The Down and Dirty Mess in Tamarac

Golden-Crust

Golden Krust in Tamarac has been missing their sign for over eight months. Anyone notice? No, there’s no code violation. They just took it down and never put it back up.

 

By: Sharon Aron Baron

District Two in Tamarac has had taxation without some sort of competent and consistent representation for some time and it shows.  Details that only residents who are truly invested in the community can see, are problematic and are not getting taken care of.  Sidewalks are black with mildew, shopping carts sit on corners for days, corners are magnets for advertising signs and strip malls sit empty.   We haven’t had an elected official that has been an advocate for the aesthetics in Tamarac.

Tamarac has a public art committee, but no beautification committee.  Taxpayer money isn’t used for public art; funding for it comes from our “Percent-for-Art” program in which a percentage of all money collected from building permits are used for public art programs. I propose we create a new tax using the same percentage from building permits and call it “Bucks for Beautification.”   All proceeds from this fund will be used to plant trees and flowers, pressure clean sidewalks and fund new parks.

Broward County along with Tamarac just nabbed Venezuelan corporation Unipharma to move into our city bringing roughly 100 new jobs to the area. They did this by enticing the company with a local and state  incentive package of at least $500,000 to get them to choose our city over Atlanta and Madrid, Spain.

How are these workers going to keep their money here if we don’t make this city look better?   We better act quickly and start setting the stage, unless we want to see these high paid workers punch out and drive to their homes in nearby cities like Coral Springs, Parkland or Pembroke Pines instead of Tamarac.

The Blighted Park

One of our biggest eyesores in Tamarac is what the city calls “The Park on 61st Street.”  There isn’t anything park-like about this abandoned property.  It sits near the Broward Teacher’s Union and someday the city wants to make it into a park, but that plan has been put off due to funding. The trees need trimming and homeless people enjoy sleeping in “the park” at night.   Community activist Patti Lynn has suggested that it become a community garden for the local schools, but no one on the commission has embraced this idea.

Tamarac-EmptyLot

The “Park on 61st Street” is really just an abandoned lot that attracts homeless people

A Tisket a Tasket – In Tamarac, there’s Baskets….

It’s impossible to catch the people that steal store carts and take them off the premises, but our city can work more closely with the stores to make sure that they pick up their carts each day from our streets.   Publix carts lock up once someone tries to take them off their property. Why can’t Target, Aldi, Walgreens, Winn-Dixie and CVS do the same thing?  If someone doesn’t have a car to transport their groceries, they should buy a personal cart.  They even sell them at Publix.

Target-carts

Everyday there are carts from stores abandoned in various parts of Tamarac making it look blighted.

Grocerycarts

Carts from Aldi and CVC lined up on Lagos de Campos in Tamarac. This is a regular occurrence on this street.

50 Shades of Gray

If there’s one investment Tamarac should look into next week while addressing their budget is investing in a pressure cleaning machine for the city. Coral Springs purchased two of them and Commissioner Larry Vignola told me it was an excellent investment as the machines clean up not only the streets and the medians, but the exterior of public buildings and playground equipment.   Take a drive on University and see how clean their sidewalks are.   They look brand new while Tamarac’s look not only filthy, but neglected.

Blacksidewalks

Tamarac-Street-mildew

Just pray that it doesn’t rain while waiting for the bus

Tamarac only has several covered bus stops.  There are many old bus benches around but that isn’t going to help anyone on rainy days.  Weston and Coral Springs managed to install their own bus stops and we should find a way to do the same.

Currently, many residents that are using Broward County Transit are waiting next to a pole with nowhere to sit and unprotected from the frequent rain storms. Makeshift boxes or shopping carts are used for seating. Lack of light during early mornings and after dusk leaves residents standing in the dark. Since there are no garbage cans nearby, many leave trash on the ground, forcing property owners to clean up the mess.

Busstop-Tamarac

Residents typically have to sit or stand in the rain at our bus stops in Tamarac.

At the August 2012 City Commission meeting, City Manager Michael Cernech announced that the city received $401,400 from a federal bus shelter grant that they had applied for.  Currently, I’m waiting for an update from the Interim Director of Community Development to see what the status on these are today.  Hopefully, we will see safer, as well as aesthetically pleasing shelters going up around our city soon.

Public transportation should a comfortable, convenient and safe option. Having safe shelters while using Broward County Transit will not only encourage more ridership, it will also enhance the aesthetics of the city.

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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  • ValerieP0472

    Isn’t this the livable city or the playgound city? Let’s spruce this place up quickly because the real estate market is going up. We don’t want to get left behind while families buy homes in other cities.

  • Mrdes

    Another example of waste here is this new bike lane project on 70th Ave. A few years ago they changed a 4 lane road into a 2 lane road to try and abate traffic. This led to people parking on the main street at all hours of the day and night. Now they are putting in the bike lane. This should have been done when they ripped up the road. Respending money to put in pavement. I hope there will be a police presence to enforce the new bike lanes. There is none right now!!! I see parking in these bike lanes in the future!!

    • Michael

      Once again a fine job Sharon exposing the problems that face Tamarac, but with logical solutions, can be resolved. Where are these bus shelters we heard about being built so long ago? The city manager is at fault, besides he doesn’t even live in Tamarac. There should be a requirement that they must be Tamarac residents in order to work for the city. Our city is already behind, this just solidifies that even more…enough of these bike lanes and address the situations mentioned above….

      • Regarding the bus shelters, I will have an update on the progress of those. The city did receive a grant and the first phase will go up (which has about 17 locations) very soon. However, those stops that had highest ridership will get the shelters first.

  • steve

    Sharon, you hit the nail on the head. We’ve had no representation and even when we did it didn’t help. The Mayor and City Manager should have made it a priority to make sure District 2 was taken care of. I’ve called and emailed Mr. Woods in code enforcement and gotten no response at all. He’s a worthless employee that gives nothing but excuses.

    Had the city focused more on the existing neighborhoods instead of purchasing a golf course or gas station, their would have been plenty of money to make sure Tamarac looks nice. The amount of homes with black moldy roofs is incredible, much less those with blue tarps that have been on homes for 2 years.
    I agree with abolishing the art committee and making it a beautification committee that has the power to do projects which will benefit our city.

    The problem is that no one at city hall whether they are elected or employed there, seems to care. When presented with a problem the words “can’t do it” or “don’t have money” comes out of their mouths immediately. We need some Mavericks elected to break through the political crap and lead this city like those in Lauderhill and Coral Springs lead theirs. Someone that will make the city manager accountable for improving our aesthetics.

  • commenter8

    Those locking shopping carts at Publix aren’t very good. They lock up a very short distance from the store entrance. Within the range of the cart there are often no parking spaces available. Outside the range of the cart you can find parking spaces but now the cart locks up before you get there. It’s enough to make me visit Winn-Dixie instead.