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ArtWalk to be unveiled Fall 2015 Hazardous Waste • Hurricanes Britto returns to Museum of Art

INSIDE OUT project on display in Coral Springs

Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers

John J. Hearn

City Attorney

Dan Daley


Larry Vignola

Vice Mayor

Skip Campbell Mayor

Lou Cimaglia


Joy Carter


Erdal Dönmez

City Manager

City connects with residents via new app Residents can now report any issues, such as potholes, code violations or street light outages, to City staff with a simple click of a button. The City has launched “My Coral Springs,” a new app and web site designed to make it easier for Coral Springs residents and visitors to report issues and receive status notifications. The service is available as a free download on Apple and Android devices, and can also be accessed from the City’s web site at One of the features of the new service is the ability for residents to submit photos with their entry. When a complaint goes into the system, there are structured workflows that send it automatically to a specified department to handle that complaint. Staff will respond and report back when the Under the Sun • Summer 2015

issue has been resolved. This new tool allows City staff to also measure the response of departments over time and to improve customer service standards. “My Coral Springs will help connect our residents to the appropriate departments to address their issues more effectively and efficiently,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. The My Coral Springs app and online service are free. Download the app to your smartphone by going to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and searching “My Coral Springs App,” or visit our web site. To find and use the service via laptop or tablet, visit our web site and click “My Coral Springs.”



HIGHLIGHTS Global INSIDE OUT project now in Coral Springs............................... Page 2 ArtWalk to be unveiled in Fall 2015.................................................................... Page 3 City remembers September 11th ............................................................................ Page 3 Government Academy to start this Fall.......................................................... Page 3 HOT TOPICS Dispose your hazardous waste properly...................................................... Page 4 City Hall in the Mall celebrates 20 years........................................................ Page 5 Car seat check available at Fire Stations....................................................... Page 6 Fire Department launches innovative program.................................. Page 6 Are you prepared for Hurricane Season?..................................................... Page 9 LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Vietnam Memorial Wall replica comes to Coral Springs......... Page 10 New Florida Building Code effective June 30...................................... Page 10 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Beware of scams that target the elderly.................................................... Page 11 CULTURAL ENERGY Britto is back at the Coral Springs Museum of Art......................... Page 13 FUN UNDER THE SUN Be water safe and stay cool this summer.................................................. Page 14 Register for dance classes online........................................................................ Page 15

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INSIDE OUT project on display in Coral Springs


ArtWalk to be unveiled Fall 2015 Hazardous Waste • Hurricanes Britto returns to Museum of Art

Visit the INSIDE OUT display at the Northwest Regional Library! See page 2

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Global INSIDE OUT project featured at library Since 2007, cities have been plastered with huge photographs of the diverse people who live there – and now, it’s here in Coral Springs. INSIDE OUT was inspired by Parisian street artist JR, who later won the TED Prize in 2011. INSIDE OUT encourages communities to reflect on the diversity of their residents in expressive black-and-white portraits that are exhibited in public forums, such as on building walls and sidewalks. The larger-than-life images serve as a reflection of community diversity that can be seen and enjoyed by all. Each installation around t​he world is documented, archived and exhibited online to tell stories of

community groups. As part of Broward 100, Coral Springs residents had the opportunity to be photographed at a BizArt Festival held in January 2015. The photographs were later printed and pasted for display at the Northwest Regional Library in June. “The City and Public Art Committee are pleased to work with Broward County on this exhibition and we are proud Coral Springs is one of the largest installations in the County,” Development Services Assistant Director Jim Hickey said. Resident Dale Williams’ photograph is one of the 108 portraits featured at the library. “The fact that I got to be a part of this project is just amazing. I love the meaning behind it and what it stands for,” Williams said. “As an artist myself, I try to inspire people with my work and I hope this exhibition will inspire others as well.” The project will be on display for 4 to 6 months, so visit the exhibit this summer. 3151 N. University Drive

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Residents and visitors will soon have a new hotspot in town. The ArtWalk, located within Downtown Coral Springs, continues to move forward and will be unveiled in the Fall. The ArtWalk will be lined with sculptures, making it a wonderful public space residents can enjoy. Six art sculpture locations are currently planned. Construction of Beyond, by Zachary Knudson, will begin soon. His piece is a 13 foot tall infinity glass sculpture with powder coated aluminum and LED lights. Coral Springs will be the first known City in the world to have an infinity sculpture of this style and magnitude. All other construction has remained on schedule and the City is looking forward to hosting events at the ArtWalk, such as Unplugged and Downtown in December. Across from the ArtWalk at the old Denny’s site, there will also be a new Cornerstone Plaza.


ArtWalk to be unveiled in Fall 2015

City remembers September 11 Each year, the City holds a memorial service in remembrance of the victims and the heroes of September 11, 2001. If you and your family were affected by the tragedy, the City invites you to be part of this year’s commemoration on Friday, September 11 at noon at the memorial site at the Northwest Regional Library. For more information, contact Gina Orlando at the number below or e-mail 954-344-1147

Construction of the ArtWalk is underway and the final hardscape designs are taking shape.

“We are excited to be moving forward with the new Cornerstone Plaza, which will bring Pei Wei and Chase Bank,” Deputy City Manager Jennifer Bramley said. Both Pei Wei, an Asian-inspired diner, and the bank will be completed by Spring 2016. The new ArtWalk and Municipal Complex will catalyze redevelopment of the downtown area, and create a sense of place for residents and commercial owners. Plans for the Municipal Complex remain on track and it is expected to be completed in 2017. “Our residents and businesses have a lot to look forward to as projects like the ArtWalk and the Municipal Complex become a reality,” Bramley said. For all the latest news and updates on events at the ArtWalk beginning this Fall, visit our web site.

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Government Academy to start this Fall Want to learn about the ins and outs of local government? Gain valuable insights at the City’s Government Academy, which will give residents an inside look into different departments. The program, set to begin sometime in the Fall, will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for four consecutive Thursdays. Participants will become familiar with local government related issues, learn about our wide variety of City services, and explore hot button issues and challenges that face the City. During the course of the academy, the participants will meet City Commission members, the City Manager and staff. The Government Academy is free and open to residents 16 and older. All sessions will be held at a location within the City and dinner will be provided. Dates for the next Government Academy have not been set, but reserve your spot by calling today. 954-344-5907 Summer 2015 • Under the Sun • 3

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Dispose your hazardous waste properly

Conserve water and save

We need to conserve water whether it’s raining or not. The more we conserve, the longer we postpone having to pay for new supplies or expensive alternatives.

Conservation us in reduced water costs. With our growingPays urban population, increasing demands Conservation Pays because it protects the environment for water, and the unpredictability of rainfall from year to year, managing our resources is the only way we can Rebates are available for WaterSense® ensure an adequate water supply is available when we need High Efficiency Toilets it most. Businesses, Non-Profits. Landscape irrigation inHomes, Broward County is estimated to Restrictions Apply. account for one-half of household water consumption and places a significant demand on local water resources. In an effort to conserveLearn andHow protect local water resources, to Save. permanent twice-a-weekApply landscape watering for a Rebate today! schedule is still in place throughout Broward County. Even-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Thursday and/or Sunday and odd-numbered addresses can water on1-800-270-9794 Wednesday and/or Saturday. All households must water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. This ordinance is effective countywide as it sets minimum standards to help protect the environment.

Here are five ways to conserve: • Make sure the dishwasher is full (and the laundry machine, too) before you use it. • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway. • Irrigate only when necessary and only on your approved day! • Repair leaks and drippy faucets. • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth. If you are a Coral Springs Utilities customer, you may be eligible for rebates. Visit and follow five simple steps to receive $100 when you install a high-efficiency toilet (pre-approval required). The City also offers free showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators for your kitchen and low-flow pre-rinse spray valve for restaurants. This is part of a Broward Water Partnership and participants must be a Coral Springs Utilities customer to be eligible.

Coral Springs residents can drop off certain household hazardous waste, such as paint, electronics, and fluorescent lights on the first Saturday of every month at the Waste Transfer Station at the end of Wiles Road at N.W. 126 Avenue. Two forms of I.D. showing a Coral Springs address are required (driver license, plus bill, registration, etc.). Residents may drop off items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any other hazardous waste can be disposed at special one-day events throughout the year. Items accepted include: electronics, aerosol products, ammonia, antifreeze, auto fluids, auto batteries, boat batteries, boat fluids, charcoal starter, compact fluorescent lamps, drain cleaners, fertilizer, fire extinguishers, fluorescent tubes, gasoline, herbicides, household cleaners, insecticide, kerosene, lawn chemicals, lighter fluid, mercury thermometers, motor oil, nail polish and remover, paint, pesticides, photo chemicals, propane tanks, rechargeable batteries, rust remover, solvents, spot remover, turpentine, weed killer, wood stain and wood stripper. Upcoming dates available: Saturday, August 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2201 NW 9 Ave. in Fort Lauderdale • Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4800 W. Copans Road in Coconut Creek • Sunday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4181 NW 121 Ave. in Coral Springs. •

Remember, residents are not allowed to drop off items at Broward County’s Hazardous Waste Disposal. 954-344-1165

Don’t forget to recycle! Summertime often means pool parties and barbecues with family and friends. These fun gatherings are filled with recyclable items that are often tossed in the trash. Please remember that any plastic plate or cup marked 1-7 can be recycled after a light rinse. You can recycle clean deli containers, lids, and even red disposable cups. If you’re hosting a party, consider labeling a recycling bin for your guests’ easy use. As always, recycle all plastic, glass bottles and aluminum cans – but not food waste! If you have any questions about recycling in your community, contact Sun Bergeron or visit our web site.


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City Hall in the Mall celebrates 20 years Our satellite location, City Hall in the Mall, is still going strong after 20 years of service at the Coral Square Mall. The facility opened in 1995 as a one-stop shop to obtain City information, pay bills and register a comment or request for service. It later evolved into a Passport Acceptance Facility, and now serves as an award-winning location for the State Department. The City later began offering passport services at City Hall. The passport staff at both locations are highly skilled and undergo regular training. The Mall office draws people from the tri-County area of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade because of the extended working hours offered during the week and on Saturdays. Being located within a mall is an added attraction, as customers can shop and do errands while applying for their passport. Passport photos, fingerprinting services and notary services are also offered at this site. “We try our best to make it a quick and pleasant experience,” Marie Giacalone said, who has worked for the City for more than 28 years. “We are very proud to have been selected as the second best Passport Acceptance facility by the State Department.”  The location is open Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that passport services close an hour prior to the facility closing. 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. 


City Hall in the Mall is a great place to get information about the City, and also to apply for a passport. For details on costs and required documentation, visit

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Coral Springs Fire Department launches new innovative program The Community Paramedic Program is a new and innovative model of community-based health care, in which paramedics function outside their customary emergency response and transport roles in ways that facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources. These programs are typically designed to address specific local problems. The Coral Springs Fire Department has switched one experienced paramedic from the traditional 24 hour on and 48 hour off, to an 8 hour a day, five days per week schedule. This paramedic has been tasked with conducting house visits to patients who traditionally have used the 911 system

as their primary source of healthcare or for issues that are not necessarily medical emergencies. During this pilot program, the Fire Department will work with four types of patients, including frequent EMS users, special medical needs patients, frequent fall patients, and post-hospital discharge patients. “The goal is to help our citizens make better use of available emergency services and find ways to add value to their lives by keeping them healthy in their homes,” Fire Chief Frank Babinec said.

Car seat check available at Fire Stations Thousands of children are injured or killed every year by safety seats that are improperly fastened by parents or caretakers. Most collisions occur within a mile of the home, so buckle up your child in a safety seat every time, no matter how short the trip may be. It is estimated that more than 80% of all car seats are improperly installed. The Coral Springs Fire Department can provide car seat installation information and teach you how to properly install a car seat. The Coral Springs Fire Department has a trained and certified team of child passenger safety technicians (CPST) who can answer specific questions related to your vehicle and the safety seat your child uses. Many questions have very specific answers because all car seats do not fit all vehicles the same way. Some vehicles are unable to accommodate a child safely in certain seats due to locations of seat anchors, air bags, crush zones and other vehicle specific issues. When one of our car seat technicians does a car seat installation or safety check, they also search for the latest information related to that car seat and that specific vehicle. Recalls and safety alerts are updated on national databases almost daily and staff also tries to ensure that the manufacturer’s guidelines are followed.

The Coral Springs Fire Department does car seat checks and installations by appointment only. Each appointment can take 30-40 minutes since technicians must also ensure that you can re-install the car seat correctly should it ever have to be removed. To schedule an appointment, call our Community Risk Reduction Office at 954-346-1354. Did you know? • All children age 5 or younger are required by Florida Statute to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. • Generally, the safest location in most vehicles is the center of the back seat. • Children seated in a booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone. While Florida Law requires a child to remain in an approved restraint device until they are six years old, this statistic alone might be reason to keep your child in the booster seat as long as possible. Generally, kids need to use a car booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. The Coral Springs Fire Department recommends that you use a booster seat with the vehicle lap and shoulder safety belts until your child passes the following Safety Belt Fit Test: 1. The child’s knees should bend at the edge of the seat when his or her back and bottom are against the vehicle seat back; and 2. The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs; and 3. The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest.

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City rewards teens for safe driving Students can once again be recognized for not having a traffic citation or an “at-fault” accident during the school year. Students are eligible to apply for recognition if they attend any of the Coral Springs high schools or attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Teenagers must have a valid driver’s license, with no tickets or at-fault crashes between the dates of August 18, 2015 through April 1, 2016. Florida Driver’s permits will be accepted as long as the student receives their Florida Driver’s license by or before December 1, 2015. Students that meet the criteria will receive a certificate of recognition from Police Chief Tony Pustizzi. Seniors will also receive a cord to wear during their graduation ceremony. Applicants must submit a copy of their Driver’s License and the application to their School Resource Officer by April 2016.

It is a tragic loss of life that the Coral Springs Fire Department aims to prevent through “Safe to Sleep” for infants, a comprehensive prevention program that includes training, home site visits and education. Investigations have shown that the majority of infant deaths that would normally be ruled as SIDS are actually 100% preventable sleep related deaths. The program emphasizes four simple guidelines: • Babies should not share a bed with adults or other children; • Should not sleep in a regular-sized bed or on a couch; • Should not sleep with toys, blankets or other objects; and • Should only sleep on their backs. “The more families we can reach with this information, the more babies we have a chance to save,“ said Talia Hunter, an employee of the Coral Springs Fire Department. The Coral Springs Fire Department also has resources available for families that cannot afford a crib or safe sleep environment for a baby. If anyone would like more information on the Safe to Sleep Program, or would like to request a kit, please e-mail


Learn self-defense tactics Want to learn self-defense tactics? The Coral Springs Police Department is empowering women at their upcoming Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course in August. Ladies ages 13 and older will learn how to defend themselves when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. RAD focuses on repetition, practice and muscle memory to help women survive during a struggle. Participants have a chance to practice what they learn during live scenarios. RAD meets on four consecutive Tuesdays, and the next session begins Tuesday, August 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. The course is physically involved, but no prior self-defense experience is required. Participants must register in advance for a $25 refundable fee. After completing all four classes, payment will be refunded. Otherwise, payment will be withheld.


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Important notice for all water customers

Online services available for residents and businesses

The City of Coral Springs Utility Division, along with other water utilities in Coral Springs, will temporarily discontinue the use of ammonia in the disinfection process to comply with the requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection. In addition to this change, water main flushing will begin on July 17 and continue through July 31, 2015 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. As a result, within the two-week period, you may notice a chlorine taste or odor in the tap water. Be advised that temporary discoloration of the water and a reduction in pressure may also occur during this period of flushing. These temporary conditions are not harmful to your health. If you are on kidney dialysis, please consult your physician for any special instructions. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, contact your local pet store for advice. The flushing program minimizes the build-up of mineral and other sediments, that over time can affect water quality and water flows through the pipes. It also allows the Water Department to verify that fire hydrants are working properly and are available for fire protection. If you have any questions, please call your water district. Coral Springs Utility Division • 954-345-2160 Coral Springs Improvement District • 954-752-1797

Coral Springs citizens can now go online to check on the status of a Code Compliance or Fire Inspection case, as well as pay a number of fees charged by the City. For example, you can search for a Code or Fire Inspection case by case number, owner name, property address (or even simply the street), or business name. Once an individual case is selected, a menu on the left side of the screen allows you to select basic information about the case, such as actions taken, violations, or comments on the case. Business owners can also determine if fire inspection fees, business tax, landlord registration, or neighborhood preservation fees are up to date, and pay those fees online. Go to access the online services. Payment of some fees may require the user to create an online account. Detailed instructions are available on the web site. For other assistance, residents and business owners also may use our online service request option at

North Springs Improvement District • 954-753-0380 Royal Utilities • 954-344-9106

WHAT’S GOING UP? New commercial construction to begin in Coral Springs The City continues to find ways to improve and attract more businesses to the Corporate Park. Global company Lupin Pharmaceuticals is bringing a capital investment of $14 million and 45 high-wage jobs. Multiple fitness centers, including Cardio Barre Florida, Anytime Fitness and Golden Path Yoga, as well as unique retailers Baby Guard Inc. and Flatspot Board Shop have also decided to do business in Coral Springs, demonstrating the City’s strength of its appeal as a business hub. An array of restaurants also decided to move to Coral Springs, such as Bonefish Mac’s, Caribbean Circle Grill, Mancora Ceviche Bar and Grille, Pizza de Luna, Protein House, The Egg and I, and Brooklyn Water Bagels. “The City continues to attract retailers of all sizes,” Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell said. “Our business community

is thriving and the City remains committed to attracting more businesses and helping them succeed.”

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Be informed City staff works year-round to ensure that all departments are prepared in the event of a storm. While Coral Springs hasn’t had any serious hurricanes or tropical storms since 2005, it is important to always have a family plan and supplies on hand. City media provides extensive coverage of hurricanerelated information before, during and after a storm. Visit for the latest updates, and be sure to tune into CityRadio 1670am for up-to-date emergency information. CityTV 25 on Advanced Cable or Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse will also broadcast emergency information. After a storm hits, the City opens its Hurricane Call Center, with City staff answering specific questions. In the event of a hurricane, you may reach the Call Center at 954-3441001. You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter for updates in the event of a storm. Sign up for CodeRED Whether you are a resident or a business, register for the City’s CodeRED service to stay informed on the latest hurricane information before, during and after a storm, tornado warnings, boil water alerts, evacuation orders, missing people and local criminal activity. CodeRED is a free, automated voice messaging service that delivers the information right to your home, business or mobile phone. You must have a Coral Springs address to sign up, but can register several different numbers, including an out-of-town contact person. The system dials each number in its database three times and leaves a message should no one pick up. All information is stored on a secure database that is filtered directly to the Coral Springs Police Department, which is responsible for administering CodeRED.

Preparing trees for Hurricane Season While we have been very lucky not to have one in the last decade, hurricanes are part of life in Florida. When a hurricane does affect the area, tree damage is very common. Fortunately, there are steps you can take so that you can worry less when a storm is about to hit. Proper tree maintenance and trimming throughout the year can greatly reduce the amount of damage during a storm. The City of Coral Springs recommends either a “Certified Arborist” or a “Broward County Licensed Tree Trimmer” to do the work in order to ensure the work is being done correctly and by a professional. Be sure to ask the Tree Professional to show you their license and insurance before performing any work. The City has regulations in place to protect trees, so be sure that your trees are trimmed properly and NOT “Hatracked,” “Topped” or “Lion Tailed.” If a tree needs to be removed a Tree Removal Permit is required and can be obtained on the City’s web site. With either proper trimming or tree removal, be sure your tree professional includes the price of tree debris removal as part of their service. The City’s waste hauler, Waste Pro, arranges for removal of routine yard waste only on the first pick-up day of the week. City residents may also bring yard waste to the City’s Waste Transfer Station at the west end of Wiles Road on Saturdays or Sundays. For additional information regarding debris removal, visit WastePro. One of the easiest ways to protect your landscape and home from hurricane damage is to select the “Right Tree for the Right Place.” More wind-resistant trees with strong root systems, trunks, and branches are more likely to withstand storm damage. Additionally, planting away from utilities and buildings will help minimize potential damage to these structures should branches or trees fall as a result of high winds. Summer 2015 • Under the Sun • 9

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Vietnam Memorial Wall replica coming to City in October In honor of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, The Moving Wall is coming to Coral Springs this October. The Wall is a replica of the original memorial in Washington D.C. listing the names of more than 58,000 Americans who lost their lives in service to their country. Commissioner Lou Cimaglia has been working with the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs to bring The Moving Wall to our City. “Teaching our youngsters about what happened in our history is what it’s all about,” Commissioner Cimaglia said. “We want to make this a South Florida event and we just want people to come out and pay homage to the 58,000 soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” The Wall will be on display at the Sportsplex from October 22 – 26, 2015. There will be ceremonies planned daily to commemorate the Vietnam veterans. Residents will have the opportunity to leave mementos at the Wall, and all items will be sent back to The Moving Wall Museum in Washington D.C. The Veterans Coalition is sponsoring this initiative and fundraisers were held throughout the year to raise the $5,000 needed to cover costs. For more information, contact Commissioner Cimaglia at or call him at 954-801-2004.

New Florida Building Code now effective If you’re planning on making any renovations to your home, please keep in mind that a new Florida Building Code became effective June 30. The Code includes significant changes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application of June 30, 2015 or later. The Florida Building Code, 5th Edition, includes Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy Conservation, Fuel Gas, Existing Building, as well as the Florida Accessibility Code, Test Protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zones and the 2011 National Electric Code. The code is available for review online. 10 • Under the Sun • Summer 2015

According to Coral Springs Police, crimes against the elderly are on the rise. Whether they are posing as IRS agents or a relative who has a financial hardship, scammers are using the phone to prey on the elderly. “It’s just heartbreaking,” Detective Robert Ames said. “We get about 30 reports a month, and the number continues to climb.” If you receive any calls or e-mails soliciting you for money, beware. The IRS will not call and threaten you for money, and do not fall for any foreign lottery schemes. These are just some examples of how easily the elderly are taken advantage of. In the past three years the Coral Springs Police Department has seen a 35% increase in the reporting of economic crime targeting the senior population in our community. Fraudsters target seniors because they typically have money and tend to be susceptible to quick-money scams due to their innocence and/or a genuine desire to help a family member in need. Once the scammer has gained their confidence, they use fear, confusion, and sometimes even intimidation to solicit large amounts of money from the senior. Imposters also know how to hide their tracks by utilizing technology which makes it difficult to identify or locate them and ultimately bring them to justice. Here are a few red flags to look out for: • If you are instructed to obtain Money orders, cashier’s checks, Re-load it type credit cards, or gift cards, be cautious. No legitimate business will demand that payment be made in such form(s). • Scammers often pose as law enforcement (i.e. an IRS agent) during the tax season (January through April). Do not fall for this ploy. • Fraudsters will use threatening tactics by telling the victims that their loved ones will be responsible for the alleged debt or they will miss out on the – “once in a life time” - lottery winnings. If it is too good to be true, it is. • Typically scammers do not call from a number that starts with an area code of 800 or 888. Usually, the criminal numbers are odd and have strange looking company names. HANG UP or better yet, do not answer. If you receive a fraudulent call or e-mail, report it to the Coral Springs Police Department on our website or call 954344-1800. The Coral Springs Police Department hosts workshops to help protect residents from falling victim to a scam. Anyone interested should call 954-344-1833.

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Driver Safety Class available Looking to sharpen your driving skills? A Driver Safety Class is set for Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other upcoming dates are Wednesday, August 26 and Saturday, September 26. The driver safety course reviews the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate a vehicle more safely. Attendees will learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. This class is open to all adults. Course costs $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. Participants who successfully complete the course will be provided with a certificate for their auto insurance agency. Most agencies will allow for a discount on auto insurance premiums for up to three years. Participants must register in advance. The class will be held at the Coral Springs Public Safety Building, located at 2801 Coral Springs Drive. 954-346-1393

Pickleball courts now at Riverside Park The City now has two new Pickleball courts at Riverside Park, available at no cost to residents.. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport among seniors, but is enjoyed by all ages. It is similar to ping pong in that you play on a court and use wooden paddles. The park is open everyday, from 8 a.m. until sunset. Courts are available first come, first serve. Riverside Park, 205 Coral Springs Drive 954-345-2200 Summer 2015 • Under the Sun • 11

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Donations needed for MLK Monument The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Committee plans to install a sculpture to memorialize the legacy of Dr. King, which will be the first of its kind in Broward and Miami/Dade counties. The impressive three-dimensional monument, designed by artist Dari, will be permanently installed at the Northwest Regional Library on University Drive. This prominent location will attract the much-deserved attention, recognition and respect Dr. King merits, as many families and local students visit the Library daily. In order to make this a reality, the Committee needs your help with a tax-deductible donation to fund this MLK Memorial, which will stand 10 feet tall and 9 feet wide in elegant granite. All donors of $1,000 and up will have their name displayed on the Monument Tile Marker. Donations of all amounts are welcome. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the history of Coral Springs may make a donation, become a sponsor, or join the Monument Committee by contacting Joyce Campos at

Exciting Fall lineup at Center for the Arts The Center for the Arts has an exciting lineup coming up this Fall. On Saturday, October 10, enjoy “Battle of the Boro’s VII.” You’ll enjoy the biggest “oldies but goodies” concert ever, starting at 7:30 p.m. America’s favorite summer comedy and NBC’s toprated television comedy competition show, “Last Comic Standing,” is launching a live tour. The tour arrives in Coral Springs at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. “Last Comic Standing Live” will feature the winner from Season 9 and more.   Then, Howie Mandel will delight the audience when he comes to Coral Springs on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all of these shows can be purchased at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online.


Enjoy Mexican culture at next International Dinner Dance This year’s popular International Dinner Dance is set to have a Mexican flair as the City celebrates the flavors and culture of Mexico. The event features food, dancing and live entertainment, all with an international twist. Each year, the event focuses on a different culture to showcase the diverse ethnic groups that abound in our community. The 2015 event is set for Saturday, September 26 at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 each, and multi-cultural dress is encouraged. Tickets must be purchased in advance before Friday, September 18. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 954-344-5990 2855 Coral Springs Drive

Event sponsorship opportunities available The City of Coral Springs is home to hundreds of events year-round, including large festivals, outdoor concerts and cultural gatherings. There are several major events and programs that offer unique sponsorship opportunities for local businesses at all levels. Visit our web site for an upcoming events list and details on ways to partner with the City.


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Britto is back at the Coral Springs Museum of Art This summer, Romero Britto is back at the Coral Springs Museum of Art with his vibrant and colorful work. Britto fosters a message of happiness and hope with his energetic signature pop style. A prolific creator, Britto has exhibited his work in 30 countries over four continents in almost 300 exhibitions and more than 20 museum shows. Born in Recife in Northern Brazil in 1963, Britto travelled to Paris at the age of 20. In Paris, he was inspired by Picasso and Matisse and developed his own characteristic aesthetic of the bright and bold forms associated with pop art. His pieces, which include paintings, prints and sculptures, will be on display through August 29. Summer Art Classes Children and teens get creative this summer at the Coral Springs Museum of Art’s Art Camp for Kids. This weekly camp for ages 6 to 16 runs through August 15.  The weekly 3-hour morning and/or afternoon sessions are taught by professional artists and include all supplies.  Registrations are ongoing, but register early as space in each session is limited. The Museum is offering new subjects this summer, including Photoshop, Greenfoot and Digital Photography, Chalk Murals and much more. Call 954-340-5000 or visit for camp fees, registration forms and additional camp information. 

Good Girl, Romero Britto, Acrylic on Canvas, 2005, Artwork © Britto Central, Inc.

Family Funday Bring your kids to the Museum the second Saturday of the month at 3 p.m. to participate in Family Funday. Each month a different art project will be created. This is a great activity for kids ages 3 and up. On July 13, children will channel their inner Britto and create Shrinky Dink Art on August 8. Cost is $5 per person or $4 if you pre-register. Blue Star Museum The Museum is proud to be a member of the Blue Star Museum program, which offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personal and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. This program is available through September 7, 2015. For additional information on the program and to find participating museums, visit 954-340-5000

Museum Admission $6 Adults (18 & over), $5 Seniors, $3 Students (with ID) Children (age 5 & under) and Members FREE First Wednesdays (of each month) are FREE to Public

Kisses, Romero Britto, Mixed Media, 2014, Artwork © Britto Central, Inc.

Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday & Major Holidays

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Tips on how to stay cool in the summer heat

Be water safe this summer

Summertime often means time at the pool or the beach. What should be a fun time with family and friends can often turn tragic within minutes. Active, focused and adult supervision is key to preventing any water-related tragedy involving a child. The vast majority of children who drown in pools do so in the backyards of their own homes or of their relatives. If you are having a pool event or party, always ensure that multiple eyes are dedicated to watching the pool from several angles, and don’t hesitate to call 911 to check out a child or adult who has swallowed water or had a pool emergency. Our drowning prevention coalition recommends that you use multiple layers of protection to prevent swimming pool drowning. Combine door alarms with pool fences and even add a pool alarm. Know CPR and have rescue tools nearby. Doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that sound when the doors are unexpectedly opened. Or, use a power safety cover (a motorpowered barrier placed over the water area) to prevent access by young children. For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured or removed when the pool is not in use. Another very critical layer of protection is to enroll children in swimming lessons with a certified instructor. Always remember, flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision, and can give children and adults a false sense of safety around pools and other water locations. Finally, keep rescue equipment and a phone next to the pool. Local hospitals such as Broward Health Coral Springs and the Coral Springs Fire Academy offer CPR classes. For more information, call 954-346-1354. Other Water Safety Tips • If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate is defected, report it to the apartment management immediately. • Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy. • Watch for dangerous “TOOs”- Too Tired, Too Cold, Too • Far from Safety, Too Much Sun, Too Much Strenuous Activity. • Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out of the water until the storm danger has passed.

School is over and summer is here! The Coral SpringsParkland Fire Department wants to make sure you and your family stay safe this summer in the brutal Florida heat. Before conducting any outdoors activities or sports, drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages. Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid. Lack of fluid in the body can greatly increase the risk of not only heat related injuries, but can also worsen existing medical conditions. This is especially important in young children and also the elderly. Try to conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned area, and always have cool water with you to drink as you go along. A wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation helps prevent sunburn and heat-related emergencies. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen as it helps protect from the sun’s rays and reduces the risk of sunburn, as well as skin cancer later in life. Never leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle. Even with an open window, temperatures can rise quickly and dramatically inside a vehicle. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most common types of heat related emergencies. If you have heart problems or are on a low sodium diet, you will need to get medical attention for heat cramps. If medical attention is not necessary, take these steps: • Stop all activity, and sit quietly in a cool place. • Drink clear juice or a sport drink. • Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours until after the cramps subside, because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. • Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in one hour.

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YMCA Mobile Aquatics Team offers swim lessons at apartments If you live in an apartment complex, call the YMCA of South Florida for free swim lessons. Their mobile team of Aquatic Professionals will come to your community and provide free sessions to ensure children and adults have the necessary survival skills. For more information, call 954-3349622 ext. 1039 or email

Celebrate Independence Day at Mullins Park Celebrate Independence Day and enjoy dazzling fireworks and entertainment at Mullins Park. Residents are encouraged to come out and celebrate on Saturday, July 4 starting at 6 p.m. Families are invited to come and enjoy games, free bounce houses, food and entertainment. In addition, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs will come out with their mobile office to answer any question you may have. The fireworks display will begin promptly at 9 p.m. The event is free, but there will be nominal fees for food, refreshments, face painting and crafts. Parking will be available for $3 fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, so come early. There will also be parking available at the main Mullins Park/Center for the Arts parking lot. Leave your pets and alcoholic beverages at home, as they are not allowed in the park. In the event of inclement weather, the event may be canceled. Check our web site or social media sites that afternoon for notifications. Reminders about fireworks Coral Springs Police remind residents that setting off illegal fireworks could result in criminal charges against the user. Any fireworks that explode, fly in the air or lift off the ground are illegal. Airborne fireworks run the risk of damaging property or causing serious injury to users. Please follow these tips to ensure safety: • Light sparklers only on non-flammable paved surfaces on your own property. • Do not wear loose clothing and keep hair pulled back. • Stand several feet away from lit sparklers. • If sparklers do not light, do not stand over them. • Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby. • Supervise children at all times.


Mullins Park, 10150 Ben Geiger Dr.

Parents can now register their little ones for Beat Street dance classes online. The City launched Recreation Coral Springs, which officials say will make registration easier and more reliable. The system allows parents to create a login, complete and sign all required forms online, as well as pay for classes. The system launched with Beat Street Dance classes and will later expand to include other City programs. Any parent interested in registering their child is encouraged to visit our web site. Although residents are encouraged to take advantage of this easy, safe and convenient service, staff will continue to accept walk-in registrations at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. All recreation class information is available online, and look in August for the Fall Fun Guide both in City facilities and online. 954-345-2200

Citywide garage sale set for November 14 Your trash could be someone else’s treasure. Sell your household items at the City’s next Community Garage Sale on Saturday, November 14, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Mullins Park. Early bird registration is $25 beginning July 6 through October 18, $35 from October 19 to November 1, and $45 thereafter. An additional $30-per-space deposit is required and will be returned after the event if the space is clean. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first- served basis, so register today. Please note there will be no refunds for any fees if a vendor cancels their space after payment. Vendors can reserve spaces for the Garage Sale at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. The Gymnasium is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Mullins Park is located at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive, between Sample Road and Royal Palm Boulevard, just east of Coral Springs Drive. 954-345-2119 Summer 2015 • Under the Sun • 15

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Register for dance classes online

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Save the date for the next Video Game Challenge Step up to the challenge and win big at the City’s annual Video Game Challenge. Players must be Coral Springs residents ages eight to 18 in order to go head to head as they tackle the new John Madden 2016. The event, which is co-sponsored by Best Buy and McDonald’s, will give players a chance to win prizes. Players can sign up for $2 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Registration and event date to be announced. The challenge will be held at Best Buy, located at 650 N. University Drive. Visit the City’s web site for details.

flood information


Important flood information for residents The National Flood Insurance Rating Program’s community rating system gives the City of Coral Springs high marks for its flood protection activities, which translates to discounts that are reflected in current local flood insurance rates. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently updated the flood maps pertaining to Broward County and while the new studies have indicated that most of the areas in City of Coral Springs are to be less affected by flood hazards then before, all residents are encouraged to know flood safety and preparation skills. If you would like to know if your property was affected by the recent map changes, Broward County has made the new maps available to the public and are viewable online at The Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Drive, has flood protection information, copies of flood insurance rate maps, and flood zone explanations. For more information about your property, call Public Works at 954344-1169.

Flood Safety Flood safety is very important. Residents are encouraged to prepare an inventory of personal property in the case of a flood event. The inventory should include descriptions and photos of the items. In addition, residents should be prepared with additional drinking water, portable radios and flashlights with extra batteries, and a complete first aid kit. Though not likely, if an evacuation order is given, residents should remember to turn off their gas and electric utilities at the source. The City, Broward Office of Emergency Management and National Weather Service issue information about weather conditions and flooding through local media, including CityTV and CityRadio 1670am. To create a disaster preparedness plan, please visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website at

Construction & Permits City regulations prevent or regulate construction that could divert floodwater from one area to another or increase erosion. Regulations also are in place concerning filling, grading and dredging. Permits are necessary before starting any construction, so contact the Building Department at 954344-1025. Note that the City requires elevation certificates on homes built after 1991 as part of the permitting process for newly constructed or substantially improved buildings. Canals & Drainage The City utilizes drainage catch basins that the Public Works Department maintains. Various drainage districts are responsible for the canals. Visit for a list of drainage districts. To report a drainage problem, call Public Works at 954-345-2210. 16 • Under the Sun • Summer 2015

In the case of a flood event, Coral Springs residents should take into consideration the following tips and guidelines: • Do not walk through water unless absolutely necessary. • Flowing water can be deceptive and can be dangerous. • Do not drive through flood waters. Roads may be washed away and are not visible when underwater. • Keep a look out for downed power lines and stay away!

To protect your property in the case of a flood event, a few simple steps can be taken: • Board up or shutter your windows and doors • Relocate vehicles to higher ground • Raise furniture off the floor or relocate the furniture to upper levels of your property. • Keep materials like tarps, sandbags, and plywood on hand to make quick repairs following a storm event. • Retrofitting of your property is a way to reduce flooding impacts prior to a storm. For information regarding retrofitting, please visit

city sights Shine On! School Recognition Ceremony

City Sights

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April Pool’s Day

National Day of Prayer




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Saturday, July 4 6 to 9 p.m. Free Admission • $3 Parking Mullins Park 10000 Ben Geiger Dr. See article page 8

RAD Self Defense Class Starts Tuesday, August 11 or October 6 • 6 to 9 p.m. $25 refundable fee • Public Safety Building 2801 Coral Springs Dr. • 954-346-1227 Community Garage Sale November 14 • Mullins Park • 7:30 to 11 a.m. Register in advance • See article page 15


Saturday, September 26 International Dinner Dance Fiesta Mexicana! Marriott at Heron Bay 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. • 7 p.m. Tickets $55 • 954-344-1063

September 11th Memorial Ceremony Friday, September 11 • NW Regional Library • 12 p.m. See article page 3 Veterans Day Ceremony Wednesday, November 11 • Veterans Park • 10:45 a.m. Video Game Challenge Best Buy • 650 N. University Dr. Fall 2015 date and registration deadline TBD See article page 16



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