District 3 Digest November 2018 Issue
Happy Thanksgiving

A New Day in Tamarac!


Election Day has come and gone. The results are in and the victory or concession speeches made. The campaign signs are coming down, and your favorite commercials are back on the air. All is done for another campaign cycle.
 
But what about for future campaigns?
 
I have made no secret of my disgust and disappointment regarding things that happened and were said during this campaign cycle here in our own City, and now that the elections are over I plan to do something about what I've seen and experienced. Once I have things in the works, I will share what the plans are.
 
For now, here is what I can share……
 
Our City has experienced several very heated races this cycle which have been decided. What is needed now is for everyone to put our differences aside and work together for the betterment of our City. I am not saying we should agree on everything and sing "Kumbaya." What I am saying is we should find ways to work on those issues we agree on and not wait for another election cycle to get involved.
 
All of the candidates and the volunteers who backed them should stay connected, building on the excitement of being part of the City. Now is a perfect time with applications for Tamarac University open to residents. Click here to get more information.

There are also many volunteer opportunities available through Parks and Recreation. For those who are interested, there are also opportunities with BSO's Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) or Tamarac Fire Rescue's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Whatever you do, please keep the positive energy flowing and use it for the good of our City. I am always available to discuss ways to help.
 
The Swearing-In Ceremony for Mayor-Elect Michelle J. Gomez, re-elected Commissioner Debra Placko and Commissioner-Elect Mike Gelin will be held in the Commission Chambers at 10 am on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. I encourage everyone to attend.



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South Florida Institute on Aging 

(SoFIA)


Never heard of SoFIA? Maybe you have heard of Impact Broward which is what it used to be called?
 
Well, SoFIA will become familiar to you as I will be bringing some of the extraordinary SoFIA programs to your attention. I recently joined SoFIA’s Action Council feeling that its seniors and veterans programs work well with my interests and what is important to District 3 and our City overall.
 
The first program I want to share with you is one that is happening right here in Tamarac, Veterans and Technology.
 
Veterans, who were once trained to defend our country, are now training other veterans on how to adopt technology. Take a look at this from CBS Miami and meet George, one of SoFIA's amazing veteran trainers.



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Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference


I just got back from the Florida League of Cities (FLC) Legislative Conference in Orlando where the FLC decided on the legislative priorities for the 2019 session. I serve on the Utility, Natural Resources & Public Works Policy Committee which focuses on Water Resources and Water Quality. I am proud to say that the base idea and most of the language approved by the committee and ultimately by the body of FLC was language I helped put together. As a member of the Legislative Committee for FLC, it will now be part of my mission during the Legislative Session to work to get this priority passed.
 
If this passes, it will be easier to coordinate water projects and to work on a dedicated revenue source for water projects throughout Florida. 



Upcoming Events and City Activities:

  • November 12 - December 14: The Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups will be closed as the City lays new sod.
  • November 19:  The installation of the Buffer Wall along McNab Road started and should take approximately three months to complete.
  • November 22: Thanksgiving Day – Tamarac Turkey Trot
  • December 3 Work begins to replace the existing sign at Westwood 5 and install the new City Neighborhood sign. The City is expecting this installation to take around a week. 
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