Commission Approves Car Wash That Employs Adults with Autism: Some Residents Not Happy

Rising Tide Car Wash

Rising Tide Car Wash

By: Jen Russon

A popular, automated car wash chain is coming to Coral Springs, and not everyone is happy about it.

Rising Tide, which motivates employees on the autism spectrum to succeed while fostering a solid work ethic, already has Parkland and Margate locations.

During a city commission meeting on Wednesday night, CEO and owner of the corporation, John D’Eri, went over plans for the new 3,000 square foot facility and listened to residents voice their opinions on the project.

The 19-vacuum car wash, with entering and exit signage, is slated to be built just east of Coral Springs Drive, at 10340 Royal Palm Boulevard, where it borders communities like Cobblestone Walk.

While some who called in during the 3-hour commission meeting voiced their support for the car wash, others who gave a home address of Royal Palm were none too pleased.

“My daughter’s bedroom window will face this carwash. I’m concerned the noise will disturb her sleep,” said a caller who works as an ER nurse for Broward Health.

The resident added she likes to sit on her porch and take in the natural views after a long shift and is now worried this won’t be as feasible.

Another resident with a Royal Palm address stated her concern for the turtles and birds that live in the Cobblestone area.

Only one resident who gave an address of Royal Palm Boulevard said he welcomed Rising Tide in his community.

“I’m actually looking forward to the car wash,” he said.

Several other Coral Springs residents, including ESE staff at Atlantis Academy, called in about the impending project and voiced support for the exceptional opportunity Rising Tide provides its exceptional employees.

Studies show that as many as 85 percent of people with autism have trouble finding employment.

John D’Eri, who created Rising Tide because of his son Andrew’s struggle with autism, said his two other locations are sometimes dealing with over 700 applications from people with disabilities.

D’Eri and Julie Krolak, assistant director of development services for the city of Coral Springs, presented data at the meeting; these showed plans for the new Rising Tide Car Wash that prove sound and light pollution will not be an issue.

The Coral Springs Commission board unanimously voted to approve Rising Tide.

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