Saturday, February 27, 2010

More of your rights being taken away in Cooper City, News, March Calendar and more...

Cooper City, FL – An attempt to take away more of your rights regarding oversight of ‘government’ is on the next agenda for Cooper City’s Commission. The Florida Hometown Democracy Land Use Initiative will appear as Amendment 4 on the November 2010 ballot.

Amendment 4 will give you, the voter and taxpayer, a vote on growth in your community. The amendment proposes to require voter approval of all changes to local comprehensive land-use plans, in order to give voters more say over development. In order to pass, the amendment needs at least 60% of the total votes.

Each of us has a huge stake in growth decisions that can drastically alter our community's future for generations to come. Each community has adopted its own comprehensive plan: a long-term master plan for sensible growth. Currently, elected city and county commissioners have exclusive power to make changes to the plan. Rising taxes, falling home values, gridlocked roads, dwindling water supplies and Florida's disappearing beauty are just some of the devastating consequences of Florida politicians' habit of rubberstamping speculative plan changes.

Hometown Democracy Amendment 4 changes all that by giving voters veto power over these changes to your community's master plan for growth. Florida’s Legislators have pretty much given free rein to developers to continue building; quality of life and the state's natural resources be damned, even though there are currently 300,000 homes in Florida sitting empty. Public participation in local government comprehensive land use planning benefits the conservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources and scenic beauty, and the long-term quality of life of Floridians. Direct democracy on land use changes may be the only way to promote smart growth in Florida.

As Richard Creedon said “Amendment 4 should be approved. Why? It's so simple. We ordinary citizens have found that, with some notable exceptions, our elected representatives seem to forget about us as soon as they are elected. They start remembering us again when it is time for re-election. It's like clockwork. Just follow the money. Amendment 4 will give power back to the people, finally. Changing and toughening growth-management laws will not work because soon the politicians will gut them all over again. The [Sentinel] is naive to think that government can be trusted. History shows us that, sadly, has not usually been the case. Why should we expect the future to be different? Rather, trust the wisdom of the people and vote for Amendment 4 in November. Florida can be protected only if Amendment 4 is in the Florida Constitution. It's so simple. Whom do you trust more, The People or the politicians?”

For those who understand the hidden costs to society and the resulting increased tax liability, this is the last straw. In South Florida, paving over paradise, by dredge and fill destruction of wetlands, has reduced our watersheds. This takes the cost of water supply for Florida residents in the opposite direction taken by New York. As the Everglades watershed has diminished, the effect is a local call for deeper drilling in the Floridian aquifer, reverse osmosis and desalination, all at a very high cost.

What development has done is to transform a natural asset to societal liability, with significant reduction of quality of life for all Floridians. As a recent editorial noted, "Unchecked growth is an unsustainable extreme."

In the quest for an approach to nearly unconstrained development at great cost to the taxpayers, Amendment 4 is the unintended consequence. Consider another externality: The developers' cost of political contributions to keep this tax debt spiral going.

With Amendment 4, your power to vote on growth will enable you to preserve your neighborhood and your community and protect the value of your home. Can you say taxation without representation? With "4" there is a chance of representation and restoring the process of democracy. Without "4," past history and current events tell us nothing will change for the better.

Don’t let your Cooper City bureaucrats vote to help take away your oversight of your land! Be at the next Cooper City Commission meeting and strenuously oppose this power grab by big (and small) government! Read more at http://www.floridahometowndemocracy.com

BSO wants you to be aware of Census related scams. The Census is very important and all citizens should participate. Our agency's goal is to ensure your safety.

Recently law enforcement agencies across the region, including the Broward Sheriff’s Office have become aware of scams involving individuals claiming to be affiliated with the upcoming Census. In an effort to safeguard our residents and business owners visit www.sheriff.org/census for more information.

Cooper City Multi-Family GARAGE SALE is Saturday, March 6th from 7:00 am 'til noon At the Cooper City Sports Complex. Whether you are selling or buying, this is the place to be for deals galore! Held on the grounds of the Cooper City Sports Complex at the corner of 100th Avenue & Stirling Road, this twice a year event is open to all residents.

The Country Address Homeowner’s Association will be having their community garage sale on March 6th and 7th at 8 AM. There are over 300 homes in Country Address and Country Address Encore. Entrance to the community can be found off of Stirling Road and on Pine Island Road.

My next Town Hall Meeting will be on March 8th at 7 PM at City Hall. Please come and voice your concerns!. Also, be sure to tune into my Blog Talk Radio broadcast ‘Sims’ City News’ at 6 PM on March 8th. You can listen and call in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/johnsims The Call-in Number is (347) 215-8968.

The MINI-FLOW mobile (Florida Licensing On Wheels) will be in Cooper City on March 9th to offer drivers license renewals, replacement of lost licenses, address changes, ID Cards, car tags, and handicapped placards inside the Community Center from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. Please call the Community Center at 954-434-4300 x 233 to verify.

The Community Book Swap is Friday, March 12th 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Community Center. Drop off your slightly used books in good condition beginning Monday, March 8th through Thursday, March 11th. A ticket is issued for each donated book. On Friday, March 12th, parents and their children may come to the Community Center from 6:00 - 7:30 PM to exchange tickets for books. If you have a question, please call 954-434-4300 x233.

The Jim Richardson 5K Run & 1 or 2 Mile Family Fitness Run/Walk is Sunday, March 14th at the Cooper City Sports Complex.

The Broward Schools Integrity ethics panel will have a public hearing on Monday, March 15th, 2010, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Cooper City High School Auditorium. The high school is located at 9401 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL 33328. The public’s attendance is strongly encouraged to provide much needed input on the workings of the Broward County School District and its School Board. Parking for the event is located in the northeast corner of the high school campus. Cooper City High School is located at 9401 Stirling Road, Cooper City. For more information, please call (954) 604-3117 or go to www.browardschoolsintegrity.org

St Patrick's Day Luncheon. Wear your green for an afternoon of fun, lunch, music...Wednesday, March 17th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Cost $3.00 plus a side dish or dessert. By reservation only! Held at the Community Center. Call Kathy at (954)434-4300 x255 for reservations and more information.

Family "Ceramics Night Out" with Gail. Enjoy creating a special ceramics piece with your child, then taking it home that night! Held at the Community Center. Children must be in first grade and up. Must pre-register at the Community Center. Call 954-434-4300 x 233 for more information. Cost is $10.00 per family, plus $10.00 per child for project materials. Friday Nights: 6:30 - 8:30PM. March 19th "Springtime Project”. Come at 6:00 and join the "Pizza Crowd"... reserve a space for you and your kids by phoning ahead at 954-434-4300 x233 and feeding your whole family pizza for $6.00!

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