Over the past few years, the Victoria Park Civic Association worked closely with District II Commissioner Dean Trantalis to bring a high-quality "dog park" to the center of Fort Lauderdale. VPCA suggested "crowdsourcing" as a way to raise the $80,000+ needed for a canine area in Holiday Park. The city's Office of Neighbor Support accepted the challenge -- using this dog park project for the city's first attempt at crowdsourcing. Volunteers from Victoria Park made numerous presentations to nearby neighborhood associations to enlist support citywide. We're pleased to announce that, using the online Citizinvestor app, we met our goal in the summer of 2015.
We drive past them every day, but some of us may not realize that the green spaces in our beautiful Victoria Park neighborhood evolved over time. Thanks to voluntary donations, some grant dollars and lots of hard work, your VP neighbors installed entryway pillars and urns, decorative signs bearing historical street names, medians on NE 15th Avenue, the Progress Hammock Memorial Greenway, and even the roundabout on NE 6th Street.
These improvements were made possible by our agreement to keep them looking good, a commitment we proudly honor.
We rely on graciously donated volunteer time and VPCA dollars to sustain these installations, spending about $20,000 annually. This coming year, two big projects are planned in addition to ongoing maintenance: 1) planting beds that were installed about 25 years ago need rejuvenation, and 2) sprinklers in some areas are overdue for a tune-up.
In April 2015, the Board of the Broward County Public Schools voted 8-1 to expand Harbordale Elementary School's boundaries to include Victoria Park, Sunrise Key, Beverly Heights and Colee Hammock neighorhoods. In recent years, children in Victoria Park have been assigned to three different elementary schools: Harbordale, Walker and North Side -- plus many have opted for the magnet Montesorri program at Virginia Shuman Young. The School Board's vote will consolidate all of Victoria Park into one elementary school's boundaries -- so that kids who live near each other and play together can attend the same school. (The Montesorri magnet option is still available, and there are seats set aside at Virginia Shuman Young for neighborhood students who apply.)
Broward County's Energy & Sustainability Program (ESP) works with community partners and across Broward County departments to reduce Broward's carbon footprint by engaging on energy efficiency and conservation, promoting renewable energy, and employing sustainability initiatives. Originally, the ESP program was implemented as one of the first recommendations from the Broward County Climate Change Action Plan. Now, ESP program staff continues to track and implement its progress through the Government Operations Workgroup and the Climate Change Task Force.
BOND MONEY CONSTRUCTION PLANNING
We are at the beginning of an immensely important period of aligning our school construction projects to the Bond monies approved by the electorate last year, I want to ensure District 3 stakeholders understand the process and assure everyone that it is moving forward. To that end, I have scheduled these two town hall meetings to present our plans and answer audience questions. (Flyers will be distributed in the near future)
October 14, 2015 at 6:00pm a town hall meeting will be held at Northeast High School; and
October 15, 2016 at 6:00pm a town hall meeting will be held at Stranahan High School.
The District 3 "Conversation with the District" will be held at Fort Lauderdale High School on October 21, 2015 at 6:00pm.
Mr. Runcie will be conducting the annual "Conversations with the District," at various schools around the county.