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Coconut creek Commission

Coconut Creek Mayor Becky Tooley Looking back at 2020, no reflection can exclude the pandemic. Even with some bumps in the road, Coconut Creek responded with passion. There wasn’t a blueprint or best practice examples for guidance, but we got through the trying times with support from our community, City Commission, staff, supporters, and government agencies. Our City was allocated close to $2.8 million from the Broward County CARES ACT. Staff led in checking on vulnerable populations such as, Assisted Living Facilities, prior to the State stepping in. We provided financial assistance and outreach to our Coconut Creek Family by partnering with the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce to assist Coconut Creek businesses and non-profit organizations. Additionally, we provided assistance to residents by suspending water services turn-offs and providing for extended payment plans for water and sewer bills and provided food assistance in partnership with Farm Share, the Coral Springs Chabad, and Feeding South Florida. We provided continuous communication with Coconut Creek community by establishing a dedicated Covid webpage, providing City updates to residents and businesses via social media, call center, webpage, e-newsletters, banners, and signage, and created video messages from the Mayor and Commission. This was also a year of becoming more aware of inequities in our country. We held a Town Hall event called Unity in Our Community, with representatives from Coconut Creek and Broward College, to discuss social justice concerns. There is more to accomplish, but this forum provided the impetus to develop an implementation plan to address those issues. With that said, I am very proud of our Police Department and how they continue to stay committed to being a full-service community policing organization. A true bright spot is our new K9 – Taylor. Our team worked with the School Board to allow Taylor into four Coconut Creek schools to detect guns and ammunition. The pilot program included “Empathy Mapping” of students and staff and an awareness campaign. Coconut Creek is excited to move the responsibility of police and fire dispatch to Coral Springs and to move toward establishing our own Fire Department that will be fully operational October 2021. No discussion of 2020 would be complete without mentioning our continued focus on solid waste and recycling in our community. We are diligently monitoring Waste Management for compliance with our agreement regarding what goes into the landfill. We are represented on the County Solid Waste Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to create a comprehensive solid waste system for the County. Globally, recycling has gone through a massive change. There is not a market for glass and other recyclables. Together, with our Environmental Advisory Board, we are implementing a Recycling Reset Program including community outreach and amending our contract with Republic Services. We have already implemented a new Recycling Drop-Off Center. Although not the ideal scenario, we do recycle. Our garbage and trash does not go to the landfill; it is burned at the waste to energy plant. We look forward to a better, healthier, and productive 2021.

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Phone Numbers CITY HALL: 954.973.6770 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: 954.973.6756 BUILDING PERMITS: 954.973.6750 BUSINESS TAX LICENSES: 954.973.6752 CODE COMPLIANCE: 954.956.1476 FIRE INSPECTION: 954.973.6706 POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY) HELPLINE: 954.973.6700 COMMUNITY CENTER: 954.545.6670 RECREATION COMPLEX: 954.956.1580 HURRICANE HOTLINE: 954.973.6771 EMERGENCY: 911

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