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Tamarac City Officials Lax About Code Enforcement

Date posted: August 9, 2012

Residents use their lawns as parking spaces in in Tamarac

Affordable prices make Tamarac an attractive city for home buyers. While low prices are important, our city needs to sell buyers on the beauty of our city, not that it’s the cheapest place to live.

Coral Springs is a very desirable place to live, not only are there a wide range of pricing options, but buyers want to live in a community that looks desirable.

Coral Springs City Commissioner Vince Boccard knows this and says that he wants to see the city reinvest in itself:

“The real estate market is going to change, when it does, we need to be ready by having the curb appeal.”

Coral Springs already has a Neighborhood and Environmental Committee which addresses issues and promote projects that will favorably impact development, preservation and environmental enhancement in the city.

Also, because aesthetics are a key issue with the Coral Springs city officials, they have implemented a new program called “Code Rangers.”

The Code Rangers are volunteers that help code enforcement officers by informing residents about violations affecting the aesthetics of their home and property.

According to the article in the Sun-Sentinel, thirteen residents have already signed up to be a part of the program, and their code department staff hope they will soon have at least 25 people lending them a hand.

The City of Tamarac does not have either a Neighborhood Committee or Code Ranger program. Residents state that the codes we have in place are routinely ignored and not enforced by those hired to do so.

Cars parking on lawns shown here in Mainlands 6

Many neighborhoods are in poor shape due to a lack of codes or code enforcement. For example, The City of Tamarac allows overnight parking on the streets even though the city ordinance states that it is illegal to park on the street after 2 a.m. There are many neighborhoods that have 3-5 cars in front of the homes. BSO and city officials admittedly look the other way because many residents have inadequate parking for these small homes.

Just last night in the Mainlands Section 6, I saw three cars parked across a lawn with the fronts of the vehicles facing the home. The driveway was empty. It looked liked a ghetto house,” – Chris, a Mainlands resident.

This home in the Mainlands 8 has a driveway that has been properly widened to accomodate their vehicles

Chris suggests that one of the things the city should do is urge residents to widen their driveways to accommodate all of their vehicles. “The permit procedure is long and expensive, to say nothing of the actual widening. However, In these tough economic times, the city and BSO are being lenient. This leniency doesn’t give homeowners any incentive to widen their driveway.”

According to Mainlands 8 President Patti Lynn, the problem is twofold.

She said she would rather see residents in her community park overnight in the street, a violation of city ordinance, than on the grass.

“Parking on the grass breaks sprinkler pipes, creates ruts and dead spots on the lawn. It makes the community look a lot worse than exposed air conditioning units or garbage cans that are left outside.”

Lynn said that a drive through any of the Mainlands communities show how hazardous the streets are to maneuver. The extremely narrow streets make backing out of driveways very difficult for the residents.

Cars parked on the streets in Mainlands 9

She is also concerned about the legal liability that the city and BSO have by not citing those in the streets overnight. “No one, at any time is allowed to park in a street. It is a roadway, and parked cars are impeding traffic. Those lawn trucks, tree trimmers, and painters are violating the law when they park in the street.”

In Westwood 24, BSO routinely ignores the various city police cars that line the streets at night. Residents believe these owners seem to be above the law and are afraid of repercussions by making a complaint.

“This is just one example of the devaluation of the properties of residents who do follow the rules. You don’t buy a home with parking for two cars when you have five,” said Chris.

He believes residents and city officials are using the economy as a reason not to enforce codes or to raise the standards. “It’s nothing but an unjustifiable excuse and it has nothing to do with economics.”

“It’s times like these that we should be raising our standards.”

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  • Jim

    First the city needs to have a code that parking on the lawn is not allowed. Then the city needs to lower the cost and expedite the permits? This would take care of the economic excuses. Then the city should give these people a deadline to install a double driveway, or be ticketed.

    I agree with Chris. You don’t buy a home with space for 1 car when you have 5. Just like you don’t buy a home with 2 bedrooms when you have a family of 8. I’ll bet a lot of these homes have garages that have illegally been converted into bedrooms also.

    Doesn’t the commission realize that by allowing this they are inviting more to do the same? More and more homes will be sold to people with more cars than there is space. I wrote to my District 2 Commissioner,but never heard back from her. But I was then told she lives in the Woodlands, were the city enacted special ordinances just for them. I’m not knocking the Woodlands residents, but does the city think they better than the rest of us?

  • Craig K Gentit

    Subject: Code enforcement

    We, the taxpayer, pay all the legal fees, labor costs, supply cost, etc, to put these codes on the books and then we don’t enforce the codes. And we wonder why our nation/city is having financial troubles.
    We as a nation/city just don’t hold anyone accountable for their actions. Everybody has an excuse and we buy into it. It’s just sad.

    So the people that do the “right thing” by investing the money to follow the codes, etc. wake up to a nightmare in the morning. What a great reward for being a good citizen. Just sad.

  • Rain

    I agree with both Jim and Craig . I live in district one and we have complained about the cars lining the street and the number of people per household and have been ignored. We have a 2 bedroom here (Mainlands) that has 5 adults and 4 teenagers. They have 5 cars and of course only 2 fit in the driveway. The rest line the street. Getting in and out of our driveways is now a 3 point turn with these cars in the street and yes the garage is now bedrooms. Also, so many people live here that they use the hose outside to shower and do laundry by hand in buckets and hang it off the trees and awnings to dry. This surely doesn’t help bring our home values up

    This lack of enforcement has turned our beautiful neighborhood into a ghetto. I guess the city is going for a new moto, Tamarac where you can park as many cars and as many people into a house that you want. The only people inconvienced by this lack of enforcement are the people around these violators who obey the codes. How is that right? Why not inconvience the violators by tagging their cars in the street. Make it an inconvience to have to add onto their driveway. Make the violators responsible. No Tamarac would rather do nothing. They need to tell new home buyers they don’t enforce the codes. I would have never bought here if I knew the city doesn’t enforce the codes. There should be a penalty paid for false advertisement by the city. Such a shame this place was nice once. Lack of enforcement has turned mainlands 7 into ghettoland 7.

    • Rockin’ Robin

      That’s terrible about the showering and laundry!!! YUK!!

    • John Harper

      Part of the problem is these old houses were designed for retirement couples, not families.

  • theylovelotsa grass

    i wunda who be parking on the grass mon!!! We don’t do that in de islands mon.

  • Joseph M. Silvers

    Code violations in Mainlands Of Tamarac Lakes? You should see Heathgate/Sunflower.

    • randy miner

      Yes, Sunflower has become like a ghetto! Multiple families living in some 3 bedroom houses with 5 or more cars. Also many houses, especially in Heathgate, have junk permanently sitting in yards visible from the street. Code enforcement does nothing, meanwhile ticketing people who’s A/C is visible. Absurd! The solution is to ticket those who park in the street or on the grass and set limits on how wide the driveway can be. And to ticket those who don’t maintain their yards and keep them junk free. Homeowners can adjust or move to Lauderhill!

  • lerose55

    Cars don’t belong on the grass (getto looking). If a house has 2 cars it should have enough driveway for the 2 of them. Plus if there is an ordinance that limits the amount of people in the house that also, needs to be addressed.
    The best time to check all of this out, is if they hire someone to ride around in these developments, and count vehicles on grass and street. And just put summons on the cars.
    I know Mainlands 6 just started with parking stickers trying to get control of the situation, just some people don’t think its applies to them they ignore the notices.

    • randy miner

      I don’t think limiting the number of people living in a house is enforceable nor practical. If we focus on what is visible from the outside, that will be enough.

      • aj55

        I know in a lot of states there is a requirement, only so many people in so many square feet of house.

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