Coral Springs


The Westglades Middle School SECME Club is doing very well. A science and engineering club students compete in the Broward Students Technology Association competition. They compete in 17 events and in the previous year had 14 first place finishes. Sophia Viner won first place in the regional SECME competition and earned first place at the national competition. The Westglades water rocket team finished third place nationally. The mouse trap car team won first place at the regional competition and will compete in the engineering finals in Alabama.

This is the fourth time Westglades students have competed in the SECME national competition. It has won two SECME national mousetrap championships and was the overall winner for the district in both the BSTA and SECME. There are 32 students in the program.

“This is for students who like to problem solve. The like to build things and take things apart to see how things work. For the most part everything else is teachable. I am hoping to repeat some of the successes at both competitions and increase the amount of students in the program. I want to expose more students to engineering and science,” said Miriam Niebla, coordinator for SECME at Westglades.

 

As part of Broward 100, Coral Springs is participating in the Inside Out project. Inside Out encourages communities to reflect the diversity of their residents in expressive black-and-white portraits that are exhibited in public forums, such as on building walls and sidewalks. The larger-than-life images serve as a reflection of community diversity that can be seen and enjoyed by all.   On Saturday, June 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Broward 100 and Coral Springs will be installing a photo mural on the façade of the Northwest Regional Library, located at 3151 N. University Drive, just south of Sample Road. Residents are invited to volunteer, or simply watch the temporary mural being installed.  The mural will be on display for 4 to 6 months.

The City is seeking volunteers to help beautify the City as part of “Keep Coral Springs Beautiful,” an Adopt-A-Street program in partnership with Community Foundation of Broward.   Volunteers will meet at their assigned locations and work with team captains cleaning up different areas throughout Coral Springs. The clean-up will be on Saturday, May 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided to volunteers after the clean-up.   Service hours will be provided and there will be raffles for participants.  Volunteers who participate in three out of four annual clean-ups will be entered in an end of the year drawing

The City of Coral Springs, with support of the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs, is hosting a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 9 a.m. Join us as we honor of the brave men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our nation. The Ceremony will be at Veterans Park, located at 8601 Royal Palm Boulevard (just east of University Drive).   “This ceremony is of particular interest because, since November, 2014, our Veterans Coalition has been selling commemorative bricks to local residents who wished to remember their loved ones who have passed on by having an engraved brick installed in the walkway at Veterans Park,” said William Vasquez, Founder of the Veterans Coalition. These commemorative bricks will be officially unveiled during the ceremony.

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The Coral Springs Charter football team is holding spring football practice at Mullins Park.

Coach Adam Miller is pleased with his team and believes they will well in the coming season. The Panthers will play against Coral Glades on May 22 for the spring game. “We have a lot players who are returning from last year,” said Miller.

Plans are moving ahead on a new Coral Springs municipal complex and parking garage. The entire project will cost about $28 million.

The new city hall building will be five stories tall and include 70,000 square feet. It will house government offices, the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, offices for federal, state and city elected officials and the commission chambers. The construction cost of the new building itself will be about $15.8 million. Construction will start in December 2015 and will be completed by spring of 2017.

“We need a new city hall. The current city hall is functionally obsolete and is not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and is too small for city operations. And there not enough parking. We are looking forward to a new building,” said Jennifer Bramley, deputy city manager.

Also, the Coral Springs Commission recently approved a parking garage that will have four floors and accommodate 600 parking spaces. It will cost $8.1 million to build. It will be financed through a public/private partnership among, the City of Coral Springs, the Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Amera Developers. The city will pay for 350 spaces for the new city hall and 250 spaces will be paid for by Amera and the CRA. Construction will begin in December 2015 and be complete by spring 2017.

“We feel the garage is important to the long term viability of the Coral Springs downtown and will provide parking in the evening for the shops and restaurants in downtown,” said Bramley.

The new municipal complex will be located on the south side of Sample Road between University Drive and Coral Hills Drive. The existing city hall building will be demolished and sold or leased to developers. This property will be placed back on the tax rolls.

The current city hall was built in 1967 as a real estate sales center and not as a municipal building. Coral Springs moved its operations there in 1976 and considered it a temporary location. City leaders has discussed a new municipal building but had put it off. The current city hall would require major repairs such as a new roof and would have to be extensively renovated to meet ADA regulations. For example hallways in the building are not considered wide enough to accommodate wheel chairs. Because the ADA is a federal law, the city government would have no choice but to make these repairs. Also, the current city hall chambers can hold less than 40 visitors.

Vice Mayor Larry Vignola said the commission really must build a new city hall. “This is something that has been talked about in Coral Springs for 30 years. The current city hall is too small, would need major repairs and is not ADA compliant in many areas. We need a new city hall for our employees,” said Vignola.

Commissioner Lou Cimaglia said, “We need a new city hall. This building is not ADA compliant and would need a new roof and other repairs.”

Commissioner Joy Carter also believes Coral Springs needs the new city hall. “We have needed one since 1980. It would have been nice to get a lower price but this is something we need,” she said.

The new municipal complex is part of a larger effort to redevelopment the downtown section of Coral Springs. City leaders want to see more restaurant and retail development there. The City Commission held a number of meetings to get input from residents on what they wanted from a new municipal complex. Those who attended the meetings could see the various alternatives for a municipal complex that were being considered and receive information on the process of building a new municipal complex.

 

 

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