Message from the President - April 2022

The SRHOA Board wishes you and your families a wonderful Passover and Easter. We honor Earth on the 22nd…consider planting a native tree or flowers, or perhaps donating to a wildlife organization.


NEWS FOR THIS MONTH

Notes from the Mayor’s March zoom meeting: Mayor Breitkreuz is excited to announce the start of the SWR Farmers’ Market on Saturday, March 19th. He shared his appreciation of George


Morris for preparing the grounds. There is much


consensus on the trash issues (focus on costs and tailoring to what’s needed). We may see extra police patrols as were present pre-pandemic. There will be ongoing discussions per the RR+ designation. We have a new vendor for road repairs. The Charter Amendment group did a great job…Steve will bring forth language pertaining to the replacement of a council member in between elections. One of our residents on SW 188th lost all of his goods to a scammer... DO NOT GIVE YOUR ADDRESS TO ANYONE ONLINE! The Town is receiving money from the Fed…Council will prioritize needed expenditures. Finally, the mayor is super-pleased to have renewed the Monarch Pledge…our new friends, the Beekeepers Association, are supporting us 100%.

  • We hope you have read the Facebook posts: Hancock Road guardrail installation will begin soon. Please refer to this for alternate routes of travel during the construction phase.

  • Thank you, Councilman Kuczenski, for your motion to support Ukraine. Folks, get your mailbox adornments to show your support as well (blue & yellow fabric with sunflower centers).

  • We have an Earth Day event scheduled for April 22nd and it will involve one of our scout troops. We would love to have you. Please contact December at Town Hall for more details (954.434.0008).

  • 4/9 Sikh Diversity Run at ROCA; 4/10 Party in the Park at Equestrian Park-wear your SRHOA t-shirts!!!



ENVIRONMENT

A few neighbors have brought to our attention the possibility of poisoned wildlife. Per Florida Statute 828.08 Penalty for exposing poison, “Whoever leaves or deposits any poison or any substance containing poison, in any common street, alley, lane, or thoroughfare of any kind, or in any yard or enclosure other than the yard or enclosure occupied or owned by such person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.”



Please remember, we are a Certified Community Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation, so actions such as this go against the grain. Should you have wildlife concerns, please go to the following sites: https://www.broward.org/Animal/Resources/Pages/NuisanceWildlife.aspx and https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/. You will find kind and humane help for your wildlife concerns.


Florida's wildlife and human populations encounter each other more than ever before, and the circumstances which create conflicts with wildlife are as varied as the environment of Florida itself. As people develop more open space and wildlife habitat is reduced and fragmented, conditions are often created which attract wildlife. Such contacts between people and wildlife often result in conflicts. Most wildlife conflicts can be resolved by making simple changes such as removing attractants. Understanding wildlife behavior can help you appreciate and coexist while reducing negative impacts. Wildlife conflicts may result in the perception that all wildlife is a nuisance without recognition of beneficial values. An unpleasant experience may cause such a perception, particularly among people who have few encounters with wildlife. Remember that removing one animal may serve to open up territory for others to move in. Consider making simple accommodations to avoid wildlife conflicts so you can enjoy the wildlife in your backyard.


REMINDERS
  • Support Southwest Ranches’ Certified Community Habitat status by certifying your own backyard through the National Wildlife Federation’s backyard habitat program…it’s easy, plus you may purchase and proudly display a certification sign. Go to nwf.org/certifiedwildlifehabitat today to certify.

  • Mayor Breitkreuz’s next “Q & A with Mayor Steve Breitkreuz” will be on April 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 meets face-to-face at Town Hall on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Occasionally, dates may change. Please check the Southwest Rancher and/or www.southwestranches.org for meeting dates, times, and agendas. YouTube viewing is also an option.

  • Please stay connected…join our SRHOA Gmail (sunshinerancheshoa@gmail.com), visit our website (www.sunshineranches.org), or view our posts at facebook.com/SunshineRanches.


As always be safe, be happy, and be loved.

Chris