BPCA Minutes, 2/7/17 

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order by President Dan Fitzgerald on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Sunview Park.  Prior to the opening, BSO District Chief Andrew Dunbar and Lt. Frank Heitman greeted the members.  Chief Dunbar said that he tries to periodically visit the various associations in his district.  He was pleased to report that four new deputies have been added to his staff.

            Following the pledge of allegiance, BSO Lt. Steve Santiago gave his report.  He said many of the crimes committed in our area were crimes of opportunity.  Keep vehicles locked. If anything seems suspicious or dangerous (such as an argument) it is important to call BSO at 911 or at the non-emergency number, 954-764-HELP (4357).  Lt. Santiago said when F150 pickups were being targeted, deputies were able to track the ring down to Homestead.  He distributed a notice that BSO was seeking responses to an online survey.

            Two members expressed concern about what appears to be a homeless shelter or halfway house at 4361 SW 25th Street.  A man from the building exposed himself to a neighboring woman.  This property is owned by Mr. Cononie who previously had a homeless shelter in Hollywood.  The city bought the property from him and it seems he is trying to start a new one.  This is a problem for Code Enforcement.  This will be referred to Niki Velez, our code enforcement officer.  Code Enforcement can be reached by calling 311 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

            Gayle Preston of Parks and Recreation reported on progress of several projects.  They have two solar lights on order which will be installed on the 49th Avenue entry sign by the end of February.  The new Sunview building and playground have been designed and work should be starting in Fall 2017.  The pocket park on 50th Avenue should be started soon and phase one is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017.  The children’s playground there will be added in phase 2.  A member expressed concern about the parking spaces in front of the park.  If a parked driver opens a door, it could cause a crash with passing traffic. 

            Aretha Wimberly addressed the comment that trees are dying at the entryways.  The hand-out form had tree-chopping guidelines.  A member questioned who is in charge of the canal banks.  These problems will be looked into.  New sturdier street lights have been installed on Peters Road at 46th Avenue.  It was mentioned that barricades were left there and don’t appear to be far enough apart for wheel chairs.

            Aretha announced that March 11th was “Water Matters Day”.at Tree Tops Park in Davie with free trees, exhibits, more animals and the food trucks.  She can be reached at 954-357-7794.  It is estimated that work on Fire Station 23 will be completed by the end of March and there will be a grand reopening day.  In our April newsletter, residents will be invited to submit email addresses if they want to receive the various announcements she sends to the association.

            John Bertino introduced himself.  He is serving as an outreach liaison to county commissioner Tim Ryan.

            There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

                                                                        Jan Washburn, Acting Secretary

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