This article has been updated from the original.
By: Sharon Aron Baron
Did a Coral Springs commission member tell parents that they may be losing their sports fields to a new city hall creating a wave of panic along with a petition drive?
A November meeting was held with a city commissioner and city staff along with youth league parents about the future of Mullin’s Park and a new city hall. The city commissioners told them, the petition explained, was that a vote would take place on December 17, on a new City Hall complex and that several elected officials have proposed moving the new City Hall to Mullin’s Park next to the Coral Springs Police Department.
“Both Dan Daley and Larry Vignola attended our meeting in November and explained to us what the future plans were, and why they are bringing it to the sports clubs to let us know what was happening,” said Andy Libert, President of the Coral Springs Tackle Football Club (CSTFC). “They didn’t want to see this happening.
Dan Daley told Coral Springs Talk he did not attend this meeting, however, does not support this project.
Coral Springs Parks and Recreation Director Rick Engle later confirmed that it was only Vice Mayor Larry Vignola who attended the meeting with the parents and told them about the upcoming meeting about a potential vote on the project. They in turn created a petition which was then emailed out to several thousand parents saying the new location would affect the leagues, “by eliminating at least three Football fields over the three year construction period and permanently eliminating at least one Football field, possibly more. Of course this negatively impacts the other sports leagues as well.”
However, years ago, the land, which used to be a BMX track, was initially planned for a City Hall. It is not connected to the baseball park and currently sits empty and is used as a grass parking lot for games.
“There is a lady along with the new mayor who says they have no plans to remove a field. Based on what everyone’s saying, maybe they don’t have any plans, but based on architecture there is no way it’s going to fit on the field,” said Libert.
Libert believes the new city hall should be built on Sample Road because the city already has spent $850,000 on architectural plans for that area and doesn’t want to see it go to waste.
Residents that want to find out more about the Municipal Complex can attend the meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m or stream it online.
“December 17, is an informational meeting, as I understand it, to bring the new city commission up to date,” said newly elected Commissioner Joy Carter.
“I’m not interested in taking field space away.”