. Dodge 954-431-4884 ….......….

City Connect August September 2012 Volume 1 Issue 6

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