By: Sharon Aron Baron
The city invites residents for a Public Safety Open House to tour the facilities that need replacing and ask questions before they vote on a $12.45 million bond referendum on November 4.
The General Obligation Bond on the ballot goes towards improving the public safety communications system, replacing Fire Stations 43 and 95, renovating the Crime Scene Investigation facility, and building a permanent Safety Town building. To pay off the bond, residents would see an additional tax of $19 for the average home valued at $233,000.
Safety Town, a comprehensive early childhood, hands-on safety education program designed to introduce all types of safety situations to children between the ages of 4½ and 6½ is still being operated out of a trailer that has been patched with plywood since Hurricane Wilma. It is estimated that thousands of children have graduated from the summer Safety Town programs. Each year, nearly 3,000 kindergarten children benefit from the Safety Town for Kindergartners program sponsored by the Coral Springs Police Department and is now available to every elementary school in Coral Springs and Parkland on an annual basis.
The Public Safety Open House will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to tour the facilities and ask questions regarding the proposed Public Safety General Obligation Bonds.
The following sites will be available to tour during those times:
2801 Coral Springs Drive
Fire Station 43
4550 Rock Island Road
Fire Station 95
300 Coral Ridge Drive
Safety Town at Kiwanis Park
520 Ramblewood Drive