Tamarac Talk Goes Rogue with City Survey

Tamarac Talk

The other day I received a letter from Tamarac City Manager Michael Cernech and got very excited.

Was he was reinstating me to that committee that Commissioner Harry Dressler kicked me off of? Better yet, was he thanking me for all the great articles I’ve written over the past two years demanding suggesting improvements for the city?

Much to my disappointment, it was neither of those things.

It was just a form letter and survey sent to former Tamarac University graduates asking us to rate the city for part of the “Strategic Planning” process.

Since there are only about a hundred former graduates such as myself, I wanted to take this survey seriously. I spent two days thinking about the four questions on it and I could only come up with the answers below.

Please think about our organization as a whole and the community when you answer the following four questions. Your answers will be used for Strategic Planning by the City of Tamarac.”

“What makes the City of Tamarac unique?”

It’s unique in that there’s absolutely nothing unique about it.

“What are some things that the City of Tamarac does well?”

I believe Tamarac does a great job of keeping their workshops and commission meeting out of public scrutiny by not doing what almost every city in Broward County does, which is airing their meetings on cable or their website.

You see, not everyone can make it to a 9 am meeting.  Many of our residents are working during the day, but since 85% of us have computers, we can watch these meetings on our own time.  The city needs to start airing these for those that want to see what’s going on in city hall.

Tamarac is also good at attracting diversity…..in fast food restaurants. When our city’s most sophisticated place to dine is Applebee’s, it tells me that this is the place people will want to move to.

“What are some areas the City of Tamarac could improve on?”

All of the areas east of University Drive.

“Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for the City of Tamarac?”

Let’s discuss the possibility of merging with Coral Springs.  Since so many of our residents are exempt from paying property taxes due to their exemptions exceeding the low values of their homes, I say the higher tax base in Coral Springs will really do us some good. Just imagine how good our city would look with all those beautiful trees, matching bus shelters, custom street signs along University Drive and a plethora of fantastic restaurants.

Another suggestion: Eminent Domain. Get rid of some blighted areas and build new homes there. Don’t make them cheapy homes either. Let’s raise the bar – and our tax base, and get some decent priced ones built.

While I doubt my input will be a factor for any change in our city, I hope all opinions are heard at their strategic planning meeting because this city needs to find a strategy in attracting new people.    We need Tamarac to be a destination place to live for a long time, not a stop-over on the way to something better.

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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  • Joseph M. Silvers

    I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself.

  • Patti Lynn

    Wonderful input for “The Survey.” That’s really too bad. You have so much to offer, it’s unfortunate that there aren’t enough open minded elected officials in Tamarac. If you open your mouth and more than, “Yes, that’s a great idea,” comes out, you’ve cooked your goose!!

  • MargateNews.net

    You are destination place Sharon. Your city has 99 ’55 and older communities, ‘ almost three times as many as Margate!

  • Chris

    If only your answers could be distributed to all homeowners, people would think about them and say “it’s all true”!!! You could a revolution. You should use that survey for your election campaign.

  • MargateNews.net

    Or maybe Chris more Tamarac residents need to attend City Hall meetings and speak to these points if they feel they are important. I do see on the city’s website that city commission meetings are being held in the evenings, but it looks as though many decisions are being made in the ‘Sunshine’ during morning workshops as well, which would raise questions for me if I were a voter in your city. Even if meetings were broadcast over cable, it certainly doesn’t mean any more people would be interested or would participate in city politics or the processes of government. Rather to innocently suggest that Tamarac merge with Coral Springs, what it takes is for residents, like yourself, Sharon and others, to establish a long-term plan that entails changing the culture of your city. Like Margate, Tamarac is overrun with families that rely on social programs, along with seniors on fixed incomes. Both factions fail at fueling middle class economies, hence businesses find a lack of market share in the city – at least for businesses other than thrift stores and others than profit from the poor.
    Don’t all cities want to be hip epicenters? Surely, but first I’m afraid we will have to reverse what amounts to decades of bad politics, failed leaders and well, as much as I hate to say it, Democrats running South Florida.

    • Awww you don’t think Tamarac stands a chance of being a “Hip epicenter”? LOL. Regarding commissioner meetings. They alternate between evenings and mornings. Workshops are always in the mornings.

    • Steve Kahuna

      It’s not a matter of being hip. It’s a matter of having a city government that listens to it’s citizens and makes decisions that benefit the citizens. We don’t need fancy shops or restaurants, we need a government that cares about maintaining the city to high standards ethically, architectually, and economically. The whole culture of city government needs to change.

  • Mike

    Sharon your answers were my answers. I think everyone should see this, it may sting but the truth hurts sometimes. You know my feelings of disappointment in this so-called city. It mimics a real city. We have no modern movies theaters, no shopping malls, no fine restaurants and no main street. It’s very rich in excuses, neglect, and officials that are accused of wrong doing, or always patting themselves on the back. Taste of Tamarac? Burger King or Denny’s or Applebees is that where it is being held? ha, funny but sad. Hopefully things will get better, but I doubt it. You need to run for mayor, we need a mayor who gets involved and helps the community improve, not a cheerleader like the one we have. Mike

    • Dick Brown

      Great ideas, as always.
      What makes Tamarac Unique? No other city would have allowed the Country Club to become a Blight on the city then reward them.

      What could they improve? Almost every street in Tamarac need to be restriped. Tamarac now looks awful, making it even worse, the streets the Mayor and the Vice Mayor live on look as bad as the streets in the rest of the city.

      What does Tamarac do well? We think our C.O.P. program makes a difference. And Tamarac is starting to put up new signs to brighten up our city. Not much, but from nothing, it’s a little something. Most cities have organized sports. But, remember the good old days when kids went out to play, chose sides, picked teams, And nobody ever got left out, played in the streets, Always wanted a park to play in. no matter how good or bad they were, no one got left out. get something like that started again.

      Thoughts or suggestions? Listen to the homeowners. Fix what’s broken, Stripe our streets. Brighten up Tamarac. Restore 82nd Street. Don’t add still another entrance off of 82nd street. 16 entrances to a street that’s four blocks long is ridiculous. Get rid of the unused bike lanes. Make the street safe before someone gets killed. Get the Renaissance Charter School Traffic off of 82nd Street. Stop the Woodmont Country Club from building it’s 153,000 square foot maintenance Complex on 80th Avenue, the main street through Woodmont. Start working for Tamarac not for the Country Club that caused the Blight. Take a lead from Marlon Bolton. He said, ” If the people aren’t happy, I’m not happy. ” That’s the type of leadership Tamarac needs and wants.