Thomas Monnay

Monnay2010Recently I had the extreme good fortune of receiving a phone call from the former writer with the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. It turns out that Thomas still lives in the area and works for a large national insurance company. We met for lunch and reminisced about days now past in the Town of Davie.

Marco Rubio Meets with Citizens in Davie

Marco Rubio, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives was in Davie yesterday, speaking to a group of concerned citizens. I have heard a lot of public speakers. He is one of the the best. He is also definitely a conservative. No doubt about that. He points out that our country is not “spending” money on the various Federal “stimulus” packages–rather we are BORROWING money. Incurring so much federal debt will be a huge problem in years to come. He made an important point that for the first time in the history of America, we are on the verge of giving our children a country in worse shape than when we got it.

Town of Davie’s Online Resources for Foreclosure

Davie Town Hall
Davie Town Hall
The Town of Davie recently issued a press release about it’s online resources relating to foreclosure. The information appears general in nature, and many people facing foreclosure would find it helpful. My personal suggestion would be to read the material–but don’t use it as a substitute for consulting with a competent attorney. Foreclosures, evictions, bankruptcies, and related areas of the law are complex, and have many opportunities for the layman or do-it-yourselfer to do more damage than good. The text of Davie’s press release follows.

Davie Foreclosure Assistance Website
Davie, Florida, June 5, 2009: The Housing and Community Development Department has launched a Foreclosure Prevention webpage and resource guide in an effort to assist Davie residents understand the current national epidemic and to provide access to helpful resources to prevent and combat foreclosures in our Town.

“This is a great resource for our community. It provides meaningful information that assists residents in their efforts during these difficult times,” stated Town Administrator Gary Shimun.

Residents can access the webpages at:
Foreclosure Prevention Page
http://www.davie-fl.gov/Pages/DavieFL_HousingCDv/ForeclosurePrevention

Foreclosure Resource Guide
http://www.davie-fl.gov/Pages/DavieFL_HousingCDv/ForeclosureResourceGuide.pdf

For more information, call 954-797-1173.

Cooper City Founder’s Day Parade on Saturday, April 25, 2009

cooper_city_logoCooper City’s Founders Day Parade is on Saturday April 25th. It starts at the Cooper City Community Center.  The parade starts at 10:00.

Cooper City celebrates a very special 50th Anniversary this year with lots of fun-filled activities, promising fun for the entire family! The Founder’s Day parade is just the beginning of a long list of festive events including Fireworks, Parties, Movie Night, the Golf Classic, Family Bike Ride and the “Growing Gold” Community Volunteer Day.

Town of Davie Landlord-Tenant Training Seminar

The Town of Davie Police Department is hosting a Landlord-Tenant Training Seminar free to the general public on Thursday, April 23, 2009, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davie Police Department located at 1230 South Nob Hill Road.

Registration by April 20 is required to attend the seminar. Please contact Davie Police Training Coordinator Patti Dobson at 954-693-8265 for more information and to register.
Please click on Landlord-Tenant Training Seminar flier for more details.

TOPICS:

  • Florida Landlord-Tenant Laws
  • How to legally screen tenant applications
  • Lease Agreements
  • Responsibility of Landlords
  • How to Avoid Evictions
  • Civil & Criminal Background Checks
  • Code Compliance
  • Florida Sexual Offender Information

Davie Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

davielogonHere are a few items of Interest on Davie’s April 15, 2009 Town Council Agenda.  My comments are in red:

8.1 Community Chest.  Establishing  a “Community Chest” is the first step in eliminating local grants for Davie charities.  Some current Town Council Members have in the past stated that Davie should not be in the business of providing money to charities.  A frequent sub-theme was that it is somehow illegal or immoral for government to assist faith based ministries in doing charitable work.  Faith based ministries do much of the heavy lifting in assisting the poor and elderly in our community.  Eliminating community funding for them would be a tremendous blow to the less fortunate residents of Davie.  During the past 10 years, in which I was involved with the Davie Town Council, local grants were funded from non-taxpayer sources.  The funds were always given to charities which served truly needy residents.  This idea to create a community chest was dropped a couple of years ago because of the realization that it would not save any taxpayer money UNLESS FUNDS TO CHARITIES ARE CUT.  Local government ends up funding a “community chest.” The people in charge of the community chest are not accountable to the voters.
4.7 National Day of Prayer (May 7, 2009).  Requested by Davie’s National Day of Prayer Committee.
4.9 MISSION STATEMENT – A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING LANGUAGE FOR THE TOWN OF DAVIE’S VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT WHICH REPRESENTS THE TOWN’S PURPOSE, CORE VALUES, AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  (tabled from April 1, 2009). The bad news is that the new Mission Statement deletes reference to Davie being “family-oriented.”  The new Mission Statement is also longer and more difficult to understand.  I hope we didn’t pay by the word.
CURRENT MISSION STATEMENT:
Davie, a family-oriented and diverse community that retains its hometown feeling, offers customer friendly services to its residents and is a unique jewel in central Broward County, that treasures its environment, rural and equestrian lifestyle, while attracting, encouraging and retaining viable economic and educational opportunities.

REVISED MISSION STATEMENT:
The Town of Davie strives to be the preeminent community in South Florida to live, work, learn, and play while treasuring our preserved natural settings.
PURPOSE STATEMENT:
To provide leadership and excellent, customer-driven services to our diverse community with integrity and respect.
VALUES:
1. Customer Driven
2. Respect
3. Integrity
4. Excellence
5. Leadership
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES:
1. Commitment to Customer Satisfaction
2. Dedication to Excellence in Service Delivery
3. Respecting and Promoting Diverse and Sustainable Community and Neighborhood Values with
consideration of our historic roots
4. Creating an Environment that is Conducive to Innovation, Creativity, and Collaboration
5. Nurturing the health, safety, and welfare of the community


Annual Waterway Cleanup Set for April 18th

EVENT: 13TH Annual Waterway Clean-Up
DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2009
TIME: 8:00am – 11:30am
PLACE: Davie Town Hall (6591 Orange Dr, Davie)
CONTACT: Bonnie Stafiej
PHONE: (954) 797-1166

The Town of Davie and the Central Broward Water Control District welcome you to participate in the 13th Annual WATERWAY CLEAN-UP, a public awareness campaign to keep our waterways clean. This event will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. along the C-11 Canal, between State Road 7 and Flamingo Road in Davie.

What started as a group of volunteers gathering on a Saturday every year has grown into a major event involving hundreds of volunteers. Last year’s WATERWAY CLEAN-UP campaign pulled 2 tons of trash from our waterways.

We are looking for groups, families, or individual residents to help clean and pickup trash from the canal banks. We are also looking for residents with small boats to clean the canal waters. Whether you are a nonprofit group or a local family, own a boat or not, you can play a role in helping us clean Davie’s waterway.

In return for your efforts, you will receive a free Waterway Hat and a ticket for admittance to the festive party called “TRASH SPLASH.”

This year’s “TRASH SPLASH” will be held at Pine Island Park Pool, located at 3800 SW 92 Avenue, Davie. There will be free hot dogs and other refreshments. There will be a GREAT D.J. spinning tunes all afternoon. The party will start at 11:30 a.m. on the same Saturday. Everyone who cleans is invited to attend!

To participate, you must pre-register by contacting Bonnie Stafiej, Town of Davie, Special Projects Director, at (954) 797-1163 no later than April 15, 2009, or click here for an application.

For information, call our hot line at 954-797-1166.

Parts of Orange Drive to be Closed for Five Weeks

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) contractor will be closing Orange Drive at the 14500 block west of Boyscout Road. FDOT’s contractor will be making connection with the new bridge and Orange Drive. The closure is scheduled for Monday, April, 20th 2009 and will remain closed for five (5) weeks. The detour route will utilize Griffin Road, Westin Road and SW 36th Street.

29th Annual Spring Festival and Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 11, 2009

EVENT: 29th Annual Spring Festival and Egg Hunt
DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2009
LOCATION: Robbin’s Lodge, 4005 Hiatus Road (West I-595 exit Hiatus Rd. then south 2 miles)
TIME: 9:00am to Noon
CONTACT: Bonnie Stafiej, Special Projects Director, (954) 797-1163
TOWN OF DAVIE’S 29th ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL AND EGG HUNT

The Town of Davie will hold its 29th Annual Spring Egg Hunt and Family Festival on Saturday, April 11, 2009
at Robbins Lodge, which is located at 4005 Hiatus Road, Davie. The event activities will start at 9:00am and will continue until Noon. The egg hunt will begin at 10:05am and will end shortly thereafter. Free activities will include: an animal farm, family hayride, bounce houses, climbing wall and exotic animals. Activities at a small cost will include: face paining, sand art and pictures with Peter Cottontail.

FREE children’s entertainment will take place all morning!
Peter Cottontail will arrive by fire engine at 10:00am!

Hunt: Starts at 10:05 a.m. and it ends shortly thereafter
Ages Groups: 0 to 3, 4 to 5, and 6 to 8 Only
Prizes: For all special eggs found

Free candy for all kids that participate. (while supplies last).

For information, call our hot line at 954-797-1166.

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