Message from the President - August 2021

Hello dear neighbors. My message will be brief in order to provide space to print important articles pertaining to the fire assessment, horse safety, and membership. Also, the June minutes will be deferred until the next issue. Thank you for your understanding.


· The Village of Wellington recently approved through Florida legislation (HB 979) “banning the sale and use of fireworks within The Equestrian Preserve of The Village of Wellington all days of the year”. SRHOA has requested that the Town Council review this bill and its applicability to our equestrian community for similar legislative rulings. You may wonder why we would pursue this. Look at the following:

  • Fireworks near stables create loud noises, lights, and smoke. Horses are afraid of fire. The BHS reported 23 deaths and 166 injuries in horses due to fireworks incidences since 2010.

  • Fireworks may kill chickens due to heart attacks.

  • Fireworks can send wildlife running into roadways, flying into buildings, and/or abandoning nests and babies,

  • Fireworks can lead to a flight-or-fight response in pets, resulting in restlessness, panting, pacing, whining, hiding, and/or running away.

  • Fireworks particles have been linked to coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks and even heart attacks in humans. The noise can cause tinnitus and deafness. Epileptics may experience seizures.

  • Fireworks may trigger flashbacks and panic attacks in people suffering from PTSD and autism.

· We again face the issue of a proposed north-bound turn at Sheridan and Volunteer…in spite of our opposition and Council resolution. In order to garner support for our position, SRHOA is actively involved in an education campaign with our Davie neighbors west of Volunteer.


· SRHOA will have its August meeting in person at Town Hall! Refreshments will be provided, and the Davie Police Department will kick off our monthly speaker series with a presentation on personal and home security…look for a meeting announcement to follow.


· SRHOA gives its support and thanks to the members of the Volunteer Fire Department for their time and contributions to our community. Did you know…the VFD was originally housed within Sunshine Ranches?


· In our upcoming September issue, look for a wonderful letter from the Town expressing gratitude for your generosity in this year’s scholarship fundraising. Great details will follow.


· Mayor Breitkreuz’s next “Q & A with Mayor Steve Breitkreuz” will be on September 8th. 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 Thursday of the month.


· Please stay connected… Email us at sunshinerancheshoa@gmail.com, visit our website www.sunshineranches.org, or view our posts at www.facebook.com/SunshineRanches


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

Chris