By Mayor Joy Cooper
HALLANDALE BEACH -
Early Voting Will Start Throughout The State From October 20th To November 2nd From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This coming Monday, early voting will start throughout the state from October 20th to November 2nd from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Broward residents can vote at any Broward early voting site. We have early voting at our Community Cultural Center on Southwest 3rd Avenue only minutes away. There are many issues on this ballot that will impact our everyday lives. Do not wait, go and vote.
Obviously, the Governor’s race is front and center, but this should not be the only thing you vote on. You should vote on every item all the way down the ballot. There are elected official positions on all levels of government. There are also state questions, county questions and our Parks GO Bond. Commission Seat 1 held by Commissioner Anthony Sanders and Seat 2 held by Commissioner Leo Grachow are on the ballot too! Every vote does count.
When voting, you need a form of picture ID. You can vote by absentee ballot and can request one up to the Wednesday before the election. You must mail it or drop off to the Supervisor of Elections office in Fort Lauderdale before 7 p.m. on election day. If you do not want to mail it, you can take it to an early voting site to be voided and then you can vote in person. To request a ballot, you can do it on-line or by calling: (954) 357-7055. For other information, you can call the supervisors office at: (954) 357-7050.
This evening, Thursday, October 16th, there will be an important meeting about our elementary school and middle school. Over the past 8 years, we have been requesting that the Hallandale Adult Center be moved to a different location. The current site has created many issues within our residential area. We now have Gulfstream Middle School that has been very successful, but does not have the same amenities as other middle schools.
The last time we met with the board representatives, the Education Advisory Board asked the location be swapped out and that Gulfstream Middle School be moved. This would create a K-8 campus. Most importantly, it would provide a school that has a gym and playing fields to our middle school scholars. It would also be much safer for our middle school students since the PE facility would be right on campus and would not have to go to HAC to do sports. HAC would then be closer to the commercial corridor and public transportation be away from our residential area.
The city commission has already endorsed this concept on multiple occasions. It simply makes sense. It is a much better use of school resources. The Adult Center does not use the gym or the fields since they are an alternative school. We have been advocating for a facility swap. Regretfully, there is not a board policy that provides for the exchange even though the school is just blocks away in the same city.
For many years, state policy prevented any students to be relocated without triggering a boundary change process. These changes only occur when there is a capacity issue. There is now a process called Student Success Opportunity Schools SSOS, it allows parents to address changes they want to see in their school system that will serve the needs of their children.
A committee of parents have been working on this issue with the school board staff and will be holding the meeting with the School Board at Hallandale Elementary School 900 Southwest 8th Street, starting at 6:30 p.m. All residents are encouraged to come out and share their views about this issue.
The Hallandale Beach CRA continues to move forward on many great projects. Over the past two months, we have closed on eight brand new affordable housing units. These single-family homes have been built with the cooperation of many partnerships that have not only provided families a place to call home, but jobs and business to our local vendors in Hallandale Beach. The CRA is also in the process of building 15 more units.
The Foster Road Gateway project is also moving forward. The project will include 12 Townhomes, rental apartments and commercial shops. The recession put this long awaited project on hold for a few years, so it is great to see it finally taking shape.
This past Monday, the board approved a partnership with B.A.N.D. This organization has worked county wide doing housing rehabilitations. Under the Neighborhood Stabilization program and our CRA, they will be purchasing blighted homes and rehabbing them. What is unique about this partnership is recaptured NSP funding that was used to rebuild homes that were sold, is now being reused and paired with CRA funds to create better living conditions in our community.
Please remember it is hurricane season. Our city is ready, are you? Do you know that once a storm strikes our first responders must retreat until after the storm passes? That means there may likely be a time when you are on your own. Be prepared with water, food and other needs to sustain your health and safety.
As always feel free to reach out to me with your questions, concerns and ideas to make our city a better place. I can be reached at my office number: (954) 457-1318. You can call or text me on my cell at: (954) 632-5700. Or you can visit my web-site at: www.mayorjoycooper.com.