Despite What City Says – Residents Must Continue To Ask Questions

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By: Mark Landsman

In the July/August issue of the City Magazine “Tam-A-Gram, it offers an unusual and interesting suggestion: residents are told to stop wondering about initiatives our city leaders are considering.  Their advice is for residents to stop asking “what are they thinking” and accept the fact that everything they plan is in the best interest of Tamarac’s future. 

Our recent history suggests that this is not a very good idea.

Take for example, if we had known about the plans to build a charter school in the sports complex from the beginning  – back in January 2014, perhaps we could have and would have questioned the site selection and details of the deal.  However, our city manager, our mayor and commissioners chose to keep those out of public view for a prolonged period so they didn’t even give us the opportunity to wonder about their vision, nor the wisdom of their plan.

Turns out in this instance the devil was in the details.  No priority seats Tamarac students because it violates existing Florida state law.

There are lessons to be learned from this experience.  Our city leaders surely need to practice more transparency and citizens need to keep asking themselves “what are they thinking” and making a much better effort to find out.

Mark Landsman is a resident of Southhampton in Kingspoint Tamarac.

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Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • English speaker

    Mark Landsman is absolutely correct.

    After the Charter School fiasco, how can we ever trust what the Tamarac officials have to say (or don’t say).

    I for one plan to watch very carefully what happens at the council meetings and speak my voice if I disagree.

    Thanks to “Tamarac Talks” and Sharon’s work it is also much easier to be kept informed.

    Norman Zagorsky Southampton

  • kahuna

    If the city manager and commissioners don’t want to be questioned, they don’t belong in public service. The city is ours, not theirs. To make such a statement is terribly ignorant of them, and just makes one think that they have more they are hiding that they don’t want to tell. Things won’t change in Tamarac until we have new commissioners and a new city manager.

    • commenter8

      Easier said than done. Mike Gelin was a great candidate and he still lost to our current mayor.

      • Joe Morguess

        Yes, however, the issue of the charter school LOCATION at the sports complex never came up in any of the debates, Gelin knew nothing about it altho he could have found out, Dressler and the other commissioners kept it quiet, knowing it was a ticking time bomb that would go off only after the election. And whoever is running now and in the future who kept silent through mid 2015 about the sports complex location for Doral, especially for district 3, has a snowball’s chance in you know what of winning a sufficient share of KP votes.

        Joe Morguess