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Coral Springs hosts new weekly Green Market


50th celebrations come to an end Anniversary Concert Veterans Salute Holiday Parade

Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers

John J. Hearn

Dan Daley

Larry Vignola

Vincent M. Boccard

Claudette Bruck

Tom Powers

Erdal Dönmez

City Attorney





Vice Mayor

City Manager

City officials approve City’s 2014 Annual Budget City officials approved the Business Plan and Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 at the second Public Budget Hearing held on September 18. Property tax rates did not increase, keeping the millage rate at $4.5697. Due to homes’ assessed values increasing in the area, however, residents may see a small increase in their property taxes despite the millage rate remaining unchanged from last year. That means the owner of an average single-family home would pay an additional $19.63 in property taxes to the City. Single-family homeowners will pay an additional $3.26 for the Special Assessment for Fire Services, which is used to fund the Fire Department. The City’s Fire Assessment fee remains the second lowest among Broward cities with a population greater than 70,000. The increases are offset by a decrease of $14.53 in the Debt Service Millage and a decrease of $6.24 in you Solid Waste Assessment. The City’s tax rate is the second lowest operating millage rate among surrounding municipalities with a population greater than 70,000 residents. Overall, the typical single-family, homesteaded homeowner will pay just $2.12 more to the City in taxes and assessments than they paid in 2013. The City’s total taxable assessed value increased by 4.1% this year. This is the second year of positive growth following Under the Sun • Fall 2013

several years of negative valuations during the recession. “Our goal with this budget is to place the City in the best position to take advantage of a growing economy,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. “We will continue to enhance the community’s quality of life, as well as attract new businesses by investing in the safety, education, aesthetic appeal, and economic development of our City.” Although the budget will increase by just 1.5 percent, this is the first year since 2010 that reserves will not be used to close the gap between revenues and expenditures in the General Fund operating budget. The adopted budget includes initiatives geared toward enhancing the quality of life that defines the hometown feel of the community. These initiatives will support an environment that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for residents of all ages, enhance the community’s appearance, and assure public safety and good schools. A key initiative is the infrastructure improvements planned for the Sample Road and University Drive intersection area. “As always, our priority is to continue to meet the service levels our community expects from the City of Coral Springs,” Mayor Vince Boccard said.


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HIGHLIGHTS 50th Anniversary celebrations come to an end................................... Page 2 Green Market comes to Downtown.................................................................... Page 4 City contracts new waste hauler............................................................................. Page 5 HOT TOPICS Planning begins for new City Hall, streetscapes................................. Page 6 Get connected at your neighborhood Slice meeting.................... Page 7 Construction on entryway enhancement underway..................... Page 8 LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Thanksgiving, holiday charity drives underway............................... Page 10 BUSINESS CLIMATE Buca di Beppo opening soon at Coral Square..................................... Page 11 ENVIRONMENTAL SPOTS Do you know about FROG?......................................................................................... Page 11 CULTURAL ENERGY City hosts MLK, Jr. Celebration in January............................................... Page 12 Museum of Art opens new exhibits, Rrazz Room........................... Page 13 FUN UNDER THE SUN Golf tournament benefits local youth........................................................... Page 14 Trick or treat at the City’s Haunted House............................................... Page 14

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Under the Sun is produced by the City of Coral Springs Communications and Marketing Department. • 954-344-1197 Director of Budget, Strategy, and Communication Robert Goehrig Communications and Marketing Manager Liz Kolodney Creative Services Coordinator Christine Parkinson Jahrsdoerfer Writer/Media Relations Coordinator Maria Fuentes-Archilla Photography Maria Fuentes-Archilla • Howard Lewis Christine Parkinson Jahrsdoerfer Julian Restrepo • Paula Rubiano Cover photgraph by Julian Restrepo

On the cover: FALL 2013


Coral Springs hosts new weekly Green Market


50th celebrations come to an end Anniversary Concert Veterans Salute Holiday Parade

This magazine is printed on paper that comes from responsible sources.

Fresh fruit and much more abounds at the new Mega Green Market.

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Honor Veterans during weekend Salute events

Pick up your free tickets to 50th Concert now Residents and business owners are invited to one of the biggest concerts ever held in Coral Springs. BRUCE IN THE USA:  The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be in concert on Saturday, November 2 at the Sportsplex Athletic Complex, next to Coral Glades High School. Opening up for the band will be blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Albert Castiglia. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and parking will be available for $3 in a number of locations on Sportsplex Drive, along with a trolley service to transport to the concert. Tickets are free and available for pickup at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall and the Coral Springs Gymnasium. There is a limit of four tickets per household, but children under five do not need a ticket. The concert is general admission, with grass seating. Coolers and pets are not allowed, and there will be food and beverage vendors onsite. Residents are encouraged to drop off canned goods when picking up their tickets at a City location or on the night of the event. Donations will benefit local Thanksgiving food drives. 954-344-1111

In honor of our community’s many veterans and the City’s 50th Anniversary, there will be several special activities planned for Veterans Day weekend. On Saturday, November 9, the Military Debt Management Agency will be hosting its First Annual Veterans Day Charity Golf Tournament, to benefit Operation Homefront, which supports military families in need. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. at The Country Club of Coral Springs, and cost is $150 per person or $500 per foursome. Fees also include a cookout luncheon and an Italian buffet dinner. On Monday, November 11, bring your family, friends and neighbors and join us for the City’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park at 10:30 a.m. Wear your patriotic colors and support those who served our country. The park is located at 8601 Royal Palm Blvd., just east of University Drive. Later that evening, there will be a memorable Veterans Salute at The Country Club of Coral Springs. This unforgettable night under the stars begins at 6 p.m. with a program featuring performances by Susan Ashley and the J.P. Taravella Band. Food sales will benefit Operation Homefront. The Country Club is located at 10800 W. Sample Road. Additional shuttle parking will be available at the Coral Springs Gymnasium.

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City honors local pioneers

Holiday Parade wraps up Anniversary celebrations The City’s 50th Anniversary celebrations will come to an end at this year’s Holiday Parade on December 11 at 7 p.m. This year’s parade theme will celebrate the future of Coral Springs. The parade runs along Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall. Each year, the parade draws thousands of spectators and more than 60 floats, bands and other entries. Schools, community groups and businesses are encouraged to celebrate the City’s 50th Anniversary by entering, and awards will be given in both non-profit and business divisions. Spectators should plan to make a night of it, as businesses along the parade route are encouraged to stay open to serve those watching the parade. Sponsorships are now available and are a great way to promote your business to thousands of local consumers. Please note that Sample Road west of University Drive and east of NW 110th Avenue, and Coral Springs Drive north of NW 29th Street and south of NW 37th Street, will be closed on the night of the parade from 5 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. To find out about becoming a parade volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 954-346-4430. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 12. Run for fun before Holiday Parade Before the Holiday Parade, individuals and families are invited to participate in the Coral Springs Mile Run along Sample Road near Coral Springs Drive at 6:15 p.m. The one-mile timed event is open to runners of all ages and abilities. Participants should pre-register online for $15 per person and are asked to park at the Center for the Arts. Race day registration will be $20.

In 1972, the Broward County Historical Commission created Pioneer Days to celebrate the County’s earliest settlers and its diverse history. Each city’s historical society would nominate one community pioneer to be recognized during the two-day county-wide historical and cultural exhibition. The first Annual Broward County Pioneer Days was held in Wilton Manors in 1973. There were forty historical and cultural exhibits plus entertainment for 3,000 guests to enjoy. Seminole Indians built six chickee huts and performed the Green Corn Dance and the first county pioneers were honored. Each year, the venue changed to a different city so it would truly be a countywide experience. In later years, the event was shortened to a one-day ceremony and reception to honor our pioneers. Coral Springs hosted Pioneer Day in 1988 for its 25th Anniversary. Without a large municipal center (Sartory Hall was the only community building), the event was held at the newly opened Coral Square Mall in conjunction with Our Town. This year marks the City’s 50th Anniversary and Pioneer Day returned this October to Coral Springs, recognizing residents from every part of the county. This year’s honorees were Coral Ridge Properties architectural engineer George E. Hodapp, who designed the Covered Bridge and City Hall; William Stradling, former City Commissioner; Henrietta Washington, 36-year educator at Ramblewood Elementary School; Janis Humpage, founding member of the Coral Springs Historical Advisory Committee and City employee since 1976; and Stephen Scali, founding member of the Historical Advisory Committee and community pharmacist since 1986.


by City Historian Wendy Wangberg

Our previous Pioneer Day honorees The first City pioneers in 1977 were former Vice Mayor Bill Neale II and Coral Ridge Properties president Joseph Taravella. In the 1980s, the nominees were Senator Bill Stevens, then Coral Ridge Properties president Robert Hofmann and Howard Law. For our 25th Anniversary, the historical society named Commissioner Ed Heafy, former City Manager John Trout, Coral Ridge Properties employee Werner Buntemeyer and Mayor Ben Geiger. Through the years, Almon Huggins, Katherine Gray, Francis Tiernan, Thelma Richie, Emily Heafy, Trulee Abbondanzio, Al Nigro, Floyd Schultz, Bill Neale III, Korey Meckes, and Sandy and Jim Costa were selected.

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Green Market comes to Downtown Coral Springs


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Take a stroll through the Coral Springs Mega Green Market on Saturdays and enjoy the perfectly ripe vegetables and the quaintness of a local farmer’s market. Coral Springs is happy to welcome the first Green Market to town, where residents are able to shop fresh and local produce, as well as gluten free and vegan ready products, baked goods and much more. “Coral Springs is family-oriented, kid-friendly, young and sports-driven. We thought it would be the perfect place to offer the community healthy eating options,” said Jason Hershin, Chief Operating Manager of ShopGreenMarkets. com. The Mega Green Market, featuring more than 50 vendors, will run every Saturday year-round from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Downtown Coral Springs, located just east of City Hall South at 9400 W. Sample Road. “Residents have been asking for a Green Market for several years. We have come close in the past, but this time, everything has fallen into place and we hope residents will enjoy it,” Parks and Recreation Director Rick Engle said. Free entertainment will be offered weekly to make shoppers’ experience even more enjoyable. To become a vendor or a sponsor, contact the event organizer.

The City of Coral Springs has contracted a new trash hauler, Waste Pro, to remove all household garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulk items in the City starting January 1, 2014. In December 2013, Waste Pro will provide residents with two new 65-gallon receptacles for both trash and recyclables. Green carts will be for waste and Visit blue carts are for recyclables. Trash will be picked up twice a week and recycling once a week. Bins will be raised on hydraulic lifts and emptied, rather for tips and a than manually picked up. Bins must be placed helpful video! 3 feet away from anything, including each other. Please note that all waste and recyclables must fit inside the cart or be kept for the next pick-up day. Garbage collection days will remain the same, with a possible change in the recycling pick up day. Bulk trash and yard waste collection will be reduced to once a week at curbside on your first garbage Deposit Only These Clean Items: pick-up of the week. There is a limit of six cubic yards, approximately the size of three refrigerators side by side, for the combined bulk and yard waste. As part of Plastic Bottles and Jugs Aluminum Cans Loose Glass Bottles Clean paper, Milk Cartons, Newspapers Steel or Tin Cans and Jugs Cardboard (limit 18 x 24) Magazines, Catalogs (no caps) the six cubic yards, residents may include Plastic Dairy Tubs (yogurt Junk Mail, Paper Egg Cartons, Phone Books margarine, etc.) no lids Cereal Boxes up to two cubic yards of household construction debris. If more than six cubic yards is generated per week, residents must wait until the next regular pick-up day to dispose of the extra waste. Side door service is available directly from Waste Pro at a cost of $25 per month. No Pizza Boxes No Aerosol Cans No Hoses No Plants No Toys No Dishes/ Paper Plates The new services will continue to feature “single-stream” recycling, meaning residents do not need to separate their paper recyclables from their cans and bottles. The larger recycling cart helps No Juice Boxes No Tires No Styrofoam No Clothes No Batteries No Plastic Bags No Electronics Textiles/Carpet or Pouches increase recycling rates, and acceptable items include old newspapers and inserts, Hazardous Waste Drop-Off corrugated cardboard, brown bags, magazines, junk mail, Residents also have the option to self-haul their bulk shredded paper, aluminum cans, plastics 1-7, all colors of and yard waste to the Waste Transfer Station located at glass bottles and jars, tin cans, and poly coated cartons. A 12600 Wiles Road. In addition, residents will be able to drop Recycling Incentive Program, offering discounts at local off paint, electronics, and fluorescent lights (only) at the businesses, will begin March 1, 2014 to encourage and Waste Transfer Station on the first Saturday of every month, promote recycling. effective January 1, 2014. Starting in 2014, the Waste Transfer “The Waste Pro contract is structured to continue progress Station will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon towards meeting the City’s goal of achieving a 75 percent to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Proof of residency (photo I.D. and copy recycling rate by 2020,” Public Works Director Rich Michaud of a current bill showing address) is required. said. “The shift from cans to carts has resulted in significant increases in recycling participation in other cities. We encourage all residents to fill up those recycling carts.”


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City contracts new waste hauler


Planning begins for new City Hall and streetscapes

The proposed new Art Walk and streetscape designs will create an attractive, pedestrian-friendly environment in Downtown Coral Springs. DOWNTOWN













Municipal Complex site

Plans for a new Municipal Complex are underway, but rest assured that a lot of planning and research is going into this process. The Urban Land Institute brought in a technical assistance panel in May to research and discuss the City’s redevelopment of Sample Road and University Drive, which would include a new City Hall. In addition, staff toured multiple City Halls to get an idea of what worked for other municipalities. They visited Lauderhill, West Palm Beach, Aventura, Weston and Doral. The current City Hall was built in 1967 and served as a real estate building. When the City moved into the building in 1976, it was considered a temporary location. In 2007, a space analysis showed that the City should consolidate its operations and staff into one location. A building of at least 65,000 square feet would be needed, along with more than 250 parking spaces. The proposed downtown site will allow for a mix of uses such as retail, office and entertainment in and around the Municipal Complex, which would create a much-needed sense of place. Existing uses such as the library, post office, Broward College Coral Springs Academic Center, Broward Health Coral Springs, The Walk, and financial institutions will complement the new development. In April 2013, to prepare for the new Municipal Complex, the CRA approved a streetscape program to create an attractive pedestrian-friendly environment in the downtown core area. Designs are underway for streetscape improvements and water line installations affecting N.W. 31st Court, N.W. 32nd Street, N.W. 94th Avenue, University Drive, and Sample Road. The streetscape improvements are consistent with the goal of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Complete Streets Program. Its vision is to create a safe and efficient transportation network that promotes the health and mobility of all residents and visitors by providing high quality multi-modal (pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile) access throughout the county. “We are in position to use the location and design of the new City Hall to catalyze redevelopment of the downtown. Creating such a place is what people said they wanted during last year’s commu­nity visioning workshop and is about the future of the City – its next 50 years,” Mayor Vince Boccard said. The City hopes to break ground on the approved streetscape in January 2014. For more updates, visit

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Get connected at your neighborhood meeting Save the dates for the upcoming Slice of the Springs meetings, where City staff come to your neighborhood to discuss relevant issues or concerns. The meetings allow residents to interact directly with staff members from all departments of the City, including Police, Fire, Community Development, Code Enforcement, Public Works and Parks and Recreation. Upcoming dates are: • November 21, 2013 – Southwest and Southeast slices at Maplewood Elementary, 9850 Ramblewood Drive. • February 20, 2014 – Town Center and Center West slices at Parkside Elementary, 10257 N.W. 29th St. • March 13, 2014 – Northside and Northeast slices at Coral Park Elementary, 8401 Westview Drive. All meetings are held on Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Can’t make a meeting? No problem. Catch replays on CityTV, channel 25 on Advanced Cable Communication or Channel 99 on AT&T’s U-Verse. You can also stream it online from Data from the Slice meetings will also be made available online, including crime, fire and code compliance statistics.


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Parkside Elementary

Thieves are known to target shoppers during the holiday season, so it’s important to be vigilant and cautious. If you purchase a large electronic, make sure to drop it off at home before heading out to another store. Keep in mind that parking lots at technology stores are most likely being watched and shoppers may be followed so make sure to always lock your vehicle in visible areas and keep personal items and gifts out of plain view. Remember to keep purses on your shoulder, slightly to the front of your body, to avoid pickpockets while out shopping. Your garbage can advertise what’s inside your home, so if you receive a high-value item for the holidays, do not set the box out in front of your residence. It’s best to cut it into sections and bag or place into the recycling bin with the box inside out. “When you exit a store into a parking lot, it’s best to hold off reading texts and surfing the web while walking to your car,” Officer Glenn Roberts said. “The key to safety is to be aware of your surroundings since criminals do not generally target those who appear ready and self-aware.” Remember to report all suspicious activity by calling the Police Department at 954-344-1800. For more information related to crime prevention, juvenile services, and emergency preparedness, visit

Police offers women’s self-defense course The Coral Springs Police Department is offering two new sessions of its Rape Aggression Defense program starting in 2014. Participants will learn techniques they can use to feel more empowered in the event they are faced with a potentially dangerous situation. The program is for woman ages 13 and older. 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, January 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. The course is physically involved, but no prior self-defense experience is required. Another session is scheduled to begin on February 25. 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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Avoid becoming a victim this holiday season

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Entryway enhancements planned New entryway enhancements are underway for the east entrance of Coral Springs on Royal Palm Boulevard. The project consists of a monument sign with decorative columns, a sidewalk to Riverside Drive, improved landscaping, pedestrian lighting on the north side, and new curbs and gutters. Royal Palm Boulevard will also be resurfaced to Riverside Drive. Construction is expected to be completed in Winter 2014. The entryway at Royal Palm Boulevard is the first of many that the City has identified for improvement. The next project

that will be undertaken is the entryway at Atlantic Boulevard. The City also plans to improve the entryways on University Drive and Sample Road. “This is part of the City’s beautification projects,” Mayor Vince Boccard said. “Residents are starting to see the fruits of our labor and visitors will notice a big difference when driving into Coral Springs.” For details on this and other projects, visit our web site.

City seeks new Code Rangers The Code Compliance Division’s goal is to gain voluntary compliance for violations. Since 2009, the City has trained volunteers as Code Rangers to help keep Coral Springs looking beautiful. Rangers receive 16 hours of training on what to look for and how the Code process works. Trained Code Rangers assist the Officers and inspect neighborhoods for common violations. Rangers leave a door hanger identifying the violation and violations not corrected are given to the Certified Code Compliance Officer and a courtesy notice is sent to the property owners asking them to correct the violation. Some common violations Code Compliance looks for are discolored roofs, overgrown lawns, accessory screening to cover trash cans, air conditioning units, pool pumps, missing landscaping such as foundation shrubs, street trees and trash.

“Most people are happy to see the Rangers patrolling their community, helping to improve the appearance of their neighborhoods,” Senior Code Ranger Ted Mena said. “The volunteer Code Rangers have exceeded all expectations in helping the City with code compliance issues.” Since the inception of the program, the Code Rangers have received over an 80 percent compliance rate. The program is focused on improving the appeal and safety of our neighborhoods. “Being a code ranger has been a very interesting and rewarding experience. Seeing the community become beautiful from all the hard work we put into volunteering is very rewarding,” Code Ranger Steve Brickman added. If you are interested in becoming a Code Ranger, please call 954-344-5961.

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Students can once again be recognized for not having a traffic citation or an “at-fault” accident during this school year. The Coral Springs Police Department launched its Safe Teen Driving initiative in 2007 and recognized close to 150 local teenagers just last year.

Residents invited to State of the City Residents won’t want to miss our annual State of the City event on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. The City will highlight its accomplishments over the past year, thank its volunteers and end the night with a memorable performance by Piano Men starring Jim Witter. The concert will keep the audience dancing with an ultimate tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John. The State of the City event will be held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive. It is free to Coral Springs residents and tickets will be available starting in January, first-come, first-served, at City Hall and City Hall in the Mall. Audience must be 13 years or older.

Students are eligible to apply for recognition if they attend Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs Christian Academy, Coral Springs High School or J.P. Taravella High School. Teenagers must have a valid license, with no tickets or at-fault crashes, between the dates of August 19, 2013 through April 1, 2014. Students that meet the criteria will receive a gas gift card along with a certificate of recognition from Police Chief Tony Pustizzi. Seniors will also receive a cord to wear during their graduation. Applicants must submit a copy of their Driver’s License and the application to their School Resource Officer by April 14, 2014. “Driving a car is a big responsibility. We are pleased to continue our Teen Safe Driving Program in which we recognize the safe driving habits of our youth,” Captain Shawn Backer said. “It’s important to reward those who are setting a positive example for their peers.”



Community garage sale set for November 9 Your trash could be someone else’s treasure. Sell your household items at the City’s next Community Garage Sale on Saturday, November 9, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mullins Park. Registration cost is $35 from October 14 through the 27, or $45 thereafter. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional $30-per-space deposit is required and will be returned after the event if the space is clean. The additional deposit must be made by separate check. 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.

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Join Study Circles and share your ideas If you’re a Coral Springs resident over the age of 55, the Customer-Involved Government Committee invites you to join its new Study Circles. Participants will brainstorm activities they’d like to have available to them in the City, and recommendations will be made to the City Commission. Sessions will last approximately two hours and will be held at various times and locations throughout the City. To register to participate in a session or for additional information, call 954-344-1148.

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Thanksgiving donations needed by November 8

Fire Department hosts “Pinktober” Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 26 In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Coral Springs Fire Department will be hosting a “Pinktober” Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station 80. This event is open to the public and for a $5 donation, residents will receive a plate of pasta prepared by Coral Springs Firefighters, along with salad, bread and a beverage. Donations will benefit the Broward Health Coral Springs Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund along with the Coral Springs Firefighters Benevolent Association. Station 80 is located at 2825 Coral Springs Drive, just north of the Public Safety Building.

Each year, the City asks residents for donations to help make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. Over the past 25 years, the City has provided more than 4,600 baskets to local families. Needed non-perishable items include: canned yams, mashed or flaked potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned corn and green beans, canned fruit, and cookies. Monetary contributions are also appreciated. All donated items are placed in baskets, along with a gift certificate for a turkey, ham or main dish, and distributed through local religious institutions to pre-selected families. Donations may be dropped off at the following City facilities: City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive Donations are accepted through Friday, November 8. 954-345-2211


Donations needed for annual holiday Giving Tree project The Giving Tree project is once again coming together for the holiday season to help those less-fortunate families in our City. The City is asking the community to donate toys, non-perishable food and cash to this worthy cause. The Giving Tree is co-sponsored by City Hall in the Mall, Turtle Creek Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted at City Hall in the Mall November 26 through December 17. The annual tree inside City Hall in the Mall is made from cans of food and gifts donated by Wal-Mart and will eventually go to needy families in the community. The official kick-off ceremony will be Friday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Mall. “It’s always wonderful to see the community come together during the holidays and help those that are less fortunate,” Senior Community Relations Coordinator Marie Giacalone said. 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. 954-344-1834

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Government Academy available next year The City will once again be offering the Government Academy, which gives residents an inside look into how this organization approaches local government. Participants will become familiar with local government related issues, which will help foster potential community leaders by equipping them with essential information to share with other residents. Attendees will also learn about the 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. Dates have not been set for the program, but anyone interested in participating can call 954-344-5907. The Government Academy is free and open to residents. Committee members and City Commission board appointees are encouraged to attend. Class size is limited to 40 people, and participants must register in advance. 954-344-5907

When Fats, Rags, Oils, and Grease (FROG) are sent down drains, they can build up in pipes and cause backups in homes, streets, and the sewer system. In addition to the costly repairs, sewer backups pose a serious public health threat. Pouring grease down the garbage disposal and then running hot water and grease-fighting detergent to wash it down does not remove grease from the plumbing system. Hot water cools down in pipes causing fats and grease to thicken, creating blockages further down the pipeline. A useful tip is to freeze small amounts of fats, oils and grease in a container with a tight-sealing lid and dispose them in the trash. You can also mix cooking oil with an absorbent material, such as cat litter or coffee grounds, and place in a tightly-sealed container before disposing, or scrape and wipe excess grease from pans and dishes with a paper towel before washing. If you experience a sewer blockage, please contact your water district for assistance: • City of Coral Springs Water District - 954-345-2160 • Coral Springs Improvement District - 954-753-0380 • North Springs Improvement District - 954-752-0400 • Royal Utilities - 954-341-7565 To find out which district services your home or business, visit and click on Utility Maps.

City officials are happy to welcome Buca di Beppo to Coral Springs, opening soon at Coral Square Mall. The Italian restaurant joins an expansive list of restaurants available in our City. Buca di Beppo is known for its quirky décor and familystyle meals. The restaurant is located near the food court at the north entrance of the mall. This new location will bring employment opportunities, including servers, bartenders, and hosts. “Coral Square Mall is thrilled to offer a popular familyfriendly restaurant like Buca di Beppo to the growing Coral Springs community,” said Coral Square Mall Manager Valerie Beaubrun. “We’re always looking for dynamic additions to enhance our retail and dining mix at the mall, and Buca di Beppo is a perfect fit.”

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What’s Going Up? Buca di Beppo opening soon at Coral Square

For information on this and other new businesses under development, visit our web site.

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City hosts annual MLK, Jr. Celebration to honor civil rights leader The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee has proudly hosted an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration honoring the life and work of the civil rights leader for the past 24 years. This year’s community celebration titled “Living the Dream through Service” is set for Friday, January 17. This year’s keynote speaker is author Wil Haygood. His front-page story for the Washington Post in 2008 about longtime White House butler Eugene Allen is the inspiration for “The Butler,” a bigWil Haygood screen movie directed by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels. The movie stars Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave and Robin Williams. Haygood is the film’s associate producer. The Business Luncheon will take place at noon at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Students will once again have the opportunity to Blvd. Tickets are $40 each. meet with City and local officials at the next Teen The evening community Political Forum. The next Forum, organized by local celebration begins at 7 p.m. teens, will allow young people to ask questions of at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. their elected officials and public servants. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children 17 and younger. The Forum will be held in Spring 2014 at the Center Tickets for the 9 p.m. VIP Reception are available for $20. During for the Arts, located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive. the VIP Reception, guests will have an opportunity to meet and City, county and state elected officials will enlighten mingle with the keynote speaker. students with their personal experiences and address Tickets will be on sale beginning December 1 at City Hall, as teen issues of interest, concluding with a question and well as City Hall in the Mall, located inside the Coral Square Mall. answer session with the student audience. The Coral The Committee also hosts an Art and Literary Contest open Springs Chief of Police and Fire Chief will also be part of to students at all levels, focusing on the life and works of Dr. the panel. King. A Scholarship Program has been established which The event is open to all high school students who awards funding to financially needy high school students live in Coral Springs or who attend local high schools: wishing to attend a higher institution of learning (see Golfing Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, for the King on page 14). Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella Lastly, on Monday, January 20 – the King Holiday – the High and Coral Springs Christian Academy. Students will Committee hosts a Diversity/Leadership Workshop for high receive service hours for attending. Students who are school and middle school students. The event will be held home-schooled or attend private schools and live in Coral at the Coral Springs Gymnasium and begins at 9 a.m. and Springs are also welcome, and there is no need to preends at 12:30 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to be register. involved in interactive workshop sessions to learn about Dr. Visit our online event calendar or call for additional King’s message, life and works. Students will earn service details. hours, since “It’s a Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Students welcome to engage with city officials at Teen Political Forum


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The Coral Springs Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition schedule features a diverse blend of international, national and Florida artists and artistic styles. Classical drawings and sculpture, thought-provoking photography, whimsical paintings and sculptures are a just few of the artistic offerings this exhibition season. Through November 9, 2013 • Glackens as Illustrator courtesy of Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University • Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project • Sandee Berman: Americana Collection November 23 through December 28, 2013 • Coral Springs Artist Guild 40th Anniversary Exhibition November 23, 2013 through March 15, 2014 • Andre Desjardins – Mixed Media Painting & Bronze Sculpture • Snowflake Effect – Remembrance project and juried exhibition of two dimensional winter works by area artists. January 2 through February 1, 2014 • Superintendent’s Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibition February 8 through March 15, 2014 • Charles Mills, Denise Collins, Edith Humphreys – Painting & Sculpture

Rrazz Room at the Coral Springs Museum of Art Starting in December, the Coral Springs Center for the Arts and Rrazz Room Productions will present a new Jazz Cabaret Series. Set in the spacious Main Gallery of the Museum, visitors will listen to world class jazz performances while surrounded by beautiful works of art. The jazz series will run through May 2014. Light appetizers and cocktails will be available for purchase during the evening. For more information, call 954-344-5990. The Studio at Coral Springs Museum of Art The Coral Springs Museum of Art offers many types of classes for art lovers of all ages to enjoy. Classes incorporate discussions of the current Museum exhibits. Children’s classes in The Studio are age appropriate for 6 to 16. Classes include drawing and painting, cartoon, comic book design, ceramic hand-building, mosaic, cursive calligraphy, painting with acrylics, stop action animation and artastic master blaster. The new teen schedule for ages 13 to 18 also meets after school, evenings and on Saturdays. Classes include Photoshop, fashion design, and digital photography. Older teens may also register for designing comic books and graphic novels as well as adult classes. The Studio also offers classes for adults morning, evening and on Saturdays. Painting classes encompass watercolor, acrylic, oil and abstract styles. Adults can also learn wheel techniques for clay, drawing and life drawing.

For details on these exhibits, visit the Museum’s new web site. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors, $3 for students. Members and children under 12 are free. There is free admission for everyone on Wednesdays. PINK Party on October 24 In celebration of the exhibit, Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project, the Coral Springs Museum of Art is hosting PINK on Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m. The party will highlight the exhibit in honor of those who have been touched by breast cancer and their loved ones. The exhibit includes fine art and photography essays of survivors. Area businesses will also host informational presentations on breast cancer awareness during the party. Tickets are $50 in advance, or $60 at the door, and include hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar, silent auction and raffles. Half of ticket proceeds and sponsorships will benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund at Broward Health Foundation. 954-340-5000 2855 Coral Springs Drive

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Coral Springs

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Golf Classic 2013

8th Annual

Golf tournament benefits local youth Hit the links for a good cause at the Golfing for the King Tournament, set for Monday, October 28 at the Heron Bay Golf Club. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $100 per person and includes breakfast, time on the range, beverages on the course and an awards luncheon. Proceeds from the tournament, now in its eighth year, go toward the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund. College scholarships are given to financially needy local high school 2013 MLK, Jr. Scholarship Recipients

students who embody Dr. King’s vision through words and actions. In 2013, the committee awarded 15 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each to deserving high school students from various backgrounds. Superheroes, fairy tale princesses and Students of any race or creed can apply for the scholcartoon characters are all invited to the arship. Applicants must be a Coral Springs resident for at least one year and attend one of the local high schools upcoming family-friendly Halloween Haunted – J.P. Taravella High, Coral Springs High, Stoneman House. The event will be at the Coral Springs Douglas High, Coral Springs Charter or Coral Glades Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Children High. Through the MLK, Jr. Committee’s efforts, will wander through non-scary haunted rooms and more than 160 local students have received scholthen have a chance to play indoors on the bounce arships to date. Golfers and sponsors are needed for the tourhouses and slides. Trick-or-treaters will get their share nament, and donations to the scholarship fund of candy as they leave. The Haunted House is scheduled are always accepted. for Friday, October 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday,

Trick or treat!

October 26 from 2 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per child and $2 per adult.


11801 Heron Bay Boulevard 954-344-1005

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Enjoy a Movie at the Park on December 14 Bring your family and enjoy a free movie under the stars on Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m. as the City is hosting its free Family Movie Night featuring “Turbo.” The film is rated PG. Parking and admission are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase, but blankets, chairs and picnic baskets are welcome. Please refrain from bringing glass containers, alcohol and pets. Betti Stradling Park is located at 10301 Wiles Road, at the northeast corner of Wiles Road and Coral Springs Drive.


Save the date for Half Marathon and Women’s Wellness 5K Save the date and start training for the Coral Springs Half Marathon and Race for Women’s Wellness 5K on Saturday, March 29. Both races will benefit the Broward Health Coral Springs Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. The Fund provides free mammograms to women in our community who financially cannot afford them. Runners and walkers of both the half marathon and 5K will start at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex on Sportsplex Drive. From there, participants will proceed on a fast, flat and paved course that winds through the City. There will be a four-hour time limit for runners to complete the half marathon, which equals a pace of 18 minutes per mile or faster. Prices for adults for the half marathon are $65. Race for Women’s Wellness 5K entries are $25 and $15 for students 19 and under. Prices will go up as the event nears, and registration closes on March 27. Those interested in participating can register at Those interested in volunteering at the event should e-mail event organizer Kelle Burke at kelleinthezone@ Students will receive service hours.

BizArt Festival returns with fun for entire family The City’s BizArt Festival will be on Saturday, January 11 from noon to 4 p.m. The festival, which will take place in Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road, will feature live bands, face painting, food trucks, local artists, a Green Market and much more. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy local up and coming artists, as well as taste delicious foods and even snack on meals from food trucks. The event is free and parking will be available at the Financial Plaza and City Hall South. In the event of rain, the event will be held January 12. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should call 954-344-1162. Volunteers are also needed and service hours will be provided to students. For more information, call or email Laura Atria at


Fun Day & Car Show on February 1 Don’t miss the City’s Family Fun Day and Car Show on Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show, sponsored by the City of Coral Springs and Auto Works Collision and Paint, Inc., will be held at the Sportsplex. Admission is $2 for ages 13 and up, and children under 12 enter free. There will be music, food, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment. There will be a nominal fee for refreshments and some of the activities.   Cost to pre-register a vehicle is $15 or $20 on the day of the event. All vehicles, including trucks and motorcycles, are welcome to register. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories. Businesses can also register to set up a 10’ x 10’ booth for $40.


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Exciting new lineup at Center for the Arts This season, the Coral Springs Center for the Arts is debuting Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre – an exciting, interactive comedy experience where the audience is involved in the action. Located on the second floor of the theater in our intimate 80-seat Marquee Room, Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre guests will enjoy a night filled with entertainment and a wonderful dinner catered by Doris’ Italian Market. The theatre runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will change theme throughout the season. Running through November 3 is Polter-Heist, followed by Who Killed the Boss? from November 22 to December 22, and then The Wicked Real Housewives of the Mob from January 10 to February 9. The 2013-2014 season also includes headlining shows

including Kenny G on November 11, Salute to Vienna on December 31, Sleeping Beauty: A Ballet in 3 Acts on January 4, Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis on January 11, Three Hysterical Broads...Off Their Medication on January 18, and Steve Solomon’s Cannoli, Latkes and Guilt from February 5-16. The Center for the Arts is looking for vibrant, enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy interacting with people. If interested, call 954-344-5999. For more shows and to buy tickets, visit the web site or contact the theater Box Office.

Flood safety information available to residents City’s flood protection practices save money 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 into a 10 percent discount for residents on new or renewed flood insurance policies. With more than 90 percent of the City in a Special Flood Hazard Area, all residents are encouraged to know flood safety and preparation skills. 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. 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. Various drainage districts are responsible for the canals. Visit for a list of drainage districts and contact numbers. The City utilizes drainage catch basins that the Public Works Department maintains. To report a street drainage problem, call Public Works at 954-345-2210. The Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Drive, has flood protection information, copies of flood insurance rate maps, and flood zone explanations. Information is also available at 16 • Under the Sun • Fall 2013 2855 Coral Springs Drive 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. 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 create a disaster preparedness plan, visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s web site at 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 Fourth of July Celebration at Mullins Park

City Sights Visit to view more event pictures!

50th Birthday Block Party in Downtown Coral Springs

Campapalooza at Kamp Kool

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See page 2 for details on these 50th Anniversary events!


50th Anniversary Concert Saturday, November 2 Gates open 5 p.m. Sportsplex Athletic Complex 2800 Sportsplex Drive Free tickets for Coral Springs residents Pickup at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall, or Coral Springs Gymnasium


Veterans Salute Weekend November 9: Golf Tournament 1 p.m. • The Country Club of Coral Springs November 11 • Veterans Day Ceremony 10:30 a.m. • Veterans Park • 8601 Royal Palm Blvd. the world’s #1 tribute to

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November 11 • Veterans Evening Salute 6 p.m. • The Country Club of Coral Springs


Coral Springs Mega Green Market Saturdays • Downtown Coral Springs • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. See article page 4

Holiday Parade 2013 Wednesday, December 11 • 7 p.m. See article page 3

Halloween Haunted House Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 Coral Springs Gymnasium See article page 14

Movie in the Park: Turbo Saturday, December 14 • 7 p.m. See article page 15

Trash to Treasure Community Garage Sale Saturday, November 9 • Mullins Park • 8 to 11 a.m. See article page 9

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Friday, January 17, 2014 Luncheon noon • Evening Program 7 p.m. See article page 12

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