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  • State of the City

    Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

  • The City of Coral Springs continues to set itself apart as a vital, viable place to live, work and raise a family.

    Entering our 50th Anniversary year, Coral Springs has successfully managed growth by staying focused on whats most important

    to the community, and preparing our foundation for an even stronger future.

    Honoring the promise of our founders, we have dedicated resources toward improving financial security, encouraging educational expansion,

    and enhancing community assets that remain among the best in the nation. This was a year the City re-thought, refurbished and reinvigorated itself.

    Coral Springs is proud to celebrate 50 years of excellence.

  • 2Fiscal Year 2012, the City of Coral Springs dared to dream. Its something we do well; in fact, its an integral part of our community DNA. To grow from a bean field to one of the largest cities in Broward County took incredible vision and commitment. And were not done yet.

    As the Citys 2012 report card, this annual report highlights just some of the accomplishments made through the joint efforts of the City Commission, City staff, and local residents and businesses. By themselves, these accomplishments show progress on our priorities, and hold us all accountable. Woven together, each of these efforts and programs creates the fabric of our vision. They demonstrate how the dreams of a few can become the reality of a community.

    As Coral Springs approaches its 50th Anniversary, we see how this vision has us positioned well for the next 50 years. Our City enjoys fiscal stability, a growing business presence, a safe and beautiful environment we can all take pride in, and excellence in leadership and education.

    An A Year in Education Coral Springs has made huge strides in educational excellence throughout the community. Our students attend more A schools than any other city in Broward County. Recently, Coral Springs Charter School, as well as all of our high schools, received an A rating. In addition, all of our middle schools and the majority of our elementary schools also achieved an A rat-ing. For a detailed list, turn to page 17.

    Restoring our EnvironmentThis year, the City continued to make strides in enhancing our streets, parks and buildings. Nearly every major community park (and many of our smaller neighborhood parks) received a facelift with new landscaping, signage, playground equipment and facilities updates. Money magazine cited our recreational assets when it once again named Coral Springs

    among the top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

    In an effort to sharpen our appearance, we completed the Street Tree Program and trimmed hundreds of street trees and planted over 1,185 more. We cleaned 188 miles of sidewalks, curbs and medians; improved streets; and rehabilitated 43 homes. By adding mobile applications and a fleet of Code Ranger volunteers, we improved code violation reporting and code compliance.

    Our efforts as environmental stewards, including the addition of water-saving fixtures and single-stream recycling, helped land us a silver award as a Florida Green Local Government. And through our public art program, supported by growth in the City, we added new bronze sculptures to North Community and Cypress Parks.

    Revitalizing our EconomySpeaking of stewardship, our financial stability was reflected in the Citys AAA bond rating, positive year-end fund balances and a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

    We increased business tax receipts 14 percent this year a solid indication that our City provides a good environment for nurturing commercial opportunities. As for other healthy indicators, the City issued 7,500 building permits, conducted more than 25,000 building inspections, and drew in over $2 million in permit revenue.

    Our future business leaders got a boost this year from the establishment of the Broward College Coral Springs Academic Center, which enables citizens to participate in higher education without leaving the City. We also continued a student database outreach program to match employers to local graduating students and registered 11 businesses and more than 450 residents.

    New public art was installed at North Community Park.

    A Message from Your City Commission and City Manager

  • John J.Hearn

    Dan Daley


    Vincent M.Boccard


    Tom Powers


    City Attorney Commissioner Commissioner Mayor Commissioner Vice Mayor City Manager

    3To read about the Citys Business Plan initiatives, visit

    Reinvigorating our CommunityThis year, we kept our eyes open wide and saw a 60 percent decrease in car accidents at key intersections with the Red Light Camera program, and a 29 percent increase in burglary arrests with the Burglary Enforcement & Reduction (BEAR) Task Force. Public safety extended to improved reporting of street light outages, the creation of the Nuisance Abatement Board, and the successful Make A Call, Make a Difference, program. One of our neighborhoods, Shadow Wood, even received a third-place award from Neighborhoods USA for its execution of the Crime Watch program.

    We opened Fire Station 71 four weeks ahead of schedule and were recognized by the state as Fire Academy of the Year for the second time for our efforts to train firefighters locally, regionally and internationally.

    As a community, we had plenty of fun together, with many unique and successful City-led events weve come to appreciate over the years: multi-day celebrations around MLK Day, WorldFest, CommuniTea, annual art and car shows, and

    more. We initiated a Holiday Fun Run for families as part of the Holiday Parade a happy, healthy way to kick off the season.

    A Caring CommunityAs a nation, we endured innumerable and unspeakable tragedies in 2012. We saw neighbors pull together and

    support each other in their need and grief over personal losses. That kind of outreach cant be legislated, and no City program can accomplish what must come from the heart. But a community as special as Coral Springs was 50 years in the making. We have dedicated volunteers and City staff that spend countless hours in service to our community. Our businesses have made this their

    home as much as their vocation.

    We look forward to capturing the essence of this spirit in our new branding initiative, which is designed to tell the world about who we are, and invite new visitors, residents and businesses to share in everything that is good about our community.

    The City of Coral Springs

    Fire Station 71 opened in August 2012 and features three bays with

    state-of-the-art bi-fold doors.

  • 450th Anniversary PlanningTo prepare for the Citys half-century celebration

    the City designed a special logo, launched the interactive website, and developed a multi-tiered

    sponsorship package to engage the community. A volunteer 50th Anniversary committee selected

    by the City Commission has helped plan a host a year-long festivities celebrating the July 10, 2013 anniversary date.

    Closed Captioning City TVCity TV -- one of more than 27 communications vehicles

    used to inform, educate and interact with citizens had largely been inaccessible to hearing-impaired residents.

    That changed in June, when the City Commission broadcast included new closed captioning technology.

    Additional programming will feature this service to better connect the City and the public it serves.

    Web-based Crime ReportingWhen a crime happens in Coral Springs, residents

    can now file a report immediately without tying up vital 911 resources. The Online Police Reporting System, accessible

    from the Citys website, accepts reports of vandalism, harassing phone calls, identity theft, Petit Theft (under $300), lost or damaged property and other non-emergency crimes.

    Citizens receive a case number just as if a report had been filed by a police officer and can print a free copy for their records.

    City Hall Security ImprovementsAn Urban Areas Security Initiative grant from Homeland Security has enabled better protection for the City Hall complex. A Police

    Department study identified shortcomings in the 1966-era building that originally served as a real estate sales office. To

    enhance the safety of employees, volunteers, citizens and visitors, the City has installed secure doors and card access systems, cameras and alarms throughout City Hall North and South.

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    Sponsorship Opportunities

    The City Commission meetings now offer closed captioning technology.

    Other Accomplishments22 residents graduated from the annual Government Academy,

    where they learned about City services in a series of monthly interactive sessions.

    Customer-Involved Government

  • City Marketing PlanThe City launched a marketing effort with branding agency North Star. Following a community survey,

    the agency presented findings from the 571 responses to staff and the City Commission, and is working

    with a Creative Committee of staff and volunteers to develop a concept and master marketing plan drawn from citizens insights. Why brand a city?

    The benefits of creating a distinctive, recognizable image are far-reaching, affecting the economic

    stability of the community. An effective, integrated brand that resonates with stakeholders

    can attract and retain residents and businesses, contribute to a stronger economic base

    with higher property values, and draw visitors.

    Code Enforcement RangersWhether slipping on door hangers, sending out

    delinquent Business Tax notifications or working on the street tree or street light programs, the Citys 15 volunteer

    Code Rangers are a busy bunch. Cruising the City in converted former police vehicles, they supported code officers by conducting 6,398 code inspections in 2012,

    achieving about 53 percent voluntary compliance.

    Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualOverall quality rating for City services and programs (Resident Survey) 92% 95%*Overall quality rating for City services by business owners (Business Survey) 92% 95%Number of citizen volunteer hours donated to the City of Coral Springs 42,000 38,943Overall rating of the City in terms of communicating with residents (Resident Survey) 88% 93%*Overall rating of the City in terms of communicating with businesses (Business Survey) 88% 81%Customer service rating by residents (Resident Survey) 90% 94%*Customer service rating by businesses (Business Survey) 90% 97%*Residential Survey was conducted in FY2011 and will be conducted again in FY2013.


  • Business DevelopmentThe Citys economic recovery hinges on maintaining a solid commercial and industrial tax base. In partnership with the

    Economic Development Foundation (EDF), the City is increasing visibility of business vacancies through a new database using CoStar and foreclosure websites. Presently, 13 businesses that

    are part of the Preferred Client Program are receiving assistance, which includes pre-conceptual meetings, pre-submittal

    meetings and pre-construction meetings, all of which save the customer time in both the planning and zoning and building

    departments. In 2012, 75 other businesses were assisted with financial advice, workforce development assistance, city processes, business planning and retention and expansion.

    City Hall in the MallLocated in Coral Square Mall, City Hall in the Mall

    is a one-stop shop for Coral Springs residents. The satellite office offers passport services, registering an alarm system, applying for a fence and wall permits

    and other convenient services. As a result, City Hall in the Mall brings in half a million in revenues annually.

    Commercial Faade ProgramWith the help of Community Development Block Grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City re-established its commercial faade program to help small businesses, particularly along Sample and Wiles Roads, make structural and/or aesthetic changes to their storefronts.

    The City has worked with three applicants for this program and architects began designing

    for enhanced faades, lighting and signage.


    Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualMaintain AAA Bond Ratings: Moody Aaa, Fitch AAA, S&P AAA AAA AAAResidents value rating for city taxes and fees (Resident Survey) 72% 72%*Non-residential value as percent of total taxable value 20% 27.4%*Residential Survey was conducted in FY2011 and will be conducted again in FY2013.

  • Financial StabilityThe Citys finances were reviewed by the three

    major rating agencies and through their suggestions, we were able to maintain our AAA ratings.

    The agencies praised us for our overall low debt levels, sound financial operations and for our conservative

    debt and financial policies. The Citys financial stability was also reflected in the Citys positive year-end fund balances and a Certificate of Achievement

    for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

    Enhanced Code Enforcement Lien Reduction

    Property owners facing liens and restrictions because of code violations had an opportunity to reduce their debts, as the City continued this initiative to stimulate residential

    improvement. This year, original fine amounts of $9.2 million on 120 properties were reduced to $587,415. Since many

    of these were foreclosures, the reductions allowed the liens to be lifted, and the houses to be sold and occupied.


    Other AccomplishmentsThe City received $3 million in grants for vital

    public safety and infrastructure projects.

    FEMA awarded the City for the purchase of health and safety equipment for the Fire Department.

    Welcoming New BusinessesBusiness tax receipts increased by 14 percent this year

    a solid indication that our City provides a good environment for nurturing commercial opportunities. In a tough economy,

    the City helped national retailers set up shop in the City Kohls, Marshalls, Sports Authority, ULTA and Aldi Supermarket.

    Pension ReformThrough pension reform, the City will save

    more than $35 million over the next 10 years.

    Best Place to LiveMoney magazine recognized

    Coral Springs as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in the nation.

    This is the second time the City has garnered this title.

    Money especially liked our amazing sports facilities

    and programs.

    The City also received two EMS matching grants from the Department of Health for the purchase of video laryngoscopes and chest compression devices.

    $475,000 in cost reductions were realized through improved procurement methods.

    Financial Health and Economic Development

  • 8Cambridge Advanced Program at Coral Springs

    Charter SchoolIn its first year, the Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies (CAPS) at Coral Springs Charter School enrolled 383 students

    from grades 7 through 9. An internationally recognized, pre-university program with a rigorous curriculum,

    CAPS affords students the opportunity to earn college credit (exam papers are sent to the University of Cambridge

    in England for marking) and a special diploma designation. The program currently focuses on language arts and science, but is expected to expand both in subject matter and scope

    to include 10th through 12th grade in future years.

    Fire Academy of the YearThe Coral Springs Fire Academy was named Fire Academy

    of the Year for the second time for our efforts to train firefighters locally, regionally and internationally. In an effort to reach

    younger students, the Coral Springs Fire Department launched a pilot program at Coral Springs High for students interested in becoming firefighters or paramedics, in hopes it will lead

    to life-saving careers. With hard work and dedication, students who complete the program should be ready to take

    the states firefighter exam by high school graduation.

    Congratulations to our ASchoolsOur students attend more A schools than any other

    city in Broward County. Coral Springs has made huge strides in educational excellence throughout

    the community. Recently, Coral Springs Charter School, as well as all of our high schools, received an A rating. In addition, all of our middle schools and the majority of our elementary schools also achieved an A rating.

    Coral Park ElementaryCoral Glades High

    Coral Springs CharterCoral Springs High

    Coral Springs MiddleCountry Hills ElementaryEagle Ridge Elementary

    Eagles Nest Elementary CharterForest Glen MiddleHunt Elementary

    Imagine Charter of BrowardJ.P. Taravella High

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas HighPark Springs Elementary

    Riverside ElementaryRamblewood MiddleRenaissance Charter

    Sawgrass Springs MiddleWestchester Elementary

    Other AccomplishmentsIn Fiscal Year 2012, the

    Coral Springs Fire Academy trained 3,200 students in 400 classes

    from 32 different fire departments.

    The City of Coral Springs congratulates the students, teachers, principals and parents of the nineteen schools who received an A rating for the 2012 school year, including all five area high schools for the first time.


    than one ?

    Nineteen of them.

    Coral Park ElementaryCoral Glades High

    Coral Springs CharterCoral Springs High

    Coral Springs Middle

    Country Hills ElementaryEagle Ridge Elementary

    Eagles Nest Elementary CharterForest Glen MiddleHunt Elementary

    Imagine Charter of BrowardJ.P. Taravella High

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas HighPark Springs Elementary

    Riverside Elementary

    Ramblewood MiddleRenaissance Charter

    Sawgrass Springs MiddleWestchester Elementary

    The nations premier community in which to live, work and raise a family. Learn more about our Community of Excellence by visiting

    Thanks also to the School Board of Broward County for fostering excellence in education.

    Excellence in Education

  • Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualNumber of students attending courses offered 3,000 1,995 by partnering institutes of higher education


    Broward College Campus in Coral Springs

    The University and College Partnership, established in 2005, realized a key goal in 2012: creating a permanent

    presence within the Citys Community Redevelopment Area. Broward College leased 19,000 square feet at the northwest corner of Sample Road and University Drive,

    and began the process of improving the property to retrofit 12 classrooms and administrative offices. Day and night classes are offered for both degree

    and non-degree programs, including courses in general education, business and information technology. This satellite campus is projected to reach at least

    5,000 students in the next five years, and is currently registering students.

    Career Outreach ProjectCome home! Thats the message the City and

    Economic Development Foundation want to send to students who leave the community to attend college.

    With a robust student database now in place, the City plans to communicate with participants about the benefits of returning to Coral Springs

    to live and work. A website for businesses to recruit potential employees was launched, and has registered nearly 500 job seekers and about a dozen companies.

    Students can create password-protected individual accounts where they can post resumes, access job

    postings and be visible to local employers.Broward College will

    service 5,000 students during the next five years at their new Coral Springs

    Academic Center.

  • Parks RevitalizationAs the Citys oldest and largest park, Mullins has served the community well over 48 years. But its expansion to meet

    growing needs has often been ad hoc, rather than designed. An initiative is underway to revitalize its appearance, with

    extensive facility and landscaping improvements. Three sports facilities have been demolished and are under construction. Renovations to fields, sand volleyball courts and pathways are completed, and an extensive landscaping and signage program is underway. In addition to sprucing up facilities,

    painting and pressure cleaning, the City initiated several major landscaping projects, renovated 11 parks and completed the

    design phase of the Royal Palm Blvd. entryway improvements. Other neighborhood and community parks saw improvements,

    including Cypress Park, Dede Gilmore and Sandy Ridge Sanctuary. Pride Promoters Park received more than $50,000 of Capital Funds to install fencing around the playground and

    newly resurfaced basketball courts, new landscaping and sidewalks to provide a safer, more user-friendly park

    for neighbors to enjoy. Lastly, 281 signs were replaced throughout our parks to improve the aesthetics.

    Mullins Park is currently being revitalized and will feature three new buildings.

    Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualPercent of Code cases brought into voluntary compliance 75% 80%Number of formal and informal neighborhood partnerships 15 15Number of volunteer hours aimed at enhancing the environment 1,500 2,196City Crime Rate (crimes per 100,000 residents, calendar year) 2,530 2,688.8Safety rating in neighborhood (Resident Survey) 92% 95%*Number of trees planted within the City 1,750 1,185*Residential Survey was conducted in FY2011 and will be conducted again in FY2013.


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    Neighborhood StabilizationThe City received Federal funding in the third round

    of this program to address the problem of abandoned and foreclosed homes in the City. Through the program,

    12 low-to-moderate income families purchased homes and five of these have been rehabilitated. Another seven are currently in the home repair process. An additional three low-income families can be assisted though this program

    helping to revitalize neighborhoods in the community.

    Fire Station 71Fire Station 71, built in 1976, is the second oldest and

    second busiest station in Coral Springs. Initially, it was intended to service volunteer firefighters and it was not built with the proper training space or equipment needed today.

    The new station, which opened four weeks ahead of schedule, now boasts 7,000 square feet in floor area,

    three bays, and state-of-the-art bi-fold doors.

    Going GreenIn an effort to be even more environmentally friendly, Public Works installed water saving plumbing fixtures

    at 12 City facilities. As part of Broward Countys, 120 residents benefitted from the low flow toilet rebate program in the Citys

    water district. In addition, the City received $1.7 million in grant funds to implement single stream recycling,

    which improved recycling participation by 7.5 percent.

    Make a Call, Make a DifferenceIn recognition of the outstanding

    success of this Police program, the Florida Crime Prevention Association named Make a Call,

    Make a Difference the Outstanding Crime Prevention Program for 2012. The heavily promoted campaign asks all residents, business owners and City employees to be on the lookout for and immediately notify the Police Department when they observe suspicious activity by calling 954-344-1800.

    Since the programs inception, the Police Department is now receiving 57 percent more calls for suspicious vehicles,

    49 percent more call for suspicious persons and 33 percent for suspicious incidents. Several burglary arrests were made as a direct result of citizen calls. The Police Department also

    created the Burglary Enforcement and Reduction (BEAR) Unit, which analyzes crime statistics to determine times and

    locations where burglaries are likely to occur. By educating residents on crime-prevention tactics

    and conducting high visibility patrols in targeted neighborhoods, burglaries have decreased significantly.

    Police Online ReportingIn 2012, the Police Department started using RAIDS Online,

    a web browser based crime mapping program. This program displays all crime incidents in a timely

    manner, while assisting the Police Department address problem areas and better allocate resources. Anonymous

    tips can also be submitted at

    Other AccomplishmentsThe City received $1.7 milion in grant funds to purchase

    single stream recycling, which will help the City reach its goal of recycling 75% of its solid stream by 2020.

    The Coral Springs Police Departments Communication Center was nationally

    accredited making it the first in Florida.

    New bronze statues were placed in North Community and Cypress Parks.

    Selected by Florida Green Government as Florida Green Local Government Silver Award

    A Linear Park was added on Coral Springs Drive

    Neighborhood and Environmental Sustainability

  • Sports Events and Venues Promotion

    With first-class facilities, the City is well-positioned to attract regional and national sports events to our popular sports,

    recreational and hospitality venues like Sportsplex, featuring the Aquatic Complex and Tennis Center, as well as the

    dog park and Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. As part of the Citys branding initiative, a new website will

    promote existing sports events, such as the nationally televised Kreul Classic, and highlight other community assets, including

    the Coral Springs Center for the Arts and Museum of Art.

    Aquatic Complex Improvements

    Since it first opened in 1990, the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex has hosted national meets and competitions,

    drawing thousands of swimmers and spectators. In 2012, we expanded the customer service area due

    to the increased demand for program registration, membership and retail sales. Another 700 square feet were added to the Fitness Center and a juice bar and

    coffee shop was built as a result of customer feedback. Lastly, the Swim Shop is doubling in size to meet

    the increased demand for merchandise.

    Holiday Fun RunCall it a re-run. The first event, held in December 2011,

    successfully drew 100 runners and secured its place as a staple of the Holiday Parade and a healthy way to kick off the Citys

    50th Anniversary. Runners of all ages and abilities got moving and dashed 1.5 miles before Bugs Bunny of The Looney Tunes

    and his fellow parade entries floated down Sample Road.

    Teen Success DayLearning what it takes to make it in todays job market gives

    teens the confidence to pursue their dreams. At this years Teen Success Day, students learned job skills such as preparing for job

    interviews, self-confidence, volunteerism and leadership. Job applications from local businesses were also available on site.


    The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex hosts a variety of national and international meets for swimming, diving and water polo.

    Other Accomplishments The City received grant funds to help provide

    Youth Recreation Scholarships to low-to-moderate income families. Activities include dance,

    performing arts, and sports programs.

    Youth Development and Family Values

  • Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualNumber of youths involved in City-sponsored leadership opportunities 2,000 1,446Number of teen volunteer hours donated to the City 20,000 18,473Number of middle school after-school programs offered annually 15 15


    Mentoring Leadership ProgramTo further develop our communitys young leaders, the

    City invited middle and high school students involved in a summer 2011 Leadership Mentoring Program to step up again. Students volunteered for additional programs,

    including a holiday card project for soldiers and the Holiday Parade. Thirty-three participated in Teen Success Day,

    and another 25 in summer 2012 activities.

    Teen Political ForumWhats your question? Teens were invited to meet their

    elected officials and share their interest in the community. Held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, approximately 350 high school students interacted with representatives

    of local, county and state government in a lively exchange. The Forum has become a successful annual event.

    Forever Young Senior NewsletterIn an effort to reach

    out to the Citys senior community, staff created

    a quarterly newsletter highlighting upcoming events, recipes and City news. The newsletters

    are distributed to St. Andrew Towers and are available at Sartory

    Senior Center.


    Senior Spotlight

    Welcome to the first edition of Forever Young! We

    are pleased to announce many

    of the upcoming trips, events and news featured i

    n the articles listed. The newslet-

    ter will be available on a quarterly basis at the Sar

    tory Senior Center, City Hall, City

    Hall in the Mall, with your paid membership to Sen

    ior Pride Transportation, and St.

    Andrew Towers.



    Parks and

    Recreation Coordinator

    Ken Reinhardt

    1. How long have you been a resident of Cora


    Springs? I moved from Chicago in 1991 and Ive

    been living in Coral Spring for 21 years.

    2. What was your profession before you retired?


    worked with manufacturing management before

    retiring from GE Engine Services.

    3. What are your hobbies and interests? - I enjoy

    painting, traveling, serving as an AARP volunteer

    advocate, and playing in a banjo band.

    4. What is on your bucket list? - Dont kick the buck


    5. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Syracuse,

    NY where I attended

    a U.S. Naval Academy.


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    In this issue:

    - Senior Spotlight

    - Driver Safety Class

    - Senior Health Fair

    - Get rid of white flies

    - Spinach and Rice

    Casserole Recipe

    - Special Events

    Senior Newsletter

    Committee:- Florence Killoran

    - Nancy Arena- Anna Gattuso- Ken Reinhardt

    - Patrick Doyle

    If you have any ideas

    or comments, please

    contact us!Jacqueline Holloway at

    Sartory Senior Center

    - 10150 N.W 29 St.

    - 954-345-2203-


    Fall 2012

    Hundreds of students attended the Teen Political Forum.

  • International Dinner DanceIn the 15 years since its inception, the International Dinner

    Dance has become more than just a symbol of Coral Springs growing diversity. It is one of the Citys most popular

    events, supported since 2009 with local sponsorships and fundraising. This year, more than 400 tickets were sold. While all

    backgrounds and ethnicities are celebrated, Jamaica and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago were highlighted, as both are

    enjoying their 50th Anniversaries of Independence.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Program Enhancements

    The 22nd Annual Martin Luther King (MLK) celebration featured keynote speaker Willie Gary, a trial lawyer and humanitarian

    from Stuart, Florida. In addition to the business luncheon and evening community celebration, the program included

    a Leadership/Diversity Day for students. In a nod to the generous spirit of the man himself, the MLK Committee

    awarded 13 scholarships to deserving high school seniors for their freshman year in college. With the Coral Springs

    Community Chest as the major donor, the MLK Committee was able to match their contribution, as well as supplement

    the fund with donations from the community and businesses.

    Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualMinority residents who feel that the City is a great place to live (Resident Survey) 89% 98%*Citizen rating of City Government for respecting religious and ethnic diversity (Resident Survey) 93% 98%* *Residential Survey was conducted in FY2011 and will be conducted again in FY2013.


    MLK, Jr. Celebration


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    Visioning Summit UpdateMore than 100 participants, from diverse backgrounds and

    experiences, gathered in April to review how the vision expressed in 2004 for the Citys future had progressed.

    They were invited to Just Dream It! and develop a fresh look at the City in the coming 10 to 15 years. With 25 City staff

    members and City Commissioners acting as observers and advisors, and futurist Glen Hiemstra providing a glimpse into

    how our tomorrows affect us, the meet-up touched on nearly every aspect of Coral Springs life: arts and culture, business,

    education, environment, government, healthcare, non-profit, public safety, recreation, religious groups and seniors

    and youth populations. Not surprisingly, their view of the ideal community remains similar and is reflected in the Citys

    commitment to seven key priorities. The 2012 dreams will be used during the 2013 Strategic Planning Update.

    Participants representing all facets of the Coral Springs community met to develop a vision for Coral Springs in the next 10 years.

    WorldFestThe Citys annual WorldFest, which featured an array

    of multi-cultural entertainment, cuisine and culture, drew hundreds of spectators to the Sportsplex. This wonderful

    event highlights Coral Springs diverse population.

    Leadership Diversity ProgramsMany of our programs, including our Martin Luther King, Jr.

    events and UniTown, offer students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and instill an interest in the importance

    of volunteering in school and throughout the community.

    Community of RespectThe Anti-Defamation League designated Coral Springs

    as a Community of Respect. This innovative community-wide anti-bias initiative provides the tools and resources

    to help organizations fight prejudice, bigotry, discrimination and engender respect and appreciation for diversity.

    Strength in Diversity

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    Street Lighting ImprovementsWhen residents in nine out of 30 surveyed areas

    of the City expressed dissatisfaction with street lighting, the City moved swiftly to get them out of the dark.

    Trees were pruned to allow more light to shine through, and almost 750 street lights were replaced due

    to enhanced outage reporting with more staff patrols.

    Ben Geiger DriveIn memory of Otis Ben Geiger, who served 16 years as

    Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioner, the City Commission approved the name change to one of the Citys most important

    throughways, NW 29th Street. The street runs alongside the Center for the Arts and Coral Springs Museum of Art,

    home of the Peace Garden and the site of stunning public art.

    Red Light and Security Cameras Implementation

    Drivers at five of the Citys major intersections are heeding the call to stop when the light turns red. With seven active cameras,

    accidents have dropped 17 percent year-over-year. Violations and fine revenues have also declined, indicating a change in driver behavior. In an ongoing effort to make roadways safer, the City Managers Office and members of the Police

    Department are exploring expanding the program to include other intersections and looking at technology options

    that could further improve accuracy.

    Westview Turn LaneVisitors to North Community Park no longer hold up others

    in the travel lane when attempting to enter on Westview Drive. A new turn lane allows them to stack up out of the way, enhancing traffic flow and safety.

    Other Accomplishments

    Work to repair, resurface and re-stripe the master parking lots on Sample Road will

    enhance storefront safety and aesthetics.

    Construction of the Downtown Pathway along Ben Geiger Drive continues and will improve access

    to local social service agencies, schools, churches and medical facilities, while also enhancing

    the aesthetic quality of life for residents.

    Traffic, Mobility and Connectivity

  • Performance MeasuresFiscal Year 2012 Goal ActualNumber of linear feet of improved sidewalks, bike paths and bike lanes 2,500 6,179Number of riders on intracity bus routes 100,000 97,060


    Street Indexing SignsMotorists looking for commercial businesses have been

    helped by a total of 59 signs that have been installed along the University Drive, Sample Road and Wiles Road parking corridors.

    A Walkable, Bikeable CityTo promote a more walkable, bikeable City, staff installed asphalt new concrete sidewalks, improved drainage and

    resurfaced Northwest 85th Avenue between Sample Road and Forest Hills Boulevard. Also, staff completed the design

    for new sidewalks and drainage improvements to NW 110th Avenue between Sample and Wiles Roads.

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    Five decades. Fifty years. As cities go, ours is barely a blip on the national register of historic places. But Coral Springs has had its own unique journey in time. In 2012, City staff and volunteers launched preparations for a semi-centennial anniversary designed to honor our heritage

    and celebrate our future. Were planning a year-long party, and youre invited!

    Something for EveryoneWere a diverse community, so count on a wide range of activities to give everyone a chance to celebrate

    in the way they most enjoy. From floats to festivals, the calendar is filling up with 50th Anniversary Signature Events. We kicked off the series with the Holiday Parade and Fun Run in December, followed by the BizArt Festival and State of the City in January. We have planned sure-to-be memorable events through the remainder of the year.

    Residents may visit the Anniversary web site,, for regular updates on upcoming activities. The web site is one of many communications vehicles created by the City to engage residents and businesses in the celebration.

    A View to HistoryIf you were not one of Coral Springs pioneers and, given the rustic state of the city in the country, thats probably not

    an inaccurate description then you will enjoy the collection of historical photos and fun facts found in the calendar issued by the Historical Advisory Committee and on the Citys web site at

    Did you know, for example, that our beautiful Coral Springs Center for the Arts began life as a basketball court? Or that, in the 1960s, no roads led to Coral Springs except Wiles Road, forcing residents to travel a convoluted route for gas and

    groceries? Or that we might have been named after a fish, if founding planners from Coral Ridge Properties had prevailed?

    If you were an early resident, you can share your stories and photos about life in the last piece of gold on the Gold Coast on our Anniversary web site.

    Also, the official City of Coral Springs Facebook page features an interactive timeline of historical events dating back to 1963.

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    The Journey to ExcellenceIt started with a covered bridge, a symbol of the old South master developer Coral Ridge Properties

    used as a centerpiece to successfully create a 20th century marketing version of the land rush. But when Westinghouse Electric Company took over in 1966, the image of Coral Springs shifted from old to new.

    On the heels of the 1960s animated space-age cartoon, The Jetsons, the company set out to create an urban prototype for the future, including homes with mission-control electric conveniences that ran the house.

    It was a distinctive positioning that set the City apart from other growing South Florida communities.

    The original founders did more than market the town, though. They created a master plan that set aside ample areas for schools and parks before any building was ever constructed.

    They laid the foundation for a desirable, aesthetically-pleasing destination for families and businesses.

    We still treasure our covered bridge, but this year, the City launched an initiative to create the next incarnation of our brand. Unlike the first versions crafted by developers, we are gathering the input of residents and business alike to capture the unique

    characteristics that have made and continue to make Coral Springs a premier community of excellence.

    Visit for more 50th Anniversary

    upcoming events and to share your Coral Springs stories and photos!

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    The City of Coral Springs welcomes and encourages citizen involvement. In fact, the City relies on input from our residents to develop Business Plan initiatives for this coming year and to continually improve

    the services we provide. Citizens have a number of opportunities to become involved in their City government. Citizens may choose the larger, ongoing time commitment of serving on an advisory board or

    committee, or they may wish to occasionally volunteer their time to City departments and events.

    Additionally, residents can also get involved by attending their Slice of the Springs Neighborhood Meetings and regular City Commission meetings. Citizens may also easily offer concerns

    and advice through the online City Help Desk at

    Special appreciation goes to all our dedicated volunteers and members of our boards, committees and the following community groups:

    50th Anniversary CommitteeAffordable Housing Committee

    Architectural Review CommitteeBoard of Adjustment

    Charter School Advisory BoardCode Rangers

    Community Assisted PatrolCommunity Emergency Response Team

    Community GardenCommunity Redevelopment Agency

    Construction Review CommitteeCoral Springs Chamber of Commerce

    Coral Springs Community ChestCouncil of Executive Officers

    Crime Scene Volunteer ProgramCustomer-Involved Government Committee

    Economic Development FoundationEnterprise Coral SpringsFinancial Advisory Board

    Fire Pension BoardFriends of the Museum of Art

    General Employees Pension BoardHistorical Advisory Committee

    Holiday Parade CommitteeMartin Luther King, Jr. Committee

    Multi-Cultural Advisory CommitteeMuseum of Art Board of Directors

    National Day of Prayer and Peace Committee

    Neighborhood and Environmental CommitteeNuisance Abatement Board

    Parent Education Advisory CommitteePlanning and Zoning Board

    Police Pension BoardPolice Reserve Officer Corps

    Principal Advisory CommitteeProjectCS Teen Car ClubPublic Art Committee

    Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital

    Senior Advisory CommitteeSports Coalition

    Sports CommissionTeen Political Forum Committee

    Unsafe Structures BoardWorldFest Committee

    Youth and Family Advisory Committee

    Getting Involved

  • City Officials and Executive StaffAll of these accomplishments could not have been possible without the Citys dedicated staff and department directors.

    A special thanks to everyone involved in making these initiatives a reality.

    City CommissionMayor Vincent M. Boccard

    Vice Mayor Tom Powers Commissioner Claudette Bruck

    Commissioner Dan DaleyCommissioner Larry Vignola

    Senior Management TeamErdal Dnmez, City Manager

    Susan Grant, Deputy City ManagerRoberto Hernandez, Deputy City Manager

    John Hearn, City AttorneyJosephine Chavez, City Clerk

    Mark Curran, Fire ChiefRick Engle, Director of Parks and Recreation

    Robert Goehrig, Director of Budget, Strategy and CommunicationsMelissa Heller, Director of Finance

    Susan Hess, Director of Development Services Curlie Matthews, Director of Information Services

    Mike McGoun, Director of Aquatic ServicesTom Messenheimer, Executive Director of Sportsplex

    Rich Michaud, Director of Public WorksDale Pazdra, Director of Human Resources

    Tony Pustizzi, Chief of Police

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