Tamarac’s Watchdog: What’s new with Patti Lynn

Lynn stands in front of the former Sabal Palm Golf Course in Tamarac Florida


Tamarac resident Patti Lynn although not as visible as she was a few years ago is still committed as ever to making Tamarac a better place to live.

Despite two unsuccessful bids for city commissioner, as well as being passed over by the Mayor and Commissioners to replace Patti Atkins-Grad after her arrest in 2010, Lynn still loves her city but believes things can be better.

Originally from New Jersey and living in Broward County since 1963, Patti Lynn has been a resident of the Mainlands’ Section Eight for 11 years. Formerly on the Tamarac Police Pension Board, she was let go of her volunteer position after she lost her first bid for the commissioner position.  After she lost the election, someone else was selected to replace her who was hand-picked by Atkins-Grad.

City Staff

I sat down for coffee with Patti Lynn and spoke to her about the things she likes about Tamarac and some of the things that she would change.  One of the things she likes is the city staff:

“99.9% of the city staff in city hall is very involved in serving their community. When someone comes in and has a question no matter where they go, they are very helpful.  I don’t know an instance where someone has been turned away. They will always find the answer for them.”


Lynn feels one of the biggest problem the City of Tamarac has is communicating with its residents.

Patti Lynn has has lived in the Mainlands Eight for 11 years

“The Tamagram comes out very rarely and it is slanted towards what the city has done and accomplished.  There is no means of letting the residents know what’s happening on a daily basis, unless they have internet access. I would say 70% of our residents don’t have internet access.  They don’t want it and don’t know anything about it so they’re not as informed unless we tell them in our newsletter and I can’t possibly tell them everything the city is doing and where they can get assistance.”

Lynn believes that the Tamarac Parks and Recreation department does a great job in communicating with the residents.

“They put out their newsletter every month with information for the seniors, and social services for low income seniors.  I pick up 350 every month for our Mainlands residents and we put them in our newsletters and hand deliver them to their homes.”

Televising City Commission Meetings

Lynn attends many of the city commission meetings and follows them closely.  She says she has been asking the city to televise or “stream” the commission meetings but they tell her that it’s too expensive.

“The City of Oakland Park have been broadcasting their meetings for 18 years” she said. “Residents should see what is going on at commission meetings.  They get anything that they want passed because the general public has no idea what is going on.”

Lynn says that televising the meetings will allow those that cannot drive to the commission meetings to be able to watch them from their homes.

The East vs West

Lynn discussed how she felt that Tamarac is not spending nearly the same amount of city funds on its east side as it is on the west.

“I don’t see a large amount of city funds spent east of University Drive. We had a park on NW 61st and University that’s been in development for maybe for 5 years.  For a while the city used that park as storage for the projects they were doing on Pine Island Road. They were dumping the trash, the concrete and parking equipment there right in the middle of a residential area because it was a good place to put it.

Now they’ve gotten that out, but it’s still fenced off and they haven’t done item one to develop it as a park and they’re talking about items at the Sports Complex and the Monterey Park. The Monterey Park doesn’t need to be developed until they finish the ones they have.  There are no parks here for people in this area.  None.  You have Caporella park at Prospect Road, and that serves a big area.  There is nothing that serves 441 to University Drive for the people here.”

Public Works and Security

Two years ago the City of Tamarac stopped mowing the swales behind her neighbor’s properties on the NW 57th Street areas.  This was an area that is owned by the city that they previously maintained.

“The city has put a burden on the Mainlands Eight Homeowners Association. It’s costing my association an extra $3,000 a year to get those mowed.  That’s a burden.   Now our residents are being cited for the trees that they didn’t even plant along the street.  Trees that either the city or the county planted.  Now they are responsible for cutting them down.

We would also want a fence there, a beautification fence to keep people from running through there, committing their little crimes and running out.  They need to do something to make the older people feel more secure.”

Besides a privacy wall for security, Lynn suggests that her area needs more BSO presence as well.

2014 Commission Seat

I asked Lynn if she will run again in 2014.

“As long as the District 2 commissioner is doing a good job there would be no reason to run against someone doing a good job. If someone isn’t doing a good job and a change is needed, then you run.”

Luckily, the residents of the Mainlands Eight have someone as involved as Lynn looking out for their interests.  It’s unfortunate the city hasn’t found a place where her input is valued.

About Sharon Aron Baron

avatar 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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  • We appreciate Patti Lynn being involved and being a voice for many of us that live and work in Tamarac. I would vote for her again!

    In the mean time, what would be the cost for the televised meetings? Let’s take a look and see how we can make it happen.

    A well informed community is better for all of us so we can grow and flourish in this beautiful community.

    Resident Since 1999
    HL Craig

  • woody72

    Patti can try to keep them honest but she knows that televising the meetings won’t stop sneaky public servants from working out all the details in secret before it becomes public. For example, several months before the first public meeting on the new changes to the Sabal Palm project, the director of development for Tamarac was cutting deals in private with the new owners. You may recall the last director admitted taking over $2,000 in cash in those same kind of meetings with the Chaits.

    If Tamarac truly wants to move on from their illegal actions of the past. They need to first repay all their victims for their lost property value. ( Approximately 3.8 million dollars for Mainland # 7 alone.) Then and only then will they be free to finish this project without protesters in front of their sales center.

  • Tamaracgirl

    Televised meetings won’t work, that’s a waste of taxpayers money. I’s a shame that Mainland residents won’t or can’t embrace the technology that the whole world has embraced in order to keep informed. Perhaps the HOA BOD can print the City’s meeting agenda and organize a car pool to get interested residents to City hall to attend. Most of us are linked to the internet so why should we pay for those who “don’t want it”? The City makes the information available, the onus is on the resident to find a way to access the information. Why should we have to spoon feed people who refuse to help themselves? What would miss Lynn have the city do to improve it’s communication skills? Complaining about a failure without offering a solution is unfair and unprofessional.

    Saying the person who was chosen to succeed Atkins-Grad was hand picked by ex-commissioner is insulting and slanderous. I was at all of those interviews and she was the most qualified person for the job and has proven herself to be levelheaded, fair and knowledgable. I also was there for Ms. Lynn’s interview and she did not impress me. Mind you, I had never heard of her before I got involved in our City government so I didn’t know any of her backstory. Still wasn’t impressed. Sounds like sour grapes to me!

    This appears to me to be a biased forum and not representative of the entire City. Just look at the featured links. We are not all represented here, so I think I will just unsubscribe myself. Have at it.

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