By: Sharon Aron Baron

There is a petition going around the Woodlands that you may want to educate yourself on before you sign that piece of paper.  Several people are distributing this petition with many falsehoods about our newly formed District on it.

The Woodlands became a “Safe Neighborhood District” as approved by the Mayor and Commissioners at the City of Tamarac city commission meeting on June 23rd, 2010.   Unfortunately, because news of the district was not conveyed to our community well before the vote, our residents read about this new taxing district in the Sun Sentinel.

So the way many residents saw it, the district was formed, and then was explained to them later.  People were very surprised by this and there were many letters with incorrect information floating around a few of the sections. A group was formed and a petition was started without verified facts.

Now I’m not going to get in to all the details of the taxing district, but I want to make clear that I am in support of it for a couple of reasons:

One, it would help us collect unpaid dues that cannot be collected due to the ways our by-laws are written in Sections 3 and 4.    Other sections would collect unpaid fees as well instead of waiting for years for partial payments from bank foreclosures.    This would help our community’s bottom line.

Second, I believe that we need security gates here in the Woodlands. Crime in Tamarac (and everywhere else) has gone up tremendously.   Security gates will monitor the flow of traffic in and out of our community by taking photos of each and every license plate.    Open vulnerable entrances in and out of our community would be shut off to non-residents.  No – gates aren’t going to stop crime.  They never do.  But they are a deterrent.

Another benefit for gating our community is the most important:   Our beautiful community needs to maintain its property values in this terrible market and surrounding neighborhoods.  We are an oasis in the desert.    Ask any real estate agent how they feel about gated communities:  I bet they would say that their clients find those communities more desirable.   We need every benefit that will keep our property values higher in this market.

So if a petitioner comes around your house or makes a call to your home, ask them this:   Do you know that crimes have increased in the Woodlands and in Tamarac this year?  (Many times our neighbors have no idea what is going on outside their home.)   Remember, if there is not a majority vote for gates or any other security measure in our new Safe Neighborhood District, the district will stand as is….unfunded and dormant.    So why waste your time with this petition?

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Sharon Aron Baron
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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3 Responses to "Petition in the Woodlands"

  1. I was on the original committee that began this endeavor.
    I feel we don’t need a closed, gated community, the cost would be too great. This type of comunity would need to maintain the roads & sewers etc.
    What was proposed is a community where we would reduce the number of entrances, change and add an exit, and have cameras that record all vehicles that enter and leave the community and signs posted at every entrance about the cameras.
    What would this accomplish? Anyone entering the community for illicit reasons would know he or she is on record as to the time and place of entry and exit. If thieves came into the community with an empty pickup truck and left with a full one, police would have that and the license tag as evidence.
    Section six is installing a camera system at their clubhouse, two cameras will also monitor a section of Banyan Lane. The security company will be offering a basic, 4 camera DVR system to all residents of section 6 at reduced cost. If anyone wants a larger system, the price would be based on the lower cost. They need about 30 or more homes to sign up for this price. I am sure they would offer this to anyone in the Woodlands. If interested, e-mail me at jeff(at) and I will add you to the list. They will then contact you.
    Unfortunately, Tamarac now requires an expensive permit to be pulled for these systems; $74 for each camera. See page 8 of the Tamarac Permit Fee Schedule:

    By the way, if you hooked up a stereo system in your home, you owe the city $99.
    If you have wired Internet, you owe the city $111.00 for each device on your network.
    If you want to replace any plumbing fixture (sink, toilet, shower head, faucet, etc.) you need a $95 permit.
    And you thought the only government criminals were in Bell City, California.

  2. Jeff, I read your comment a few times and for the most part agree with the installation of cameras, recording devices, and sign posting warnings. I do not agree that we do not need some type of gating, with either walls or fencing. Your suggestion about cameras is great, but anyone can easily walk into the Woodlands at any givin time and scope out the place for future robberies. They can pull over to some areas, park and walk in. For example, White oak lane, the 64th street side, although it has a chain link fence, dense shrubs/trees lining the other side, it also makes it very easy for someone to park, go to where there is no fence (behind one of the houses part of the fence is missing) and walk in and rob a house of their choosing. they can also park in the Marathon gas station and walk in. They don’t need a van to to break in a home, steal small but valuable items, and leave. If they know their are cameras near the entrances, do you think they are going to enter that way? they can wear disguises, enter in stolen vehicles, block out license plates etc. We need walls, gates or fencing, to make it difficult for intruders to get in. It may be expensive, but safety and maintaining property values is priceless.

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