Letter to Tamarac City Officials

By Chris – Mainlands Resident

Question: Why has the City of Tamarac allowed itself to deteriorate while the surrounding cities have made improvements?

In Tamarac it's OK to have more cars than your driveway can accommodate

This remains an unanswered question due to the lack of response from city officials and/or their inadequate responses to the public.  The city has been having community meetings  with question and answer periods for the citizens, yet many citizens walk away feeling they’ve gotten nowhere with the issues they raise. Either excuses or no real responses are given by the Mayor, Council, or city staff.  Several citizens asked why the city is allowing overnight parking on the streets when the ordinance states that it is illegal to park on the street after 2 am. The BSO Chief and city officials admitted that they look the other way, and don’t enforce the law because many homes have inadequate parking for the large families that have moved into small homes with small lots. Are laws and standards being ignored by those that are to elected and hired to enforce them, causing the devaluation of the properties of the people that follow the laws and don’t buy a home with parking for 2 cars when they have 5 cars?  It’s evident that this is what is happening. Our neighborhoods are in poor shape due to a lack of proper codes, and the codes we have are not always being enforced because officials are abandoning their fiduciary duties.

Recently the city stated that they were citing those that have air conditioner units that can be see from the street, and that they must be hidden. Yet, if you want to paint your house purple and lime green with pink polka dots, it’s OK!  Right now there are no codes for those that park on their lawns. Go through some of our neighborhoods at night or on weekends and some of the homes look like used car dealerships, or as if we were in unincorporated Broward with vehicles parked across the entire lawn right up to the front door. This might be the norm in a third world nation, but it has no place in our city. Making it a priority to hide an air conditioner of a house that has five cars parked on the lawn doesn’t make sense.

You can paint your home any color in most parts of Tamarac

Why aren’t there codes against these things? Maybe it’s because it isn’t happening next door to the City Manager since he doesn’t live in Tamarac, or the Vice Mayor because she lives in a part of Tamarac (Woodlands) that has “special codes” voted upon by two former city officials who live in the same neighborhood, and they made sure they got special codes for themselves. These special codes don’t allow parking on the grass, or a house to be painted florescent colors. The city has a color palette just for that neighborhood.  There is no logical reason why their part of the city should be favored and deserve more codes and enforcement than the rest of the city. Don’t they know that the values at the Woodlands are affected by the look of the surrounding neighborhoods? When asked these questions, the city has no logical reply, other than they think it may be too much a burden in these economic times. Well, paint costs the same no matter what color it is, and those of us that have lived here for years don’t want to look at the hillbilly haven of vehicles parked all over the lawns. How about the burden of our property values going down?

Other cities have created Safe Neighborhood Districts to improve areas and have supplied the project funds up front so the neighborhoods could be revitalized. Tamarac has created a special Safe Neighborhood District for the Woodlands but then left them in the dark by not funding it, leaving it helpless.

Look at the improvements that have been made in Lauderhill with nice walls, entrance signs, landscaping, etc. They have made tremendous strides to improve their city which has a lower household income than Tamarac, yet our city has not done any of these improvements.  Take a look at the architecture of new buildings in Lauderhill, Sunrise, Coral Springs, etc.  For example, look at new a Walgreens in those cities and a new Walgreens in Tamarac on Commercial Blvd and State Road 7. It’s a square box with no architectural appeal.  Walgreens and all other new buildings must meet a higher level of architectural standards in surrounding cities than they do in Tamarac. Our standards appear to be four walls making a box, and theirs have fine architectural details.

Why is this?

A/C Units that are not hidden are now being cited

Does all of this come down to the type of people we elect, and the type of people hired to conduct city business? Obviously, with our past indicted officials it makes you wonder what dealings were made to lower the standards so any square box could be built. Those elected officials are the same  that sold us out with the Sabal Palm golf course, and purchased a revenue generating gas station lot on Pine Island road to turn it into a non tax generating lot just so they could develop a now defunct downtown “Mainstreet” with upscale  homes, restaurants, and businesses. The current administration is continuing with these ideas. Who are they kidding? Tamarac is not and will never be a destination where those from other areas will flock to for upscale shopping and dining. Millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to this dream project, yet the city complains about shortfalls, and cuts to services.

Ever wonder how much it costs the city to produce and mail out that slick yearly notice of how safe our drinking water is? Why do weed need such an expensive notice when it should just be part of the Tam-a-gram? What are the costs of car allowances and pensions to our city officials? Are they unreasonable?  The new proposed budgets for the city include $335,000 for new signs to the Woodmont Neighborhood. Why?  No other neighborhoods are getting signage. Just a few more questions to ponder!

About Sharon Aron Baron

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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  • woody72

    Tamarac will start to enforce all the rules once one of their friends can figure out how to make a buck off of it on the side. And the sign scam over at Woodmont is just another slap in the face to honest residents. Rumor has it that a Tamarac Commissioner lives in Woodmont. I heard its the same Commissioner that was in the middle of all that corruption for all those years and did see a thing. ( Its amazing how that happens isn’t it.)

  • Patti Lynn

    Chris, you’ve made some excellent points. I’m going to ask my commissioner why FP&L isn’t being required to “screen” in those horrid big blocks of green transformers, or whatever, that really are eyesores. They could at least place some plantings around them.

  • kahuna

    Perhaps everyone reading and agreeing with this article should email it to the Mayor and Commissioners.

  • Tom

    I would like to add that the code inspectors are also very incompetent. They pass over houses that have garbage in the lawn, old junk cars in the driveway, paint peeling from garage doors while citing someone for having an A/C unit visible from the street. Dina Michaels is an example of such an inspector. Its absurd. I am fed up and looking to move. I’ve seen my home value plummet due in no small part to the way the city is getting run down.

    • Chris

      Tom, it’s been a year since I wrote this article and sadly nothing has changed. We have the same lack of common sense codes, and code inspectors who aren’t doing their jobs. I’ve contacted code enforcement at least 6 times due to code violations because nothing gets done until I give them a list of addresses. We still don’t have color codes so there are even more homes with flourescent colors.
      If anything, things got worse this past year with the city purchasing a golf course rather than spending money on improving neighborhoods. I don’t see anything changing any time soon. At least not until Patti Lynn and Sharon Aron Baron get elected!

  • Anita

    I am sitting in my 90 degree house waiting to find out if I can go from this useless wall hung airconditioner to a split unit. I think it is so unfair that people all over the neighborhood have the slab with the ac sitting on it (a split unit) and a gate around it and it’s ok but because the side of our house is facing Commercial blvd. we can not do the same. Our air bill during summer for the last 7 years runs anywhere from 340.00 to 400.00 with that piece of crap bard wall hung unit that belongs on portables at a school or on a trailer. Not to mention this is the second one that has gone bad since I moved in her in August of 2000. I completly understand the cars parking all over but this is just not fair. I am going to take pictures of all the units in the neighborhood that have an air conditioner sitting on the ground and they are permitted and I am going to fight this if I have to die of heat suffication in this housel

  • Advice from someone who has been there.
    Go down to the city clerks office and file the papers to run for Commissioner. Open your campaign account and start putting a little of your own money in, as a loan. Doesn’t matter when your next election is start now.
    Start using petitions as a weapon. One voice means nothing to the powers that be but 2300 + signatures do. All you have to do is write we the undersigned would like the Commission to look at changing this(more flies with honey). and then list 1 thing. you can do numberous petitions but you have to let the Commission know that you are not the only one that feels that way. Go to a Commission meeting and present your petition and then keep getting signature after you present it. DO NOT GO AWAY.
    The only way to get changes is to make people aware that changes need to be made.
    If you need help on how do to any of these things feel free to contact me. It starts as 1 voice and grows into a choir.
    Le

  • Mike

    The problem with Tamarac is very clear, the mayor, the city counsel and the commissioner do not want to ruffle any feathers. they want to bide their time, work until their term is over and collect their pensions. Why do you think all these similar complaints just pile up year after year and do not get resolved? They pretend everything is fine and boast about how they all get along so well with eachother and don’t have conflicts like other city officials do. They love to compliment themselves, well who else would? You know what they say about self appraisal, meanwhile, we have to live with this crap year after year. Nothing changes for the better, at least nothing that we are truly concerned about, and they get to reap the rewards. The economy is not good right now, but as it slowly improves, the quality tax paying citizens will eventually move away to better areas, and then the city officials can see what they are left with, their problem not ours. Get used to the idea that in several years you will have to move and start preparing for it now, because Tamarac is a lost cause. It has to realize all the problems it has before it can improve. Until that happens this is a train wreck left on the side of the road.