District 3 Digest
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Time Flies When You're Having Fun



Can you believe it’s already February? I can’t. Guess it's true: time does fly when you’re having fun, and I am. As your Commissioner, I have been working hard to learn more about the ongoing projects in our City, but I have been having fun along the way.

One of the really nice things is that I am meeting more of the City staff and have been even more impressed with the people who work for our City on behalf of the residents.
 
I have spoken at a number of condo and homeowner association meetings and to some of the clubs at Kings Point. I would like to speak to as many groups as possible. Email me at Julie.Fishman@tamarac.org if you would like me to speak to your group.


Upcoming City Events in February
 

  8:       State of the City address and Commission Meeting at 7 pm
11:       Community Garage Sale
18:       BSO Shred-A-Thon & Operation Medicine Cabinet
20:       City Hall Closed for Presidents’ Day
21:       Commission Workshop at 9:30 am
22:       Commission Meeting at 9 am
26:       Concert in Mainlands Park (Live music by Solid Brass from the 60s, 70s & 80s) 
            1-3 pm, 4500 Monterey Drive


Question Mark

So, what does a Commissioner do?

 
One of the main questions I was asked during the campaign was "What does a Commissioner do?" I like to break the answer up into three separate sections.

1. The Commission makes the laws or ordinances that govern the City. This means we also deal with variances to those laws. For instance, if a business wants to put up a sign that is different than what’s allowed they first have to apply for the variance and then go before the Planning Board. The Planning Board then makes a recommendation. If the recommendation is favorable, the business then goes before the City Commission for final approval. 

2. The Commissioners for each district act as a liaison between the residents and City staff. It could be a case of a resident not knowing which department to go to, or, if a resident doesn’t feel comfortable about an issue, they might reach out to their Commissioner to help resolve it. 

3. Commissioners act as ambassadors for the City. Each Commissioner is appointed to numerous boards or committees and we each are part of our own networks. As such, we are ambassadors of the City helping to educate and bring awareness of Tamarac to people outside of our city. This is true whether we are meeting with other elected officials or business groups, or with any other interaction we have as Commissioners. 

While this is a very basic explanation of everything a Commissioner does, I do hope it gives you an idea of the job.
 
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me via email or via phone at (954) 597-3460.
 
Have a fabulous February!
 
 
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