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Volunteers of the Patte Atkins-Grad Recall Campaign in the Woodlands were surprised to find that their rights to free speech weren’t all that free when one neighbor took it upon themselves to remove their political signs with the help of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Woodlands HOA Vice President Secretary Bonnie Schultz wrote to the City of Tamarac to see if our signs met code requirements and received this answer:

From Code Enforcement Manager Mark Woods via email:

Per your inquiry below, we have consulted with the City Attorney on this and the interpretation is that it is a free speech expression and allowed as such. They will be treated as any other similar sign, in that, if they are placed on public property they will be removed by staff. If you have any other questions or concerns relating to this issue, please contact me at the numbers below so that we can address them.”

Since all of our signs were on private property, we knew they would not be confiscated.

This did not satisfy Schulz. Instead of picking up the phone and talking to one of us, or even to our recall attorney, Alvin Entin, she took it upon it to call BSO to do the dirty deed……remove the signs and possibly destroy them.

Attorney Alvin Entin wrote this letter to the city today and put them, as well as  BSO on notice that no signs will be removed at this time.  They are clearly political and protected under free speech.

Please click on letter to make larger…..

 

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Volunteers of the recall campaign have until February 15th to collect 1,200 signatures to remove Commissioner Atkins-Grad.  Once the signatures are collected and certified, a new election for a city commissioner will commence,  unless Atkins-Grad steps down from office.

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Sharon Aron Baron created the Woodlands Tamarac in 2010 for original News for the community. In 2011 she went on to create Tamarac Talk, in 2012, Coral Springs Talk and 2017, Parkland Talk.

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Sharon Aron Baron created the Woodlands Tamarac in 2010 for original News for the community. In 2011 she went on to create Tamarac Talk, in 2012, Coral Springs Talk and 2017, Parkland Talk.

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9 Responses to "Lawn Signs are Political and Constitute Free Speech Says Attorney"

  1. BOB WOOD  

    WHEN DO WE GET THE SIGNS BACK? I WILL BE HAPPY TO POST A SIGN ON MY LAWN. LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS A CHARGE.

    THEY WERE AWARE THAT IT WAS A VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND YET THEY DID IT ANYWAY. CALL THE ACLU.

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  2. Alan Sloane  

    Sharon, Wayne Wise is Vice President of the WHOA,not Bonnie Schulz.She is the Secretary.

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  3. james  

    I think Bonnie Schulz should earn her title and stand with these recall signs like a sandwich board and walk around the Woodlands fountain 24 hrs straight, no coffee brake.
    Now thats doing something positive.

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  4. adam  

    I strongly urge all Woodland residents to put up recall Bonnie signs on all front yards

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  5. annette zylinski  

    Why is Patti Adkins Grad singled out. Several illustrious Tamarac and Woodland residents and politicians have been in the same boat. Do we recall all of them too? That would fill up my yard.

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  6. Michael  

    First of all Annette, Patte is not being singled out, we are aware of other situations, however, Patte admitted taking the bribes, by reason of being stupid and ignorance, proving she has misguided and unfit judgment. Why would you want her making important decisions on behalf for the city and your taxes? She is telling you she is not capable of doing her job. The next thing that I would like to know, is why our Secretary is calling code imforcement or BSO to remove recall Patte signs? Bonnie you make plenty of money selling houses here in the Woodlands, maybe we should take your signs away, or is that why you are bitter because they did indeed take them away for not being the allowable size? You and Sarah Jane have a good thing going here, but that could end, word of mouth of what you did Bonnie is spreading like wildfire and not in your favor, so knock it off. You have some nerve calling BSO, after code enforcement didn’t yield what you wanted. Maybe you Bonnie, Sarah Jane and Patte could team up and sell cell block H, because that is where you will end up one day…

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    • adam  

      Hey Michael it’s nice to see someone who actually gets it, instead of sticking their head in the sand.
      The XX real estate scam while holding office is offesnsive to anyone with an ounce of intelligence.
      It’s time for the young parents living here in The Woodlands to take over this corrupt activity and do something positive. Someone who’s interest is about creating a better community , NOT to leverage your position for personal gain.
      Bonnie we are all onto you, resign and do us all a favor.

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  7. Michael  

    Thank you Adam, oh there are many of us who “get it”, it has just taken a while for us all to voice it. We all need to get on board the reality train, band together as the recall P.A.G. has done, and you will see how things will finally start to improve around here. Despite what many may feel about the city, from the meetings that I have attended, they are trying to help us help our community, or so it seems…

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  8. Michael  

    Still waiting for your apology Bonnie for what you did, but it’s obvious by now that the owners of the recall signs are not getting one from you. I think you have angered so many residents that you may find that your home sale signs may disappear, wouldn’t that be the old what goes around comes around adage? Bonnie you have ruined your reputation all because you will not admit you were wrong in what you did, and state that you made a mistake. You and Patte belong in the same sinking boat, gushing and drowning in your own unethical practices…

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