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Reflections In The Acres Designed To Benefit Plantation Neighborhood

A property that a South American Drug Cartel intended to use it as a compound for their top lieutenants that was seized by the Federal Government is at the center of a new development fight in Plantation Acres, and their plan to launder money into the United States is still causing headaches for our city today.
You may have seen the billboards, yard signs and mailers about a new single-family home project in Plantation Acres peddled by a group known as “Reflections in Plantation Acres.” One group which has named itself “Save Our Acres” is opposing the proposed development. Obviously, city leaders and most residents want to be smart about any new development that comes into our community. Plantation must focus on the realities of today while keeping an eye on the Plantation our children will inherit.
So, the city and our elected officials find themselves having to sort out another misinformation campaign. Let’s be clear what all the Hubbub is about.


REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA

First, we are talking about one of the most interesting parcels in all of Plantation, a unique parcel off NW 4th Street, behind the multifamily developments and churches near the corner of Broward Blvd. and Old Hiatus Road. This property has remained undeveloped and consolidated for over 40 years for various reasons.
Prior to this, the property was owned by the South American Drug Cartel and Terrorist group known as the FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, who intended to use it to launder money and as a compound for their top lieutenants. The property was seized by the Federal Government and given as compensation to the victims of torture by the cartel. The plan platted by the cartel is not a real plan that would benefit our community.
TDON, owned by 17-year Plantation Acres resident and President of the Vintage Creek HOA Rob Stiegele, purchased the property from the victims of the Cartel.


Will this “Change the Acres Way of Life?”


Many have confused this property for the old school board property that borders Hawks Landing, but that is not this development. The property is presently surrounded by the highest intensity zoning allowed within Plantation Acres including Community Facilities (two churches, one synagogue and one preschool); and PRD-10Q (two condominium developments and one single family development).
Some out there say that this development will “change their way of life,” because Reflections is not a “rural” development and will allow more than one home per acre.
But contrary to Save Our Acres social media campaign, Plantation Acres is not all 1 home per acre. In fact, any resident looking at a map can see two multi-family condo developments directly adjacent to this property. There are also 1/3 acre lots in the North and South Acres, as well as several various types of properties and developments. This is the perfect area for transitional zoning of 2.9 units per acre, which is far from the highest density in Plantation Acres.
Still, some residents have the impression that Reflections in the Acres would be a high-density development including multifamily dwellings, but this is not the case.

Quality of Life Issues


The plan for Reflections in the Acres incorporates a new lake and the widening of an existing drainage canal, as well as expanded buffering over the current minimum code. There is no question that we need additional drainage and flood protection facilities in Plantation Acres. While the Reflections in the Acres project won’t solve all the drainage issues within the Acres, the interior water features and new drainage structures on the 4th Street and neighboring church to the south will provide significantly improved drainage within the area.
Reflections in the Acres will not allow additional septic systems for each of the new, proposed homes. The developer will run a new sewer main from Broward Blvd. into Reflections so these homes will be on the city’s sanitary sewer system.
It is also apparent to me that the traffic impacts of this project will be much less than what has been alleged on social media, and really of no significant concern to anybody who was here before “New” Hiatus was built.
The best choice for Plantation’s future?
We need to embrace a forward-thinking vision for our community that matches our city’s priorities in the future land use plan, while managing growth in a way that improves life for us all. Luckily there is a new group of residents who share this vision to keep our city vibrant called the Friends of Plantation Acres. All Plantation residents with a view toward smart growth that works toward solving community problems instead of putting it on the backs of all the current homeowners can join this group at http://www.friendsofplantationacres.com
It is this vision that will maintain the character of our existing neighborhoods while providing benefits to all residents.

Stay tuned for more….

***This is a sponsored post prepared by our staff writers with the assistance of our valued partners.***

Getting Political in Plantation

Denise Horland & Pete Tingom

The election was over months ago, but Pete Tingom’s puppeteers must not have let him in on the news … because he’s still out campaigning!

Every month, elected officials, candidates and insiders gather at Hispanic Vote to hear speeches from candidates and network for local elections. Hispanic Vote endorsed Tingom in the 2018 mayoral race. It appears Denise Horland had the bright idea to bring Tingom to network at the notoriously political group on Wednesday March 27 in Davie, and unofficially launch his 2020 campaign.

“Nobody goes to Hispanic Vote unless they’re running for office,” according to one longtime political insider.

Not surprising, since Horland been carrying water of old guard since she was elected. Isit her and her husband’s bright idea is to position themselves at the representative of the small group of residents who support rolling back the clock to the days when our decisions were based on who you know, not good ideas?

Tingom, who looks like he is joining the ranks of Plantations perennial candidates (Looking at you Rico), was former Mayor Dianne Veltri Bendecovic’s handpicked-successor that voters overwhelmingly rejected just a few months ago when Plantation voters elected the highly-qualified Mayor Lynn Stoner.

Stoner is only a few months into her term, but already kept some key promises to voters to end the no-bid taxpayer handouts, have a fair and open bid for city attorney, lower the crime rate, and reverse the decline from years of inaction by the previous administration.

Mayor Stoner’s fattening list of accomplishments is a growing threat to the group of insiders (Tingom, the Horlands and their chamber allies) who want to bring back the days when they could steer millions in tax dollars to favored vendors by overpaying for no-bid contracts that were handed to a small group of insiders.

Two City Hall insiders say Diane still bitter over defeat of her slate. Insiders claim she’s feeding talking points to allies. Is she stirring up angry residents in town to try to disrupt meetings? From sitting in Council meetings, some residents think Councilmember Horland is getting her orders on the dais via text message.

Their plan is simple: 1) cause chaos and disruption in Council to stop the progress we have made since the election and 2) immediately begin the 2020 elections to ramp back up the political division in the Fall 2018.

Never was Horlands’ agenda as obnoxiously evident as it was Wednesday night. Horland was the only NO vote on a hugely supported project needed to revitalize a blighted corner of the city. Instead of voting in the interests of the city, the many residents who testified for the project, and it’s neighbors that elected her, Horland instead chose to attempt to send a message to a developer that refused to support Tingom during the last campaign.

Using your elected office for political gain and to punish campaign opposition is a shameful and unethical practice that should be exposed. Voters rejected Pete and these good ol boy games, but he appears he’s already running again!

The perpetual political campaign with a goal to cause disruption and regain power is bad for our residents and our neighborhoods. Shame on Pete, Dianne, and the Horlands…

Plantation deserves better.
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Protest Filed In Broward County Deal For New Public Safety Dispatch System

Last month, the Sun-Sentinel reported that a new Broward County 911 dispatch system is planned to launch during 2017. Broward’s radio system is expected to be replaced in 2018. Despite budget pressures, operational issues and important political and public policy questions, Broward County staff hastily recommended the purchase of a more expensive radio system from the incumbent vendor, Motorola. With a history of problems with the current system, provided by Motorola,some believe Broward County and local cities planning to use the new Motorola radio system would be wise to slow down the process in order to ask critical questions about this important decision.

According to sources, Broward County staff rushed through the procurement process with a series of check-box forms that did not probe or assess the claims made by the two bidders on the project. Some of these claims, especially on Motorola’s side, were met with documentation “promising” to perform as required. When the time came to award the bid and the points were tabulated, the incumbent vendor’s proposal squeezed by 2% ahead (609 v. 594 points), even though Harris Corporation, a multi-billion communications vendor from neighboring Brevard County, can provide the required radio system at a 20% cost savings to taxpayers.

According to published reports, the Motorola dispatch system has had numerous, well-documented problems. The Sun-Sentinel reported, “past system complaints have included cell phone callers who were transferred between centers, unanswered calls due to technology issues and first responders sent to incorrect addresses.”

Why is Broward County set to reward a company that has a problematic service history and has significantly scaled back their presence in our community? Is Broward County willing to spend $4 million more for the new radio system when there is a much better offer on the table?

A bid protest filed by Harris with Broward County alleges serious problems with the bidding may offer some clues. The protest claims Motorola failed to provide material information to Broward County staff. Harris claims Motorola was allowed to change its proposal after the submission deadline and waive or negotiate 33 changes they proposed to the Broward County’s required contract form.

Did Motorola do this after seeing Harris proposed no changes to the contract form?

Bottom Line: The County and its municipalities should slow down and discuss this critical public safety issue before rushing into a purchase decision and spending an extra $4 million of the taxpayers’ money.

 

***Editor’s Note—-This Post was sponsored by Chelsey Road Consulting.***