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8 Hurricane Andrew's Lasting Legacy

CALENDAR

10, 12 May 2024

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14 Join Wellpath in Their Mission to Care for the Underserved AND Make a Difference, One Patient at a Time

COMMUNITY NEWS

16 Feeling Stressed? Lonely? Anxious? It’s OK to not be OK! Dial 9-8-8

18 Engaging Young Minds Coral Springs’ Teen Political Forum Fosters

Civic Dialogue

SCHOOL NEWS

20 Broward County Hosts High School Voter Drive

22 Broward Schools Swears in Dr. Howard Hepburn Following Surprise Resignation of Peter Licata

2024 HURRICANE GUIDE

24 Storm Surge - Navigating the Potential For a Historic Hurricane Season

Packing Your Hurricane Kit

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the Well-Being of Your Furry Friends

FROM THE STATEHOUSE

30 May Update

33 District 96 Update

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSION

31 May Message

MAYOR’S MESSAGE

32 Parkland Update

PET OF THE MONTH

32 Meet “Marley”

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30 Answer Key

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Brodie, Denise Caligiuri, Adrienne Collins, Mariem Garcia, Silvia Silva, Kevin Tanke

Jaillet, Jon Duka, Christine Hunschofsky, Vice Mayor Jordan Isrow, Todd Delmay

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Our City Media of Florida, LLC publishes FREE monthly, local community news magazines throughout South Florida. Our City Media Magazines are mailed monthly to affluent single-family homes, condos and businesses in their respective communities. Monthly mailings are verifiable by USPS postage statements. Additional free copies are available at selected locations throughout the communities served and upon request by contacting the publisher. Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Publisher. Our City Media of Florida, LLC reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our City Media of Florida, LLC is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents ©2024 by Our City Media of Florida, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher. PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry
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Hurricane Andrew’s Lasting Legacy

On a warm Sunday eve ning in the summer of 1992, homeowners across South Florida were preparing for a tropical storm in the usual ways. Hardware stores were selling out of plywood, neighbors were helping each other put up storm shutters, and, grocery stores were running out of toilet paper and bottled water. Many were anxious about the storm’s power and size. No one could have envisioned its lasting impact on the lives of so many people.

Hurricane Andrew made landfall just south of Miami at about 5:00 am on Monday, August 24, 1992. The Category 5 hurricane’s intensity and compact size focused its destructive power on a relatively small area, causing catastrophic damage. The storm directly resulted in 65 deaths and left many more injured. It caused more than $27 billion in damage, making it the costliest storm in Florida history. 25,000 homes were destroyed with more than 100,000 more suffering damage.

The hurricane also had a lasting impact on the insurance industry. Many insurers went bankrupt or pulled out of Florida, leading to reforms in how insurance is regulated and provided in hurricane-prone areas. 2022’s Hurricane Ian is having a similar impact on the already fragile Florida insurance market.

Andrew exposed significant weaknesses in building codes, disaster preparedness, and response strategies. In response, Florida significantly overhauled building codes and developed stricter construction standards.

Hurricane Andrew remains a pivotal event in the history of disaster management and preparedness in the United States. The lessons learned from the hurricane led to improved hurricane forecasting, better building practices, and a greater emphasis on emergency preparedness both in Florida and nationwide.

As we head into another hurricane season, remember Andrew and be prepared.

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MAY 2

National Day of Prayer

The Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland, in partnership with the Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, will honor and celebrate Annual National Day of Prayer. A designated youth representative from each congregation will deliver a brief prayer on behalf of their religious community focused on our leaders, nation and world peace. Hosted at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive at 7:00 pm. For more info, email Lydia Cutz at Lcutz@coralsprings.gov.

MAY 3 Bites N Sips

Coral Springs’ popular food truck event returns featuring delicious bites, craft cocktails, and live entertainment. Both Bites-N-Sips is free and open to the public. Cost of food and drinks is additional. 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm on the Coral Springs City Hall Lawn. For info, call 954-344-1000.

MAY 8

Eats n' Beats

The Beatlemaniax will bring the sounds of the Beatles to the Pine Trails Amphitheatre in Parkland. The FREE outdoor concert will host a wide array of food trucks. Be sure to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and your dancing shoes! 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheatre. For more info, call 954-757-4107.

MAY 8

Family Fun Night

The Family Fun Night event will take place at the Panthers Ice Den and include free skating/skate rental, DJ, free hot chocolate, crafts provided by Carbon Health of Coral Springs and a pop up book fair. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Panther’s Ice Den, 3299 Sportsplex Drive. Scan the QR to register or learn more.

MAY 10

Casino Night

The Rotary Club of Coral Springs/ Parkland to host a Casino Night fundraiser on Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Parkland Golf & Country Club located at 10001 Old Club Road in Parkland which benefits the Parkland 17 Memorial Foundation, which honors the lives of the 17 individuals massacred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hugh School on Feb. 14, 2018. The night will include an evening with an assortment of casino games including Blackjack, Poker and Roulette, a raffle, silent auction, a delicious buffet dinner and cocktails.

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Fort Lauderdale Air Show

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is set to feature the Air Force Thunderbirds as one of the main attractions. This event is part of the Air Dot Show Tour, which visits various world-class destinations, showcasing the pride, power, and patriotism of military excellence along with civilian expertise. The show offers an opportunity for attendees to experience breathtaking aerobatics and high-performance jets, creating a unique and unforgettable experience over the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale Scan the QR code to learn more.

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MAY 12

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The official Mother's Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis. After her mother's death in 1905, Jarvis conceived Mother's Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. The first official Mother's Day celebration took place in 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia, with a larger ceremony in Philadelphia. Through her efforts, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in 1914.

MAY 13

Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society

Sandi Block-Brezner will present "Culture for Orchids in the Cattleya Alliance". She is an accredited AOS Judge & Secretary with the West Palm Beach Judging Center, a member of the American Orchid Society, Royal Horticultural Orchid Society, FLOS & a member of Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society. Sandi has received 11 AOS awards, four of which were for Cultural Merit and one for Cultural Excellence. Meeting will be held in the Learning Center at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

MAY 18

Water Safety Event

Head to the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex for an entertaining and educational experience for families of all ages! Participate in water safety activities and wear your swimsuits. Learn about resources to help make your home water-safe. Activities include CPR Practice, Music, Prizes Waterpark & Pool Fun. Sign up for vouchers for future Swim Lessons will be made available. Scan the QR code for info and to learn more.

MAY 8

Homes Fur Dogs Expo

Parkland’s Barkland Dog Park will be transformed into a furry-friend extravaganza. There will be local pet vendors, music, pet contests, caricature artists and adoption agencies with dogs on site. Bring your furry friend or adopt a new family member! 9:00 am - Noon, 9245 Ranch Road. For more info, call 954-757-4107.

MAY 27

Memorial Day

This day is a federal holiday dedicated to honoring and mourning the military personnel who died in the line of duty. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868. This day was designated to decorate the graves of American Civil War soldiers with flowers. The choice of May 30 was symbolic, intended to ensure that flowers across the country would be in bloom. The observance of Memorial Day was eventually set as the last Monday in May in 1971.

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positive impact. They recognize that their impact transcends the walls of their facilities. They understand the pivotal role they play in facilitating the reintegration of patients into their communities, thereby fostering a cycle of healing and empowerment.

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FEELING STRESSED? LONELY? ANXIOUS? IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK!

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We all have one thing in common now- we’re all living in this new “normal”. Whether you are experiencing stress, loneliness, or anxiety, remember that we’re all in this together. It’s OK to not be OK. It’s essential to CARE for one another with respect; COMMUNICATE and listen without judgment and CONNECT those who need help with support services in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 9 -8-8 today.

Mental health and well-being is different for everybody. When a person is experiencing challenges to their mental health, it is important that they have the help and support necessary to guide them through it. Mental health challenges can affect a person’s moods, behaviors, and even their cognitive functioning. The norm in some cultures may be to avoid talking about problems, feelings, or mental health concerns. While some individuals can have healthy coping mechanisms, many people often struggle to find proactive methods of dealing with emotional turmoil or unresolved trauma. For any stressful situation, this initiative encourages talking about the feelings you have, providing an open dialogue, and promoting the fact that it is OK to talk about feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety.

United Way of Broward County partnered with the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, and Department of Children and Families to prioritize mental health struggles in its county wide initiative that promotes “It’s OK to not be OK” and the newly created 9-8-8 hotline. The goal is to provide an outlet of support to the community facing challenges with mental health, or any feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety. Thus, creating a space for dialogue and offering the very much-needed resources during difficult times by providing someone to talk to.

You might notice the “It’s OK to Not be OK” message around the community which directs people to call the 9-8-8 hotline for support. Please help us to share the message. Trained counselors provide callers with guidance and free resources that will help in most situations. United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention’s website, drugfreebroward.org, also provides a prevention resource center with tool kits that provide support for mental and behavioral health issues.

Are you feeling stressed, lonely, anxious or depressed? Or do you know someone who is feeling this way? It’s OK to not be OK. Support and Help are available. And, now more than ever, it is essential to come together and CARE for one another with respect; COMMUNICATE and listen without judgment and CONNECT those who need help with support services in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, please dial 988 today. #ItsOKtoNotbeOK

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CORAL SPRINGS' TEEN POLITICAL FORUM FOSTERS CIVIC DIALOGUE

More than 420 high school students from the Coral Springs area actively engaged in learning about their civic environment by participating in the city’s annual Teen Political Forum (TPF). The event took place at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on April 4th.

The forum provided a unique opportunity for students from J.P. Taravella, Coral Glades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Coral Springs High, and Coral Springs Charter schools to directly interact with a panel of local elected officials. During the lively Q&A session, students were able to ask pointed questions and receive insights directly from their leaders.

This year’s forum theme was "The Political Games," inspired by "The Hunger Games," which brought an imaginative and engaging twist to the discussions and overall presentation.

The panel included notable figures such as Coral Springs Vice Mayor Shawn Cerra, City Commissioners Nancy Metayer Bowen and

Joy Carter, Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott, Broward County School Board Regional Superintendent Dr. Jermaine Fleming, State Representatives Dan Daley and Christine Hunschofsky, and State Senator Tina Polsky.

Coral Springs City Commissioner Joshua Simmons served as the host and moderator of the event. He expressed his enthusiasm and pride in the initiative, noting, “We are stronger as a community when citizens are more involved in local government. I’m proud of our city’s young adults who organized and hosted this event, enhancing our community's

engagement. The intelligent and challenging questions posed by the students to our local officials were impressive and indicative of the thoughtful engagement fostered by the TPF.”

The TPF also acknowledged schools with high student participation by awarding cash prizes. J.P. Taravella High School led with 147 students present, earning a $1,000 cash award for their school.

The organization and planning of the forum represent a joint effort between the local high school students and the City of Coral Springs, showcasing a collaborative approach to civic engagement and education.

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Broward County Hosts High School Voter Drive

Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Joe Scott, led a monthlong voter registration drive at county high schools during April. Representatives from the Supervisor of Elections Office visited every high school in the county and met with students in their classrooms, encouraging them to register.

Students were given paperwork and guidance on how to properly fill it out during history, government and civics classes. Many of the students were already registered via the state of Florida’s driver’s license voter registration program. However, others took advantage of the opportunity to participate in future elections.

“No part of my job is more rewarding than helping young citizens vote for the first time,” said Scott in a video released on the Browardvotes.com, “Here in the state of Florida your sixteenth birthday is an

important milestone. I am not saying that because you can get your drivers’ license, I am saying that because you can register to vote.”

Students who registered will not be able to vote till they reach 18 years old, but will automatically be added to the voter register if they participated in the drive. Many of the students received a keepsake water bottle emblazoned with the @browardvotes logo.

“I was really excited. I can’t wait till I turn 18 to vote in my first election. Hashtag adulting!” said Stoneman Douglas junior Jo.

“When you become an active voter, you will have an impact on who our government leaders are at every level, including city, county, state, and national governments,” commented Scott, “I’ll see you at the polls.”

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Broward Schools Swears in Dr. Howard Hepburn Following Surprise Resignation of Peter Licata

Dr. Peter Licata shocked the Broward Schools community last month by announcing his retirement at a regularly schedule School Board meeting last month. He told the board that he regretted informing them that he was retiring.

"It is with great sadness that I write this letter informing you of my anticipated retirement on December 31, 2024. I communicated to the board on December 17, which is protected from the public record, regarding the status of a medical condition that I have been receiving treatments for. After conferring recently with my doctors, my wife, and my four adult children, it is best that I retire from this incredible role as an educator after 30-plus years here in South Florida," he said.

Licata continued, "I am certainly not being forced out, there is no question about that. I think by everyone's belief that they were surprised by this. This is something that happened over the weekend. Friday I spoke to one of my doctors and just indicated that you've got some choices to make. When I talked to my kids they were very happy.

Having grandkids and not seeing them much is not what it's about. I lost my father at 59, my grandfather at 62, and an older brother at 57. So, I'm 59 and I want to out live my dad and make sure to out live everybody else too," he said.

Licata gave the board almost eight months' notice so that they could search for his replacement. The board took less than a day. In an unprecedented move, they appointed Howard Hepburn, the district's Chief Academic Officer, as the new superintendent effective immediately. Hepburn is from Belle Glade in Palm Beach County and has been one of Licata's key lieutenants since joining the school system in July.

“I thank the School Board for their trust and support as I proudly serve the District in this new capacity,” said Hepburn, “As Superintendent, my focus remains on moving our District to an ‘A’ grade and ensuring all students receive a world-class education. We will continue to prioritize closing achievement gaps, increasing student access to accelerated courses and implementing strategies to support continuous student achievement.”

Dr. Hepburn holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Southern College.

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STORM SURGE NAVIGATING THE POTENTIAL FOR A HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON

The Atlantic is bracing for an exceptionally active hurricane season this year, potentially setting records for the number of storms. In fact, forecasters from AccuWeather are concerned they might exhaust the list of storm names due to an anticipated surge in tropical activity. Last year saw 19 named storms, yet only four directly impacted the U.S. Among these, Hurricane Idalia stood out as the most significant, hitting Florida with Category 3 force in late August. Tropical Storm Harold brought heavy rains to southern Texas, while Tropical Storm Ophelia affected North Carolina. Lee, transitioning into a tropical rainstorm, brushed the New England coast before making landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada. Predictions for the current season suggest it could surpass the last, potentially making it one of the busiest on record.

"The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to feature well above the historical average number of tropical storms, hurricanes, major hurricanes and direct U.S. impacts," AccuWeather Lead Hurricane Forecaster Alex DaSilva said.

Several key factors are contributing to the forecast of a highly active season. The abundance of warm ocean waters serves as a catalyst for the development

and strengthening of tropical storms. This condition facilitates more frequent storm formation and increases the likelihood of rapid intensification, a trend observed in some of the most devastating hurricanes in recent history. Additionally, the potential for late-season activity is heightened by the unusually warm waters extending into November.

"Sea-surface temperatures are well above historical average across much of the Atlantic basin, especially across the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and the Main Development Region [for hurricanes]," DaSilva explained. The Atlantic water temperatures observed last month were around or even warmer than they were ahead of the blockbuster 2005 and 2020 hurricane seasons.

A significant influence on this year's hurricane outlook is linked to changes in the Pacific Ocean. The rapid shift from El Niño conditions, characterized by warmer-than-average sea temperatures, to La Niña, marked by cooler temperatures, is expected to have a profound impact on Atlantic hurricane activity. La Niña typically reduces wind shear over the Atlantic, favoring more active hurricane seasons. This pattern was observed during the notably busy seasons of 2020, 2021, and 2022, with the

2020 season tying the record for the most named storms.

“It can be helpful to visualize a stack of pancakes," DaSilva explained. When there is a high amount of wind shear, the top of a tropical system can be pushed and tilted away from its base, causing it to become lopsided. If a mature hurricane is in place, it may weaken but will not necessarily dissipate. "A tall, neat stack is what a tropical system wants to be, but wind shear can cause some pancakes to be displaced and the stack could fall over," said DaSilva.

AccuWeather's forecast for 2024 anticipates 20-25 named storms in the Atlantic, including 8-12 hurricanes, of which four to seven could be major hurricanes. This exceeds the 30-year average and suggests a significant increase in the risk of U.S. landfalls.

Meteorologists are using historical weather patterns, or analog years, to refine their forecasts. The 2016 season, featuring Hurricane Matthew's destructive path through Hispaniola, eastern Cuba, and near Florida's coast, serves as a reference for this year. Like 2016, the upcoming season is expected to occur under La Niña conditions, underscoring the heightened risk and the need for preparedness.

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Hurricane Preparedness PACKING YOUR HURRICANE KIT

Living in South Florida, we know the sky can go from sunny to stormy in no time, especially during hurricane season. That's why it's important for every family or household to have a hurricane kit ready. Imagine a big storm hits, and you can't leave your house or find a store open. That's when your hurricane kit becomes a treasure chest!

Why You Need a Hurricane Kit

A hurricane kit is like your survival box during and after a storm. It has all the essentials to keep you and your family safe, healthy, and somewhat comfortable when the power goes out, or you're stuck at home. Hurricanes can knock out electricity, block roads, and even cause stores to close for days. With a kit, you're one step ahead, ready to tackle these challenges head-on.

Keeping Your Kit Ready

Once you have your hurricane kit packed, keep it in a place where you can grab it easily. Check your kit every few months to replace expired food and water and to make sure the batteries still work.

Final Thoughts

Having a hurricane kit ready isn’t just about being prepared; it’s about giving yourself peace of mind. In the chaos that a hurricane can bring, knowing you have a kit with essentials for your family can be a huge relief. Start building your kit today, and stay safe and prepared!

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR HURRICANE KIT

Creating a hurricane kit might seem like a big task, but it's easier than you think. Here's a checklist of items that are must-haves in your kit:

1. Water: This is the most important. Plan for at least one gallon per person per-day, for at least three days. This is for drinking and cleaning.

2. Food: Stock up on non-perishable food items that don’t need cooking. Think canned beans, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, crackers, and energy bars. Enough for three days is a good start.

3. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio: Stay updated with the latest weather alerts and news. Don’t forget extra batteries!

4. Flashlights: The more, the merrier. Again, don’t forget extra batteries.

5. First aid kit: Include basic first-aid supplies to handle minor injuries at home.

6. Medications: Keep at least a week’s supply of any prescription medicines you or your family members take. Also include common over-the-counter medications like pain relievers and allergy meds.

7. Personal hygiene items: Think of soap, toothpaste, sanitary pads, and baby wipes. These can make life more comfortable when you can’t shower.

8. Copies of important documents: Keep copies of insurance policies, identification documents, and bank account records in a waterproof container.

9. Cash: ATMs might not work if the power is out, so have some cash on hand.

10. Emergency contact information: Write down phone numbers of family, friends, and local emergency services.

11. Pet supplies: Don’t forget about your furry friends! Include food, water, and any medications for your pets.

12. Blankets or sleeping bags: Stay warm and cozy if the air conditioning is out.

13. Batteries: Keep a couple of USB charging batteries handy to enable you to keep cell phones charged and functioning.

REMEMBER, HURRICANES DON'T WAIT, AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. GET YOUR HURRICANE KIT TOGETHER NOW, SO WHEN THE STORM CLOUDS GATHER, YOU'LL BE READY TO WEATHER THE STORM.

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Pets and Hurricane Safety ENSURING THE WELL-BEING OF YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

As hurricane season approaches, preparing to protect your home and loved ones is crucial, and this includes your pets. Pets are an integral part of many families, and ensuring their safety during a hurricane is as important as securing the safety of any family member. Below, we offer comprehensive tips and strategies to keep your pets safe before, during, and after a hurricane.

Before the Hurricane

Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit: Just as you would for any family member, prepare an emergency kit specifically for your pet. This should include:

• At least a three-day supply of water and food in airtight containers.

• Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container.

• Collars with ID tags, a leash, and a harness.

• A pet carrier with bedding and toys to help reduce stress.

• Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

• Litter box, litter, paper towels, plastic trash

bags, and household chlorine bleach for sanitation.

• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior tendencies in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

Ensure Your Pet’s Identification is Up-toDate: Check that your pet’s tags are secure and legible. Consider microchipping your pet if not already done, as it can be a lifesaver in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Know Your Shelter Options: Not all shelters accept pets, so it’s essential to plan ahead. Research pet-friendly hotels, motels, or boarding facilities both in and outside your immediate area. You can also check with your local animal shelter—they may have a foster program available during emergencies.

During the Hurricane

1. Bring Pets Indoors: Well before the storm hits, bring your pets inside where they can stay dry and safe. Create a comfortable area in a room without windows and remove

any toxic items that pets might accidentally consume.

2. Calm and Comfort Your Pet: Hurricanes can be frightening for pets. Your presence is comforting, so stay close and show calmness and reassurance through gentle petting and talking softly.

3. Maintain a Routine: As much as possible, stick to your pet's regular routine for feeding and bathroom breaks. If it’s not safe to go outside, prepare an indoor area where your pet can relieve themselves.

4. Securely Confine Pets: During the storm, place pets in a carrier or secure room to prevent escape or injury. This also makes it easier to evacuate quickly if the need arises.

By incorporating these measures into your hurricane preparedness plan, you can greatly reduce the stress on your pets and ensure their safety and comfort during a potentially chaotic time. Remember, planning ahead is the best way to protect all members of your family, including the four-legged ones.

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As a mom, I appreciate Mother’s Day and celebrate all the wonderful mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, and mother figures who have made a difference in our lives. They are the ones we seek out for support, help, advice, and comfort. Our world is a better place thanks to the love, care, and support our mothers give. I would be remiss if I didn’t say how eternally grateful I am to my own mom and all the mothers I have met along the way who shared their guidance, advice, knowledge, and support, which has allowed me to be the best mother I could be to our two boys. I also recognize how challenging Mother’s Day can be for some who have lost their mothers or for mothers who have lost children. So, while we celebrate this day, please keep those who may be having a difficult time on Mother’s Day in your thoughts.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6–10, and it is a time to thank all our teachers for their commitment to the education of our children and for the difference they make in our children’s lives. When I think back to the special teachers in my life, they were the ones who saw potential in me when I didn’t necessarily see it myself. They didn’t hold my worst day against me, and they challenged me in a positive way to think outside the box, to treat my assignments with thoughtfulness and care, and to be a good person along the way. To all my teachers, my children’s teachers, and to all our teachers who make a positive difference in our children’s lives, THANK YOU!

As your State Representative, I continuously work to make better policies, and that is possible because we are the home of the free because of the brave. That is why Memorial Day is a special holiday where we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. All the cities in the district will be acknowledging and honoring those lost in the line of duty on Memorial Day, and I encourage you to attend these special ceremonies. See locations and times in the OUR CITY Coral Springs calendar.

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone at (954) 956-5600 or email HD095@myfloridahouse.gov. Also, follow me on Facebook at @RepChristineHunschofsky and Twitter at @RepHunschofsky for regular updates. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your state representative. Please stay in touch!

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We are committed to offering services that meet the needs of our residents and are excited for our new partnership with ProKel Mobility and Broward County Transit for the city’s Community Bus Shuttle. Use of the shuttle is free for Coral Springs residents and includes stops at many convenient locations throughout the city. Residents can view the new routes at CoralSprings.gov/CommunityBus.

Recently, City Hall in the Mall, our go-to facility for passport services located within the Coral Square Mall, (9469 W. Atlantic Blvd.) underwent renovations to provide enhanced services for our residents. If you need a passport, learn more about the requirements and use the online scheduling system at CoralSprings.gov/Passport.

Some of our most enjoyable moments as Commissioners are spent interacting with the community at city events, and throughout the month of May, there are many to choose from!

Bites-N-Sips, the popular food truck event, returns to City Hall on Friday, May 3 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event features a stellar Star Wars theme, food trucks, drink stations, live music and more.

Other events taking place this month include National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2. Participants of all faiths are invited to join this candlelight ceremony. The popular Shred-A-Thon, organized by our police department to prevent identity theft, will take place on Saturday, May 4. We will honor and remember our military members on Monday, May 27 with a Memorial Day Ceremony. Information about all city events can be found at CoralSprings.gov/Events.

We remain committed to mental wellness in our community. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we remind residents of a simple message: You Matter! Resources are also available for those who might need help. Dial 2-1-1 or text 898211 to be connected to local help or dial 9-8-8 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Many other important causes and heritages are recognized throughout May. Follow along on the city’s social media accounts as we highlight the people, places, events, and initiatives that make our city shine with pride and purpose.

This month’s Commission Meetings will take place on Wednesday, May 1 at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. As always, the public is invited to attend Commission meetings. The meetings are aired on CityTV, Blue Stream Channels 25, 25.7, 725 and on AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of your City Officials, please call 954-344-5911. Make sure to follow Coral Springs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Mayor Scott Brook @CSCommissioner1, Vice Mayor Shawn Cerra @CSCommissioner2, Commissioner Nancy Metayer Bowen @CSCommissioner3, Commissioner Joshua Simmons @CSCommissioner4, and Commissioner Joy Carter @CSCommissioner5.

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As a City of Parkland resident, I am proud to say that we have achieved unprecedented successes as a community over the past 12 months. And, as mayor of our amazing City, I am pleased to share that more historical gains are on the horizon.

In early April, the City held its Strategic Planning Retreat, in which the City Commission and staff reviewed, updated, and reprioritized best practices for governance, in order to continue to ensure our dynamic future. And in March, we hosted Parkland Day, which included a parade, a luncheon honoring the many volunteers who serve as a positive force in our community, and an evening of local entertainment, music, and great food.

In that same celebratory mode, I believe the accomplishments of the past year should be shared in person. I will host State of the City 2024 at 6:00 p.m. on May 22, at 6600 University Drive – a culminating event that shines the spotlight on how our leadership and vision continue to inform our strong sense of community and drive our flourishing economy.

During State of the City 2024, I will share an update on Loxahatchee Road improvements, a monumental project that has temporarily changed our navigational rhythms but will be well worth it in the long run. And this year, we also heard directly from you. After holding two public outreach meetings in January, the City and our conceptual design partners know more about what residents want in our new premier commercial property where families can explore, dine, and enjoy upscale amenities during their free time.

I will also talk about a large-scale drainage improvement project that will take place in a few areas in the City. We are using a large portion of our $17 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funding to improve our infrastructure.

And we cannot forget that design plans are underway for Wedge Preserve Park, which will change and enhance the scope of outdoor recreation in our community – a park concept that is sure to be family-focused and kid-approved.

I am inspired by our City’s progress. Mark your calendar and make plans to spend the evening with us later this month, as we learn more about the projects and improvements that will positively impact our life experiences for years to come.

Use your smartphone to scan the QR code and RSVP to the City of Parkland’s State of the City 2024.

I look forward to seeing you there.

If you have questions or comments you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via e-mail at rwalker@Cityofparkland.org or via cell phone at (973) 390-1453. Of course, I am frequently available monthly at Parkland businesses and love to talk with residents there. I encourage you to visit the City’s website Cityofparkland.org and click on the social media icon that you prefer, to ensure that you stay informed on events and helpful information.

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On Thursday, April 4, I was a panelist for the annual Teen Political Forum hosted by the City of Coral Springs at the Center for the Arts, and this marked the 12th year I have participated in this event. I attended for the first time as a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student 16 years ago, and that’s where I met my future boss, then State Representative Ari Abraham Porth. He was in the seat I am in now, serving as a State Representative, and seeing all of those students in the audience reminded me of how far I’ve traveled since that first forum. My hope is that one (or more) of the many young people I met at the forum will someday have the same opportunity and will eventually return as a panelist, serving as an elected official in the not-too-distant future.

This annual event is run by students, for students with the help and support of the City of Coral Springs. City Commissioner Joshua Simmons, the Commission Liaison to the event, and Mrs. Nicky Vasquez, Community Relations Manager with the City, are knowledgeable resources for the students. Mrs. Vasquez reports that 23 students were on the committee this year, with four to five from each of the local high schools which are: Coral Glades, Coral Springs, Coral Springs Charter, JP Taravella, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. (Students who live in Coral Springs but attend schools outside of the area will sometimes join the committee; they are welcome as well!) Many, but not all, of the students on the committee are involved in student government at their respective schools.

My congratulations go out to the student committee members (and the adults who support them) who plan this event every year, and especially to the students from this year’s event committee. They always do a phenomenal job, and the students who attend are engaged, excited, and ask some very tough questions! I’m already looking forward to next year.

I also want to give a shout-out to my fellow panelists and thank them for taking the time to make the event a success for the students:

• Joshua Simmons, Coral Springs Commissioner

• Shawn Cerra, Coral Springs Vice Mayor

• Nancy Metayer-Bowen, Coral Springs Commissioner

• Joy Carter, Coral Springs Commissioner

• Michael Udine, Broward County Commissioner

• Joe Scott, Supervisor of Elections

• Dr. Jermaine Fleming, Broward County School Board North Regional Superintendent

• Christine Hunschofsky, State Representative

• Tina Polsky, State Senator

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