Commissioner Larry Vignola is running as an incumbent for Seat Three on the Coral Springs Commission. He wants to continue the initiatives he has developed for Coral Springs and Broward County.

“There are a lot of projects I am working on and I want to continue working on,” said Vignola.

A major project Vignola is leading is an extension from the Sawgrass Expressway to I-95. He is a leader with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, (MPO), which is working to develop project. The support for this project is coming together and there is a good chance work will begin on it within two years.

“This is very important because it will improve traffic flow in Northern Broward County. This is something we need and I want to make sure it becomes a reality,” said Vignola. “This is a top priority.”

Vignola has been active with a project to provide CPR training for all teachers in Coral Springs. He is leading an effort to promote the Walk Safe program designed to teach elementary school age children the proper way to cross the street and some of the dangers involved in crossing streets. “Too many kids cross at improper places without looking both ways. We want to eliminate that.”

Vignola said another priority has been improving the appearance of the City. “We have been working to improve the parks and residents have been taking notice. We have pressure cleaned sidewalks and improved walkways,” he said.

Also, the City has hired more police officers and firefighters and brought successful businesses to the area. “Coral Springs is second to none. We have strong sports programs and we are improving older buildings in the City,” he said. “I want to continue the work I have been doing.”

Vignola grew up in Coral Springs and loved playing in the City’s sports leagues. He is an active leaders in those leagues now.

 

Soon there will be LED street lighting along University Drive from Holmberg Road to Loxahatchee Road through the City of Parkland (City).  The decision to install 83 Florida Power and Light concrete utility poles with LED light fixtures along this stretch of University Drive, not only comes immediately after the North Springs Improvement District transferred responsibility of the road to the City on June 22, 2016, but serves to underscore the City Commission’s commitment to safety in Parkland.

The project is scheduled to begin as early as September 8, 2016, weather permitting, and be completed in the Summer of 2017.  The first phase of the project will be digging to make way for underground power to service the light poles.  That phase will give way to erecting the concrete poles.  The lights will be on both sides of University Drive from Holmberg Road to just north of the Congregation Kol Tikvah.  North from that point the poles will be solely on the west side of the road all the way to Loxahatchee Road.
While construction crews will be working largely off road, there may be periodic short-term lane closures.  These closures will ensure the safety of motorists and crew members alike.

Broward County Commissioners have agreed to cut the property tax rate by one-percent in fiscal year 2017, meaning that most homeowners with a homestead exemption will see no increase on the county portion of their property tax bill. The total recommended budget for FY17 is $4.7 billion, which encompasses all tax supported and non-tax supported funds.

Overall the total budget increases by $505 million with substantial funding provided for large projects at Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Water and Wastewater services. The proposed one-percent reduction sets the FY2017 millage rate at 5.669. Based on this recommended budget and millage rate reduction, the average homestead property taxpayer will pay no increased County property taxes. For some homeowners, the market value change in their properties coupled with the reduced millage rate will determine the amount of property taxes they will pay.

The proposed tax-supported budget includes funding for several initiatives to improve and sustain quality county services and programs. Issues ranging from homelessness to beach renourishment are being addressed and funded in the FY17 budget. Homeless services receives almost $1.4 million in increased funding to support rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing and housing provided by the homeless assistance centers.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office will receive a proposed $460.2 million in FY2017,  half of all county property tax dollars received and a $24.2-million increase from the year before. Overall budgets for the Constitutional Offices and County Agencies (excluding the Property Appraiser’s Office) increase by 5.5 percent. Money is also earmarked for the new public safety radio system, the opening of new County facilities such as the new Animal Care and Adoption Facility and Pompano Beach Library, increased staffing for the Medical Examiner’s Office, and economic development. Commissioners have also agreed to fund additional early voting hours. The FY2017 budget won’t be final until the public has a chance to comment. Public hearings are set for September 15th and September 27th, beginning at 5:01 p.m. at the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale. Final budget approval is expected after the second public hearing. The fiscal year 2017 budget takes effect on October 1, 2016.

Broward Organized Leaders Doing (BOLD) Justice has set goals for the next year. The organization wants to expand the civil citation program state wide. With civil citations, juveniles who are involved in minor offenses can complete a community service program and not have the offense on their record. Recidivism for Civil Citation is about four percent rather than 13 percent for those arrested for first time misdemeanors. The recidivism rate is 41 percent for those sent to detention centers. Young people who go to the civil citation programs are three times less likely to get into trouble again than those who are arrested. The cost for civil citation is $385 as compared to about $5,000 for a juvenile to be processed in the juvenile court system.

Another goal of BOLD Justice is to encourage police departments to provide training to their officers so they can more effectively deal with people who have mental health issues.

Also, the organization wants to provide high quality and affordable living options for senior citizens. The goal is to eliminate the abuse of seniors in homes for older residents.

 

Coral Springs is putting its own twist on Oktoberfest! Join us for a night of German culture and art at our first Artoberfest celebration along the ArtWalk. The event will feature everything from authentic entertainment to a stein-holding competition and a Yodeling contest. So grab your friends and meet us at the ArtWalk on Friday, October 7 from 5 to 10 p.m.    Artoberfest is the perfect event for enthusiasts who enjoy a festive atmosphere with traditional German cuisine, beverages and music. Feel free to dance along with the Swinging Bavarians as they perform on stage throughout the evening.    There will also be a Biergarten by Tucher and German wines available. Traditional food from Cook & The Cork and other local vendors will be available for purchase.  Proceeds from alcohol sales will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Plenty of free parking will be available in the Downtown area. The ArtWalk is located at 9405 NW 31st Court, just west of University Drive.

A bank robber has hit in Coral Springs. Known as the filter bandit because of his dust filter mask, he held up the SunTrust Bank at 9501 Wiles Road on Friday. He has robbed banks all over Broward. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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