Our April Fool’s Joke Goes Viral


By: Sharon Aron Baron

On Friday, our April Fool’s Day joke went viral and received over 90,000 hits. A few residents were initially fooled, but many were on their guard, after all, it was April Fool’s Day.

The good sports in all of this? Coral Springs Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell and Parkland’s Mayor Michael Udine. Despite all of the calls they received, they had a good time and showed what a great sense of humor they both have.


The Coral Springs City Commission “claiming” their new annexed city in April Fool’s joke

There were a few people calling their city halls, so the City of Parkland issued a message to their residents which prompted the Sun-Sentinel to write a story. Although many people thought it was funny and got the gag, a few people were not so happy. One angry realtor had a client who threatened to cancel his closing in Parkland if his home was now going to be in the City of Coral Springs.

Another person who doesn’t even live in the area wrote, “How unprofessional and irresponsible. As an elementary teacher for 42 years I thought jokes like this were for 9 year olds and people younger…this is disgusting and not funny at all.”  She later added that employees at Parkland City Hall were tied up answering calls all day, however, Todd DeAngelis, city spokesman told the Sun Sentinel that they only received seven phone calls.

Some of the feedback we received:



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About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.


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  • peter tours

    It was pretty stupid never to include “April Fools ” by the end of the article.

    Whether you know it or not it was picked up by news services and further disseminated nationally.


    • Actually the disclaimer has been there for days. Check it out.

      • peter tours

        Good you added it even if days late

  • Stevie

    Good Lord, people. Lighten up! Our modern-day “society” has an enormous lack of humor. With all the b.s. going on, isn’t a chuckle healthy? It’s laughable that people actually believed this in the first place.

    For those of you that needed “April Fools” to be displayed – I pray you’re not REALLY that gullible. Did you get duped and sad when you realized you couldn’t sign up for McDonald’s “Mmm Box” subscription for McRib delivery? Or the fact that you couldn’t get one of those Roombas that teach Zumba? Maybe you cried when you read about the merger of Florida State University and the University of Florida.

    Excuse me while I crack open my clear, zero-calorie version of Guinness and wipe my tears from laughter with Quilted Northern’s Rustic Weave toilet paper.

    If only you put this much angered effort into other matters.

  • Jason

    Now we know for sure that some of the people who assiduously watch Fox News also visit this website.