IMG_2200People come together on Wednesday nights to enjoy a food truck event in Tamarac along University Drive. There are 13 to 17 food trucks serving a wide variety of food items. In addition to offering food, it is place where families can come and have some real fun. There are bounce houses, games for kids and other fun activities. Miriam Rodriguez, who runs the food truck known as Poor Boys Kitchen said she enjoys being a part of the food truck event. She sells various shrimp dishes.

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The Coral Square Mall pleased to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase back-to-school necessities without paying sales tax on qualifying items during tax-free weekend in accordance with the Florida Sales Tax Holiday. The 3-day sales tax break begins on Friday, August 1 and ends on Sunday, August 3. During this period, retailers will not be required to collect state and local sales use tax on most footwear, clothing, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100.

The School of Rock of Coral Springs will be performing on Saturday, August 2 from 12 – 4 p.m. in Center Court, providing some great tunes for this weekend full of shopping.

Once again the City of Coral Springs and the Coral Springs Police Department would like to express heartfelt sympathy to the Catronio and Ferrante families for their tragic loss following the wrong way crash that occurred on November 17, 2013. Following this incident, the Coral Springs Police Department conducted an administrative review of our Communications Center. As a result of this review, it has been determined that two of the Coral Springs Police Department’s Emergency Call Takers did not meet standards expected of our employees during this incident.

On November 17, 2013, at approximately 1:45 a.m., the Communications Center of the Coral Springs Police Department began receiving calls from citizens advising a vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction of the Sawgrass Expressway. The first call received by Coral Springs dispatch in which they were advised of the wrong way driver, was in fact immediately transferred to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) as a traffic related call for service. Subsequent calls were received and the immediate actions of the call takers ranged from transferring callers, at the callers’ request, to FHP, providing callers with FHP contact information (*FHP), and transferring calls directly to FHP. Coral Springs Police personnel were ultimately dispatched to the area of the wrong way driver. The first arriving Coral Springs Police units on scene were able to remove occupants from their vehicles and began rendering aid until Coral Springs Fire Rescue arrived.

The administrative review showed that the call takers did in fact take immediate action by verbally passing along information to the main channel dispatcher, however they failed to enter the information into the CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system as a call for service. It should be noted that FHP is the primary agency for traffic enforcement and motor vehicle crashes on the Sawgrass Expressway and the Coral Springs Police Department is responsible for the investigation of felony crimes, not related to traffic. Coral Springs Police responds to reports of accidents with injuries and when requested by FHP.

The investigation showed that the vehicle traveling the wrong way was traveling approximately 100 mph. Based on the reported location and calculated speed of the vehicle, the time it would have taken Coral Springs Police Officers to respond to the area would not have given personnel enough time to locate the vehicle.

Chief Tony Pustizzi issued two Emergency Call Takers an eight hour suspension without pay for not meeting standards expected of our employees during this incident. Since this incident, Chief Pustizzi and the command staff from the Florida Highway Patrol have discussed new response procedures and are working to modify the Memorandum of Understanding between both agencies.

Governor Scott reminds families of the 2014 sales tax-free holiday beginning August 1. With the new school year approaching, parents and students can save money on their back to school shopping with the sales tax-free holiday from August 1 through August 3.

Governor Scott said, “During this sales-tax holiday families will be able to save money on school supplies and other back-to-school items that will set students up for success in the upcoming school year. We are proud to offer this sales-tax holiday as it will result in direct savings for Florida families as they prepare for the school year.”

The holiday exempts families from paying sales taxes on numerous back to school items including clothing and footwear of $100 or less per item and on certain school supplies of less than $15 per item.

 

Stop by the Coral Springs Gymnasium on Saturday, August 16 for a City-Wide Market featuring vintage, antiques, and retro goods. Items will be for sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The market will also feature collectibles, locally made secondhand and more. The market will also return to the Coral Springs Gymnasium on Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, November 22.

Admission is free. The Coral Springs Gymnasium is located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive, just north of Royal Palm Blvd. For more information, call 954-345-2200.

A tropical system is moving westward across the Atlantic. It may become a  tropical storm and would be named Bertha. All residents should be prepared for hurricanes.

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