Earlier this month we discussed Coral Springs, a city in Broward County with over 120,000 residents that has not elected a Republican to represent it at the Federal or State level since 1982, yet has a 4-1 Republican City Commission. Coral Springs was as we discussed in the previous article in the past a recipient of many good government awards but has recently fallen on more difficult times.
Since our story ran we have heard more complaints from residents of the city and those who advocate good government. As for new developments, the City Commission approved a major salary increase (over 60% raise!) coupled with putting a companion issue on the November ballot which takes away from the voters the right to approve future salary increases. Talk about gumption!
The Commissioners have also been besieged by the allegation that they are giving no bid contracts to political allies, wasting taxpayer dollars on city slogans, and have spent close to a million and a half dollars expensive signs welcoming drivers to the City.
The mayor’s seat is currently open and yet only one person, current Commissioner Tom Power has filed. The Democrats haven’t provided a candidate to run but there is hope that someone who is respected by civic and business leaders and someone who many believe can help repair the damage done to the City recently will come forward so that nobody gets a free pass to the mayor’s seat.
Coral Springs has elections this November where four of the five commission seats (including the mayor’s post) will be on the ballot. The opportunity is afforded this year to make a definitive change