CITY SHORT CHANGED? Who’s running this show?

When we ran our  story “White Elephant” last week, we didn’t realize to what extent the problems with the City Centre really was. In fact, the entire article was based upon a few phone calls, the city budget report. In a nut shell: It’s worse than we thought. To correct the article, we are really not losing $600,000 per year , but $630,000, and it looks like it is getting worse. The information was found after we reviewed the city contract with the management company that runs the City Centre, PFM, as well as the financial statement for 1999.  According…

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CORAL SPRINGS CITY CENTRE: OUR WHITE ELEPHANT

“There is no business like show business!” When the  Coral Springs City Centre  was first built, everyone described it as a landmark for Coral Springs,  as it was one of those things that people thought would put us on the map. A few years later, a major renovation had to take place because, this mecca for entertainment had bad acoustics, poor seating and a basketball court where games were played during performances.  It also was running at a deficit.  So the city commissioners spent our money and fixed the sound, added more seats, built a basketball court (in progress) and…

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HAZARDOUS ASBESTOS FOUND: PORTABLE CLASSROOM CLOSED AT TARAVELLA HIGH SCHOOL

Same portable classrooms used throughout county A portable classroom was closed to students last week after it was found to contain the hazardous material asbestos.  It is unclear whether the asbestos is in the walls or the floors, but something prompted school officials to close the classroom. They  sealed the trailer,  closed the bottom with plastic and installed a hazardous material exhaust system. The signs were seen from the parking lot and were  clearly posted stating : DANGER Asbestos: Cancer and Lung Disease! . On Monday, June 12,2000,  coincidentally one day after our article came out, Broward County had removed the signs, equipment…

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Commissioners delay decision on Gas Station

Direction of Ground water a concern Coral Springs currently has 29 gas stations in its boundaries and it is quite unclear as to why at the city commission meeting of June 6, the city commission has objected to one more. Hess Oil Company representatives asked for approval regarding a combination convenience store and gas station to be located at the corner of Turtle Creek Drive and State Road 7, the easterly boundary of Coral Springs. This area has high volume of traffic which has increased steadily. This is due to more development in the area and the opening of the…

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