The meeting was called to order at 7:36 PM by President Christina Brownlow, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Chris welcomed everyone. Next month’s meeting will be on Wednesday, October 27th via Zoom.
Ms. Ivonne Perez-Suarez, Consumer Outreach Coordinator, Education and Outreach, Division of Consumer Services, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, was our guest speaker and gave an informational presentation on fraud and how to be protected from scams. Did you know that scammers cheat seniors out of approximately $2.9 billion annually? Some tips: Don’t give out personal information, don’t pay with a wire transfer or gift cards, don’t rely on caller ID displays, and ignore unsolicited offers. Florida Consumer e-Newsletters and other materials are available for us to be informed. FloridaConsumerHelp.com is the State’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints.
Davie Police/Crime Report: Detective Hobales provided an update for August: issued 133 citations, 59 in Sunshine Ranches. August year to date figures: Commercial burglaries: 5 this year vs. 6 Last Year (LY); commercial thefts: 2 vs. 2 LY; motor vehicle burglaries: 23 vs. 55 LY; motor vehicle thefts: 13 vs. 15 LY. Officer Laguna encouraged all, “DON’T BE COMPLACENT!!” All of the car thefts were due to the key fobs being left in the cars! Please remove the key fobs from your cars and lock your vehicles!!
Town Council Member Comments:
Mayor Steve Breitkreuz highlighted an item that the Town has been working on for about 4 years and got completed last week: New commercial retail business will no longer be allowed to open up any more in our town. This will preserve our rural lifestyle, reduce traffic, and not allow residential homes to be used as businesses, among other things.
HOA Pres. Chris thanked the Mayor for a lovely event on 9/11. She advised that we will be highlighting the Pirie family that is cleaning up sections of the town out of their own kindness and community service. Chris asked about the Charter review. Mayor stated that this is not something we do often, since this is basically our constitution as a town. We have a good committee which is important, and Chris advised that there will be further info in The Waggler for residents to review the info.
David Kuczenski, Councilman said: “If you see something, report it!!” There was an issue that he experienced regarding illegal dumping on a property this evening. He also encouraged folks to participate in the food drop off for Haiti in the Town. David gave an update on the bidding for some of the road work that will be resurfaced. Also working on a speeding committee advisory board to address the speeding in our area.
Jason Halberg, VP, announced our December 12 event to be held at the Equestrian Park to bring the residents together. It will be from 1-3 pm and will be super fun for the kids and all the residents! We will have T-shirts for all members, food, music, a petting zoo including ponies, and the police and fire departments will be there as well!
Update on entryway signs: we have a company that will be updating and painting the signs. This is some of the ways that our HOA funds get put to use (in addition to the December neighbor event). Additionally, we will want to use some of our funds to also contribute to the Scholarship fund.
Treasurer’s report: Balance $30,834.74 as of July 31.
Membership report: We had an additional 11 members this month, total members are 319! To note, 19 members have paid double the fee and one member paid $450! Vilma acknowledged and thanked the council members, Mayor and board for their commitment to the Town.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:06 PM.
Updated: Oct 2
On September 11th, the mayor, along with other members of the council, town staff, fire and police departments, as well as many residents, commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It was heartfelt and beautiful. If you have not done so, please visit the memorial plaque which sits at the flagpole. Photographs are available on our Sunshine Ranches Facebook page.
The SRHOA supports the Davie Police Department in their recent donation efforts for Haiti. The department continues to encourage us to do the following:
Don’t leave anything in plain sight; don’t leave recently purchased gifts in plain view.
Never leave your purse unattended in your vehicle, even while you are pumping gas.
Park in a well-lit area at night.
Store packages out of sight in your locked trunk. If you want to continue shopping after stashing packages, move the car to another location.
Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
While attending parties, be sure not to leave valuables in your vehicle.
Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
Our HOA has a healthy treasury. We are thinking of ways to utilize the funds as to benefit the community. For one, we are revamping the entryways. A holiday gathering is in the works for December 12th. It is time for a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Equestrian Park has some minor projects our HOA could support. We hope you like these ideas and welcome your input.
Speaking of funds, we have had some wonderful residents who have contributed to the SRHOA treasury. We would like to recognize the following members for their generosity:
The Moyers Family: Holatee Trail
The Grissen Family: Luray Road
The Taylor Family: Melaleuca Road
If you would like to become more involved in the SRHOA, we have committees which need volunteers. Feel free to contact the board with your interests.
Do you feel extra traffic or equestrian signage is needed on your street? If so, please reach out to Michelle McBride and Marianne Allen; the ladies are locating sites. This mapping will wrap-up soon, so do not hesitate.
Our town’s charter is up for review. A committee has been appointed by the council. One of our residents, Marianne Allen, is proudly serving on this committee and wishes to have our/your input. For your convenience, please utilize the following URL or QR code to access the charter:
Mayor Breitkreuz’s next “Q & A with Mayor Steve Breitkreuz” will be on October 13th. Please join Steve’s Zoom meeting to enjoy a relaxed and collegial discussion concerning events and needs of the Southwest Ranches community.
Remember, the Council now meets face-to-face at Town Hall on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.
As always be safe, be happy, and be loved.
In Loving Memory:
Rosemarie Ann Torlone,
38-year resident of Sunshine Ranches
The meeting was called to order at 7:36 PM by President Christina Brownlow, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Chris welcomed all and advised that next month’s meeting (September 29) will also be held via Zoom.
Davie Police/Crime Report: Detective Hobales provided an update for July: issued 143 citations, 105 in Sunshine Ranches (vs. June, 112 citations, 53 in Sunshine Ranches), which is an increase of about 80%. We did not have any reported crimes (burglary, thefts, etc.). This was an improvement over previous months, and he encouraged residents to LOCK car doors and turn on the lights at night and reminded all not to leave key fobs in cars! Also, he reminded all of the Davie Vacation Watch service, whereby residents can advise Davie Police of vacation schedules in order for officers to keep a watch over the property. Two board members used this service and were extremely satisfied with the attention provided by the Police Department.
Town Council Member Comments:
Mayor Steve Breitkreuz: We are at the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Town has scheduled a remembrance event at Town Hall at 8:30 am. This is such a critical day, and we owe so much to so many that sacrificed so much together. He encouraged all to come. The event will be outside and will be brief.
Vice Mayor Bob Hartmann encouraged residents to come to the council meetings, specifically tomorrow’s meeting which will cover planning and agricultural updates.
Councilman Gary Jablonski recognized Bob for the First Responder photo that was in the Southwest Rancher. He gave public work updates: first drainage project, Hancock Rd. guard rails, flashing school beacon on 172 to be replaced, American rescue plan, and Waste Pro service level improvements. 2021-22 schedule for repaving program was approved w/ Broward County for $1.2MM, and this expense was taken off our tax rolls. First budget hearing is Sept. 13. All Advisory Board meetings are in Town Hall. Next meeting is Sept. 20 in Town Hall. Finally, new benefit for residents: we will be putting in a new camera system, and will soon be able to stream Live for meetings.
Chris brought up an item regarding the State of Florida is going through re-districting process and is asking for feedback for SWR. Gary said we are hiring consultants. Census data is available online (Census 2020 Southwest Ranches FL) and is quite interesting. We are required to look at this after every census. This will be done at Council level, then at county and state levels.
A homeowner’s question regarding recycling was addressed by Mayor Steve, who advised that there has been quite a change in the recycling industry over the past few years, which includes an uptick on the cost of recycling. This is on the agenda for review on the next contract negotiation with Waste Pro.
Council member David Kuczenski addressed the car thefts that happened this past weekend, since he was advised directly by one of the car owners. Leaving a car’s key fobs in car is a negligence that car insurance companies may reject on a claim. Sept. 1 is the meeting date for the first charter review committee. Jason is on the committee as well as Mary Ann Allen from SWR. There are important issues regarding our rural life style, and these will go before the voters. David encouraged us to keep our speeding down, and to attend the 9/11 remembrance event.
Jim Allbritton: The Town Council meetings will be in person and mask-mandated. If you attend, please bring your masks. The rural art board has looked at a preliminary rendering of the wall mural, and it is beautiful! It will be done later in the year. Also, please be mindful of speeding!! Davie Police is rotating where they go, and believe it or not, many of the same folks are getting pulled over. Please slow down!
Jason Halberg, HOA VP, provided an update on advertising, which is doing well. Also advised about our entrance signs: we got 3 quotes for painting, and received 1 offer from a company to do the labor gratis. We will be applying for the unification grant for the Town and are excited about all goings on. Finally, we made some updates to our website and also have a digital version of the Waggler online, along with the minutes and the President’s message.
Chris, HOA President, celebrated all of the progress.
Treasurer’s report: Balance of $29,828.45 as of June 30 vs. $20,566.64 as of June 1.
Membership update by Vilma Lopez: We have 306 members! We have had huge interest from the residents. Many residents have inquired about the equestrian signs (“Slow for Horses”) and have interest about these, especially if their homes are in an area that has a lot of horses. Chris asked about providing info about which residents would be willing to have them.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.