Message from the President - July 2022


July 4th – also known as Independence Day – is a time to celebrate America. The holiday marks the day in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, signaling the official separation of the 13 original colonies from Great Britain amid the Revolutionary War.



NEWS FOR THIS MONTH


Hello dear neighbors. By the time you read this, summer will have officially begun. I hope you all enjoy a relaxing couple of months with family. If you are traveling, be safe and have a wonderful time! Below, you will find items I wish to share for the month of July (in no order).

  • Happy Birthday Southwest Ranches! We are celebrating 22 years as a town…our “Copper Jubilee”!

  • If you are traveling, please utilize the Davie Police Department’s Vacation Watch Program…it will give you an amazing piece of mind. Go to https://www.frontlinepss.com/daviepd (vacation watch) to complete the form.

  • Storm season is upon us…emergencies happen…for our elderly, at-risk, or vulnerable population, we are here for you. Here are a few items I would like to bring to your attention (if you need anything, do not hesitate to reach-out to your SRHOA board):

  • You may register with the Vulnerable Population Registry online at Broward.org/atrisk. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call Town Hall at 954.434.0008, the Broward County Call Center at 311, or 954.831.4000.

  • The following link will take you to the Directory of Resources for Broward County Senior Citizens (an extensive guide of senior services and help agencies) https://www.adrcbroward.org/sites/default/files/documents/20192020adrcresourcedirectory.pdf

  • The Davie Police Department provides services as well through their At-Risk Resident application. Please visit https://www.frontlinepss.com/daviepd to apply.

  • If you believe you are witnessing illegal fishing or hunting of our local wildlife, please call the Davie Police Department immediately at 954.693.8200. Try to gather visual information (vehicle color, plate, descriptions of persons involved, etc.) but do not get physically involved or put yourself in harm’s way.

  • The Waggler welcomes articles from the SRHOA and its town council members. Thank you to our neighbor Nadine Elkoury, Councilman Bob Hartmann, and Vice-president DaNell D’Alfonso for this month’s submissions (DaNell is spearheading the “Officer of the Month” series).

  • Although the 4th of July celebration is approaching, not all members of the community welcome the loud noises which take place. By this, I am referring to our pets and livestock. I would like to share the following, as taken from the Town of Davie:

  • Chapter 791 of the Florida Statutes provides that the illegal use of fireworks is a first-degree misdemeanor, which means those convicted could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, and court costs. Section 7-3 of the Town Code also prohibits exploding of any fireworks within 1,000 feet of any livestock enclosure, stable or kennel. The general public can legally purchase and use sparklers and similar novelty items that do not explode or launch into the air, while large public fireworks shows may be conducted only by way of a Town-issued license.

  • Phantom Fireworks has some animal-friendly products you may wish to explore (https://fireworks.com/blog/noiseless-fireworks)

  • Mail theft is still an issue. Do not become a victim. The USPS provides a service called “informed Delivery” that might minimize people becoming victims. Anyone in a household can sign up on this link: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pa... and follow the instructions on the page. This service is a daily email of any scannable pieces of mail and notifies the person of any packages coming as well as that day with the package tracking number. Though nothing is 100% guaranteed, it’s something people can use in case of package interception or stolen re-routed credit card pickups.

  • The property appraiser’s office has vital information on protecting yourself from fraud, keeping your deed safe from thieves, and new exemptions on the horizon. Please visit Marty Kiar’s property appraiser site at http://bcpa.net/

  • The David Police Department needs used horse tack (halters and lead ropes). We are hoping to equip all their cars with at least one set in case of any large animal emergencies.

  • Should you be in need of mosquito spraying, go to https://browardcountyfl.qscend.com/311/request/add to complete the application. You will be sent an email and/or text verification for your request.

  • The future Saving Sage Animal Shelter & Clinic is located on Commercial Blvd in Sunrise, FL and offers 5,000 square feet of interior space plus a large outdoor lot. It has the potential to be a dream, state-of-the-art animal rescue facility. The clinic will be one of few low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine facilities in South Florida, which helps to reduce the overabundance of homeless animals on our streets. To support this amazing organizing, please visit https://givebutter.com/savingsage

  • The Traffic and Safety Board has submitted their traffic calming/safety requests to the town. The expenditures, which will be covered by forfeiture funds, were unanimously approved at the June 9th Council meeting. Items will include laser radar guns, signage, flashing speed mounts, and added patrols. Thank you to our SRHOA neighbor, Ed Gonzalez, for his work on this important board.


REMINDERS

  • Support Southwest Ranches’ Certified Community Habitat status by certifying your own backyard through the National Wildlife Federation’s backyard habitat program…it is easy, plus you may purchase and proudly display a certification sign. Go to nwf.org/certifiedwildlifehabitat today to certify. Plant of the month: Firebush. A great pollinator, bird, and mammal friendly plant, this showy native will be a welcome addition to any South Florida yard. Plant it, sit back, and enjoy the show!

  • Mayor Breitkreuz’s next “Q & A with Mayor Breitkreuz,” along with the SWR Farmers’ Market, will resume in September. We ask you stay connected for updates.

  • Remember, the Council meets face-to-face at Town Hall on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Occasionally, dates may change. Please check the Southwest Rancher and/or www.southwestranches.org for meeting dates, times, and agendas. Internet viewing is also an option, just go to your YouTube connection and type “Town of Southwest Ranches Official Channel.”

  • 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