Woodmont in Tamarac

It looks like the Woodlands has set precedent in the City of Tamarac.  Woodmont, our neighbors to the west wants to form a District as well.   It looks like the same inaccuracies about Districts are going around their neighborhood.  However, this one is misleading residents into thinking there will be land use changes as a result of creating a District.  The following letter by Woodmont Association President Lee Viverette addresses these rumors:

Response to a Divisive letter sent to our residents

A letter was mailed to all the residents of Woodmont and while there were a few correct statements, for the most part the letter was misleading and disturbing.

I am a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser and I have a Real Estate Sales license.

Who better to understand the value of maintaining and preserving our community?

For more than just a few years the appearance of our community has begun to decline. It is my wish to restore Woodmont to a level that other communities can aspire to.

When I learned about how some communities have formed Safe Neighborhood Districts in order to preserve and revitalize their communities I realized it was something we should consider.

The concept of forming a new district in Woodmont was presented to the community at an open meeting on December 7th. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how such a district could benefit our community. The meeting was to “inform” our residents of a State of Florida program that has the potential to benefit Woodmont. One of the things I stated several times during the presentation was “I want people to leave here with more answers than questions.”

There can only be a functioning district after approval by a majority vote of the community.

In an attempt to discredit the intent of upgrading the signage at our entrances, the letter has some nonsense about deed changes that somehow mysteriously affect the land use.

We all want our entrances to look their best, and many want someone else to step up and do it.

We want to find away to make Woodmont shine again. We want to make our community one to be proud of.

 

Lee Viverette

President WPOA

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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.

One Response to "Woodmont in Tamarac wants a Neighborhood Improvement District"

  1. Dear Lee,
    I am happy to see that Woodmont would like to become a SNID. There are currently 14 NID and SNID’s in Broward, including Woodlands and over 30 throughout Florida. Lauderhill has 4 NID’s, Hallandale has 2 NID’s, Hollywood has 2, plus they are in Plantation and Davie. All have the support of their City Commissioners who are the District Board with the HOA as the Advisory Board. The difference between all these cities and Tamarac is that the “other” cities actually provide help to promote their community referendum for development.
    The FL Legislature allows Neighborhood Districts to borrow money and issue bonds. The HOA Advisory Board decides what kind of improvements they want and each is broken down by costs, so they can do one or more project at a time. The “other” city managers help the community because the “other” cities realize that if their communities are not kept up it is a disservice to the community and to the city. These “other” cities provide “up front” money to help the neighborhoods until their referendums are passed. They provide monies for their RFP’s and promotions to the residents. But of course the majority of promotion is done by the HOA members.
    One of the issues I have is that Tamarac is spending millions of dollars on buying properties for future use, but spending nothing on neighborhood development. If no wants to live in Tamarac because the property values are down, who will want to go to their new shopping areas? Tamarac needs to invest in their neighborhoods first. With the Commissioners having this “hands off” attitude with their neighborhoods they do an injustice to their constituents.

    It would be a “win win” for our neighborhoods and the city if only the Commissioners would get interested and involved.
    What people don’t understand is that with a “neighborhood tax” the money stays in that neighborhood. Our Commissioners really need to do their homework on what the Florida Legislature has recognized and addressed since 1987.

    Karen Long

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