Tamarac Unveils New Look with Updated City Signage

New signage was unveiled at the commission workshop on Monday. L to R: Community Development Director Maxine Calloway, Commissioners Debra Placko, Pamela Bushnell, Michelle Gomez, Mayor Harry Dressler and Baron Sign Manufacturing President Jerry Foland

New signage was unveiled at the commission workshop on Monday. L to R: Community Development Director Maxine Calloway, Commissioners Debra Placko, Pamela Bushnell, Michelle Gomez, Mayor Harry Dressler and Baron Sign Manufacturing President Jerry Foland.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

New signage was unveiled on Monday for a citywide program that will give Tamarac a more uniform appearance.

After winning the bid, Baron Signs Manufacturing (no relationship to author) in Riviera Beach gave a presentation to the commission which included their resume of completed or proposed projects for the City of North Miami, Port of Palm Beach, Orlando International Airport, Miami International Airport, University of Miami Hospital and Florida International University.

In business for over 35 years with 48 employees, President Jerry Foland told the commission they used recycled and mostly American-made materials.

Neighborhood sign

Neighborhood sign

The total cost of the signage project will be $1,779,078. Funds were budgeted in 2016 for $837,560, and $630,000 in the 2017 proposed budget, which leaves an additional appropriation amount needed of $941,518.

“It’s a big financial commitment. There are at least 24 other signs that are going to be provided going forward  – and we’re going to continue to recommend funding for that,” said City Manager Michael Cernech.

The entire project will be divided with Phase One beginning this fall, which will be gateway, facilities and directional locations for the city including two signs that will have electronic message centers placed at city hall.  Also, signs around the following locations in Woodmont:

Woodmont Greens at Tamarac
Pine Island Road/NW 75 Street – NE corner

Gateway entry sign with marquee

Gateway entry sign with marquee

The Cypress III at Woodmont (Pending)

Pine Island Road/NW 75 Street – SE corner

Pineapple Park at Woodmont
NW 80 Avenue/NE 70 Street – NW corner

Woodmont at Tamarac
Pine Island Road/NW 81 Street – SE corner

Westwood 5 at Tamarac
Southgate Blvd/NW 93 Avenue – SW corner

Arbor Keys at Tamarac
Commercial Blvd/NW 47 Terrace – NW corner

Colony West Estates at Tamarac
Pine Island Road/NW 67 Court – SW corner

Phase Two will begin in the spring/summer of 2017 and will include 16 entry signs for communities that were interested in replacing their current signage. Phase Three which will begin in the summer of 2017 will include 12 parks. Phase Four begins in 2018 and includes 30 directional signs and 24 neighborhood signs of those that are on the waiting list.

Said Cernech. “There are other communities that are on a waiting list, and there are other communities that will want to be on the waiting list. The goal is to go get all these signs put up as we go forward.”

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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  • Hillary

    A new sign…. umm what are they going to do about code violations? lets spotlight this and not that.. Oh Great, we have report a concern; however, you use it, to no response from code nor BSO… poor leadership!!!

  • David Corito

    That’s a lot of money for signs that won’t be noticed. How about reversing the overnight street parking. The way cars are park its like driving on an optical course. Oh yes instead of spending over one million dollars on signs why not use that money to beautify Tamarac. Mcnab road from Pine Island is a horor. Yes I know like Trump you’re building a wall. Like my visiting friend said to me. Tamarac is not a pretty city.

  • Tony Figueroa

    The Math does not add up. If the signs are going to cost $1,779,078 and the budgeted amounts now stand at $1,467,560 then the difference still needed would be $309,518. Why are they looking for an additional appropriation of $941,518? Are the City of Tamarac official expecting additional costs, cost overruns or is this another example of the non traditional math so commonly seen in government? Our Tax Dollars at Work.