District 3 Digest
Florida State Capitol

Time in Tallahassee


As the saying goes, “No one is safe when the Legislature is in Session!”  Having spent 12 years as a legislative aide and analyst in the Florida Legislature, I can say this is very true.


Since I only left Tallahassee a couple of years ago, it felt a little odd going back to advocate on behalf of the City last month, especially when talking about bills that would take away the rights of local elected officials to make local decisions impacting those who vote us into office. There were several bills that would have pre-empted issues like businesses, charter schools and vacation rentals to state regulation. This erosion of “home rule” was a primary issue during my trip.
 
Commissioner Gomez and I met with Senator Perry Thurston and Representative Jared Moskowitz, who represent Tamarac, as well as with legislators from across the state. While they represent other regions we reminded them their decisions impact Florida as a whole. Most were at least willing to listen to how the proposed bills would impact every city in our state.
 
We also discussed the need for infrastructure dollars and to fully fund our public schools. These issues are of great importance to our residents. With the session being extended to continue work on the state’s budget, it remains to be seen if these issues are also important to Tallahassee.

District 3 Neighborhood Meeting

District 3 Neighborhood Meeting

 

I want to say a very big thank you to everyone who took time out of your busy schedule to participate in the District 3 Neighborhood Meeting held at the Kings Point Clubhouse on April 19th. Approximately 160 residents showed up to hear about some of the great projects the City is working on and to ask questions of City staff.
 
Even I was asked a question from the audience regarding the charter school issue that was being looked at several years ago. I will reiterate and clarify here what I said in answer to the question: I will never approve building anything not park related in or on park land.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

  • Thursday, May 11th at 10:30 am – An Historic Dedication of the new Tamarac Fire Rescue Station 78.  Click here for more information.
  • Monday, May 15th at 2 pm – Broward Veterans Coalition monthly meeting at the Tamarac Community Center. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, May 19th from 6 - 8 pm – Concert on the Green at Colony West. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, May 24th at 9 am – A special proclamation at the City Commission meeting will recognize the work of Honor Flight South Florida in ensuring World War II veterans get to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C. that were erected in their honor.
  • Monday, May 29th at 10:30 am – Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Click here for more information.
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