Municipal Complex Groundbreaking Downtown Pathway â€¢ Hurricanes Fire Station construction begins Aquatic Complex renovations
Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers
John J. Hearn
Skip Campbell Mayor
Office hours available to meet with elected officials City Commissioners are always available to discuss City issues with residents or business owners. Office hours are generally as follows, but check our website first for changes. Mayor Skip Campbell is available to meet with residents on the second Tuesday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall in the City Commission Office. Vice Mayor Dan Daley is available to meet with residents by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 954-344-5911. Commissioner Larry Vignola is available to meet with residents on the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at Pasquale’s Pizza & Subs, 10337 Royal Palm Blvd. Commissioner Lou Cimaglia is available to meet on the first Monday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. at City Hall in the Commission Chambers. Commissioner Joy Carter is available on the fourth Under the Sun • Summer 2016
Monday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. at City Hall in the City Commission Office. Visit CoralSprings.org/officehours for the next confirmed upcoming dates. To make an appointment to speak with any of our Commissioners, call 954-344-5911. Traveling Offices United States Congressman Ted Deutch’s office visits City Hall on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Commission Chambers. In addition to these traveling office hours, constituents are encouraged to visit with the Congressman’s staff or contact district headquarters at 561-470-5440 to discuss federal government issues. State Representative Kristin Jacobs’ office is also in attendance during the traveling office hours. CoralSprings.org/government
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DOWNTOWN Municipal Complex construction commences.......................................Page 2 HIGHLIGHTS Downtown Pathway open for walking, biking...................................... Page 4 Follow the City’s official social media............................................................... Page 5 HOT TOPICS Waste Pro contract revision enhances services.................................... Page 6 LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Hurricane Season: Are you ready?........................................................................ Page 9 BUSINESS CLIMATE City to honor long-term businesses................................................................ Page 10 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Health Fair Extravaganza returns in October....................................... Page 11 ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES Certify your yard as a Community Wildlife Habitat...................... Page 11 CULTURAL ENERGY Experience Vietnamese culture at Dinner Dance............................ Page 12 FUN UNDER THE SUN Aquatic Complex renovations enhance fitness center............. Page 14
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Municipal Complex Groundbreaking Downtown Pathway • Hurricanes Fire Station construction begins Aquatic Complex renovations
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Municipal Complex occurred in May. See page 2
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Municipal Complex construction commences On May 10, current and past City officials, residents and employees gathered to break ground for a new Municipal Complex, moving the City one step closer to turning the vision of a Downtown gathering place into reality. The architects, Song + Associates, along with Kaufman Lynn Construction, were also on hand for the ceremony. The 74,000 square-foot complex, will house a City Hall, along with the Chamber of Commerce and offices for
federal and state elected officials. The building will include a significantly larger Commission Chambers, and more than 1,000 square feet of community meeting rooms, which will be open to non-profit organizations and other agencies. A 607-space parking garage is also planned, which will not only provide parking for City Hall staff and visitors, but will support new retail, as well as provide parking for Downtown events. Located just west of University Drive on Sample Road, the Complex will serve as a catalyst to accelerate the development and redevelopment of the Downtown area. “We’re already seeing significant momentum in that regard,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. “With the assistance of the Community Redevelopment Agency, we completed the ArtWalk last October, and we just celebrated the completion of our Downtown Pathway project. We are also looking toward the redevelopment of adjacent properties and the old City Hall site.” “From the ArtWalk, to the parking garage, to the new City Hall, to the connecting pedestrian walkway, we expect that the dirt we turn today will trigger many more initiatives in future phases – entertainment, commercial, residential, educational – a surge in economic development that’s a huge positive for the entire City,” Mayor Skip Campbell said. The existing City Hall was built in 1966. Located at 9551 West Sample Road, the structure was originally built as a real estate sales center, and never designed to serve as a city hall. The City moved its operation to the building in
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downtown The new Municipal Complex will include community meeting rooms and offices for federal and state elected officials as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
1976, and planned to use it as a temporary location until the construction of a new City Hall. “This is a moment we have been anticipating for a long time – forty years to be exact,” Dönmez said. “The groundbreaking of the Coral Springs Municipal Complex marks a new beginning, and we want to thank the community that offered up the vision to create a downtown where we can live, work, shop and entertain. A place where we can gather and share experiences close to home. A place we can be proud of, that meets our needs, and provides a shining example of what can be accomplished when we put our heads together.” For details on the project and construction updates, visit our website. CoralSprings.org/municipalcomplex
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YOUR CITY AT WORK
Downtown Pathway open for walking, biking Residents can now enjoy an environmentally-friendly pathway that extends from Downtown Coral Springs to Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts. On June 1, the City Commission cut the ribbon on a Downtown Pathway that meanders along Coral Hills Drive and NW 29 Street (Ben Geiger Drive). The initial concept for the pathway, first created in 2005, was made possible by the Board of Directors of Broward Health who, in 2010, approved the use of the land adjacent to the hospital. In 2011, a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant was awarded to Coral Springs, allowing the City to move forward with the project that included the installation of an 8-foot sidewalk, new landscaping, irrigation and benches. “The Downtown Pathway is an important part of our overall Downtown development,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. “It creates a pedestrian/bicycle pathway that connects Downtown with Mullins Park, our Center for the
Arts and Coral Springs Museum of Art, religious centers and schools, and is one more step toward creating a vibrant downtown gathering place.” CoralSprings.org/downtown
General Obligation Bond updates During the November 2014 election, voters approved $12.45 million for Public Safety General Obligation Bonds. Progress on these initiatives is well underway, with completion of most of the projects on the horizon. Public Safety Radio & Communication Equipment: Installed and operational. Reconstruction of Fire Stations 95 and 43: Construction has begun on these two projects, which are being worked on simultaneously. Safety Town Building: Construction is nearing completion and is expected to be finished this Fall. Crime Scene Investigation Building renovation: Construction has begun and the renovations are expected to be complete in the Fall. CoralSprings.org/yourcityatwork
Construction is underway at Fire Stations 43 (top) and 95 as well as the Crime Scene Investigation Building (middle). The Safety Town Building is nearing completion (bottom).
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City remembers September 11 Each year, the City holds a memorial service in remembrance of the victims and the heroes of September 11, 2001. This year, in honor of the 15th Anniversary of the tragedy, the City is partnering with Coral Springs Charter, J.P. Taravella High and Parkside Elementary for several special activities. The City is hosting a public commemoration ceremony on Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the memorial site at the Northwest Regional Library. The event will feature a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a program in the Charter School auditorium. For more information, visit our website as the date nears, or contact organizer Gina Orlando. If you and your family were affected by September 11th, you are encouraged to participate or attend the service. The City’s September 11th 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 10. For registration information, see the article on page 15. CoralSprings.org/events 3151 N. University Drive
Register to vote for 2016 Election To vote in the November 8, 2016 Presidential Election, you must be registered at least 29 days prior. Registration closes on August 1, 2016 for the August 30, 2016 Primary Election and then closes on October 11, 2016 for the November 8, 2016 General/Municipal and Presidential Election. For information on voter registration and the election, visit browardsoe.org. Remember to vote in this important election, which includes Seat #3 for Coral Springs Commission. For more details, visit CoralSprings.org/voting.
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Waste Pro contract revision enhances services
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At the June 1 commission meeting, the City Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the garbage and recycling contract between the City of Coral Springs and Waste Pro. Waste Pro began providing solid waste collection and recycling services for the City in January 2014. The agreement, which went into effect on July 1, includes the following changes: • Residents may now dispose of three oversized piles of yard and bulk waste annually. The fourth pile, and all subsequent piles in a one-year period (July 1-June 30), must be limited to six cubic yards. If subsequent piles exceed the six cubic yard amount, Waste Pro will notify the resident with the cost of hauling away the trash beyond the 6 cubic yard limit. Remember, bulk and yard waste pickup is only on the first pickup of the week. • The amendment also includes an “on call” household hazardous waste collection service. Residents who can not attend one of the City’s free Household Hazardous Waste events may contact Waste Pro who will remove the unwanted items for a $50 call-out fee, plus the cost of disposal at preferred rates. • For safety reasons, residents will now be required to box or wrap any mirrors, glass panels or window panes before disposing of them curbside.
NEW: Max of 3 unlimitedsized pickups/year Otherwise, 6 cubic yards = max weekly bulk/yard waste
For more information about garbage and recycling services, visit our website or contact the City’s Solid Waste Coordinator Peter Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-344-1196. CoralSprings.org/wastepro
What are the minimum landscaping requirements? The City has established minimum landscaping and maintenance codes in order to help keep up the aesthetics in Coral Springs neighborhoods. Following these guidelines will enhance your property’s value and ensure your home is in compliance with City code. Landscaping Landscape maintenance is the responsibility of every property owner. Owners must maintain their landscaping in a healthy, neat and orderly condition, which includes mowing, watering, trimming, weeding and fertilizing lawns, trees and plants on the property, abutting canal banks and along street frontages. Lawns must be kept trimmed to less than eight inches in height; hedges should be well-trimmed and meet the required height. Shade trees may not be planted within 25 feet of a streetlight; existing trees closer than 25 feet need to be pruned away from streetlights and other signage to ensure visibility and safety. Property owners are responsible for replacing landscaping that they remove or that dies, including lawns, trees and shrubs.
Minimum Landscaping There are minimum landscape requirements, including the installation of trees, ground cover, and/or shrubs on your property. Street trees are also required for all properties, one for every 40 feet of street frontage. Different residential districts have varying requirements, but most single family homes require – in addition to street trees, landscaping around A/Cs or pool pumps, etc. – three-tier foundation plantings, a minimum of 15-20 shrubs in front and 10 shrubs in the rear. Tree Removal and Trimming If you are planning to remove a tree, a free permit may be required. A replacement tree(s) may also be required, and a Broward County license is required for companies performing the work. When hiring a tree trimmer, residents should be sure to use licensed vendors. Tree removal permits and information on verifying a license are online at CoralSprings.org/trees.
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For more tips, visit our website. CoralSprings.org/code
Although crime overall is low in our community, the number one issue we experience in the City of Coral Springs are vehicle burglaries. More than 60% of these incidents are due to unlocked vehicles. In addition, keyless ignitions, which are found in most new model vehicles, are leading to a greater risk of vehicle theft. Too often, car owners leave the key fob inside the car, making it easy for thieves to steal the vehicle. The majority of car thefts and break-ins take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. under the cover of darkness. We ask residents to take a proactive approach to prevent this type of crime and make it a habit to check your vehicle doors each night before bed, always remove items of value and, of course, the key fob. In a City with 24 square miles and more than 125,000 residents, your vigilence is important. All residents are reminded, if something appears strange or suspicious, to “Make a Call, Make a Difference” by contacting the Coral Springs Police Department 954-344-1800 non-emergency number at 954-344-1800. If you have not done so, please program the number in your phone. Always dial 9-1-1 if you see a burglary or other crime in-progress.
954-344-1800 Making a Difference: A Success Story Recently, an alert resident reported what she believed to be someone breaking into cars. One night, just before 11 p.m., the caller saw a suspicious male wearing gloves, walking onto her neighbor’s property. When she called our non-emergency number, she reported that the suspect approached the vehicle parked in the driveway, pulled on the door handles, and when the doors did not open he walked away. Officers quickly responded to the area and set up a perimeter. The suspect was quickly apprehended after he was found hiding in some bushes. The suspect later confessed that he was in the area committing vehicle burglaries. The Coral Springs Police are proud to highlight the efforts of diligent residents who make the call, which makes the difference.
Fire Department receives ISO ‘Class-1’ Rating In April, the Coral Springs Fire Department was awarded a Class 1 Fire Protection rating by the insurance industry advisory company ISO. The classification by Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), known as the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, assesses the fire-protection efforts in a particular community. “During the 45-year history of our Fire Department, this is one of the greatest accomplishments to date,” Fire Chief Frank Babinec said. “Out of the 48,632 rated organizations in the United States, we are now among only 178 that are rated as ISO CLASS 1. Out of the 600 rated organizations in Florida, we are among only 24 that are ISO CLASS 1.” ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. Class 1 represents superior property fire protection. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services. CoralSprings.org/fire
Be aware of Zika virus Residents should be aware of the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Although there have been no cases of local transmission in the United States, it is still vital that residents are aware, as the virus can also be sexually transmitted. Mosquitoborne or other transmission of the Zika virus has been reported in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and South America, as well as in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. If you are traveling to areas where the virus has been reported, always use insect repellent, cover skin with long sleeved shirts and pants, and visit the Center for Disease Control website for in-depth information on prevention, diagnosis and travel warnings. Locally, it is also important to eliminate standing water in areas around your home, in order to help break the mosquito cycle. Mosquitos need very little water to breed, so make sure to dump out any buckets, toys, pet dishes, drains, or other areas outdoors where water can build up.
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Coral Springs Police reminds you to ‘Lock It or Lose It’
Important notice for all water customers 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 15 and continue through July 29, 2016 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 contact your water district. City of Coral Springs Utilities: 954-345-2160 Coral Springs Improvement District: 954-753-0380 North Springs Improvement District: 954-752-0400 Royal Utility Company: 954-341-7565
Passport services available at City Hall in the Mall The City’s passport service center, located at City Hall in the Mall, offers a full range of U.S. passport services, including U.S. Passport books, Passport cards and Passport photos. City Hall in the Mall is located at 9239 West Atlantic Boulevard (inside the southwest entrance of the Coral Square Mall). Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but you should be in line at least 30 minutes prior to closing. Passport services are not available at City Hall. For application details and requirements, please visit our website.
Charter School recognized as one of nation’s most challenging high schools Coral Springs Charter School was recognized by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The school was ranked #59 nationwide. Only one other school in Broward County – the nation’s sixth largest school district – was included in the top 100. The ranking evaluates schools on how widely they provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education classes (AICE). “We are so proud of the high bar Coral Springs Charter School has set for students,” Charter Schools USA Chief Academic Officer Sherry Hage said. “Our rigorous curriculum and constant focus on excellence creates an environment where students challenge themselves to reach greater heights. Our educators tirelessly support and encourage students to accomplish and even exceed their goals and prepare for a future of greatness.” Coral Springs Charter has maintained an “A” school grade for more than 12 consecutive years and the average student is expected to score above the national average in mathematics, and well above the national reading average. The school had a 2015 graduation rate of 99% with more than 94% of students college-bound. More than half of students were enrolled in an AP or Cambridge classes this past year. The City of Coral Springs contracts with Charter Schools USA to administer the school. The City is proud of the Charter School as a role model for all of the schools – public, private and charter – in our family-friendly community.
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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 CoralSprings.org 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 954-344-1001. You can also follow us 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. CoralSprings.org/codered Facebook.com/CityofCoralSprings
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 yours are trimmed properly and are not hatracked, topped or lion-tailed during the trimming process. If a tree needs to be removed, a Tree Removal Permit is required and can be obtained on the City’s website. 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 CoralSprings.org/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.
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Are You Ready?
City to honor long-term businesses through program To honor the longevity and accomplishments of businesses in Coral Springs, the Economic Development Office is introducing the Business Recognition Program to formally recognize businesses that have specifically contributed to the well-being of the City’s economic climate. Any business can be nominated for this award as long as they are current on their taxes and license fees. Businesses will be judged on criteria that includes the creation of new jobs, a long history of doing business in Coral Springs, exceptional customer service, and promoting “green” business practices. For a complete listing of the criteria and to nominate a business, visit our website or contact the Economic Development Office. CoralSprings.org/business
Business Tax Receipts renew in September, required for owners City of Coral Springs Business Tax
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Due: 9/30/2014 Business Tax Number: 98776 Total Due: $944.00
RENEWAL 2015 Business owners and entrepreneurs need to know that Return top portion with your payment – If you are exempt or have $0 due, please fill out top portion and returnis to our office a Local Business Tax Receipt required before engaging in any business in the City of Coral Springs, including homebased businesses. LocalTax Business Tax Renewal The cost of ** a RENEW Business Receipt varies according to ONLINE AT WWW.CORALSPRINGS.ORG ** theRegistration typeType: of business and must be renewed annually. Location Address: 9551 W SAMPLE RD MERCHANTS, RETAIL & WHOLESALE Renewal notices for 2016 Business Tax should be in the mail by late August. Business tax payments are due by September 30, and**AVOID mayPENALTIES be paid inBYperson, BY PAYING 9/30/2014** by mail or Due: 9/30/2014 If paid after: online. ADD penalty of: anytime Penalties apply for late payments. Business Tax Number: 98776 September 30, 2014 10% of total due Total Due: $944.00 October 31, 2014 15% of total due If you have 20% questions regarding your Local Business November 30, 2014 of total due 31, 2014 25% of total due TaxDecember Receipt, contact the Business Tax Office at 954-344person who engages in any business, occupation, or profession and who does not pay the required local 5958 orAnybusiness visit us at City Hall at 9551 W. Sample Road, tax within 150 days after the initial notice of tax due, and who does not obtain the required local business tax receipt is subject to civil actions (citations or Notice of Violation/Notice of Hearing) and Mondaypenalties, through Friday from 7:30 4:30costs p.m. including court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees,a.m. additionalto administrative incurred as a City of Coral Springs Business Tax 9551 West Sample Road Coral Springs, FL 33065-3800
WHAT’S GOING UP?
Hoerbiger prepares to open state-of-the-art manufacturing facility Hoerbiger Corporation of America, a leading international manufacturer and supplier of compression valve systems for the natural gas industry worldwide, will create 420 jobs and set a new standard for innovation and excellence by opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. The company plans to open their next-generation production facility once renovations are complete within the City’s Corporate Park. Hoerbiger will consolidate its Pompano, Deerfield Beach and Texas plants in Coral Springs. Hoerbiger's decision to stay in Florida will transform Coral Springs’ economy by creating jobs and generating economic activity. “Having produced compressor components in the United States for over 50 years, we know that the strength of the workforce makes South Florida the right place for our newest facility,” President of Hoerbiger Don York said. Coral Springs’ positive business climate and quality of life for its residents are encouraging companies like Hoerbiger to locate here. "Hoerbiger will be a critical driver of the further diversification of our economy. As a City, we must continue to attract businesses like Hoerbiger that focus on continuous innovation and expand our global reach. We thank them for their investment in Coral Springs and look forward to watching them prosper,” Mayor Skip Campbell said.
result of collection efforts, and a penalty of $250.
CoralSprings.org/btonline IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS INVOICE, PLEASE CALL (954) 344-5963 or (954) 344-5958 YOUR BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT WILL BE MAILED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT
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Health Fair Extravaganza returns October 19 The City’s annual senior Health Fair Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. This free event is open to all seniors, family members, residents or business owners who offer services to seniors. Booths for hospice providers, senior housing, flu shots, health screenings, mobile DMV will be on hand as well as raffles, giveaways and refreshments.
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Certify your yard as a Community Wildlife Habitat In addition to being a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family, Coral Springs is on track to officially become a community of outstanding environmental consciousness. The City is currently working towards joining neighboring cities such as Parkland and Coconut Creek in becoming a certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The steps to become a certified city are simple, such as planting native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, or adding water features to welcome butterflies and birds to your yard. Coral Springs currently has 240 certified homes – and is seeking 60 more, for a total of 300, to qualify. To date, the City has already met the requirement of certifying at least five businesses, three municipal buildings, seven parks, and 19 schools. To learn more about certifying your home, visit the NWF website or contact City Environmental Coordinator Casey Lee at 954-344-1117.
The steps to certify your backyard are simple, and may include planting native wildflowers or adding water features.
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The Coral Springs Police Department reminds all residents, especially our seniors, to be aware of unscrupulous criminals who prey on victims via telephone and email. The most common are the IRS, FP&L and “grandparent” scams. If someone calls stating you owe money to the IRS and will be arrested, please know this is a scam. Regardless of how convincing the caller is, hang up. The IRS will never call you for money. The FP&L scam is similar. The scammer calls and says your power will be shut off if you do not give them a credit card number over the phone. This is not true; FP&L will not contact you for payment over the telephone. The “grandparent” scam involves instances where a person claiming to be a family member or close personal friend contacts the victim with a fabricated story suggesting that he or she is in trouble. To help validate their story, the scammer obtains personal information about the victim through public data on the internet. To prevent these scams you are encouraged to speak with senior family members and have a plan in place in which any time a family member calls requesting financial assistance, the senior calls you to verify first.
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Experience Vietnamese culture at Dinner Dance Coral Springs residents will be able to take a quick trip to the other side of the globe to Vietnam during this year’s International Dinner Dance. The event, which includes food, dancing, and live entertainment, is themed for a different culture each year to showcase all of the different ethnicities throughout the community. Tickets for the event, which takes place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, are available now and cost $60 each. Space at the event is limited, so residents are advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Cultural or ethnic attire for the event is welcomed. CoralSprings.org/events
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UniTeens, UniTown programs offered to youth To help youth understand diversity in their community, the City is once again hosting the UniTeens and UniTown events for students enrolled in Coral Springs schools. The UniTeens program is directed towards middle school aged students and will be held on October 20 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Each middle school is asked to send 20 students, who attend at no charge, to serve as ambassadors to the diversity-training program run by professional facilitators. Ambassadors are to take the information they learn at the UniTeens program and present it to their classmates to spread awareness about tolerance and the community’s diversity. UniTown is a day-and-a-half long program starting on November 18 for high school students. It will be held at Coral Glades High School and is meant to prepare students for life after high school. The program, also lead by professional facilitators, will discuss subjects such as understanding oneself and others, appreciation and understanding of various cultures and religions, development of leadership skills, knowing your community, and more. A nominal registration fee covers the cost of food during the program. Scholarships are available for UniTown for those in financial need. These programs are sponsored by the City of Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee. For more information, contact the Community Relations division.
Upcoming public art plans for Coral Springs The City of Coral Springs just wrapped up the bi-yearly Sculpture on Sample Program. This year, due to the newly created ArtWalk located in Downtown Coral Springs, five of the seven artworks selected were displayed on the ArtWalk. The Public Art Committee received many positive comments on the sculptures displayed. Although the City ultimately did not purchase any art pieces from this year’s program, the program was a success as it introduces residents to new art throughout the downtown. The next Sculpture on Sample Program is planned to take place in 2018. The Public Art Committee plans on releasing a new request for qualifications for a permanent, interactive sculpture that will be located on the ArtWalk. This commissioned artwork will be the fourth sculpture to call the ArtWalk its permanent home and will sit alongside Beyond, installed in 2015 and created by artist and Coral Springs resident Zachary Knudson. Other artworks at the ArtWalk include Union One, by Kevin Barrett, and HD (popularly known as Humpty Dumpty), created by artist Kimberly Fiebiger, which was relocated to the ArtWalk from Sample Road and NW 94th Avenue. The Committee is also currently working with world-renowned artist Ray King to create an integrated artwork for the new Municipal Complex to be installed in 2017. No taxpayer dollars are used to purchase public art in the City. Funds for the art pieces come solely from developers of projects larger than 12,500 square feet, or one acre for multi-family construction. CoralSprings.org/publicart
Exciting Fall lineup at Center for the Arts The Center for the Arts is planning an exciting lineup for its 2016-2017 season. Be sure to visit their website for all the details and to order tickets when they go on sale. Early in the season, on Saturday, October 29, enjoy “Battle of the Boro’s VIII.” You’ll enjoy the biggest “oldies but goodies” concert ever, starting at 7:30 p.m. Families will love “Odd Squad – Live” on November 10, and IBEX Puppetry presents “Sing Along with The Muppets Movie” on November 12. Tickets for all of these shows, and many more to be announced, can be purchased at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online.
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Coral Springs Museum of Art hosts a public and private collections worldwide. weekly summer program for ages 6 to 15 Ferms’ work is used extensively by interior that goes beyond the common camp arts designers, has been seen in design and crafts offerings and, instead, provides publications in the U.S. and Europe, and can youth with a wide variety of hands-on, be found on several television shows. educational art experiences – from drawing William DeBilzan is an artist of life and and painting to 3D modeling, video game love, who creates work that is reflective design and more – all taught by working of the heart. DeBilzan’s work has been artists. included in many prominent private and “Our camp program is the ideal place for public collections, including The Burj Khalifa, your child to discover art, meet new friends the world’s tallest building in Dubai, and and explore new artistic mediums in a safe, the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere, encouraging and creative environment,” The Marriott near Central Park. TV and film Museum Executive Director Julia B. Andrews credits for DeBilzan’s work include: Frasier, said. “Inspired by the creative surroundings Spin City and Burn Notice. of the Museum’s galleries and sculpture Ivan J. Roque is a visual artist from Miami, Sunset on Peanut Island gardens, each week campers will get a Florida. Roque has a passion centered on by William DeBilzan chance to discover something new.” the concepts of birth, death, renewal and The “Summer in the Studio” summer social struggles. Roque has accomplished camp program at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, which many impressive achievements for his young age. Among runs weekly through August 19, features a variety of sessions these are working artistically with rapper Denzel Curry and such as Painting for the Little Artist, Comic Book Design, being selected to collaborate with major brands like Beck’s, Animation, and Photography, just to name a few. Seagram’s Gin and The Opium Group. Roque’s innovative art The cost for a one-week summer camp session is $135 for can be found in galleries in New York, Miami and Dubai and Museum members and $150 for non-members. A discount in murals internationally. Additionally, Ivan was chosen to of $5 per session will be applied when registering for four be a part of the acclaimed Pop Up Pianos Miami during Art or more sessions at one time. Members receive a sibling or Basel 2012. buddy discount of $5 off the cost to register a second child for the same camp session. A one-time registration fee of Masterpiece Event - The Hottest Ticket in Town! $15 is required of all non-members. A late fee of $15 will be Save the date for Saturday, September 17 when the applied to all registrations submitted less than three days Museum will hold its annual Masterpiece Event. This year, the prior to any session start date. Museum of Art will transform into a 1920s Speakeasy – in The morning sessions of the program are held from 9 a.m. honor of the upcoming Erté exhibition. Contact the Museum to noon, and the afternoon sessions are held from 1:15 p.m. for tickets to this spectacular event. to 4:15 p.m. Campers are required to bring a snack, a lunch CoralSpringsMuseum.org 954-340-5000 if they are attending the morning and afternoon sessions, a jacket or sweater, and any additional materials required for 2855 Coral Springs Drive the selected session. Before and after care is also available through the Next Stop Broadway Theater Camp. Parents can call the Center for the Arts box office at 954-344-5990 to enroll. To view and register for the 2016 summer camp sessions visit the Museum’s website or call for details. Current Exhibits The Museum of Art is currently featuring the exhibitions of Joseph Conrad-Ferm, WIlliam DeBilzan, and Ivan Roque. Visit the Museum through August 27 to view the artwork of these extraordinary artists. Ferm did not discover his need to paint until the winter of 2001. Now, with more than 1,000 finished works on paper, canvas and wood, Joseph Conrad-Ferm’s paintings are in
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Get fit this summer Aquatic Complex renovations enhance fitness center The dust has been flying at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, located in the Sportsplex. The Fitness Center has been completely repainted, and new treadmills, elliptical machines, and power racks have been added to enhance the facility. The Complex’s restrooms received an upgrade as well, with new floors, sinks, mirrors and hand dryers all in place. Members can look forward to similar renovations in the next several months in both the men’s and women’s fitness locker rooms. The concession area and a multi-purpose room at the Complex also received a facelift. The Swim Shop is open to the public and stocks the latest swimwear and tech gear, as well as offering fittings and custom suits for team and recreational swimming. In addition to the physical upgrades, the Aquatic Complex is excited to have head trainer Tom Flynn join the team. All new members to the Fitness Center will now receive an introductory personal training class, and an orientation on how to properly use the fitness equipment. The Fitness Center’s hours are Monday to Thursday 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A 3-month membership is $60. The Aquatic Complex is well-known as a world-class training and competition facility, and was recently noted by USA Today as a top 10 attraction in the Fort Lauderdale area. Currently, the Luxembourg swimming and Slovakian synchronized swimming teams are training at the Aquatic Complex in preparation for the Rio Olympic Games. Starting August 8, renovation of the 50-meter competition pool is scheduled to begin, and that pool will be closed during this time. The deck will be raised one foot, making the pool deeper, and also get new starting blocks. The
pool will receive a new liner, as well as new plumbing and filters, making it more water and chemical efficient. These upgrades will enhance the Complex’s ability to meet current Olympic standards. The construction is scheduled to be finished in February 2017. The smaller instructional pool, diving platforms and water polo/synchronized swimming pools will remain open. If you are looking to swim at the Aquatic Complex, summer pool hours are Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Recreational swimming begins at noon each day. Membership is $40 for 3 months, or daily entry is $3.65 (children are $3.15). For more programs available at the Aquatic Complex such as Zumba, swim lessons, water aerobics, and senior fitness classes visit our website. Recreational swimming is also available at Cypress Water Park and Mullins Pool.
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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. 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 motor-powered barrier placed over the water area) to prevent access by young children. For aboveground 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 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.
With the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks approaching, the City continues to be committed to honoring the victims and fallen heroes who were taken from us that day. On Saturday, September 10 the City will hold the Coral Springs Remembrance 9/11 5K Run/Walk starting at the Coral Springs Northwest Regional Library at 7 a.m. There will be awards given out to the top three overall male and female, as well as the top three male and female in age-appropriate categories. Team awards will also be given out to the top fire rescue department, top law enforcement department, top EMT paramedic department, and top club. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for students 19 and under, and $20 for emergency service personnel. Everyone who completes the 5K will receive a finisher medal and t-shirt. Be sure to use the hashtag #csremembers when talking about the event on social media. To register, visit the event website. www.itzevents.com 3151 N. University Drive
ArtWalk events planned for upcoming season Last year’s events at the new ArtWalk in Downtown Coral Springs were a huge success, and planning has begun for this season’s upcoming gatherings. Break out your lederhosen – Artoberfest is coming! This signature evening event will feature authentic German entertainment, beer and wine, as well as your favorite Bavarian treats. Artoberfest will be held Friday, October 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. along the ArtWalk. The Coral Springs Farmers’ Market will begin its season on Sunday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – and continue with dates through April 2017. The Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency will host the Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market on November 13 and April 23. Celebrate the holidays at Downtown in December, which this year will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. Fun winter surprises, including a chance of snow, are predicted for the third year of this family favorite. The popular Unplugged event will be held Saturday, February 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. Relax with friends and enjoy local craft beer and wine paired with acoustic music, food trucks and life-size games – all under the stars.
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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 on Saturday, October 15. Players must be Coral Springs residents ages eight to 18 in order to go head-to-head on PS4s as they tackle the new John Madden 2017. 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, or register online. The registration deadline is September 28 at noon. The challenge will be held at Best Buy, located at 650 N. University Drive with exact times to be determined. Visit the City’s website for details.
Important information on flood hazards The City of Coral Springs voluntarily participates in the Community Ratings System program in an effort to increase the awareness of flood protection and prevention principles throughout the City. Due to the changes of the Flood Insurance Rate Map in August 2014, most of the City of Coral Springs is no longer considered within a special flood hazard area, but that does not mean we should not be prepared for a flood event. Here are some useful tips to ensure you are prepared: Know your flood hazard: The most common events for flooding in Coral Springs are rainfall events. Between hurricanes and heavy summer storms, we face these events on a yearly basis. Even though the majority of the City is not considered within the special flood hazard area, that does not mean properties cannot flood. Insure your property for those flood hazards: Based on the frequency of heavy rain fall events and the fact that over 25% of all flood insurance claims are issued to properties that are not located in the special flood hazard area, officials strongly encourage all property owners to invest in flood insurance. Residents whose properties are not located in the special flood hazard area can take advantage of a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy. Protect people from the hazard: When encountering flood waters of an unknown depth, DO NOT attempt to cross. There may be underlying hazards that are not visible. In the case of a flood, you should avoid all flood waters, and in the unlikely event of an evacuation order, you should designate a location where your family can meet if needed. Protect your property from the hazard: The simplest way to protect your property is to keep our stormwater system free of debris and trash. Manufactured debris should be disposed of properly. Grass clippings and yard waste should not be blown into the storm system. Residents may be eligible for a grant to reduce a flood’s impact to their
property. Contact the City’s Engineering Department for more information. Build responsibly: Be sure to obtain a building permit from the Building Department. The permit review process will ensure your project is at or above any required elevations. Most properties contain a designated drainage easement along the property line that should not be impeded. Protect natural floodplain functions: Our stormwater system drains to the C-14 canal, which ultimately drains into the Atlantic Ocean. Chemicals and other pollutants should not be dumped into the storm drain. Other pollutants can also include open soil areas on construction sites. If you see a broken silt fence on a construction site, please report it to the Engineering Department at 954-344-3458. Hurricane preparedness: The City of Coral Springs provides detailed information regarding Hurricane Preparation. Visit CoralSprings.org/hurricane for Family Emergency Plans, Evacuation Routes and Shelter locations. General emergency preparedness: In addition to hurricane preparations, CoralSprings.org provides information for general emergency preparations, including tips and recommendations, such as taking a photo inventory of all of your belongings and placing your important financial and insurance information in a safe place. Be “Flood” educated: It’s important to familiarize yourself and your family with the various topics covered here, as well as the information provided through the various flood safety articles available at the public library. These topics are just a brief overview of the information that is beneficial in the case of a flood event. For more information, please call the City of Coral Springs Engineering Department at 954-344-3458.
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September 11th 5K Remembrance Saturday, September 10 7 a.m. start time Northwest Regional Library Register at itzevents.com See article page 15
Saturday, September 24 International Dinner Dance Experience Vietnam! Marriott at Heron Bay 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. • 7 p.m. See article page 12
September 11th Memorial Ceremony Sunday, September 11 • NW Regional Library • 2 to 4 p.m. See article page 5 Election Voter Registration Register by August 1 for the August 30 Primary, or by October 11 for the November 8, 2016 Election Visit browardsoe.org or CoralSprings.org/election for info See article page 5
Artoberfest in Downtown Coral Springs Friday, October 7 • ArtWalk • 5 to 10 p.m. See article page 15
Museum of Art: Steve Nunez Airbrush Workshop Saturday, July 23 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • 954-340-5000 $125 attendees, $100 members/students
Video Game Challenge Saturday, October 15 Best Buy • 650 N. University Dr. Register by September 28 at noon See article page 16
Coral Springs Farmers’ Market Season runs October to April • ArtWalk Sunday, October 2 & 23 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch: Sunday, November 13 See article page 15
Senior Health Fair Extravaganza Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free • Coral Springs Gymnasium 2501 Coral Springs Dr. • 954-345-2203 See article page 11