Mayor Says He Cannot Legally Comment on Proposed Charter School

By: Sharon Aron Baron

For months, residents of Tamarac have been asking their elected officials to comment, at least say something about the charter school that is being proposed on seven acres at the Sports Complex on Nob Hill Road.

But for months the mayor and commissioners have been relatively mute.

Were they directed by someone not to comment? 

Since this is only a proposal and “not a done deal” as Mayor Dressler told the crowded room at the community center on Thursday night, then why couldn’t they share their thoughts?

Dressler stated on the video that he wanted to explain why none of the commissioners can give an opinion on the school, including himself. He said that people approached him in January and asked him what he thought about the charter school, even inviting him to answer questions.

“What I said was no,” said Dressler. “And the reason why is there is no way I or any of my colleagues can legally comment on something that’s not a deal yet.  It may never be a deal.”

Did you get that? 

Dressler informed the crowd last night that he could not legally comment on this item. This meeting on Thursday night was noticed to the public, so they weren’t violating any Sunshine Laws, nor is the matter quasi-judicial.  This is where the item is actually on the agenda and they would be hearing evidence for and against the proposal. The charter school has never been on the agenda and there is no reason any of these commissioners cannot legally discuss the charter school with their constituents.

Unless – they prefer not to.  However, if they choose not to, then what kind of representatives are they?

The most telling moment of the night was when a resident asked Commissioner Diane Glasser if she had any compassion for her constituents.  She became angry and yelled, “There is no compassion in this, it’s all business.”

At least be honest with the residents that took the time to attend. Tell them you prefer not to discuss the school because you find the topic too controversial, but don’t mislead them into believing that there are legal ramifications for doing so. 

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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  • Yoflyboys

    Corruption at it’s highest. I am only commenting on what I read. We didn’t want to show up for politicians that appear to be infallible. Word weasels. The city manager need to be fired, he is not representing Tamarac.

  • Mack

    Supposed Representatives of the Local People say they cannot talk about a pressing issue under consideration because the decision has not been make yet! They need to get involved BEFORE the decision is made. The nearly two dozen charter schools that have closed in South Florida, including one owing over $800,000 that is “missing” should be a warning. Planting so many new teenage drivers next to Senior Citizens is also a perfect storm for injuries, deaths, damages, and huge law suits. Not to mention an excellent reason for the election of new officials.

  • N.Abrams

    Not answering direct questions is not acceptable. The People elected these commissioners and they must be held accountable. When asked for information in a public forum it is their duty to respond. Not their option: DUTY. Being elusive, practicing avoidance and nonsensical responses are not acceptable. Welcome to Tamarac. It never changes… And what is this impatient nastiness? Our elected officials work for and are paid by the residents. Pomposity at its finest.

  • N.Abrams

    Also, next time you are given an answer regarding legality demand that they produce the section of the Sunshine Law that says it’s illegal to discuss anything at a public meeting that regards the public. The Sunshine Laws that he may be referring to exist to keep elected officials from discussing anything in private that may come up for a vote to prevent collusion.

  • Terri Andretta

    Is the $200,00- grant being asked of the NFL for a football stadium, in the Sports Complex, included
    in the 7 acres for the Charter school…..I wonder…. WAKE UP DIST 3 RESIDENTS !!!

  • Charles Redler

    My turn: This government is unbelievable. They look at you and lie and dismiss the voter like we were an intrusion. I accuse this government duplicity and non transparency at best and moral and politically corrupt at worst. To my representative Glasser who thinks compassion doesn’t count, should have been thrown out of office. She may have once had an illustrious career and even honored by the constituency she purported to represent, but now she ends her career in the hall of SHAME, if this project goes through, her name will forever become garbage.

    To our illustrious city manager we pay but who lives in Parkland, I say resign. He would vote for never taking down a tree in parkland, yet he wants to destroy one of the jewels of Tamarac. A beautiful green and sports space, given to the city by the developed to keep recreational and he wants to turn into a parking garage. The city spent millions to make it what it is and he wants to destroy it. He says it is under utilized during the day so it should be given away to a charter school, taken away from the citizens of Tamarac, and asphalt most of it. How about using his underutilized house, since it must be empty during the day, for a day care center. It would be very useful wouldn’t it?

    Seldom have I seen a government so vehemently ignoring the demands of the citizens that pay their salaries and who represent the largest group of voters in Tamarac. Seldom do you see a government spend millions to beautify a green space for the good of the community only to see that same government give it away to a private institution to pave over.

    This government has caused fear and anxiety to its most vulnerable citizens, citizens who worked hard all their lives and who moved to Tamarac because they were promised it was senior friendly. People are hesitating from buying and people are finding it hard to sell, so not only is this government causing great emotional hardship but also financial hardship. Apparently ms. glasser and mr. michael cernech must take some pride in creating this hardship.

    Whether it is political corruption or moral corruption that moves this government, the citizens of this city must stop them for continuing on this course.