Coral Springers resoundingly voiced their preferences for a new mayor and sent Commissioner Tom Powers packing in favor of Skip Campbell. They also showed their approval…in fact, they screamed their approval…for Joy Carter over Laurette Homan to take over Commission Seat 5.
As a resident of this City for nearly 15 years, I decided this election cycle to take a backseat from my usual public support of candidates and watch the bloodbath take its toll on residents and business owners who just seemed so very tired of the politics as usual that the Coral Springs Commission has been spouting for the last few years. How right I was to take such a back seat, because friendships were on the line and should I have opened myself up publicly as I have in the past, these friendships would have been fractured forever.
By Ira Rather: With just a hundred plus more votes, Lou Cimaglia edged out Howard Melamed for Coral Springs Commission Seat 4. By all accounts, and based on the other local contests, this was a real surprise. Cimaglia ran on a status-quo platform, supported by and supporting the policies of Commissioner Tom Powers (who happens […]
Editorial by Ira Rather:
It wasn’t simply a victory for Walter Skip Campbell. It was a bloodbath for soon-to-be former Commissioner Tom Powers.
I am writing this piece as the Chairman of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and also as a citizen of the great City of Coral Springs.
There have been a great many articles written as well as campaigning about whether Coral Springs needs a new municipal complex and downtown region. From all I have seen, there is very little argument about whether or not we need a new city hall. If you have spent any time in our current city hall north (city hall south is already gone) it is an embarrassment. We are one of the top 15 largest cities in Florida and the city hall is not even ADA compliant.
By: Dave Hulett In the headline of her article in the Sunday October 26, Sun-Sentinel, reporter Lisa Huriash writes “Downtown Gaining Traction”. She forgot to mention that this is not the plan of the average Coral Springs citizen. It is being promoted by the developers who are asking the citizens of Coral Springs to anchor the project […]
By: Robert Townblinder It dawned on me after reading the article in Thursday’s edition of the Coral Springs Forum about the new $28 million downtown complex, now I know what that “Everything Under the Sun” slogan means. This complex is the Taj Mahal that the current commission wants to build with our – the taxpayer’s money, […]
Who did the Sun Sentinel and a former Mayor of Coral Springs choose to be the next Mayor and Commissioners? Read their choices here.
By: Sharon Aron Baron More clues about William Rankin’s shady past are coming forward. Rankin is the Democratic candidate for Chief Financial Officer of Florida who’s running against Jeff Atwater (R) and residents need to have a good hard look before voting based on party in this race. Details first emerged in the fall of 2013 after Chaz Stevens of MAOS uncovered […]
As a guest contributor to Coral Springs Talk, it’s my job to do the dirty jobs so that you don’t have to. Attending last night’s forum of the candidates for Coral Springs Mayor and City Commissioners was one such job, held at St. Andrew’s Church and moderated by the League of Women Voters.
Coral Springs was long considered one of the state’s leading cities. Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s it was considered perhaps the best run large city in the state……
If you thought that Republicans were rare in South Florida, then you must have missed the crowd at Wings Plus on Thursday when Rick Scott made a pit stop and was met by an enthusiastic crowd of fellow conservatives.
A funny thing happened on the way to the polls. Coral Springs voters first had a choice for the Mayor’s seat in the November elections, and then they did not. One candidate withdrew after the filing period closed.
City Commissioners raise your taxes and tell you it’s not really a tax increase as well as circumvent the normal bond issue process for the $28 million “Taj Mahal” known as the New City Hall.
It’s a huge story that maybe shouldn’t be, because if another plane had disappeared into the Indian Ocean on the day of the ruling, it wouldn’t be. It’s just an unfortunate fact that tragic, flaming deaths and their weeping relatives attract way more viewers than discussions on the nuances of the Constitution.
If you haven’t watched a city commission meeting you don’t know what you’re missing, because move over Marx Brothers. If you want real comedy, look no further than City Hall on Sample Road. (And we doubt the new $30 million City Hall on University Drive is going to make it any less funny.)
Every time I turn around, a new charter school is opening, sending glossy brochures of students – stock photos, but nonetheless appealing, of kids in lab coats, or enjoying algebra.
By: Guest Columnist Roy Trachtenberg
Governor Rick Scott’s company was fined for the largest Medicaid fraud in our nations history. Scott claimed that he knew nothing about it while he was CEO. The same thing for our commissioner Tom Powers who was accused, removed from office, but found not guilty of violation of the state sunshine law. Like Scott, Tom Powers and gang know how to circumvent the law. Who do you trust?
Charter Schools USA founder Jonathan Hage and his first mate Edward Pozzuoli, attorney for Charter Schools USA who is also president of the law firm Tripp Scott, have registered a yacht under the name of “Fishin’ 4 Schools” as well as formed an LLC under the same name.
By: Roy Trachtenberg – Guest Columnist
Our city commissioners, Tom Powers, and Dan Daley who are running for mayor and city commissioner filed their campaign report. This can be viewed on line Campaign Treasurer’s Report. Waste Pro and other waste management and consultant companies donated over $4,500.00.
It is time we accepted the fact that the only reason that Red Light cameras were installed at our intersections was not to make them safer but to provide a revenue stream to the cities in which they are installed.
Our City Commissioners that are running for reelection have been taking campaign contributions from companies that require them to vote in favor of their contracts. Our city code of ethics allow them to do so, at will, but nonetheless this practice stinks.
On Wednesday night, the Mayor and City Commissioners may vote to hand over an $8 million dollar contract to a single vendor without opening up the bidding process.
Something smells funny and it’s not the garbage.
Since 2011, Mayors and City Commissioners have a had a new code of ethics that regulate what they can and cannot do. The code forbids taking anything, including a meal, from lobbyists, contractors or vendors or taking gifts greater than $50 in value from anyone at all.
The Coral Springs nonpartisan election for is nothing more than a farce that uses nonpartisanship to hide the true identities of those in our city that form a single gang in order to maintain their hold on the city.
As I sit on my metro sectional, coffee and cigarette on my left, and my iPad on my lap, I have reason to be thankful. I am, after all, home from the military.
By: Sharon Aron Baron Must be good to be the king. I mean the former Mayor of Coral Springs. At the annual Pinktober Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday night, former Mayor Roy Gold couldn’t park way out in the sticks and walk like the rest of us commoners. No, Gold made his very own spot right […]
The City of Coral Springs, is now helping to celebrate residents’ major milestones and will provide an official birthday or anniversary card.
Sorry ladies. Commissioner Larry Vignola will not come to your home or office and perform a “Strip O Gram.”
If you live in a Homeowners Association in Coral Springs, or anywhere else in Broward County, some new laws have been enacted which will affect you, your association, your financial records, and your property manager. The bills have not been sent to the Governor yet, so there is time for you to act.
Coral Springs has almost everything under the sun, except of course if you need someone to design a new marketing plan for your city, then you’ll have to have to go to Tennessee for that.