Coral Springs


Tomorrow’s Dreams Today has announced the launch of “ROCK DREAMS” — a music program that runs in coordination with the nationally recognized School of Rock. This program introduces children and young adults with special needs to the world of music with activity centers for keyboards, guitars, percussion and vocals.  The School of Rock, 7544 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, will be hosting an Open House to introduce ROCK DREAMS to all interested on Saturday, August 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.  All South Florida residents interested in the program are welcome to attend; there is no cost to attend the open house.

ROCK DREAMS is the first in a series of programs being developed by Tomorrow’s Dreams Today (TDT). Parkland Buddy Sports founder, Jeb Niewood, launched TDT, a 501c3 charitable organization, to create programs and projects that unite the typical and special needs populations in new and inspiring ways, including education, music, theatre,the visualarts, health and fitness.

“After twelve incredible years at the helm of Parkland Buddy Sports and being an integral part of that organization’s success, I decided it was time to focus on other ways thatI could continue to positively impact the special needs population,” says Niewood, the founder of Tomorrow’s Dreams Today and the founder and former head of Parkland Buddy Sports.   “After witnessing the overwhelming success ofParkland Buddy Sports the spark to provide other programs and projects wasignited.” Niewood adds, “my vision for TDT is to utilize thesame peer to peer model that I developedand introduce it in new areas that appealto a broader range of people while continuing to unite the special needs and typical populations in stimulating and engaging activities. “

ROCK DREAMS pairs “Rock Stars” (participants with special needs) with “Roadies” (student volunteers) for the entire session.  The first session will begin Saturday September 13, 2014, and the participants’ Rock Dreams will continue to come true every Saturday from 10 AM to 11 AM, through November 1st at the Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs.

IMG_2073Kids enjoy a summer YMCA camp. This is the time of year when kids come together to enjoy summer and summer fun. The YMCA offers camp programs for children that include fun games and positive social experiences.

The Coral Springs Commission passed on first reading an ordinance to update non-residential impact fees, update non-residential impact fee assessment from acreage to meter size and update language to include credits for existing meter size.

The Commission passed an ordinance relative to the Business Tax Amnesty Program.

Governor Rick Scott ceremonially signed Senate Bill 102 alongside bill sponsors Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Representative Bryan Nelson. This bill creates the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act relating to leaving the scene of an accident. This bill includes increasing the punishment for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury to a person, imposing a mandatory minimum term for imprisonment of four years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person, increasing the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment from two to four years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person while driving under the influence, and imposing a minimum driver license revocation period of at least three years.

Governor Scott said, “No one should have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to reckless driving, and it’s in Aaron’s name that we hope to further protect Florida families with Senate Bill 102.”

The City is seeking adult volunteers to help beautify the City as part of a new program called “Keep Coral Springs Beautiful,” an Adopt-A-Street program in partnership with Community Foundation of Broward.

Anyone interested in participating is invited to attend a brainstorming meeting on Thursday, August 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the West Wing Conference Room in City Hall. Dinner will be provided.

The meeting is open to retired and soon-to-be-retired residents who are interested in volunteering with the project. Adults will serve as the team captain and will be responsible for modeling leadership and instilling a sense of community pride in the younger generation.

“Maintaining our aesthetics throughout the City is a priority and this year, volunteers will focus on recycling items they find,” Mayor Vince Boccard said.

Once the teams are formed, a clean-up will be held October 4. To find out how you can get involved or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Project Leader Frank Gross at 954-345-2218 or e-mail fgross@coralsprings.org.

FRIDAY,  AUGUST 22, 2014 

KIDS OF LOVE AND PANTHERS ICE DEN 3RD ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BASH  

8:00PM – 11PM. Celebrate the Start of School by coming out to the Panthers Ice Den for the BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH. A portion of the proceeds with benefit Kids of Love – Kids Helping Kids with Cancer. 

Location: Panthers Ice Den 3299 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 

KIDS OF LOVE AND SAWGRASS LANES 5TH ANNUAL BACK 2 SCHOOL BACK IN SUPPORT OF CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM   Join us at Sawgrass Lanes on Labor Day for a FREE EVENT.  Bounce houses, obstacle course, dunk tanks, bowling instructions, face painting, arts and crafts, vendor table and live entertainment.  Please come out and support CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. 

Location:  Sawgrass Lanes   8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac, FL 33321

Governor Rick Scott was joined today by state and local emergency management officials to remind Floridians that hurricane season has already started and now is the time to get a plan if they don’t have one already. Hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30 and covers the time frame when hurricanes are most likely to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

Governor Scott said, “With the 2014 hurricane season underway, I want to encourage every family to get a plan. So far this year, there has been one named storm—Hurricane Arthur—and Florida was lucky that we were not directly impacted by it. But, Hurricane Arthur should serve as a reminder for everyone to get a plan if they don’t already have one. Preparing for the upcoming hurricane season should be a priority for every Florida family, and we must take action now before it’s too late.”

 

Vendor Spaces are now available for the Trash to Treasure Garage Sale, to be held at Mullins Park on Saturday, September 20 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. This popular event offers a great opportunity to buy or sell household and other items.

Registration cost is $25 until August 24, $35 per space from August 25 thru September 7, or $45 thereafter. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first- served basis. An additional $30-per-space deposit is required and will be returned after the event if the space is clean. The additional deposit must be made by separate check. There will be no refunds for any fees if a vendor cancels their space after payment.

cityhallrendingCoral Springs will soon have a much larger five story Municipal Complex. It will replace a city hall that was built in 1967 as a real estate sales center and never intended to be a city hall.

Work is still being on the design of the new municipal complex. Plans call for a 65,363 square foot building structure. There will also be a parking garage with about 300 spaces. The new building will include community rooms, offices for city departments, and space for the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. It will be on 5.96 acres of land where City Hall South was located. The current estimate for the cost of construction is about $28 million, according to Jennifer Bramley, deputy city manager for Coral Springs.

Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in September 2015. The facility will be designed to have a retail component on the property but it will be separate from the municipal building. Eventually there are plans to have an art museum. The municipal complex will be part of a larger effort to redevelop the downtown section of Coral Springs

So far, City Hall South has been demolished. The building was considered obsolete and the city did not want an abandoned building. This new municipal complex will be built on this land.

The City is evaluating financing options with the assistance of its financial advisor and expects to issue revenue bonds within the next 24 months.

“Revenue bonds secured by the City’s Non-Ad Valorem revenues are the best method for financing this project. Revenue bonds are consistent with the borrowing method previously utilized for non-parks/public safety projects,” said Bramley.

Funds to repay the revenue bonds would come from the City’s operating budget. “The City’s existing revenues are expected to be sufficient to service the debt for this project. Therefore, there is no need to ask tax payers to levy an additional tax upon themselves through a general obligation bond,” said Bramley.

The next step is schematic design and permitting for Phase One of the project. Phase One is the City Hall building and parking garage. It will be completed in March 2017. Phase Two is the retail component and the City and the Community Redevelopment Agency will work with the private sector to encourage capital investment in this area as soon as possible, according to Bramley.

Members of the Coral Springs Commission have expressed strong support for the project. Commissioner Tom Powers said the existing City Hall is obsolete and needs to be replaced.

The City moved its operations to the existing City Hall in 1976 with the intention of using it as a temporary location. The facility is outdated and functionally obsolete. It lacks energy efficiency, does not meet many ADA accessibility standards, has security and safety limitations, is not hurricane resistant and lacks sufficient parking and meeting space. The City Commission Chambers can only hold 37 visitors which is considered for a city with about 125,000 residents, according to the Coral Springs website.

 

 

 

 

« Previous PageNext Page »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers