20140423_205610Emily Bonasia, a senior at J.P. Taravella High School and Domenica Vera, a senior at Coral Springs Charter are both student leaders. They are members of the Teen Political Forum Committee that will take place tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the Coral Springs Performing Arts Center. Bonasia received a $1,000 Broward League of Cities scholarship and may attend the University of Florida. And Vera received a $500 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship and will attend Syracuse University next year.

20140423_191520There is a strong effort to reduce the use plastic and to encourage recycling. Students in the environmental program at Sawgrass Springs Middle School made a special presentation to the Coral Springs Commission during the April 24 meeting. They show them bags they have made from T-shirts. They have give away 150 of them. And they discussed a project using decorated recycling cans to encourage fellow students to recycle. Students from Sawgrass Springs Middle School will participate in an environmental symposium held by Wheelabrator on May 6,7,8.

During the April 23 meeting, the Coral Springs Commission passed on first reading an ordinance to hold a referendum asking voters whether or not to approve a bond referendum capital projects. The general obligation bonds would raise $12.5 million for public safety communications equipment, the reconstruction of fire stations 43 and 95, crime scene investigation equipment and a replacement for the Safety Town building. The communication equipment would cost $5.5 million. The fire station replacements would cost $5.1 million.

Members of the commission said they strongly support the bond and the need for the new equipment and buildings. Commissioner Tom Powers said the two fire stations are old and need to be replaced.

Mayor Vince Boccard said Coral Springs needs the new equipment and that the two fire stations and Safety Town building are important and need to be replaced. If the ordinance is approved on second reading, it will appear on the November ballot.

There is less crime in Coral Springs. During the April 23 meeting, the Coral Springs Police reported that home burglaries are down by 40 percent and car burglaries are down by 41 percent. Crime in Broward is down by about 7 percent and in Florida 4.7 percent.

Also the Coral Springs Fire Academy is considered the best fire academy in Florida.

Marquis Javon Matthews, age 30, was killed on Tuesday night at 10:00 in an accident on Coral Springs Drive at around 10:00 p.m. Witnesses observed Matthews speeding northbound on Coral Springs Drive. He was weaving through traffic and lost control of his car. Matthews hit a tree and the car burst into flames. The car was wrapped around the tree.

All High school students are encouraged to participate in the 2014 Teen Political Forum – an open mic style forum where students will address state and local elected officials and ask questions that are important to them. The Teen Political Forum will be held on Thursday, April 24 at the Coral Springs Center for the Artsfrom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. High school students, who live in Coral Springs or attend any of our localCoral Springs high schools, are invited to attend this educational and leadership-building event.

State and county elected officials will be in attendance, along with the Coral Springs City Commission. Last year, over 350high school students representing Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy attended the event at the Center for the Arts.

Before the official event starts, students will be treated to complimentary food items donated by local restaurants. Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes and earn service hours.

Keep up with what teens are saying on Twitter by searching #TeenPoliticalForum. This event is planned and organized by high school students with guidance from Vice Mayor Larry Vignola and City staff.

Governor Rick Scott was joined by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Florida sheriffs and police chiefs to announce Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.7 percent compared to 2012, putting Florida at a 43-year crime low. The findings were based on the Uniform Crime Report.

 Governor Scott said, “Today we have more good news for families. Even while Florida’s population grows, the total number of crimes continues to drop, which is a testament to our brave men and women who serve in our communities each and every day. Florida is now at a 43-year crime low. Our lower crime rate means that not only are our families and communities safer, but Florida is in a better position to create more opportunities for Floridians. This drop in crime shows everyone that Florida really is the best place to raise a family.”



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