By: Sharon Aron Baron
Someone at Coral Springs City Hall gave the order to dismiss former Mayor Roy Gold as a leader with the South Florida’s Annual Broward Waterway Cleanup program that he has been involved in for over 18 years.
So far no one is owning up to it.
Why would someone at city hall do this? The event has nothing to do with the city, but rather the Marine Industry Association of South Florida (MIASA), which holds the countywide annual event involving thousands of volunteers giving their time to clean up our waterways.
Every year that the MIASA has held the cleanup, Gold has volunteered as one of 25 site coordinators, That is, until last Thursday.
That’s when he received a call from Rick Engle, Director of Parks and Recreation telling him the city no longer wanted his service and that they would be taking over the event. Engle was reluctant about making the call to Gold and felt bad about relaying the news, as he was the same person who had asked Gold to take over the Coral Springs event when Tamarac closed their site over 18 years ago.
He couldn’t tell Gold exactly who had authorized his removal except that ‘higher-ups’ had made the decision.
So far no one on the city commission is owning up to making this decision. Who was it?
Hopefully, the mystery will be solved soon….