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ClubLink Tees Off Woodlands Residents by Neglecting Property

Date posted: July 10, 2012

The Southern Perimeter of the Woodlands Country Club on NW 44th Street is the most neglected area in this beautiful neighborhood of almost 900 single family homes.  This is an area where many feel is vulnerable to crime from the surrounding area and makes the area look blighted.

The street, or corridor, is located in Tamarac facing the City of Lauderhill.  This is the also the maintenance entrance of the Woodlands Country Club.

It started last summer when I drove by each day wondering how could code compliance allow broken fences, piles of debris and an old 18-wheeler truck sit in an area that’s visible to residents in Lauderhill and cars that pass it everyday. I was contacted by residents that back up to NW 44th Street who asked if I would make a video after they couldn’t get any action from the city.

After one year, getting this area cleaned up hasn’t been easy for both the residents and the city.

ClubLink, who bought the Woodlands Country Club in April of 2011 inherited a mess, but it was nowhere near as bad as it has become under their watch.

Richard Kaplan, Mayor of Lauderhill, agreed as well. He had originally contacted Patte Atkins Grad about the issue, who referred it to Mayor Beth Talabisco, but received no action.   I asked him to contact Mayor Pam Bushnell on our behalf, and on January 12th she answered him.  She said she looked into it, and told him she saw work being done on the area.

Besides piles of rubbish there is also an 18-wheeler sitting out back in full view to passerby’s

I was relieved.  If Mayor Bushnell told Mayor Kaplan that work was being done on the area, I believed it was being cleaned up.

Another month would go by and I couldn’t figure out what work Bushnell was talking about. The corridor looked just the same as it did before.  There was good news in contacting her though,  Code Compliance was now aware of the issue and had sent violation notices to the homeowners with broken fences and to ClubLink.

From Code Compliance Manager Mark Woods:

The  violation of the landscaping along that corridor is scheduled for the March 7th Special Magistrate Hearing. That responsible party is the Country Club. The violation for the broken fence is also scheduled for the same hearing. The responsible party for that case is the abutting private property owner.  There is not any additional information for the broken gate or the 18 wheeler at this time.”

The Special Magistrate gave the order to correct the landscaping and fence violation on the 44th Street Corridor by April 27, 2012.  if it wasn’t  corrected there was to be a penalty hearing on May 2, 2012.”

In May, after I saw no improvements, I contacted Mark Woods, who replied:

The May date was the hearing date they were to have the penalty imposed. Prior to that date, they met with staff to outline a plan on how they could deal with the issues that they were cited for. They came to the May hearing and asked for the time until July based on those discussions and it was granted, so the fines will start at that time instead of requiring an additional hearing. It should soon be improving in and around that area.”

In June, no work had been done on the corridor, so I asked Director of Community Development, Jennifer Bramley, who wrote that they were waiting for a landscape plan.

Frank Zickar, Planning and zoning Manager, Peyton and myself met with the owners of the country club to discuss a  more permanent solution to the problem.  They need to remove the nuisance species, install irrigation and landscaping as needed.  The magistrate gave them time until the fine starts accruing because they need to submit a landscape plan which needs to be reviewed and approved.  To date we have not received the landscape plan and will call to get an update.”

It’s now July, ClubLink only has a couple weeks before completion still no work has been done.  I asked Mark Woods to see if they had received the landscape plans.

Initially the Country Club had agreed to submit landscaping plans for approval in order to deal with the 44th Street corridor. They were cited as needing to maintain that property and went to a hearing to get more time to submit the plans that would ultimately bring the property into compliance.

Since that hearing they have made the argument through their attorney, that they don’t feel that a complete landscaping project is financially feasible at this time. The City has maintained that they are still responsible for the maintenance, and as such it will be presented to the Magistrate Hearing of 8/1/12 for a determination of compliance or not.

The original order required compliance or a penalty would begin after 7/28/12. That penalty, if levied, would be determined at the aforementioned hearing. I don’t have any additional information at this time, as the ball is still in their court until the date of the hearing. Keep in mind, 11th  hour compliance efforts are not out of the norm for these types of issues. We are basically in a wait and see holding position for the time being.”

Thank you Mark Woods and Jennifer Bramley for following up on this. Residents of Woodlands and Lauderhill, if you tired of the excuses and delays by ClubLink to clean up the mess,  contact them and let them know how you feel about it.

Contact John Gordon 
Director, Communications 

Email  jgordon@clublink.ca
Mike Funk, Director of Operations
mfunk@clublink.ca
 
 
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  • Kahuna

    Tamarac – The City of Excuses!

    This never should have been allowed to get this bad. Mark Woods should be reprimanded for letting this go on. It’s been his responsibility for years to get this area cleaned up. I’d like to hear a solid answer as to why this has been allowed. The City Manager new about this two years ago.I’m sure typical Tamarac politics is the reason and favors were given. Bushnell lied to Kaplan about seeing work being done. Obviously NOTHING was being done. She’s part of the “let’s tell them an excuse and hope they go away” crew. Ever been to a District meeting where all you here is them boasting about how well things are going in Tamarac, but when a citizen brings up issues like code enforcement, parking on the street,parking on the grass, houses painted pink and purple, the city buying a golf course, etc. all you get is excuses why they aren’t doing anything about it.I think the Mayor of Lauderhill needs to move to Tamarac, so we can have an active Mayor who supports the residents.

    Just like so many other violations in this city it takes forever to get to the magistrate, and then extensions are given over and over again. Now Clublink is trying to give the city the shaft. First they delay with “meetings”, then they say they have to “plan”. Why does it take meetings and a plan to remove the heap of garbage, fix the fences, and remove abandoned vehicles? Clublink is a huge corporation with lots of money. They spent $4.2 million for that golf course and they can’t afford to fix fences and remove debris???? Come on Tamarac, set a short deadline and stick to it!

    Below are quotes from Clublink’s first quarter financial statement.

    “Net operating income increased 92.9% to $3,822,000 for the three month period ending March 31, 2012 from $1,981,000 in
    2011 primarily due to the incremental net operating income from our Florida Region.
    Net membership fee income increased 2.4% to $3,683,000 for the three month period ending March 31, 2012 from $3,597,000 in
    2011.
    Earnings before other items and income taxes increased 34.5% to $7,505,000 for the three month period ending March 31, 2012
    from $5,578,000 in 2011 primarily due to the incremental net operating income from our Florida Region.”

  • Michael

    Kahuna, You said it all, Tamarac is the city of excuses, especially when they explain to the residents, why so little ever gets done. I commend you for your statements, facts, and comments, it is exactly how so many of us who live here feel. The city loves to compliment itself but then who else would. I am living in Tamarac for 12 years and these issues persist year after year. Imagine if we, the home owners, gave excuse like clublink did, see if we would get extensions like they did, yeah right. Whenever I tell anyone who lives outside of Tamarac that I live here, they look at me and say, why? I used to defend it, but no more excuses…

    • Kahuna

      Michael, it’s quite sad that Tamarac has become such an embarrassment due to our elected officials. And even sadder that no one is challenging their re-elections.