Coral Springs

Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Broward County may soon be reduced to a $100 fine, instead of resulting in an arrest and time in jail.  On Tuesday, October 6th, Commissioners will discuss a proposed ordinance that allows law enforcement officers, at their discretion, to issue a civil citation instead of filing a state misdemeanor criminal charge against a person carrying twenty grams or less of pot. The proposed civil fine is $100 for the first offense and $250 for repeat violations.  The fine could be waived if the person elected to attend a county approved community service program.  “I believe this is an important issue for Broward County and our residents.  If passed, it will give good people, who have made a mistake a second chance in life,” said Vice Mayor Marty Kiar, who first brought the issue forward. Commissioners Dale V.C. Holness and Beam Furr are also sponsors of the new ordinance.  Under the county proposal, civil citations would not be allowed if marijuana is found in conjunction with other crimes such as driving under the influence, any felony, violent crime, domestic violence or outstanding citations. The ordinance would be enforceable throughout Broward County, except in cities who already have laws or have formally elected not to abide by the terms of the county ordinance.

A new Farmer’s Market is opening on Sunday, November 8 at the ArtWalk. The market will feature 20 vendors selling fresh and organic produce, herbs, baked goods, pastas, as well as a variety of gourmet foods, including olive oil, fresh mozzarella, guacamole, jams, honey and more. There will even be pet treats available for your furry companions.             On opening day, there will be a chef demonstration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visitors will also enjoy music while strolling the market.   The Farmer’s Market, sponsored by The Cagan Team from Coldwell Banker, will run the second and fourth Sunday through May 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the month of January only, the market will be held on the first and third Sunday of the month. The ArtWalk is located at 9405 NW 31st Court.


More than 1,300 people participated in the 19th Annual Dunn’s Run in Deerfield Beach. The event which included a 5K (3.1) mile run and a five mile run raised money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.

Jon Volpi won the five mile race and has enjoyed considerable success in Dunn’s Runs. He won previous races in 2011, 2012, 2013. “I felt good about this race. I love being a part of it. The weather was very good.”

Marlene Persson won the five mile race. “It was a good run and I love being a part of it,” she said. Volpi and Persson are pictured above after their victory.

“I enjoyed being a part of the Dunn’s Run and I run every year,” said Leandra Bates, who won the women’s master’s 5K run. “I love the atmosphere and I love running for my team. I was cooler this year.”

The event itself was fun and festive. Billy the Marlin was present. Members of the Florida Atlantic University cheerleading team encouraged the runners. After the race people could enjoy food provided by local vendors and the chance to socialize. There was an auction for various items. Leaders from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward thanked all the participants.

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